Enjoy the warmth and charm in this Charlestown home

The kitchen rocks a hand painted wall mural, pumpkin pine flooring and stainless steel appliances from the KitchenAid Architect Series.

Some people prefer to move into a totally neutral home with the intention of making it beautiful. Others let themselves fall in love with a beautiful home, embrace the existing design and draw inspiration from it.

If you’re in the latter group, a jewel box of a home in Charlestown may be the place you’ve been hoping to find. Designed with a creative flair that balances the historic with the contemporary, this two-bedroom home boasts three levels of living, hand painted details and the original pumpkin pine floors.

Frank Celeste of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is listing this home at 70 Sullivan St. for $1,029,000.

“It’s one of my favorite homes,” he says. “I love the colors, the charm, the floors.”

This 1850 worker's cottage has been featured on the Historic Homes of Charlestown Tour. It has been renovated constantly during the last 20 years and exudes warmth and joy.

The charm starts on the exterior, which is painted in handsome historic colors - mostly green with accents of pale gold. There is also a brilliant-colored front door.

This home looks quintessentially Charlestown. The window in the main entrance is actually an etched clamshell.

With beautiful color on the living room walls and a clamshell etched into the glass on the front door, this home has a historic glow that is immediately inviting.

Off the entry foyer is the cozy living room. The current homeowner used a warm apricot color on the walls to make the room feel extra welcoming. A dining table currently situated in the niche of the wall seats four people. It’s uncanny how well the modern linear chandelier integrates ideally into the traditional décor.

The home’s kitchen is irresistible. Your eye may go first to the enchanting mural painted on the wall over the granite counter, which seems to pay tribute to the role of water in Charlestown’s history. The pumpkin pine floor gleams and the painted cabinetry picks up its color.

Appliances, including a bottom-freezer refrigerator, dishwasher and gas range, are stainless steel from the KitchenAid Architect series.

A portable island, which the current owner is leaving behind, can seat two people for casual dining. The industrial light fixture installed overhead works very nicely in the space.

The pantry has room for non-perishable food and other kitchen necessities.

The fenced courtyard behind the house features a stone wall, slate tiles and room for a table and chairs.

Walk out from the kitchen through brand new Andersen Double Patio Doors to reach a 10-foot deck where lattice work maintains privacy. Then, take a few steps down to the captivating fenced courtyard. It’s a little retreat from the city.

A stone wall edges the hosta garden. There’s room on the slate tiled patio for a table and chairs where you and your friends can partake of a summer meal or a glass of wine on a warm evening.

Come back inside, though, because there’s so much more to see.

The main bedroom is enhanced with a ceiling painted to look like a blue sky with fluffy clouds.

The stairs up to the house’s second floor are painted to resemble a carpet runner that extends through the upstairs hallway. The bedroom level is reminiscent of a bed and breakfast inn. Check out the high ceiling of the main bedroom - it’s painted to look like a blue sky with puffy clouds. This sky ceiling is something the Victorians also loved to do so it suits the era of the home perfectly. Natural light drifts into the room through two windows. Even the bedroom closet has a window.

The second-floor bedrooms may remind you of guest rooms in a bed and breakfast inn. The high ceilings add volume, making the rooms feel larger.

The guest room is delightful so expect visitors to request a lengthy stay. With two exposures, there is ample natural light in the room and the high ceiling adds volume.

Both bedrooms share an appealing bathroom with modern accoutrements. Textured subway tile surrounds the tub/shower combo that features a Jacuzzi soaking tub. A custom marble countertop enhances the vanity. Brushed brass knobs match the sconces and contrast with the silvery mirror and faucet. The mixed of metals is chic and elegant.

Patterned floor tiles appear to be encaustic, but a closer look shows them to be wooden and hand painted. It’s one more wonderful detail in a home filled with them.

There is one more floor to explore. The garden level feels like a hangout with a comfortable family room. With the addition of a pullout couch, this space could serve as an additional guest room.

The powder room on the garden level sports decorative painting, making it look like cement.

Guests would use the decoratively painted powder room, whose walls almost look like cement. A vessel sink on the marble countertop gives an updated look to the white vanity.

A home office is a necessity for many people and the one on this level includes a wall of built-in bookshelves, the place to store all the materials needed for work.

A home office is a necessity for many people and the one on the garden level includes a wall of built-in bookshelves, the place to store all the materials needed for work.

Unusual in its placement, though perfectly practical, the open laundry area is located at the far end of the office with a Miele washer and electric ductless Miele dryer. German engineering suggests that these machines will last a long time.

This house has a great deal to recommend it. It’s beautifully decorated and has windows on three sides - somewhat unusual in a historic home. You can watch the sunrise on one side of the home and view the sunset on the other.

The layout is very efficient and the rooms seem to embrace you as soon as you walk in. Steam heat by gas keeps the home toasty warm in the winter.

The location is convenient, too, with on-street parking on Sullivan Street and Russel Street. Public transportation is available at the Sullivan Square and Community College MBTA stations.

There will be two open houses this weekend: 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 20 and 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21.

Built in the 19th century as a worker’s cottage, 70 Sullivan St. in Charlestown is loaded with charm.


Address: 70 Sullivan St., Charlestown

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom, and one half-bathroom

Price: $1,029,000

Size: 1,314 square feet

Year built: Circa 1850 with numerous updates made in the past 20 years

Taxes: $4,935 (Tax Year 2022)

Features of home: Bright, charmingly designed, attractively appointed single family home with an efficient layout and rooms with decorative painting. Great natural light with windows on three sides. Bedrooms are reminiscent of a bed and breakfast inn. Stylish modern full bath on second floor. Appealing kitchen with painted cabinets, pumpkin pine flooring, granite countertops, a hand painted mural, and French doors leading to private deck. Family room, office, powder room, and laundry on the garden level. Private enclosed courtyard with stone wall and garden. Steam heat by gas. On-street parking available.

Close by: Restaurants and shops, Monument Square, Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution, North End, Downtown Boston, MBTA stops at Sullivan Square and Community College. Easy access to Route 93, Massachusetts Turnpike, and Storrow Drive by car.

Contact: Frank Celeste, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 20 City Square Boston, MA 02129

Phone: Office: 617-242-4222; Cell: 617-872-3227

Email: frank.celeste@sothebysrealty.com

Web: https://frankceleste.com and https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng

Open houses: Saturday, Nov. 20 – 11 a.m. to noon; Sunday, Nov. 21 – 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.