In addition to location, this 19th century beauty has 2,979-square-feet of living space with three-bedrooms, two full and two half bathrooms, plus a personal outdoor oasis.
A brick Victorian single-family home situated on a corner lot of a quiet tree-lined street steps from the Bunker Hill Monument and Bunker Hill Pavilion in the prestigious Monument Square in Charlestown has bragging rights to spare.
This home at 1 Laurel St. is listed by Marcia Garvey of Donnelly + Co. for $2,850,000.
In addition to its great location, this 19th century beauty has 2,979-square-feet of living space with three-bedrooms, two full and two half bathrooms, plus a personal outdoor oasis.
And that’s only the beginning. This townhouse, spread out over four levels, has undergone a decorator-designed and meticulously executed renovation. The unique and sophisticated results are a bold and beautiful masterpiece, the perfect mix of stunning architecture, enhanced with modern amenities.
Countless period details such as the oval beveled glass insert in the front door with an etched glass transom leading into the vestibule have been seamlessly incorporated into the crisp, colorful contemporary design. Custom Farrow and Ball colors heighten painted black oak floor boards, a cohesive element throughout the residence.
In the formal living room, triple crown molding with dentil trim accents a subtly curved three window bay while drawing all eyes up to the almost 10-foot-high ceiling. A working marble fireplace with a richly detailed mantle anchors the other end of the room. Raised paneled walls, a chair rail and deep detailed bump boards are additional traditional elements in this spacious room.
Classic effortlessly transitions to contemporary are beautifully accomplished in the open concept kitchen and dining area. Here, for example, triple-crown molding continues in the dining area, which has a built-in L-shaped banquette that seats eight-plus comfortably. Exposed painted ceiling beams further delineate the space.
The gourmet kitchen is thoroughly modern with an L-shaped marble-topped counter and a massive center island that has everything: work space, seating for three, storage (cabinets with pull-out drawers, etc.), the microwave oven and a beverage cooler.
Huge marble tiles sans seams stretch from the counters to the ceiling creating a sleek backsplash and maintaining the clean line emphasis in this kitchen. With the exception of the La Cornue five-burner gas range and hood, the appliances have integrated panels.
A farmer’s sink overlooks the private brick paver courtyard with a pebble/stone border, grill and seating.
An octagon-shaped window is a whimsical touch in the butler’s pantry, while the butcher block countertop is a pretty and practical one. This sizable room also has access to the courtyard.
Three additional conveniences on this level include the back staircase to the second floor. A half bathroom (complete with beautiful casings) and a mini-office tucked cleverly under the front staircase are the others.
The curved underside of the staircase is a subtle, yet interesting architectural feature. Equally intriguing is the staircase that has two coffin turns - one on the way to the third story and the other between the first and second floors.
Curved bump boards echo the gracious flow of the front staircase to the second floor that has a sensational family room with a ceiling more than 10 feet high and two full glass pane doors (these are at least nine-feet high) to a curved balcony that is the width of the residence and follows the gently rounded arc of the building. Lavish triple-crown molding with picture rail trim surrounds the room highlighting a spectacular chandelier and ornate ceiling medallion.
Delicate etching on transoms over two narrow windows ratchet up the charm factor in this comfortably elegant room with original fir floor boards. While a floor-to-ceiling built-in almost wall-to-wall bookcase is a great display space and the working wood-burning fireplace with an ornate surround is eye-candy, some might agree that the scene stealer in this room is a custom bar with a tap.
Size as in “large” is only one appealing quality in one of the bedrooms on this level. Period hardware and strikingly large windows with richly detailed pediments and casings are others. This king-bed size chamber also has deep bump boards.
Then it’s a step down to a sweet back bedroom with a built-in platform bed with four drawers. Built-in steps are at the end of the bed along with a built-in five-shelf bookcase. The bed also has a secret. It was designed for easy removal, so using this area for other purposes such as a study or a hobby room is an option.
An original claw foot tub (with a shower attachment) and a vintage-inspired pedestal sink imported from England are focal points in the shared bathroom as is the dramatic imported wallpaper from the House of Hackney. Two windows keep this space light and bright all year long.
Access to the back staircase is at this end of the corridor.
French doors open to the master suite that encompasses the entire third floor. Like the floors below, the sleeping chamber, which is large enough for a king-size bed, has a gently curved two-window recess plus two additional windows—one has direct Monument views. While four closets address every storage desire, a shimmering chandelier in an ornate ceiling medallion and imported wallpaper covet for beauty and glamor. Period hardware is an understated finishing touch.
An extra-wide and extra-deep walk-in closet with custom open shelving and hanging spaces is on the way to the opulent en suite bathroom that has a black marble tile floor, triple-crown molding and deep detailed bump boards. A double pedestal vintage-like sink complement the traditional claw foot soaking tub. The oversized step-in shower has a beautiful marble tile surround and a marble mosaic floor.
Running the footprint of the house, the gigantic lower level, which is fully carpeted, has several closets and storage rooms plus a large finished space that works as a play area for the younger crowd, a family entertainment center or as a quiet home office. Laundry facilities that include a full size Samsung washer and dryer plus a sink are situated here, as well as an egress to the patio.
There is also an upper egress to an oversized roof deck with unparalleled views of Monument Square and Boston’s prominent skyline.