Unit 2, comprising three bedrooms and three full bathrooms, at 5 Durham St. is listed by Julie Harrison, Arianna Brown and Mary Conner of the Julie Harrison Team at Gibson Sotheby's International Realty for $2,695,000.
Perfectly situated on a prestigious, tree-lined street where South End meets the Back Bay is a lovely 19th century row house with curb appeal. An opulent parlor-garden duplex, spanning 2,506-square-feet, offers nine spacious rooms, showcasing fine period details and superior finishes. A wide structure, high ceilings and floor-through layout make this unit feel incredibly bright and airy.
Unit 2, comprising three bedrooms and three full bathrooms, at 5 Durham St. is listed by Julie Harrison, Arianna Brown and Mary Conner of the Julie Harrison Team at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,695,000.
The parlor level features a fully open living-dining room and kitchen. In keeping with tradition, this contemporary layout includes memorable period features.
An extra-wide front-facing bay area showcases four windows: a single on either side of the double, all with shutters. Colorful stained glass transoms (the center one is an eyebrow window) add visual interest.
The gas fireplace highlights a prettily detailed mahogany mantel with fluted columns. While timeless and elegant oak flooring, which flows throughout the home, intensifies the sparkle and shine, exposed brick walls add charisma.
While the living room is well proportioned for easy furniture arrangement, seating six in the dining area is very doable. A private balcony/deck off the dining area, with space for outdoor furniture, makes indoor-outdoor entertaining feasible, even in the city.
A barrel-like arch opens into the delightful and efficient galley kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a Gaggenau dishwasher.
A tumbled tile backsplash accents black granite countertops and cherry cabinetry. Another exposed brick wall and a partially curved ceiling add a dash of character.
Three large one-over-one windows with deeps sills are in the hallway leading to the master bedroom with two extra-wide double closets and three large windows. This king-bed size room, with an exposed brick wall and oak flooring, asserts a sophisticated look with a mini-industrial/loft-like vibe.
An adjacent full bathroom enjoys a jetted tub/shower combination with a tile surround. Two sinks in a long vanity and a full-size stackable Bosch washer and dryer are practical elements; an exposed brick wall is in the “pretty” column.
More of this same opulence continues on the garden level, which also has a floor-through layout and large flexible spaces with interesting details.
Three brick columns with barrel arches open to the spacious dining area. A full glass door with matching sidelights opens to a private parking area for two cars in tandem. Natural light in this room flows in via a huge roof window next to the egress.
On the opposite wall is a large archway that opens to an intimate sitting room.
A second U-shaped kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a DCS five-burner gas stove, Faber architectural hood, Bosch dishwasher, KitchenAid refrigerator and Marvel wine cooler. Under-mount lighting emphasizes the cabinets and the granite counters.
The spacious front bedroom, with a single closet, is charming. A niche large enough for a king-size bed is accentuated by exposed brick. A windowed alcove creates a seating area.
The en suite bathroom has a fully tiled step-in shower with a rain head. Radiant heat keeps the tile floor comfy all year long.
The focal point in the back bedroom is definitely the crown molding that creates a tray-like ceiling. The room fits a king-size bed comfortably. Two oversized double closets have custom inserts.
A timeworn brick accent wall tends to take center stage in the adjacent full bathroom that has a tub/shower ensemble. A double-size linen closet is very handy.
There is no shortage of living space and with a versatile floor plan, the opportunities are endless should the new owners wish to further customize this home to fit their needs. This home could easily be converted into a four-bedroom home, and plans to do so have already been drafted.
So whether the new residents choose the status quo or opt for “new” configurations, this impressive home – featuring thoroughly modern amenities and systems while highlighting countless period details – offers something for everyone, now and in the future as well.
Of course, many of the self-respecting South End homes have a back-story to tell and this one is no exception. Of all the exposed brick walls in the home, the one next to the fireplace has an interesting origin.
According to house lore, during the initial construction, builders brought in supplies through an opening in the wall as it was the last unit to be finished. When the building was completed, leftover unmatched bricks were used to close the opening, and the interior wall was finished.
The secret was discovered when the building was renovated. Today, this “nobody-will-ever-know” detail not only adds character, but is also great conversation starter.
This deluxe home, ideally located on a quiet dead-end street, sits in a city drenched in culture, sports, and of course, history.
Titus Sparrow Park is a lively and historic neighborhood oasis featuring pretty walking trails, tennis and basketball courts and community garden plots, where programs and events are held throughout the year.
The larger Southwest Corridor Park links the South End with Back Bay and other neighborhoods. It is a vibrant space for pedestrians, bikers and dog walkers, amateur sports leagues and community gardeners.
A plethora of South End/Back Bay restaurants and shops, along with visual and performing arts dot the neighborhoods. Copley and the Prudential are nearby, as well. Getting around is easy with conveniently placed Green and Orange T lines and thoroughfares, including Storrow Drive and Route 93.