The living room at the foyer's right also accesses the long balcony through a window-wall and provides a wood-burning fireplace with overhead flat-screen TV space when it's time to come in from the cold.

The 3,542-square-foot, three-bedroom Unit PH6 at 40 Battery St. on Burroughs Wharf will treat the buyer to not only one of the largest expanses of entertaining and balcony space available anywhere, but also residence in one of the richest shrines to Boston’s maritime history, upward mobility and civic commitment to public space.

Notter, Finegold + Alexander Inc. (now Finegold Alexander Architects) of Boston designed 40-50 Battery St. in 1992 in a postmodern mélange of mahogany, granite, glass and steel, enriching the central landscape with a public fountain plaza of benched flower-and-tree planters connecting the neighborhood to the Boston Harborwalk, which wraps around the finger-wharves of the buildings.

This design honors an expanse of Boston history as broad as the unit’s balcony: the wood-frame architecture of colonial times, the masonry wharf buildings of the 1800s, the revitalization of the Waterfront as a thriving public arena, and the modern standards of residential luxury that lift the development aloft from the ashes and soot of its coal-and-fire forerunners.

As Lincoln Wharf and the North Ferry Pier, these wharves stored coal for an MBTA power station and berthed a Boston fireboat fleet, respectively. They were rechristened Burroughs Wharf after Francis Burroughs, a London merchant who migrated to Boston in 1685 and blossomed in the sea trade until his death in 1713.

The half-timbering on 40 Battery St. reflects his English origins and the unit alludes to his American aspirations in its spectacular spread of space, light, sea views and amenities, due to its combination of units 502 and PH6 as one penthouse unit. This also gives it two entrances from near the elevator: from the fifth floor into the first two living rooms or from the top floor down to the dining room and kitchen.

The fifth-floor foyer detours leftward to a bedroom suite with a bay-window harbor view and a full bath with marble sink, followed by a powder room with a designer granite bowl sink on a rough granite pedestal before proceeding to the common areas.

The left-hand living room with a Chicago-window water view and welcoming sitting alcove flows past a column where the wall between the units was turned into a light-splashed living space with a bay-window sky view.

A bedroom was here before the units merged and its full bath remains, distinguished with a green glass bowl sink on a marble vanity and an Italian marble-tiled tub/shower with a triple showerhead and leafy green-glass mosaic tile accents.

A hall connects this living space to the carpeted master bedroom that has wonderful southern exposure from a window-wall with a double French door to a long balcony that stretches the entire span of the unit, enveloping it in a breathtaking panorama that encompasses Boston Harbor history: the ancient harbor islands, the 19th-century brick and granite wharf buildings, takeoffs from Logan Airport and the contemporary Seaport and Financial District high-rises.

A hall of closets links the bedroom to its master bath, where marble dignifies the twin-sink vanity, the shower with twin showerheads and the soaking tub.

The hall angles leftward to the main center-spread of living, dining and kitchen space with side-to-side exposure of sun and water. The living room has a marble wood-burning fireplace, a flat-screen TV space above it and window-wall access to the long balcony, giving you unprecedented cocktail elbow-room for a large crowd with plenty of city sights to make your guests gawk.

The central dining space can accommodate an expandable banquet table and a long buffet table, and latecomer guests can arrive from the PH6 entry stairway to be seated right away.

They can also be served right away. The contiguous kitchen conveniently arranges all the stainless-steel appliances in a C-shaped network of granite counters: a two-level bar with a sink and gooseneck faucet by the dining area for quick food service and after-dinner wash-up, a wall counter with a Miele five-burner electric cooktop and stainless vent hood, and a long food-prep counter by a pleasant harbor panorama.

The Miele oven stacks up convenience nicely with a tray-warmer below and a stainless flip-up door to a microwave compartment above. An angled counter by the Sub-Zero refrigerator serves as a quick-bite breakfast bar.

Hidden in the adjacent dining-room wall are a handy powder room with marble flooring and an antique marble vanity, a shelved pantry and a coat closet for guest convenience.

The living room at the foyer’s right also accesses the long balcony through a window-wall and provides a wood-burning fireplace with overhead flat-screen TV space when it’s time to come in from the cold.

A small hall of utility, storage and washer/dryer closets leads to a window-walled bedroom with French-door access to the land end of the long balcony that yields direct eastern sunrise exposure for memorable morning rises.

The en suite bath boasts a marble floor, a tiled shower, an antique bowfront vanity with fluted column-legs and reliefs of rosette-cornered panels and a bowl of fruit with scrolls, and yet another stunning harbor view.

This beckons you to go boating from the onsite marina or take a walk on the Harborwalk to the Waterfront’s exciting offerings: the New England Aquarium and its Simons IMAX Theatre, the Boston Sailing Center, Boston Harbor island cruises from Long Wharf, Christopher Columbus Park, the Greenway Carousel and unlimited seafood dining.

Offered at $6,499,900, Unit PH6 at 40 Battery St. stretches the boundaries of harborside habitation to panoramic proportions.

For a private showing, contact George Sarkis of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 781-603-8702 or


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