Harbor Towers dramatic 31st floor gem ready for new owner

BARBARA FORSTER
CORRESPONDENT
Flexibility, form and function – and style, of course – are a few hallmarks of the sizable open living-dining room.

Redesigned and remarkable may top the list of accolades for this Harbor Towers residence, but this 31st floor gem has so many more, including unforgettable views.

The story for Unit 31H at 85 East India Row on the Boston Waterfront begins with a down-to-the-studs renovation under the guidance of a New York-based architect that included extra insulation and soundproofing.

The result is a one-of-a-kind home with 882 square feet of living space, one bedroom and one incredible full bathroom listed by Robb Cohen and Alexa Cahill of Engel & Völkers for $900,000.

In between is a chic living space with bells and whistles - large and small.

The entry hall in this home was widened during its renovation so that the sprawling 180-degree unobstructed view is front and center.

The entry hall, for example, was widened so that the sprawling 180-degree unobstructed view is front and center. What you see are the immediate environs such as Rowes Wharf and the New England Aquarium complex as well as the Zakim Bridge and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean. On clear days look for the Blue Hills.

Inside, gorgeous Brazilian cherry floors were installed throughout the unit and cove lighting highlights the ceilings.

Individual spaces have their own outstanding features. The size of the galley kitchen belies its elegance and exceptionally functional design. Sleek Italian-made cabinetry with a lacquer finish – some have gull-wing doors and frosted panels – takes mundane storage to a new high.

The size of the galley kitchen belies its elegance and exceptionally functional design.

The sheen of stainless steel appliances that include a Liebherr refrigerator and four-burner Viking gas range with a downdraft as well as a Miele dishwasher and microwave drawer complements seemingly star-studded black quartz countertops. The mosaic tile backsplash that adds a hint of sparkle is the finishing touch.

Flexibility, form and function – and style, of course – are a few hallmarks of the sizable open living-dining room. A striking tray-ceiling with up-lighting adds drama while a mini office – a stunning built-in desk at one end of the almost 300-square-foot room – ratchets up the versatility factor. The lacquer finish on the desktop and Italian cabinetry adds pizzazz.

A wide floor-to-ceiling niche with glass shelving ready for decorative displays is additional indoor eye candy.

Should you prefer less of the view, every window has remote controlled light filtering shades.

Cove lighting is a subtle touch in the primary bedroom where a king-size bed and other essentials fit easily. The spectacular view of the harbor, available day or night, is always bedazzling.

Cove lighting is a subtle touch in the primary bedroom where a king-size bed and other essentials fit easily. On the other hand, the spectacular view, available day or night, is always bedazzling.

So is the California walk-in closet-dressing room - guaranteed to create closet envy.

The California walk-in closet-dressing room is guaranteed to create closet envy. In addition to size – it really is a “room” almost large enough for full twirls – every wardrobe need was addressed.

In addition to size – it really is a “room” almost large enough for full twirls – every wardrobe need was addressed. Two full-size, built-in chifforobes plus a separate single cabinet, open shelving galore, several areas for hanging items of various lengths and overhead lighting handle all things practical; the floor-to-ceiling mirrored wall is a luxurious extra.

The bathroom is everything it should be: spacious with beautiful fixtures and sumptuous finishes.

The bathroom is everything a loo should be: spacious with beautiful fixtures and sumptuous finishes.

Let’s begin with materials. Marble is installed throughout the entire space – walls (the shower surround, too) and flooring. The step-in shower within a frameless glass enclosure with three Grohe body sprays, two shower heads including a center-mounted rain head and a three-shelf product niche is truly spa-worthy.

That nothing was overlooked during the remodel is evident even in the not-so-little details. In the laundry room, which has a space-saving LG combo washer-dryer, air circulates when the machine is humming along via louvers in the door. The bonus is that all the mundane necessities stay hidden.

Another plus is that custom shelving addresses storage issues, the marble tile floor is, well, pretty and an overhead light banishes shadows.

The coat closet at the front entry is another example of attention to little things. Custom inserts that include open shelving and specialized hanging areas maximize the use of this ordinary space, but the door is what you notice first. Frosted glass inserts give the classic five paneled door an appealing modern vibe. In fact, every five-panel door in the unit received this update.

Certainly move-in ready as is, this home could be truly turnkey. All the furnishings, which are from Roche Bobois, as well as the dishes, glasses, etc. are for sale.

Built in 1970 and designed by Henry N. Cobb who collaborated with I.M. Pei on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, Harbor Towers consists of two 40-floor condominium residences with stunning views of Boston Harbor and the city.

The history of the complex is as captivating as this home itself. Built in 1970 and designed by Henry N. Cobb who collaborated with I.M. Pei on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, Harbor Towers consists of two 40-floor condominium residences with stunning views of Boston Harbor and the city.

The towers also overlook the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a 17-acre corridor of parks and open space. Sited between Boston Harbor Hotel and Long Wharf Marriott, these buildings are moments to Quincy Market, the Financial District and the historic North End.

The New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail along with numerous restaurants are within 10 minutes of the front doors. A promenade around Tower 1, which is on the water’s edge, is a link of the 43-mile Boston Harborwalk that frames its waterfront neighborhoods.

Route 93 (North and South) and Route I-90 (east to Logan Airport as well as points west) are less than a 10-minute drive.

Built in 1970 and designed by Henry N. Cobb who collaborated with I.M. Pei on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, Harbor Towers consists of two 40-floor condominium residences with stunning views of Boston Harbor and the city.

DETAILS:

Address: 85 East India Row, #31H, Harbor Towers, Waterfront

BR/BA: One bedroom; One full bath

Size: 882 square feet

Price: $900,000

Taxes: $7,672 (Tax Year 2021)

Condo fee: $1,026 monthly (includes heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, air conditioning, garden area, swimming pool, laundry facilities, elevator, security, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, road maintenance, reserve funds, management fee, master insurance)

Number of units in complex: 320

Year built: 1972

Features: Down-to-the-studs renovation with extra insulation and soundproofing plus magnificent view of Boston Harbor and Atlantic Ocean. Open-flow living-dining layout includes custom built-in mini office with desk and Italian cabinetry. Kitchen has Italian cabinetry with lacquer finish, quartz countertops, mosaic tile backsplash and four-burner gas Viking range, Liebherr refrigerator, Miele dishwashing and microwave drawer. Spacious primary suite with view has California walk-in/dressing room. Full bathroom has marble walls, flooring and shower surround plus shower with three Grohe body sprays. Remote controlled light filtering shades. 24-7 Concierge service with garage parking available.

Close by: Financial District, New England Aquarium, Rowe’s Wharf, Government Center and Faneuil Hall, Rose Kennedy Greenway and Christopher Columbus Park; Blue Line at Aquarium and Route 93

Contact: Robb Cohen or Alexa Cahill; Engel & Völkers Boston, 46 Gloucester St., Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-962-0142 or 774-365-1363

Website: https://robbcohenteam.evrealestate.com