Built c.1833 as a shipping warehouse, Commercial Wharf was designed by Isaiah Rogers as one of Boston's longest wharf buildings, stretching from one of the farthest-out points on the harbor back to the North End's Commercial Street border.
Rarely is a condo unit as elegantly shaped by its building’s location, history and structure as Unit 33A at 33 Commercial Wharf is on the Waterfront.
Built c.1833 as a shipping warehouse, Commercial Wharf was designed by Isaiah Rogers as one of Boston’s longest wharf buildings, stretching from one of the farthest-out points on the harbor back to the North End’s Commercial Street border.
This reflected the advancement in Quincy granite warehouse construction to accommodate the growth of the city’s maritime trade with Far Eastern nations. The building’s sheer length entailed its division into two to make way for Atlantic Avenue in 1868.
This cleavage gives the 1,902-square-foot, three-bedroom floor-through unit a panoramic view down the avenue from multiple oversized windows along its angled western wall that spans the living-dining room and two of the bedrooms across the entire Atlantic Avenue façade.
“It’s the only unit in this bay and the only private bay in the building,” said listing agent Caroline Ligotti of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
This wall also gives the unit an unusual trapezoidal configuration of broad space and bright corner exposure, enriched by original wood beams, brick walls and iron relics of the building’s historical use.
Architects Imre & Anthony Halasz of Boston, The Architectural Team of Chelsea, and Mark Armstrong of Newton used all of these elements to best advantage in their master plans and designs for Commercial Wharf East’s condo renovations in 1969, 1978 and 2004, respectively.
This care is evident upon entering directly into the living-dining-kitchen area to a grand sweep of space and light across seven operable picture windows and three southwestern windows brightening the beams and the complementary oak floor.
“There are great city views,” said Ligotti. “At night when the lights go on, it’s absolutely gorgeous.”
Two plaster-encased wood columns flaring out at the top openly divide the space for inventive furniture layouts. The dining area has a Samsung plasma TV screen and surround-sound speakers. Left of the entry is a brick-walled mudroom alcove with a new coatrack and an antique cast-iron double-door compartment converted into a shelved storage closet.
A roomier alcove is the kitchen where maple cabinetry and a U-shaped golden sienna granite counter complement the beams and floor and provide generous space for storage, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, food prep and chats with the cook by the peninsular bar overlooking the living area. Stainless steel appliances include a four-burner gas cooktop packaged with an oven and a microwave. Under-cabinet counter lighting and a horizontal stainless designer light fixture hovering over the bar add to the effect.
A hall off the kitchen and dining room connects to the rest of the unit. At right is a full laundry room with new washer and dryer, followed by a full bath featuring a tub/shower encased with Italian brick tiles, an Italian marble vanity with a maple cabinet, a towel-warming rack and a radiant tile floor.
On the left is a small bedroom made from some of the dining room space with transoms over the door, closet and left-hand wall for more light and airiness.
In the following corner bedroom with a dual double-door closet, the outward angle of the main wall yields king-size bed space between two windows on the adjacent wall, as well as more floor area.
On the right is the master bedroom - a grand sweep of space enhanced by corbelled brick, massive beams with iron ties, another double-size closet, northeastern exposure on the water and a good balance of light and wall area for creative space arrangement, not to mention the Samsung plasma TV screen.
In the master bath, Italian stone and tile permeate the standup shower, air-jet soaking tub, the radiant tile floor and a twin-sink vanity, complemented by copious maple cabinetry, a towel-warming rack and surround-sound speakers.
In addition to the unit’s two exclusive parking spaces, the 24/7 security with cameras all around the building’s perimeter and the breathtaking public Harborwalk along the water, Commercial Wharf “has the best guest parking,” said Ligotti. “Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., guests can park free by leaving their names at the gate with the guard. From Friday at 5 p.m. to Monday at 8 a.m., there’s free parking all weekend.”
Residents can also arrange $10-$20 discount parking for their guests for weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Offered at $2,275,000, Unit 33A at 33 Commercial Wharf has “a lot of great space that’s well utilized and a lot of nice appeal,” said Ligotti. “The master planners were careful to incorporate as much of the historic building as they could.”
For a private showing, contact Ligotti at 617-515-2728 or email@example.com.
- CL Properties, “Commercial Wharf East,” CLProperties.com, 2019, https://www.clproperties.com/condo/commercial-wharf-east
- Susan and Michael Southworth, AIA Guide to Boston, Third Edition (Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press, 2008), p. 72-73.
- The Architectural Team, “Commercial Wharf,” ArchitecturalTeam.com, 2019, https://www.architecturalteam.com/projects/commercial-wharf