Beautiful loft-style home offers lots of space and great views

BARBARA FORSTER
CORRESPONDENT

“Timeless and modern” might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s reality in this exceptionally spacious home at 221 Columbus Ave., bordering Back Bay and the South End. Be prepared to heave a sigh of relief upon entering this unique abode where a Scandinavian aesthetic, dashes of Asian influence and a plethora of 21st century amenities (including spa-like bathrooms) create a welcome respite from the outside world.

In Unit 504, oversized windows with fascinating city views and 11-foot-high ceilings enhance the refined grandeur of this 1,847-square-foot residence with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, listed by Debra Sordillo of Coldwell Banker Realty for $1,895,000.

This home is ensconced in the historic Albert Pope Building, which at one time manufactured nearly a quarter million Columbia bicycles annually. Later, the building became home to Cahners Publishing Company and was eventually developed and converted into loft-style condos in 1998 by Heath Properties.

Unit 504 is thoroughly modern. Storage options, for example, are plentiful and range from extra-large closets (and lots of them) to custom built-ins in almost every room.

And then there’s the views! Vistas that include magnificent sunsets in this southwest-facing home - especially in the fully open concept living-dining room with two exposures and five huge windows - are outstanding. Interior sights such as the corner fireplace are definitely noteworthy, too.

A custom built-in unit along one wall, however, is a multi-purpose gem that garners praise as an architectural beauty and as a well-designed storage unit mixing open shelving, closed cupboards (with glass-front doors) and more than a dozen double drawers.

In the fully open dining area, an extra-long built-in credenza, which is at least six feet in length, is storage central for china, crystal and/or whatever else is deemed necessary. A versatile piece, this also works as a server for casual or formal repasts for six, eight or more people.

Form and function go hand-in-hand in the U-shaped kitchen that is open to the dining area. An incredible amount of clean-lined custom cabinetry (with a corresponding amount of granite countertops) envelopes the space.

Stainless steel appliances, several cabinets with glass-front doors and under mount lighting add sparkle. In addition to pantry cupboards in the cookery itself, another wall of cabinets is directly opposite the kitchen.

Should you not be in the mood to use the chef-worthy kitchen, however, you can order from the acclaimed Mistral, which is on the first floor of the building.

In case you wondered, additional amenities include a large heated garage parking for one car (the spot is up front and easy to access) and use of the stunning roof deck with a kitchenette and Viking gas grill. Of course, the skyline views are spectacular.

Back inside, a shoji-like wall with frosted inserts (these ensure privacy, but allow natural light to flow seamlessly) separates the primary bedroom suite from the public living spaces. The king-bed size sleeping chamber that has two grand-sized windows and a sleek built-in dresser/chest/bureau has more than enough room for a couple of comfy chairs.

The amount of storage in this bedroom suite is staggering. In addition to a huge walk-in affair and a single closet, this suite has a grand-sized cedar closet.

A large laundry room is a plus, but privacy could be the best perk. The en suite bathroom is down a short (interior) corridor and two steps up from the bedroom. A wall of flush-mount, built-in closets/cupboards (for even more storage) is on the way to an oasis, a.k.a., the bathroom.

Luxury and serenity mixed with large doses of practicality live amicably in this two-section washroom. For example, large format wall tiles complement an abundance of cabinetry (including a floor-to-ceiling, built-in cupboard) while a black granite countertop is a glamorous accent to the extra-long two sink vanity and adjacent credenza with overhead cabinetry.

The fully tiled walk-in shower has multiple shower sprays plus a frameless glass door. For every day convenience (and personal privacy), a pocket door separates the commode and shower from the sinks.

Flexibility is another amenity. Consider that the current office, which has a substantial number of built-ins that include a wrap-around desk and bookcases with open shelving and closed cupboard space, can stay as is or be transformed into guest quarters. An extra-wide double closet is in the hallway.

However, maintaining this dedicated office is an option since a second bedroom/sitting room is down the hallway and up a couple stairs. Useful as guest space or not, this multi-purpose space with a built-in bookcase offers privacy as a bonus.

By the way, both rooms have great views of the Clarendon and 500 Boylston and for added convenience, a stunning full bathroom is nearby. A wood-clad conga drum-style pedestal sink definitely makes a statement, but so do the walls, which are covered floor-to-ceiling with glass subway tiles. These glimmering beauties are also in the corner step-in shower.

Admittedly, the living space is amazing, but so is the location of this unit on Columbus Avenue between Arlington and Berkeley streets. Surrounded by one renowned eating and shopping establishment after the other as well as every conceivable service, this centrally located home also has easy access to various forms of transportation including public options. The bus, commuter train, Amtrak and the MBTA are a block away at Back Bay Station.

This home is ensconced in the historic Albert Pope Building, which at one time manufactured nearly a quarter million Columbia bicycles annually.

DETAILS:

Address: 221 Columbus Ave., Unit 504, Back Bay

BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms

Size: 1,874 square feet

Price: $1,895,000

Taxes: $1,5889.66 (Tax Year 2020)

Year built: 1880, converted to condos in 1998

Number of units: 25

Assn. fee: $1,910 monthly (heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, reserve funds)

Features: Custom designed southwest-facing home with 11-foot ceilings, oversized windows and two exposures. Open-concept gourmet kitchen-dining and living room. Custom built-ins in every room plus extraordinary in-unit storage space including a cedar closet. In-unit laundry room. Elevator building with concierge services that include access to restaurant Mistral, common roof deck with Viking gas grill and kitchenette, and in-building parking.

Nearby: Adjacent to both Back Bay and the South End with numerous restaurants, shopping opportunities and services including specialty grocers within a 10-block radius. Boston’s iconic landmarks including the Public Garden and the Boston Common are short strolls. Easy access to public transportation at the Back Bay Station a block away. Storrow Drive and Route 93 are less than a 10-minute drive.

Contact: Debra Sordillo of Coldwell Banker Realty-Back Bay, 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-823-2882

Website: www.debrasordillo.com or www.coldwellbanker.com/property/221-Columbus-Ave-Apt-504-_UNIT_504-Boston-MA-02116/101873883/detail

 

 

In the fully open dining area, an extra-long built-in credenza, which is at least six feet in length, is storage central for china, crystal and/or whatever else is deemed necessary. A versatile piece, this also works as a server for casual or formal repasts for six, eight or more people.

 

The fully open concept living-dining room has two exposures and five huge windows. Interior sights such as the corner fireplace are definitely noteworthy, too.