One of the most popular places to live in Charlestown is at 197 8th St. – Flagship Wharf – on the Boston Harbor waterfront in the historic Navy Yard.

Charlestown, recognized for its strong historical roots, titillating cultural diversity and captivating scenery, is a vibrant and desirable place to live, work and play. Located on a peninsula north of the Charles River across from downtown Boston and on the banks of the Mystic River and Boston Harbor, this neighborhood is known for its “Townie” identity.

One of the most popular places to live in Charlestown is at 197 8th St. – Flagship Wharf – on the Boston Harbor waterfront in the historic Navy Yard.

The 11-story brick boutique building has 200 homes offering a variety of floor plans providing eye-catching sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the city skyline as well as plenty of private outdoor space. The common areas as well as many of the units at Flagship have been recently updated. Penthouse 215 on the ninth floor is no exception.

This sophisticated lofty corner unit with 2,483 square feet of opulent joy spread over two floors was listed by Nancy Roth of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty and sold with Jennifer Gelfand of Keller Williams Realty on Nov. 29 for $2,349,000.

The previous owners did a superlative job completely renovating this luxurious contemporary home – from the fixtures to the finishes – with a focus on highlighting the water and park views, always with an eye for maximizing the functionality of the space.

Radiant hardwood floors and freshly appointed rooms with custom drapes throughout add to the winning ambiance.

The lovely living room has a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling Palladian window and a large wood-burning fireplace with a honed black granite surround, adding timeless appeal and unique look.

The comfortable corner family room with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows sits next to the living room. The flat screen TV has built-in surround sound while a custom console has three-deep drawers.

Both of these rooms offer resplendent scenes of the marina, Mystic River and Constellation Wharf as well as the Bunker Hill Monument and the U.S.S. Constitution/Navy Yard.

A pleasant peninsula with seating for three overlooks the well-defined and functional kitchen - a persuasive place that will inspire any chef. The white quartz countertops and pearl glass backsplash sparkle.

The Leicht custom cabinetry is easy to love with three elongated upper cabinets, seven pullout drawers, a large pullout spice rack and a concealed appliance garage. A pantry includes four deep pullout cabinets and three adjustable shelves for additional storage.

The premium appliances include a Bosch oven and five-burner induction cooktop with professional grade Vent-A-Hood ARS System, Sharp under-cabinet microwave, a Liebherr refrigerator with a double drawer freezer and a built-in Sub-Zero wine refrigerator.

The foyer area on the lower level offers a jumbo California closet, an additional storage area tucked under the stairs and a deluxe laundry room with side-by-side appliances. There’s also a door to come and go from this home.

The master suite is designed for comfort and delight. The bedroom has plush wall-to-wall carpeting, windows with custom treatments and inspiring panorama, three custom California closets with overlay doors and internal lighting.

The bathroom features a floating quartz top double vanity with mosaic glass wall tile and two large rectangular backlit mirrors. The spacious walk-in shower has a frameless glass door, a bench seat and framed niche.

The corner bedroom also has wall-to-wall carpeting, custom curtains on two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, a doublewide custom California closet and a slider to the private balcony with exciting vistas.

The third bedroom is equally as comfortable and also has access to a second deck with those incredible sights.

The full bathroom includes a soaking tub with a hand-held shower wand. A two-drawer vanity with a white ceramic top sits in an alcove featuring a round backlit mirror on a backdrop of glass mosaic wall tile, adding a splash of color.

Flagship Wharf is more than just a place to live – it is a lifestyle with residents from all walks of life and of all ages. Among the building amenities are valet parking, concierge services and 24-hour security.

The building has a large state-of-the-art fitness center and a lending library as well as retail/commercial services on the first floor.

Flagship Wharf is located right at the water’s edge adjacent to the Constitution and Shipyard Quarters marinas – perfect for the boating enthusiasts.

There are tennis courts in the Navy Yard, outdoor swimming at the Clougherty Pool on Bunker Hill Street and art shows at the Stove Factory on Medford Street - home to the Artists’ Group of Charlestown.

Residents can enjoy lots of other seasonal events such as the summer concerts at the Navy Yard, the Bunker Hill Day Celebration and the holiday stroll. The annual Peace Walk begins at the Charlestown Peace Park at the Mt. Vernon Street Plaza, revitalized and established by the Turn it Around youth group.

Community plots are available at Gardens for Charlestown at Main and Bunker Hill Streets. A brick patio is used for programs, events and cookouts during the season. The Garden became the first wheelchair accessible garden in Massachusetts.

Charlestown is jam-packed with fascinating lore. Elizabeth Foster was born in 1655, married Isaac Goose (or Vergoose), and sung rhymes to her children and grandchildren. A collection of those rhymes were copied by a son-in-law and printed as Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes in 1719.

Eight years before the “Boston Tea Party” of 1773 was held at Griffin’s Wharf, lots of tea went up in flames at a bonfire defying Parliament’s newly-passed Stamp Act. These and other tales can be found at the Tea Party Museum on Congress Street.

Warren Tavern, located at 2 Pleasant St., claims to have been one of Paul Revere’s favorite restaurants and was visited by George Washington. The tavern opened in 1780 and repurposed upon closing in 1813. Warren Tavern reopened in 1972, a favorite place for townies and visitors.

Samuel F.B. Morse, telegraph inventor and painter, was born in 1791 in the Edes House.

Among the eight movies that were set in or (partly) filmed in Charlestown are Mystic River, Blown Away filmed near the Boston Harbor and Monument Avenue. Bunker Hill Community College provided the setting for Good Will Hunting.

Flagship Wharf residents have easy access to water shuttle services to and from the Financial District and the airport. The Orange Line Sullivan Square and Community College stops are nearby as well as the I-93 expressway.