This enchanting residence overlooks Jamaica Pond
Living on the water is a pleasure, whether you dream about owning a home overlooking Boston Harbor or one with views of the Charles River. But one of the most delightful water views in Boston is across from Jamaica Pond.
And an enchanting Jamaica Plain home that looks out on the pond is on the market now. Although it is attached on one small wall, it looks every bit like a single-family house.
The site was originally built as a manor in 1890 and later converted into a children’s museum.
In 1980, local legend Kevin Ahearn got the zoning done on the grounds and Jamaica Pond Estates was created. This residence is one of 30 condominium units in the development. The common grounds are well-tended and lushly landscaped.
Constance Cervone of Cervone Deegan + Associates, Coldwell Banker Realty, has this listing and she’s offering this home at 100 Pond St. for $1,595,000.
“Each person that’s owned it has done something beautiful. Every surface has been touched,” she says.
The ivy-covered exterior entices visitors to walk towards the dwelling. Step inside where there is more charm in every direction, many with European influences, such as the generous arched openings that visually flow from room to room. Also notice the big windows. They frame views of the pond and they’re triple-glazed so the interior stays quiet.
The first floor rocks a pretty living room with water views, loads of natural light and detailed built-in bookcases located in an alcove. The room’s focal point is the unique marble mantel that surrounds the gas fireplace. It’s easy to imagine cozy winter evenings spent in front of the fire.
With multiple dining areas, the homeowners can decide where they want to enjoy each of their meals. The casual dining space is a nice spot to grab a quick bite - maybe breakfast or lunch by the tall French doors.
When entertaining guests, the table can be set in the formal dining room where the rich wall color enhances the flavors of the food. And for summer entertaining, the home’s private fenced-in deck is the place to serve. Emulate the current owners and place an outdoor table in front of the adorable fountain to delight friends.
The cook’s domain is the kitchen and this one is lovely with a Provençal feel. The cabinetry is a creamy color, the floor tiles are glazed terra cotta and the backsplash is a textured stone that complements the granite countertops. Appliances include an electric range and microwave by KitchenAid, a Frigidaire refrigerator and a GE dishwasher.
The walk-in pantry has a hardwood floor, a run of cabinets with glass fronts and an undercounter Vinotemp wine refrigerator.
An elegantly wallpapered powder room takes care of guests on this floor.
Interesting railings enhance the curved central stairway (another example of European flair). The home’s second floor is the bedroom level, sporting two suites. Each is restful and attractive, and the primary suite is especially appealing.
Light is everything in the pale blue main bedroom. It floods into the room through a pair of oval skylights in the vaulted ceiling, a large window with 12 panes and another window on the side wall. The dark hardwood flooring gleams like satin in the daylight.
Clothing is stored in the room’s walk-in closet.
This bedroom has a surprise overhead. A detachable ladder behind the bedroom door leads to a lofted library. Climb through the opening to enter this unique space, which could function as a home office or a modest bonus room.
Contemporary and luxurious, the new en suite bathroom is expansive and features upscale finishes. Cabinetry made from warmly stained wood provides ample storage and makes a pleasing contrast with the gray and white marble on the long vanity and on the wall and floor tiles.
The deep soaking tub has a marble deck and a handsome surround dressed up with moldings. A walk-in shower is enclosed by frameless glass doors, and a chandelier ups the room’s elegance.
The bedroom in the guest suite is relaxing with soft green carpeting. Details include a tray ceiling and a pair of French doors that open out to a Juliet balcony. The closet doors are mirrored, visually doubling the size of the room.
The next homeowner could take the opportunity to customize the full en suite guest bathroom and it could turn out to be as lovely and spa-like as the primary bath.
Having laundry facilities on the bedroom level is a great convenience. A GE washer and dryer reside in a hall closet on this floor.
In addition to its charming rooms and excellent layout, the home comes with two parking spaces - one in a garage and the other outdoors. For those who work in or enjoy the ample attractions Downtown, public transportation is available in the neighborhood, both on the MBTA’s Orange Line and the popular #39 bus.
Jamaica Plain is a diverse community with lots of restaurants, cafés, and coffee houses, plus J.P. Licks - one of the best ice cream stores in town. The vast green space of the Arnold Arboretum is a popular destination.
And Jamaica Pond is glorious, a respite from urban life. Although you can’t swim there, locals enjoy walking/jogging around and fishing, rowing and sailing on the pond. The pond also serves as the site for the annual Lantern Parade around Halloween. Outdoor family concerts and activities also happen there.
At 100 Pond St., #5, every season brings a new backdrop of beauty – including a colorful collection of autumn foliage, a winter wonderland, a flowering oasis in spring and summer and stunning fiery sunsets year-round – and, of course, the views of and reflection on the water make it even more spectacular.
Address: 100 Pond St. #5, Jamaica Plain
BR/BA: Two bedrooms plus a library loft, and two-and-a-half bathrooms
Year built: 1890, converted in 1980
Size: 1,687 square feet
Taxes: $5,926 (Includes residential exemption – TY 2021)
Association fee: $939 monthly (Includes heat, hot water, parking, master insurance, water, sewer, snow removal, landscaping, professional management)
Features of home: Charming home with European style and fabulous views of Jamaica Pond. Chef’s kitchen and pantry with wine refrigerator, adjacent formal dining room, casual dining area, living room with stunning marble fireplace and attractive built-ins. Attractive triple-glazed windows heighten the quiet. Floor-to-ceiling French doors look out onto a courtyard with a fountain. The second floor has two luxurious bedroom suites. Primary suite with vaulted ceilings with skylights, a loft library/study, walk-in closet, and a spacious marble bathroom. In-home laundry. Two parking spaces.
Close by: Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, restaurants, cafes, shops; public transportation on the MBTA Orange Line and #39 bus
Contact: Constance Cervone, Cervone Deegan Team, Coldwell Banker Realty, 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: C: 203-848-4377; O: 617-266-4430