South End duplex treasure ready for new owner

With shining cabinetry, Thermador appliances and globe pendants illuminating the white soapstone-topped island, this kitchen makes meal preparation a delight.

The Eight Streets neighborhood, at the heart of the South End, is a charming area between East Berkley, Shawmut, Waltham and Tremont streets. Residents love its nearby parks and playgrounds, and enjoy its proximity to Restaurant Row.

Tall trees add character to the area, enhancing the brick bow fronts that are adorned with wrought iron railings.

In this coveted part of the city, an immaculate duplex has just hit the market. From the exquisitely designed open living, dining and kitchen area on the garden level to the flexible space on the bedroom floor, Unit 1 at 35 Hanson St. has everything you could ask for in an urban home, including a rarely-found private bluestone patio and a grassy lawn you can access through a folding wall of glass.

The secluded backyard would be a terrific place to sip morning coffee or a favorite cocktail on a summer evening.

Steven Cohen of Steven Cohen Team, Keller Williams Realty has listed this elegant, spotless home for $1,595,000.

When you enter the unit through its arched doorway, you find yourself in a small foyer. Head right downstairs to the entertaining level. The railing system beside the stairway is high-style contemporary. It takes up little visual space, adds a very modern feeling to the home, and allows light to suffuse every inch of the place. As you descend, it’s hard to suppress a smile: the open living, dining and kitchen area looks amazing.

You’re immediately drawn to the far end of the space where light pours through an entire wall of folding glass Nano doors. In good weather, you can open the doors all the way and the private patio becomes part of the main living space.

The small green lawn in back is a luxury few city homes possess. Maybe you’ll plant colorful flowers around the tree in the back corner of the fenced yard.

When the weather gets chilly, you can come inside and lounge on your sectional in front of the toasty gas fireplace while you’re watching your favorite shows on the TV on the wall above it.

There is space for a good-sized dining table in the room, too, if you like to serve dinner to friends. And you will want to do just that because the kitchen in this home is nothing short of fabulous.

Any gourmet chef would have a great time cooking here. With gleaming top-of-the-line Thermador stainless steel appliances, including a wide French door refrigerator, a gas cooktop and oven, a dishwasher and a wine fridge, you can whip up some truly impressive meals and clean up in a flash. Over the deep stainless sink, there’s a shelf for your cookbooks. The range hood resembles a piece of modern sculpture.

Dark shining wood-finished cabinets contrast with white soapstone countertops. Hardwood floors glow. Two signature globe-shaped pendant light fixtures illuminate the center island, which has a prep sink, built-in microwave and an expansive breakfast bar for casual dining.

The lighting scheme here is beautiful¬¬ and gives the home an ambient glow.

An attractive powder room and a laundry closet with a stacked washer and dryer complete this level.

At bedtime, you’ll come upstairs to slip off to dreamland in your choice of two bedrooms. The front-facing bedroom is to the right. It sports two windows in the bow and it’s a very flexible space. With the Murphy bed folded into the wall, the room works as a home office or a den. A built-in book case provides shelving and cabinet space. When you have visitors staying overnight, open the bed and the room takes good care of guests.

A gorgeous spa-like Carrara marble en suite bathroom serves that space. It includes a wonderful tub/shower combo with marble tiles on the surround. The floating white vanity has a long white countertop. Drawers span the width of the vanity, offering plenty of storage space for bathroom necessities.

The primary suite at the end of the hall is sumptuous, like something you might view on a high-end interior designer’s website.

Three bedroom windows face the backyard, so the room is quiet and very private.

Walls are painted a restful deep teal green. The room is spacious enough to admit a king-sized bed with nightstands on either side and there’s room for a dresser at the foot of the bed’s neighboring wall. Generous in size and nicely built out, the walk-in closet provides shelves, drawers and hanging space to accommodate your wardrobe.

The main bedroom’s en suite bath is a vision in navy blue and white. A wooden double vanity is topped with white soapstone, and storage in the vanity is plentiful. Neutral-colored penny tile on the floor adds texture. When you want to get clean, you can take your choice between a deep, freestanding bathtub for a relaxing soak and a frameless glass walk-in shower with invigorating body sprays. Either choice would be a good one, depending on your mood.

This home is immaculate and stunning. You could furnish it in a contemporary or transitional style. And do remember the patio furniture. When you move into this place, you’ll be spending a lot of time enjoying the private sanctuary in your own backyard.

An open house will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. For a private showing, contact the broker for details.

A private arched entry door leads to an elegant condominium home in the Eight Streets neighborhood of the South End.


Address: 35 Hanson St., Unit 1, South End

BR/BA: Two bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms

Size: 1,515 square feet

Year built: Late 19th century – renovated 2014

Price: $1,595,000

Taxes: $16,665 for Tax Year 2020 (excluding residential exemption)

Association fee: $246.66 (Includes master insurance, common area maintenance, common utilities and water/sewer)

Features of building: Desirable two-unit bow front brick building in the South End’s prestigious Eight Streets neighborhood, completely renovated six years ago.

Features of unit: Sleek, elegant South End duplex with separate entrance, two large bedrooms and stunning bathrooms on upper level, open living space on the garden level with gourmet kitchen, gas fireplace in living area, private bluestone patio and grassy lawn. A wall of folding glass Nano doors is fully retractable to open into the outside space. Home tech includes Nest thermostats to control the unit’s temperature.

Nearby: Restaurant Row, cultural attractions including the Center for the Arts, numerous specialty shops, and beautiful parks. Easy access to MBTA Silver Line and Back Bay Station, and close to Route 93 and the Mass. Pike.

Contact: Steven Cohen Team, Keller Williams Realty, 1313 Washington St., Suite 115A, Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-861-3636



See this home: Open house – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, July 26. For a private showing, contact the broker for details.



The primary bedroom is spacious and restful, painted in a dark green shade. The walk-in closet is nicely built out to store your wardrobe.