Bright and airy renovated South End home is sold


A beautiful single family home at 3 Lawrence St., nestled between the best of the South End and Back Bay on a delightful street with sequentially numbered addresses, has a new owner.

Originally listed with John Neale and Brad Sprogis of Sprogis & Neale Real Estate, this move-in-ready three-bedroom, two-and-one-half bathroom abode was purchased on Feb. 27 with Megan Kopman of Compass Real Estate for $2,995,000.

This 1865 gem was thoughtfully and thoroughly renovated right down to the brick five years ago. The original style Mansard slate roof with fish-scale cut tiles and the deep-set front entry with granite steps heightens the curb appeal. The refurbished front door welcomes family and guests home.

Inside this one-of-a-kind 2,345-square-foot treasure, a modern interpretation of traditional 19th century elements has created a timeless ambiance, making it a truly special place to live. Classic features highlighted throughout the home incorporate gorgeous three-inch oak flooring, double crown molding and bump boards with straight-line detailing, and double-glazed Jeld-Wen wood windows.

The front-to-back living-dining room on the first floor is both versatile and vibrant. A stunning flush-mount gas fireplace on a tile accent wall that stretches to the ceiling is an instant focal point that seamlessly (sans wall) apportions the space into two equal parts. A three-window bump out, which is in the two-story extension on the house, overlooks the fenced-in patio below.

Flexible and fetching, the garden level has two large spaces on either end of the eat-in kitchen that can be used for dining, a family room or play area. The kitchen, however, is a showpiece – albeit an understated one.

The gourmet kitchen has a striking backsplash of narrow navy blue crescent-shaped tiles set in a subway pattern that complements the white quartzite countertops and ample white Shaker-style cabinetry, accented with a suite of Thermador stainless-steel appliances – including a convection/microwave oven. The long center island, which has a stainless-steel sink, seats three-to-four people. Legrand electrical outlets (one is in the island) maintain the clean linear look.

Although similar in size, each space flanking the kitchen has its own distinctive look. A very attractive focal point, one space has a Mondrian-like wood design on the wall. The design is also functional – important necessities, such as the electric panel, are tucked in behind it. Since an electric outlet behind a round ceiling panel is ready and waiting for a light fixture, perhaps the new owners might add table/banquette seating creating a formal dining area.

The other space, which is even larger, has its own interior bump out, featuring a bar area with a beverage fridge and overhead glass-front cabinets. Whether used as a dining area or a family room, views are included.

A wall of almost floor-to-ceiling windows looks out to the enclosed south-facing brick paver patio with a hard-piped grill. A full glass pane door leads to the “yard” that is large enough for a table and chairs and has direct access to a footpath alley with brick and granite pavers that wraps around to the street. For added privacy, gates are at each end.

A Harry Potter-like closet under the stairs and a half bathroom are also on this level.

The second floor is (mostly) dedicated to the master bedroom suite. Well-proportioned and spacious, the king-bed size sleeping chamber with three windows has ample room for a cedar chest/bench at the foot of the bed and armoires and dressers along a lengthy wall. Another option for the new owners is to forgo “storage” furniture in favor of creating a sitting area.

The adjacent walk-in and walk-through galley-like closet (which leads to the en suite bathroom) via pocket doors has matching custom inserts on each side that include drawers, open shelving, shoe racks and specialized hanging areas.

The en suite bathroom is swathed in decorative marble wainscoting and tile shower surround plus heated porcelain stone-gray floor tiles. Other highlights include an oval free-standing soaking tub, an oversized step-in shower (with three shower heads: centered rain, wall mounted and flexible sprayer) in a glass enclosure and a two-sink floating marbled topped vanity.

An almost perfectly square room overlooking the enclosed patio works well as an office, study or nursery.

Each of the two spacious bedrooms on the third floor has the charming “mansard” angled ceiling line, two large windows and a lighted double closet with custom inserts. In addition to these shared characteristics, each room has its own personalities, thanks in part to the natural light formation. The back bedroom receives morning sun while the front bedroom, which has a north westerly exposure, has two gigantic skylights.

A shared bathroom separates these two rooms. Extra-long white subway tile is used as wainscoting and in the shower/tub surround. There is also a stylish floating vanity with two sinks and an adjacent medicine/linen closet.

Laundry facilities, which are also on this level, include a full-size stackable Electrolux washer and dryer tucked into a well-lit double closet. This space also has custom inserts for hanging items and open cubbies.

A full staircase leads to a sizable private roof deck with water, electricity and a gas line. Incredible views of Back Bay are among the perks of this rooftop escape. Easy maintenance is another as this outdoor haven is constructed of man-made wood.

The new residents will have no problem immersing themselves into the diverse and vibrant South End culture. The historic South End is noted for quaint English-inspired neighborhood parks bordered by cast iron fencing with central water fountains as well as newer contemporary parks and playgrounds such as Peter’s Park and Titus Sparrow Park, lined with walking trails, sports space, garden plots and tot lots. The sights and sounds are varied throughout the year with summer concerts and winter parties.

The South End is known for its eclectic array of artists. The SoWa Art + Design District has lots of one-of-a-kind galleries, showrooms and boutiques and has a nation-wide reputation for SoWa Open and Vintage markets, and SoWa First Fridays and Second Sundays. Summer fun abounds at the SoWa Farmers Market events with entertainment, refreshing libations and delicious eats. The Boston Center for the Arts complex is the headquarters of the Boston Ballet, the Community Music Center of Boston and home to several Resident Theater Companies and a number of artists, and of course the historic Cyclorama, all bringing international fame to its name.

The South End Branch Library and the Blackstone Community Center offer a lively array of events and programs for kids, families and individuals to enjoy and mouth-watering ethnic food is pied and plentiful.

To learn more about homes in the South End, contact John Neale and Brad Sprogis, Sprogis & Neale Real Estate at 679 Tremont St., email, phone 617-262-1504 or 617-308-4610, or visit Contact Megan Kopman of Compass Real Estate at 617-309-9495 or via email at