This 2,121-square-foot loft-style North End residence with three bedrooms and one and a half-bathrooms, originally listed with Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, now has a new owner. This delightful home sold through Less Arnold of Compass on Oct. 31 for $1,275,000.

Nestled betwixt and between two of Boston’s most historic and well-known districts – the Bullfinch Triangle and the legendary North End – puts the location factor for this urban delight at “10.” And that’s even before walking through the front door of Unit 2 at 90 North Washington St.

In this particular case, it’s not a door per se, but direct elevator access with a custom wrought iron gate that welcomes one into this home.

This 2,121-square-foot loft-style North End residence with three bedrooms and one and a half-bathrooms, originally listed with Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, now has a new owner. This delightful home sold through Less Arnold of Compass on Oct. 31 for $1,275,000.

A fully open concept floor plan, soaring ceilings with exposed, painted ductwork and beams plus brick-accented walls reflect a sophisticated, industrial-chic flair in this one-of-a-kind, turnkey gem situated in a five-unit boutique building.

Of course, modern technology, such as a Nest thermostat (with its app control options) and central air conditioning, are part of the package, as well.

Period character is prevalent, too. In the gigantic living room area, a long wall of exposed brick is a striking focal point. Its rich hues not only complement the beautiful maple flooring that flows through the unit, but also adds warmth to the entire room. The room is also saturated with an abundance of natural light from the five oversized, almost floor-to-ceiling windows.

JennAir stainless steel appliances and a stainless-steel backsplash of mini-subway tiles are sparkling accents in the spacious chef’s kitchen. In addition to a substantial amount of cabinetry (with both glass- and closed-front cupboards with under mount lighting), this modified U-shaped space has wrap-around granite-topped counters that ends with a breakfast bar that can seat four people.

A sizable dining area that comfortably accommodates six or more people comfortably is in between the kitchen and the living room. An adjacent half wall with open cubbies is great for colorful objets d’art and/or favorite books.

Like so much of this home, the concept of flexibility rules everywhere. A large room that is two steps up from the main living area is one example. Comfortable as a bedroom – be it a nursery or adult sized for family or guests – this space also works as a gorgeous office. The corner smoked-glass-pane windows ensure privacy while giving the room extra design flair. An exposed brick wall emphasizes the loft “character.”

Strategically placed for maximum privacy, the master suite is at one end of the home; a guest bedroom at the other. Each has a distinct personality.

The master suite has numerous impressive features with “size” at the top of the list.

The sleeping chamber can fit a king-size bed easily along with whatever furniture selections are desired. There is also room for an office or a sitting area, too. An exposed brick wall focuses attention on exposed painted ceiling beams. Three interior smoked glass windows at one end of the room add a dash of the unexpected. The walk-in lighted closet is huge with custom inserts and an exposed brick wall.

The spacious en suite bathroom has two windows, a long marble-topped vanity with two sinks and a separate linen closet. Bathers can choose between the jetted soaking tub or the fully tiled step-in shower with a hand-held spray and a rain head.

Oversized windows in the third bedroom keep this space flooded with natural light all year long. Ideal for guests, this bedroom handles a queen-size bed easily and has a spacious closet.

The North End is a friendly, little neighborhood encircled by the Boston Harbor/Waterfront on the northeast, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market on the west, and Christopher Columbus Park on the South.

Being the city’s oldest and continuously inhabited residential community, settled by the English Puritans in the 1630s, the North End is filled with a variety of architectural delights from its colonial-era dwellings and classic tenement-style structures on the quaint and narrow streets to the contemporary homes and maritime nature of the wharves on the harbor. One of the most unique dwellings is the famed Skinny House on Hull Street.

Three of the 16 historically significant sites on the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail captures more than 250 years of the rich history that defines this nation. The oldest standing/surviving church and the tallest building in the area with a 191-foot spire – the Old North (c. 1723) displays a symbolic third lantern that remains lit in recognition of the original two lanterns that sent Paul Revere out on his famous midnight ride for freedom. A copy of Longfellow’s poem, “One if by land, two if by sea…” hangs on a wall. The oldest home (c.1680) depicts the place where Revere and his family lived almost 100 years after it was built. The Paul Revere House offers museum tours throughout the year.

At the foot of Copp’s Hill is Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, Boston’s second-oldest cemetery and the third site on the Trail. Some of the earliest grave markers, dating back to 1661, designate the resting place of the Mather clan of ministers and the African-Americans who lived in the so-called New Guinea community at the base of the hill, among others.

The North End is fondly known as “Little Italy” for its Italian-American population, numerous Italian restaurants, bakeries and cafes (growing from 12 intimate eateries in 1909 to a plethora of popular places over the last 150 years), and the famous religious festivals (feasts) that honor the patron saints of the different regions of Italy.

The North End is a fabulous place to raise children. Among the noted schools are John Eliot School (K-8) and St. John School. The Nazzaro Community Center offers youth, family and senior programs and the North End Branch Library offers a wide range of activities and events for everyone. The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC), Improv Asylum Theater and the New England Aquarium add an extra element of fun, too.

The North End boasts more than 10 family parks and playgrounds, varying in size and amenities from tot lots and water sprays to batting cages and baseball diamonds along with basketball, bocce and handball courts. Some have historical landmarks, too.

A few on the north side include the Langone Park (1919 Great Molasses Flood Plaque), Puoppolo Field, Copp’s Hill Terrace (providing a scenic vista, it’s one of the 12 spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places), DeFilippo Playground, plus the Mirabella Pool adjacent to the US Coast Guard on the waterfront. The Rose Kennedy Greenway and Carousel is just across the street from the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on the south side.

Families can also receive comprehensive care and services at the newer North End Waterfront Health Center, affiliated with MGH.

Whether you’re a professional going to work or a family looking for fun, getting around is very easy. In addition to walking, there are three BLUEbikes stations available. It’s s a 5-to-10-minute walk to three MBTA stations to catch the trains, buses and commuter rails. Several ferries depart from Long Wharf, connecting the North End to Charlestown and Logan Airport, the North and South shores, and Provincetown. Boston Harbor Cruises’ on demand water taxis stop at five North End docks.

According to the locals, the North End is more than a cultural and historical experience; it’s the best place to live. Where else can you get a caffé latte, an early-American history lesson, an Italian newspaper, an authentic Italian (or other) dinner and a moonlit harborside serenade all in the same evening?

To learn about more homes looking for new owners, contact Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 617-331-0243 or by email at or Less Arnold at Compass at 617-870-4584 or