Situated on the first floor of the newly-constructed left wing with a private front-door entrance, Unit 1 is graced with two bedrooms and two bathrooms embraced by 1,505-square-feet of living space.
At the time a mid-nineteenth century French Second Empire architectural treasure was being renovated to its original grandeur by Stefanov Architects, two new three-story wings were recently added, transforming a South Boston residence at 928 East Broadway, also known as the James Collins Mansion, into nine deluxe condominiums homes, creating the ultimate in modern and smart living.
The original mansion dates back to the late 1860s when Irish immigrant and liquor trade magnate James Collins constructed the large Second Empire-style property as his private home. The mansion was converted into apartments in the late 20th century. Complete renovations to the interior of the original structure and the addition of the two new wings were finished in 2017.
Situated on the first floor of the newly-constructed left wing with a private front-door entrance, Unit 1 is graced with two bedrooms and two bathrooms embraced by 1,505-square-feet of living space. This two-year-young home is listed by Pamela Cushing and Haley Cutter of Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $1,399,000.
A “smart home” today usually refers to up-to-date technology that allows owners to control what happens inside their residence by remote control – whether they are at home or away. Certainly, this stunning home has all that: Lutron Lighting System, Nest thermostat and motorized living room shades.
“Smart” continues in this you-can-have-it-all residence. A mini-twist on the open concept floor plan reinforces that reaction. In this home, the living-dining area runs front-to-back with the kitchen “around the corner,” yet fully open to the dining area. The result is that the entire space feels even larger than it already is and is exponentially more versatile.
Eye-catching features in between reflect the overall elegance of this home. Gorgeous oak flooring in a dark stain that is throughout the entire unit and the linear-shaped flush-mount gas fireplace in the sprawling living-dining room are immediate focal points.
A full glass pane atrium door with a matching sidelight in the living area opens to a private front patio large enough for comfortable chairs and a table. Another private balcony (perfect for a private tête-à-tête) adjacent to the dining area is accessed via a similar atrium door. As is, the dining “room” accommodates six-to-eight people, but dinner for 10 or more is just as easy, too.
Everything about the kitchen is sleek, sophisticated and stylish, showcasing a perfect union of the light and dark color palette.
The lighter Arctic high gloss finish on the upper cabinetry, accented with Arabesque Vento Gray Beveled Gloss on a Mesh mosaic tile backsplash, is a beautiful and cohesive contrast to the darker Basalt Grey base cabinets and integrated panels on the dishwasher and refrigerator.
The L-shaped countertops and the waterfall design on the large center island that seats two as well as the backsplash behind the Thermador six-burner gas range and hood is topped with sleek white Caesarstone.
Under-mount cabinet lighting and the stainless steel appliances add dashes of glitter while two copper-covered pendant lights over the island sparkle in natural light flowing through a large almost floor-to-ceiling window. An oversized pantry, microwave drawer and a beverage cooler are additional appreciated amenities.
Several outstanding features in the master bedroom vie for top billing. Size, of course, as in big – a king-size bed fits comfortably – is one. With four large windows on two walls, an abundance of natural light is another.
The custom floor-to-ceiling wardrobe with two sets of four drawers topped by lighted, frosted-glass front cabinets is a contender, too. And let’s not forget practicality. This room also has two lighted double closets with custom inserts.
The luxurious en suite bathroom has all the bells and whistles, including a step-in shower with frameless glass, two sprays and a built-in-seat. Marble subway tile is used for the shower surround and as wainscoting. The dual sink marble-topped vanity is by Leicht (same as the kitchen cabinetry) and the commode is by Kohler.
Although slightly smaller, the second bedroom is a well-sized space. A wall of double (lighted) closets with custom inserts provides an abundance of storage and two windows allow in an ample amount of natural light.
A pocket door from the bedroom to the adjacent bathroom increases the versatility of this space. This room also works as guest quarters or an office. A tub/shower ensemble in the full bathroom is accented with a marble tile subway surround. The same tile used as wainscoting is a cohesive element, albeit an elegant one.
Custom built-ins are in the large storage room (directly across from the bathroom) that also houses a full size, stackable GE washer and dryer. Style, however, was not overlooked. This room has solid hardwood flooring, too.
Direct elevator access to the heated garage with one deeded car space and the basement with an additional storage room are definite extra perks.
This “smart” home also boasts curb appeal. White picket-fence gates, supported by twin granite posts, open to a grand driveway and small footpaths leading to the three dwellings greeted by granite steps. Beautifully landscaped lawns are dotted with trees and shrubbery while comfortable couches plus tables and chairs welcome residents and guests to intimate areas in the common courtyards.
The location of this home, sitting in the prime City Point neighborhood, is also “smart.” A three-mile stretch of parkland along the shoreline of Pleasure Bay provides waterfront trails for sprinters and cyclists and sandy beaches for sunbathers and swimmers.
Castle Island is home to historic Fort Independence and Sullivan’s, famous for fried clams, hot dogs and ice cream as well as a playground for the kiddies. Plenty of open lawns, athletic fields and playgrounds abound at Marine Park.
The home is just minutes to unique area boutiques, some of the city’s newest and most exciting restaurants and cafes as well as a plethora of services. Rounding out this collaboration is the nearby bustling and burgeoning Seaport District, the Boston Harbor and the Islands, plus the JFK Library/U Mass campus.
Public transportation choices are plentiful including a bus stop directly across the street. Getting out of town is easy, too, with quick access to Route 93.