Charming Charlestown penthouse feels like a single-family home
Style, size and site make this home a true Charlestown gem. Tucked off Monument Square on a charming street with gas lights, Unit 2 at 8 Lexington St. has just gone through a complete conversion and is now ready for new owners.
Nancy Roth of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has listed this two-bedroom and two-and one-half-bathroom jewel for $1,025,000.
This 1,456-square-foot penthouse duplex feels (and lives) like a single-family home.
That single-family vibe begins at the private hooded entry and continues in the mini mudroom in the downstairs foyer and up a coffin turn in the stairwell to the main living level. Confirmation happens at the first sight of an open concept living-dining room-kitchen.
The amenities are many (both modern and traditional), but admittedly, it’s the eye candy that one tends to notice first.
In the spacious living room area, for example, look up almost 10 feet to a tray ceiling, surrounded by triple crown molding, or down to glistening cherry flooring. In between is a gas fireplace, flanked by custom floor-to-ceiling bookcases with five open shelves, accented by wainscoting with shadowbox paneling. Three large windows have richly detailed casings.
Options for where to dine, formally or not, are many and certainly movable depending on need (intimate or crowd-size) and/or location preference (in front of the fireplace or adjacent to the windows). In between the living space and the kitchen also works. With little effort, six or more people are easily accommodated.
Every aspect of the galley kitchen functions well. An extra-long step-down center island –
with a beverage cooler – has a curved granite countertop that doubles as a breakfast/lunch/snack bar that seats five people comfortably. A suite of Frigidaire stainless steel appliances are sparkling accents in this well-planned kitchen. Under-mount lighting is a plus as is an almost floor-to-ceiling pantry cupboard. A deep storage closet is nearby.
Still, the main attention grabber is access to a charming (oversized) Juliet balcony. A full glass atrium door with a matching sidelight opens to the outdoor spot - ideal for a quick breath of fresh air or a leisurely cup of morning coffee.
In the nearby half bathroom with a Kohler commode, the vanity with a limestone countertop steals the show.
Cherry flooring continues up the stairs and into the two oversized bedroom suites that encompass the entire upper level. The secondary bedroom, which is large enough for a king-size bed, also has a versatile built-in floor-to-ceiling stepped, open bookcase. The mix of shelving sizes works well for decorative displays, books and/or storage.
Let’s not forget the lighted, extra-wide double closet or the two large windows that keep this room awash in natural light all year long.
Inviting as a guest room, having this also serve as an office is very doable.
In the suite’s bathroom, a jetted tub/shower ensemble has a tile surround. Limestone is the material of choice on the floor and for the countertop on the vanity. And to maintain continuity, this washroom has a window, too – just like every room in this residence.
The primary bedroom suite, which is larger, has even more impressive amenities. The bedroom itself not only accommodates a king-size bed, but also is large enough for separate seating or could handle an office set up. The extra-wide double closet, which is lighted, is another plus. And the en suite bathroom is stunning.
Classic marble stays true to itself, yet is quite at home in this thoroughly contemporary washroom. The traditional basketweave pattern on the floor feels timeless juxtaposed to marble tile on the walls, on the ceiling and on the shower pan in the step-in shower - complete with a frameless glass door. Honed marble on the vanity countertop adds a dash of luxury.
Laundry facilities on this level in the hall include a full-size Frigidaire washer and dryer.
Literally, the roof deck is the icing on the cake. A full staircase leads to this incredible airy escape with 360-degree views that, of course, include the Bunker Hill Monument, not to mention the rest of historic Charlestown.
Outfitted with electricity, water and piped for a gas grill, this is extraordinary outdoor space. That the “inside” Sonos sound system is set up on this sky-high getaway is one bonus; that it’s large enough for a substantial amount of seating is another.
Address: 8 Lexington St., Unit 2, Charlestown
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 1,456 square feet
Taxes: $7,764.60 (Tax Year 2021)
Year built: c.1900; converted to condominiums 2021
Number of units: Two
Assn. fee: $250 monthly (includes water, sewer, master insurance)
Features: Penthouse duplex with open concept living-dining room-kitchen. Cherry flooring throughout, lavish millwork including triple crown molding, wainscoting and detailed window and door casings plus Sonos sound system. Gas fireplace and huge tray ceiling in living room; suite of Frigidaire stainless-steel appliances in chef’s kitchen with white Shaker cabinetry, a step-down granite topped island. Juliet balcony off the kitchen. In-unit laundry on second living level. Two en suite bedrooms. Primary bedroom suite with marble bath. Full staircase to private roof deck with 360-degree views, electricity, water and gas line for grill.
Nearby: About two blocks to Monument Square and a slightly longer stretch of the legs to Winthrop Square. Charlestown center and the Bunker Hill Mall with various shops, restaurants and boutiques are about 15 minutes away in one direction and the USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard in the opposite direction. The North End and its numerous restaurants, cafes, specialty delis and historical landmarks such as the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House are about 10 minutes over the Charlestown Bridge. Route 93, the Tobin Bridge and Storrow Drive are “around” the corner.
Contact: Nancy Roth of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, 20 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129