A cornucopia of amenities in this newer Charlestown home
Location alone - barely two blocks to Bunker Hill Monument in the heart of Charlestown - makes 20R Concord St. a remarkable find. Yet, that is almost a minor detail among a cornucopia of amenities and features of this three-bedroom, 2,522 square-foot townhouse with three full bathrooms and one powder room listed by Neda Vander Stoep for $1,895,000.
The age of this home, for example, is at the top of a long list of outstanding features. A mere seven years old - yes, a “new” home in Charlestown - this residence has three exposures, two private entrances and direct access parking.
Then you go inside where the only shared wall is the back of the pantry closet on the main level. Talk about privacy!
Three-quarter-inch, walnut-stained oak flooring with a satin finish and gorgeous millwork - extra deep crown molding and neatly trimmed bump boards - are throughout the entire home.
The extra-wide staircase (on all three floors) has wool Berber carpet runners.
Nest thermostats and Lutron dimmers are standard while satin nickel floor registers on the first and third floors and Jonathan Adler fixtures add pizzazz.
Every closet has custom inserts and lights that open as soon as the doors open and Carrera marble is in every bathroom.
The “specifics” of this home are many and wonderful, too.
Nine-foot-high ceilings are only one outstanding feature on the spacious, bright and fully open-concept main level. The kitchen easily wins rave reviews given that this cookery is exceptionally functional and very easy on the eyes.
Stainless steel appliances - a four-burner Viking gas range with a grill, Fisher Paykel refrigerator and Thermador dishwasher - are a sparkling contrast to Super White granite countertops with a pencil edge and a new white subway tile backsplash.
The large center island with a deep Elkay stainless steel sink (with a custom sink grate) and a Rohl kitchen faucet also seats four people.
Tucked into a bump out space, the sizable separate bar area has all the essential accoutrement, including a wine fridge and cabinetry with under-mount lighting.
Custom built-in cabinetry throughout this level, such as the multi-purpose bookcase (with open and closed shelving) and the custom built-in gas fireplace and mantle are excellent examples of the attention paid to form and function.
Flexibility is, of course, another integral aspect of this level that allows for a substantial amount of seating in the living and dining areas.
“Extras” on the main floor such as the chic powder room with Carrera marble finishes and a custom vanity plus the over-sized double pantry/coat closet enhance day-to-day livability.
The fully finished lower level, however, falls into several, well frankly fabulous “F” categories: functional, flexible and fun. One of the two distinct rooms (each has excellent ceiling height) serves multiple purposes. Great as a playroom for the younger set or a family room, the larger space has various built-ins, including a desk and custom bookcase to conceal the Radon mitigation system.
Wood blinds on the windows are a sophisticated touch; the installation of the queen-size Murphy bed is a practical one that allows this room to double as guest quarters.
A dedicated and very roomy exercise area with recessed lighting, ballet bar and mirrored wall is directly behind the playroom.
The full bathroom down the hall (with a tub/shower combo) is handy regardless of how this level is used.
Incidentally, the utilities such as the hot water heater, sprinkler system and HVAC systems (there are two) are housed in separate spaces large enough for extra storage. That’s in addition to a regulation walk-in closet (with custom inserts, of course).
Two bedrooms on the second level (these are big and bigger and one can accommodate a queen size bed) are also light-filled spaces with appropriately sized big and bigger double closets. These walk-in customized storage spaces have automatics lights.
The shared full bathroom, which has a tub/shower ensemble, is next to the laundry closet with full-size stackable machines. Yes, the dryer is vented.
An oasis of understated elegance, a.k.a., the primary bedroom suite, encompasses the entire third floor. Three double-hung windows ensure the king-bed size sleeping chamber is flooded with natural light all year long.
Two large walk-in closets, large enough to be dressing rooms complete with custom inserts (one has a window) are guaranteed to be among the “favorites” in the amenity category, but the spa-like en suite bathroom is a worthy competitor.
One reason might be the direct view of the Monument, but most likely the calming ambiance of this washroom is what wins applause. A custom glass enclosure showcases the fully tiled step-in shower with a built-in bench and the double vanity is at a thoughtful height that eliminates deep knee bends to wash your face or brush your teeth.
For added livability, a bonus room with a window just off this bedroom works as a sweet nursery or a very private home office.
That the mahogany rooftop deck is impressive is an understatement. Consider that a full-size staircase and an insulated door with a full glass pane insert leads to this private outdoor urban escape with spectacular views of the monument and the surrounding neighborhood.
Another bonus is that the deck handles a substantial amount of seating.
Address: 20R Concord St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Three bedrooms; three full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 2,522 square feet
Year built: 2014
Number of units: two
Condo fee: $150 monthly (water, sewer, master insurance)
Features: Constructed in 2014 with two private entrances, three exposures (with only one shared wall), three levels of living space, private roof deck with Bunker Hill Monument views and direct access parking. Walnut-stained oak flooring, crown molding, custom closets and marble bathrooms throughout. Open concept living-dining and chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Super White granite countertops. Fully finished lower level with playroom/guest room (with Murphy bed) and gym. Radon mitigation system, Two-zoned HVAC system, Nest thermostat
Nearby: Barely two blocks to Monument Square. Charlestown center and Bunker Hill Mall with various shops, restaurants and boutiques is barely 10 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 Sorrow Drive are “around” the corner.
Contact: Neda Vander Stoep, Coldwell Banker Realty, 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116