The 2,351-square-foot, two-bedroom Residence 210 at 25 Channel Center in the Seaport fits this description to a T - or a T-beam, for that matter - for the clean, contemporary loft look it receives from its open-concept spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, double-height 18-foot ceiling and overlook duplex layout.

Nestled within a quiet, narrow streetscape of early 20th-century classical brick warehouses converted to residential units, the Midway Artist Studios and business spaces is a 13-story residence modern enough to meet millennial living needs and tastes, yet traditional enough to pay homage to the industrial heritage of the Fort Point Channel/Seaport district.

“Its modern design and cast-in-place concrete technology echo the district’s industrial typology with large masonry openings and metal and brick detailing,” reads the website of Bruner/Cott Architects, who designed the award-winning building in 2004. “The 76 luxury units are ‘lofts’ with clean lines and contemporary styling, large industrial window sashes and open planning with double-height spaces in duplexes.”

The 2,351-square-foot, two-bedroom Residence 210 at 25 Channel Center in the Seaport fits this description to a T - or a T-beam, for that matter - for the clean, contemporary loft look it receives from its open-concept spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, double-height 18-foot ceiling and overlook duplex layout.

The exposed ceiling pipes, prominent beam structure, steel-beam staircase and sculptural steel hardware serve as reminders of the district’s history of raw-metal manufacturing and warehousing in bare-bones industrial spaces, as well as assurances of well-functioning utilities, hardy amenities and “good bones” in your unit.

The exterior’s exposed steel beams, brick spandrels and columns, and granite-walled ramp provide the appropriate industrial introduction while the lobby’s comfortable seating area, maple paneling, slate-like floor and steel-and-mirror-paneled elevator prepare you for your unit’s luxurious, spacious side.

From its New York-style entry hall with a classic milled baseboard from a recent remodeling, follow the ceiling pipes and the maple floor into a roomy foyer with double-door coat closet, followed by the vast, deep living/dining room on the left.

For the convenience of eating and going upstairs to sleep, the foyer provides a direct view of the corner kitchen’s breakfast bar and the staircase to the loft master suite. Awaiting your culinary creativity in the kitchen are Carrara marble counters and subway-tile backsplashes, white laminate cabinetry with brushed-steel “bowtie” handles, a matching refrigerator, a deep sink with retractable gooseneck faucet, and stainless appliances, including a Viking four-burner gas range with elliptically curved grills.

The peninsular Carrara marble breakfast bar with three designer pendant lights in glass cylinders provides a smooth transition between the coziness of the kitchen and the openness of the living/dining room and the upstairs master loft suite. Along the way to the living/dining room are a marble-floored powder room with pedestal sink, a second closet and an HVAC/storage pantry - all conveniently arranged around an alcove.

Different ceiling heights separate the dining and living spaces. A lower ceiling from the second-floor loft shelters the dining room for the convenience of dangling a chandelier from the ceiling (or its running pipe). A classic paneled built-in cabinet from the remodeling provides ample buffet counter space. A wall-mounted, stainless-framed bowfront Ethanol gas fireplace warms the occasion.

The living room’s 18-foot loft ceiling soars with the window for an airy atmosphere of light and space, along with a great view of South Boston’s Dorchester Heights National Monument (honoring Gen. George Washington’s evacuation of the British Army from Boston on March 17, 1776, celebrated as Evacuation Day in Suffolk County) in the distance.

The beam supporting the upper level continues beyond the level towards the window, yielding a ledge for displays of objets-d’art and high-up pictures and posters. A sculptural ceiling light of stainless-steel “ribbons” on rods shooting out of a stainless ribbon globe reinvents the industrial “steel wheel” creatively.

A double French door at left opens to a gray-carpeted bedroom. Here, a double casement window catches the southeastern morning sun and two steel-cable-suspended glass shelves honor the neighborhood’s industrial history in a designer fashion. Past a spacious closet is a full en suite bath with Calacatta marble floor, pedestal sink and subway-tiled tub/shower with hand-held and stationary showerheads.

The staircase, which sports a steel-rod baluster, ascends directly to a loft den overlooking the living room from a steel-framed rail of glass panels, receiving ample light from the living room’s full-height window. Furniture arrangement possibilities are limitless up here, and a wide alcove for an entertainment center and a workstation is handy.

The beige-carpeted space extends back past a deep utility/storage closet to an open master bedroom with plenty of wall area for a king-size bed with night tables, a dresser complex, bookcases and artwork.

Tall built-in cabinets with tactile square knobs of sculptural steel mini-squares are aplenty at the back of the room, in the storage corridor with a fire-stair egress and in the marble-floored dressing room that introduces the master bath. This features a gray terrazzo quartz vanity with generous counter space, a subway-tiled soaking tub, and a subway-tiled standup shower with hand-held and stationary showerheads.

The Channel Center accesses urban amenities as unlimited as Residence 210’s room arrangement possibilities. To name a few: There is a public plaza with stone tablets detailing the area’s industrial and residential history; an expansive park good for dog-runs; art exhibits at Artists for Humanity; and South Boston’s main restaurant, shopping and dining district with MBTA Red Line access to downtown and Cambridge.

Offered at $1.65 million, Residence 210 at 25 Channel Center reinvents industry for habitation at a lofty level, architecturally and locationally. For a private showing, contact Lynne Zekis of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 617-947-9500 (mobile), 617-670-0800 (office), or (email).


- Boston Landmarks Commission. The Fort Point Channel Landmark District: Boston Landmarks Commission Study Report. Boston: Environment Department, City of Boston, 2008.

- Bruner/Cott Architects website -