There is a lot to love about this home. Double crown molding, detailed bump boards and gleaming hardwood flooring throughout the house are classic features that are right at home in the spacious, contemporary “sunken” living room.
From its location in the Charlestown’s Gas Light district to the outstanding urban amenities and the interior design, 33 Warren St. is quite a find. And not long ago, it was found by someone who now owns this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom townhouse treasure.
Originally listed by Samantha Hollister Johnson and Regina Winslow of William Raveis Real Estate, this 2,015 square foot home was sold recently for $1,675,000 with Brigitte LaBonte Petrocelli of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
There is a lot to love about this home. Double crown molding, detailed bump boards and gleaming hardwood flooring throughout the house are classic features that are right at home in the spacious, contemporary “sunken” living room. Two extra-large windows adorned with shutters shower the room with natural light.
At one end of the room is a double-sided gas fireplace with a granite surround on its own wall flanked by two sets of stairs (three steps each) that lead up to the open kitchen-dining room.
The fireplace on the flip side has a classically detailed mantel that includes half fluting. An attractive focal point when dining, this also gives the entire space a cozy, comfortable vibe in an area spacious enough to seat 6 to 10 people.
Large and bright, the well-planned kitchen has it all. Viking stainless steel appliances that include a six-burner gas stove, double ovens, a dishwasher and refrigerator are sparkling accents contrasting the granite countertops. A stainless steel sink in the step-down breakfast bar that seats three-to-four people comfortably adds extra glitz as does the white subway tile backsplash. There’s also a handy beverage refrigerator.
A substantial amount of white cabinetry (with under-mount lighting) that includes a pullout pantry is a sleek and practical contemporary element. This kitchen even has a nearby old-fashioned “broom” closet and with minimal customization, it could easily be turned into an extra pantry.
A “window” wall that includes full glass sliders with matching sidelight has direct access to a gigantic maintenance-free deck. Even better, this outdoor space leads to an enclosed (and private) landscaped “community” back yard, part of the association amenities for homeowners and their families to enjoy.
Two almost identically sized bedrooms on the second level are large and well-proportioned for easy and flexible furniture arrangements and/or uses. Two big windows in each room ensure that they are always filled with natural light and the lighted closets in each room provide plenty of storage space.
The shared bathroom is pretty and practical. The tub/shower ensemble has a marble subway tile surround. The marble tile flooring and countertop are classy touches.
For added convenience, the lighted laundry facilities include a full-size stackable Electrolux washer and dryer.
A multi-glass pane door at the top of the staircase opens to the master suite oasis, which encompasses the entire third floor. Double crown molding adds a dash of tradition in the king-bed sized sleeping chamber. Having the “usual” bedroom furniture is optional given the amount of storage space in this room. Two double closets are fully customized with drawers, open shelving and specialized hanging areas. There is also a deep linen closet.
A private deck is the standout feature. Oversized full glass sliders open to a maintenance-free outdoor space with sweeping views of Charlestown.
Marble floor tile, countertop and wainscoting reflect the already-luxurious ambiance of the en suite bathroom. A Maax freestanding soaking tub under three windows placed high on the wall has the best of both worlds: natural light and privacy. The step-in shower within a frameless glass enclosure has a hand-held spray and a separate shower head. A long vanity with two sinks and eave storage are other pluses.
The lower level is fully finished. An attractive, easy to maintain engineered hardwood flooring and two sizable windows that allow in ample light augment the generous space that can be used as a family/playroom, media center or office. The half bathroom with marble tile flooring increases possible use options. This level also has access to exceptional covered, side-by-side parking facilities for two cars - one compact, the other a regular size vehicle.
Strolling along the charming streets in the oldest and second smallest neighborhood of Boston, there are a plethora of shops and eateries to choose from.
For instance, Place & Gather is dedicated to embellishing your home with ease and inviting joy into your everyday life offering curated tablescapes and beautiful home accents along with wedding, hostess and housewarming gifts. They also offer interior design services. It’s easy to continue celebrating the everyday at Junebug. They offer fresh floral arrangements along with bath and beauty, stationary, jewelry and home décor. They host workshops as well.
To satisfy your tastebuds, the Grasshopper Café is a kid-friendly nook that serves hearty home-cooked breakfasts and scrumptious lunches. Brewer’s Fork has wood-fired specialties and small plates including a midday menu and a weekend brunch.
Pier 6 features a nautical theme complete with spectacular waterfront views (from the wall of sliding glass doors or from the outside upper and lower wooden decks) to go with an array of classic New England seafood dishes.
There are plenty of places to feed your mind and enrich your spirit. Bunker Hill Community College hosts family-friendly community events such as compelling conversations, colorful art shows, interesting documentaries plus lively musical and theater performances.
The Charlestown Branch Library entertains adult book discussions, yoga classes and concerts plus a mix of children and youth programs.
The Charlestown Community Center has a computer lab, gymnasium, fitness center, indoor pool and a community room and offers a variety of family-friendly events and programs throughout the year.
Located on a 1.4-square mile peninsula between the Charles River and the City, Charlestown boasts a vast amount of open space, many with parks and playgrounds and significant landmarks.
City Square Park is considered among many to be an historic marker, a work of art, an amazing green space and a gateway to Boston. A custom built ornamental fence embraces the area embroidered with trees, flowers and benches that create a serene oasis to practice yoga, listen to concerts, watch movies and observe wedding ceremonies. Plaques along the meandering walkways commemorate some of Charlestown’s most famous notables, including Elizabeth Foster (Mother) Goose, Samuel Morse and John Harvard. The soaring Zakim Bridge sits in the background.
The Boston National Historical Park encompasses the Navy Yard that accommodates the USS Constitution/”Old Ironsides” and Museum and the USS Cassin Young. There, you can take a tour of the ships, learn about celestial navigation, sing sea chanteys and attend special events. You can also enjoy Swing dancing, yoga classes and outdoor concerts at the Visitor Center. The Charlestown Marina offers state-of-the-art amenities and services.
Just a short walk inland is Monument Square Park, noted for the Bunker Hill Monument. There, you can participate in a scavenger hunt or take a twilight (or daylight) hike to the top of the hill and learn how it played a prominent role in securing freedom for the country. The Bunker Hill Museum sits nearby.
Further north is Doherty Park, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, which has a flat promenade with a grassy area speckled with trees, paths and benches and shares space with the Clougherty Pool complex, featuring a swimming pool, a splash pad and basketball courts.
The five-acre Paul Revere Park, where the Charles River meets the Inner Harbor, features a large, grassy oval for playing Frisbee; a stage for live performances; a large, fenced-in playground for frolicking children; a pier for fishing and more than seven miles of bicycle and pedestrian pathways connecting to the Charles River Reservation System.
You can also follow the Freedom Trail over the bridge into the North End for some tasty authentic Italian food and beyond to other neighborhood specialties.
In addition to walking, there are a number of BlueBikes Stations scattered around Charlestown, great for sight-seeing, exercise and fresh air, or getting to work on time. The MBTA Ferry at the Charlestown Navy Yard Terminal has frequent departures to Boston-Long Wharf. There is also easy access to Route 93 and Route 1.