“Being in this location, it's a great live-work space,” said Baglio, who is listing the 2,259-square-foot, two-bedroom unit at $1,575,000 plus a $500 monthly association fee. “You've got everything surrounding you.”

Joe Baglio of Compass has every reason to call Unit 4 at 80 Summer St. “a real Boston loft.”

Kudos to its Downtown location and down-to-the-studs renovation by downstairs neighbor Chris Knight, this one-level unit has everything a wannabe Bostonian wants, hands-down: flexible loft space, advanced kitchen and baths, in-unit laundry, smart-home technology, neighborhood shopping and dining, easy walks to work, easy access to multiple transit lines and highway routes, and lower costs than most Downtown condos.

“Being in this location, it’s a great live-work space,” said Baglio, who is listing this 2,259-square-foot, two-bedroom unit at $1,575,000 plus a $500 monthly association fee. “You’ve got everything surrounding you.”

Including history. The building is renamed The Boston American Lofts for the Boston American newspaper that once occupied it.

“When we did the demolition, we found bits of old newspapers stuffed in the walls,” said Knight, who exposed old brick, fit wood shelving in old window and door openings, and stripped and finished old flooring. “The original hardwood floors were under five layers of flooring.”

Knight’s handiwork brings you home to a 27-foot-wide living-dining-kitchen area with a ceiling above 10 feet, two ceiling fans and bright light from five oversized windows and no columns, allowing for versatile arrangement and capacity-crowd entertainment.

The windows are retrofit with low-E glass that reduces heat gain in summer and increases it in winter, saving you heating and cooling costs.

“I didn’t have the heat on all winter and it never got below 65 degrees,” said Knight of the low-E glass in his unit.

An LED lighting strip below the windows can be changed to different accent colors from your phone.

The open corner kitchen efficiently arranges woodgrain laminate cabinetry, a Capital commercial-grade six-burner gas range with a grill and double oven, a GE refrigerator with a water/ice dispenser and two-level freezer drawer, a faux mother-of-pearl subway-tile backsplash and white Caesarstone counters.

The island counter incorporates a molded granite sink with a gooseneck faucet, Bosch dishwasher, a disposal with an air switch and chrome-finished industrial overhead lights.

“There’s 28 linear feet of counterspace for cooking and entertaining,” said Baglio.

For wine and dry-goods storage, beside the refrigerator is a spacious pantry with pivot-spinning transoms for light and ventilation. The utility/storage room’s all-new systems include a Pheem water-heater with heat pump and heating coil. “It costs $150 a year to run it,” said Knight.

A wall centrally separates the bedroom suites, interconnecting them with a double door so one can be an office or nursery. The primary bedroom is open to the hall, but can be closed off with a door, slider, curtain, screen, etc. The space is flexible for installing a closet in the wider area, which has two ceiling fans and a workstation in the narrower area, which has two pendant lights. (A closet installation credit can be made available to the buyer.)

The en suite bath, accessible from both areas, features a six-foot soaking tub of molded stone. “It holds heat better than acrylic tubs,” said Knight.

The shower boasts rain and hand-held showerheads and a floor of glass pebbles. “They’re flat so they don’t push into your feet, but you still get really good traction,” said Knight.

A gray Caesarstone counter has twin Kohler sinks with Danze wall-mount faucets and medicine cabinets with mirrors on both sides of the doors and behind the glass shelves. Completing the bath are a water closet and an easy-maintenance marble-like porcelain floor.

The unusually large second bedroom is also flexible for closet/workstation accommodation. Its bath’s Americast engineered steel tub with hand-held shower bonds layers of porcelain enamel finish, enameling grade steel and structural composite material for better heat retention, sound reduction and durability than cast-iron.

The second bedroom and primary bath access the laundry with a Samsung MultiSteam Moisture Sensor side-by-side washer and dryer, slop sink and space for shelves.

The smart-home technology is another plus. The Lutron light-switches, Ecobee thermostat and heating/cooling systems can be programmed for remote control from Apple HomeKit apps from your phone from anywhere.

“You can program lights to wake you up,” said Knight. “You can hook the water-heater up to your phone so a leak detector will alert you on your screen.”

An Aiphone closed-circuit video security system is handy at the door.

Just as handy is the copious Downtown shopping and dining: Roche Bros. food market, Caffè Nero, Primark, Old Navy, Macy’s, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, high-class restaurants and much more. Down Summer Street is South Station’s Red Line subway and commuter rail, Route 1 and I-93 onramps, and the Seaport District. Down Winter Street are the Boston Common and Red and Green lines. Down Washington Street are the Red and Orange lines, the Theatre District and Government Center’s Green Line and Blue Line to Logan Airport.

Built circa1880 to replace a building lost in the Great Boston Fire of 1872 that started in a basement across the street, 80 Summer St. housed the Boston American, part of William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper chain, beginning in 1904. It merged with other papers over the years, eventually becoming the Boston Herald.

After the Boston American relocated, architects John Spofford and James Murray altered the building in 1927 for larger store windows and its present Classical-Gothic commercial design with a scroll-flanked shield on a rounded parapet. Archival images of the Boston American, historical photos of the neighborhood and antiquarian maps of Boston are displayed in the lobby and stairwell of The Boston American Lofts.

The best of Boston is yours for less at 80 Summer St., Unit 4. For more information, contact Joe Baglio at 617-669-4414 or joe.baglio@compass.com.

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- Chris Knight, 80 Summer St. resident and Unit 4 renovator, 617-413-5665, chrisknightx@gmail.com

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