New owner selects stylish living at Constellation Wharf


There’s a new owner for a dazzling townhouse located at Pier 7 on the Charlestown waterfront.

With a like-new feel due to the impeccable care and renovations the previous owners have put in over the years, Unit 42 at 42 Constellation Wharf is a chic tri-level+ condo boasting more than 2,500 square feet of living space and two private over-the-water decks.

This jewel was listed with and sold through the Colombo Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate recently for $1,600,000 – a price that is much lower than a home with comparable design, details and dividends would sell for in other waterfront sections of the city.

While there is a definite neighborly and welcoming feel as well as a quiet calm to this 64-unit development, the community has a concierge at the front gate to monitor visitors so that privacy and safety is always ensured.

The variegated tones of nautical blue, white and gray on the outside greet the residents and visitors upon arrival to a feast of Tuscany-like colors on the inside.

Residents and guests will be wowed by the gorgeous layout and views on the middle floor of the home. The open-floor design creates a beautiful space for entertaining while the architectural detail and décor add to the ambiance.

Whether enchanting guests with culinary delights or simply preparing a family meal, the gourmet kitchen is a dream for any type of cook, designed with an eye toward aesthetics as well as efficiency.

Costa Esmerelda granite that covers the counters and center island, which has seating for two people, and eye-catching backsplash coupled with the polished silver-tone cabinets and appliances create a sleek, contemporary space that is as gorgeous to look at as it is functional to use.

High end touches include SieMatic garage-door style cabinets, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, two wall ovens and a Gaggenau cooktop with four burners and a unique griddle in the middle.

When preparing meals, sliding drawers on either side and underneath the cooktop stores the spices, utensils, pots and pans ready at the cook’s fingertips. The two wall ovens handle the baking and broiling of entrees, breads and confections simultaneously without interrupting stove top cooking. The kitchen is spacious enough for a table and chairs for informal dining while the beverage rack and mini-frig in the island keep drinks close at hand.

With the abundant storage, a corner shelf unit for displaying anything from art to media equipment and wide windows that allow in natural lighting, this kitchen/dining area will be the envy of cooks and guests alike.

The elongated dining room has more than enough space for a large table and chairs to sit 10 people comfortably while enjoying conversation around a great meal with enough space for other incidentals.

A granite-topped buffet pony wall, separating the dining and living room spaces, is elegant enough to display an array of appetizing pleasures for guests while also storing china, crystal and other items for entertaining.

The step-down living room features a wood burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the water and across to the Boston skyline. Built-in cabinetry can highlight art décor and/or a television. Track lighting provides ambiance.

The master suite at one end of the upper floor has a spacious bedroom with a wall of windows and a sliding door that opens to the second private deck - perfect for relaxing with a great book or just simply enjoying the maritime vista against the backdrop of the city skyline. A stunning and roomy walk-in closet tucked behind a pocket door is outfitted with shelves, racks and drawers to store all seasons of clothing while a long glass-topped sink vanity makes applying make-up and last-minute touch ups simple, conveniently eliminating the need to share or wait for the bathroom.

The closet leads to the en suite bathroom that has a twin glass-topped sink vanity and a wide glass-door shower.

At the far end of the hall on one side is another bedroom that has lots of space, two deep built-in drawers and a generously-sized closet. On the other side of the hall sits a linen closet and a full bathroom with a tub/shower.

The laundry facilities are conveniently located behind sliding doors in the hallway between the bedrooms, which eliminate the need for carrying clothes up and down stairs. This closet has a stacked washer/dryer along with upper and lower cabinets that supply storage and folding space.

In 2004, the owners turned an empty loft space into an office. With windows just below the ceiling level and plenty of room around the built-in prerequisites, this office provides a quiet work area. This area could also make a nice craft nook.

The lower level has a large room with a wood-burning fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors and a wall of windows with a slider to the private deck overlooking Boston Harbor. There is also a full bathroom.

The flexibility of this space offers a variety of options to create a space that fits the needs of the new homeowner, including a bedroom, a family room, a home gym or media center or a much larger home office. It could also be used as a separate living space for an au pair, guests, parents or adult children returning home. With the multitude of options, there is one thing for sure: sitting on the deck is a great place to relax and renew while enjoying the Harbor activity.

A private attached garage is void of stairs when entering the home. A second parking space (along with plenty of guest parking) is also available.

Of course, using the car is optional when getting around the city since this home is in a prime location. There are private and public water taxis at the nearby piers and a free Mass General Hospital shuttle on First Street that goes to North Station as well as the hospital. Public bus service is close by and Blue Bikes are nearby as well.

Charlestown is also very walk-able to a plethora of local conveniences, including some very peaceful and attractive parks. And walking along the ocean is pure joy. One can easily get to the North End and beyond by following the Harborwalk and Freedom Trail or sidewalks to the North Washington Street Bridge.

With restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bakeries; and parks, history and Boston (including Boston National Historical Park, Boston Navy Yard/USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument/Museum, Freedom Trail) at your doorstep, living at Constellation Wharf will be like having a taste of the suburbs, but with easy access to all the city amenities.

Contact Karen Colombosian at 617-519-6453 or Myles Couyoumjian at 978-604-7055, both with the Colombo Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, for information about other fine Boston homes.

This large room on the lower level has a wood-burning fire-place, a wall of windows with a slider to the private deck overlooking Boston Harbor and gleaming hardwood floors. Although it's the third bedroom, it can also be used as a home office or a family room, a home gym or media center - so many options for this wonderful space.


Address: 42 Constellation Wharf, Unit 42, Charlestown

BR/BA: Three bedrooms; three-and-a-half bathrooms

Size: 2,518 square feet

Closing price: $1,600,000

Date sold: Oct. 16, 2020

Total number of units: 64

Year built: 1987, renovations and upgrades 2001-2020

Features: Chef’s kitchen with SieMatic cabinets, Sub-Zero refrigerator, four-burner Gaggenau stove with electric griddle in the middle, two wall ovens, center island with beverage fridge, floor to ceiling windows; built-in cabinetry and track lighting in step-down living room overlooking water; buffet island between dining room and living room for serving and storage; master bedroom suite; hardwood flooring with new carpeting on stairs and second floor; two wood burning fireplaces; loft office space; programmable thermostats; two over-water decks over-looking Boston Harbor and city skyline; attached one-car garage with floor-to-ceiling storage shelves; carport parking space; pet friendly building with dog park nearby.

Close by: Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Naval Shipyard Park, Thomas Menino Park, Paul Revere Park, Harborwalk, Freedom Trail for walking, running and biking; activities and events at the USS Constitution, Museum, Navy Yard Park, Bunker Hill Monument and Museum, Charlestown Branch Library; several eateries and pubs, including Pier 6 Restaurant, Emack and Bolio’s, Warren’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Pub; PPM Food Service, Whole Food Market; Bunker Hill Community College, Spaulding Rehab, Mass General Hospital Children’s Center, Montessori School, child care; two full-service marinas, water taxis, Blue Bikes, public transportation, easy highway access.

Contact: Karen Colombosian (617-519-6453) and Myles Couyoumjian (978-604-7055) of the Colombo Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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The step-down living room features a wood burning fireplace, built-in cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the water and across to the Boston skyline.


Whether enchanting guests with culinary delights or simply preparing a family meal, the gourmet kitchen in this home is dream for any type of cook, designed with an eye toward aesthetics as well as efficiency.