Lots of options in this large South End gem

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Here is a relaxing space to watch TV, read a good book, listen to music or sit and gaze out at the garden. There’s a gorgeous built-in mahogany armoire, a handy bar area and a cozy gas fireplace.

There are plenty of beautiful homes on the attractive tree-lined streets in the South End – among them is a Federal-style townhouse at 136 West Canton St. that offers beauty with a difference.

Currently utilized as a single family home with five levels of living, this dwelling is also legally zoned for two individual units with appealing rooms and two sets of systems. The next owners will have plenty of options to configure this house in a way that works best for them: as a single family home or as two units with the potential for an income-producing property.

This home affords even greater convenience to the homeowners here because the rear entrance on the garden level leads to a fabulous two-story dining space that’s large enough to seat a big group of family and/or friends at a grand dinner party.

Joelle Maguire of The Hammond Group, Coldwell Banker Realty is marketing this versatile property for $3,975,000. Educated in architecture and interior design, Maguire has been selling real estate for many years and is a long-time South End resident. She knows some of the great secrets of the neighborhood, including this one: All the even-numbered houses on West Canton Street have a gigantic alley in the back.

In this case, the back area allows room for the home’s two side-by-side parking spaces. And that affords even greater convenience to the homeowners here because the rear entrance on the garden level leads to a fabulous two-story dining space that’s large enough to seat a big group of family and/or friends at a grand dinner party.

For people who love to entertain, this is the place to be. The gorgeous shiny wood floors rock radiant heat and a large gas fireplace makes winter gatherings toastier and more comfortable.

Spectacular is the best description of the adjacent architect-designed kitchen. With light wood handleless cabinets everywhere along with honed black granite countertops, a huge island and two sinks, this wonderful kitchen is high on aesthetics and a fabulous place to cook.

Spectacular is the best description of the adjacent architect-designed kitchen. With light wood handleless cabinets everywhere along with honed black granite countertops, a huge island and two sinks, this wonderful kitchen is high on aesthetics and a fabulous place to cook.

The appliances here are the ones great home chefs dream about: a sizable Sub-Zero refrigerator, a separate Sub-Zero freezer, a five-burner Wolf cooktop, a wall oven and warming drawer. Storage is covered as well in the sizeable pantry.

While the host is preparing a gourmet meal in this fabulous, one-step-down kitchen, guests can take pleasure in a bottle of wine from the home’s wine cave. Secured behind a heavy glass door, there’s room for 80 bottles. A collection of favorite wines and other beverages can be established and served to honored family and guests.

Behind the kitchen, a laundry room holds a Bosch washing machine and dryer. A full bathroom serves the home on this level.

Come into the lower unit from the door beneath the high stoop and take a seat in the very appealing and inviting library. It’s a relaxing space to watch TV, listen to music or sit and gaze out at the garden. There’s a gorgeous built-in mahogany armoire, a handy bar area and a cozy gas fireplace. To experience full delight, walk barefoot on the radiant heated floor on a chilly day or night.

The larger bedroom here is currently used as the primary boudoir – a very comfortable place to get a great night of sleep.

On the third level are two sunny bedrooms and the second full bathroom. The larger bedroom is currently used as the primary boudoir while the smaller room, which features a big bay window, is presently used as a study – certainly handy in these days of working at home.

This bedroom, which features a big bay window, is presently used as a study – certainly handy in these days of working at home.

The two upper floors can be reached via the front door on the parlor level. The highlight of these comfortable spaces is an amazing open living area. Warm western light sweeps in via two skylights. Cherry floors are an asset. This space also comes with a fully-applianced galley kitchen, three carpeted bedrooms and a full bathroom with a combination tub/shower.

A laundry room with a stacked Bosch washer and dryer plus storage for linens is a convenience.

The highlight of the two upper floors is an amazing open living area. Warm western light sweeps in via two skylights. Cherry floors are an asset.

Opportunities abound for the new home owner to customize and contemporize the fourth and fifth floors. For example, a large family or one with frequent long-term company might wish to keep the present arrangement and invite friends and relatives to make themselves at home on the top two floors.

Simple updates could include new cabinets and countertops in the kitchen while the bedrooms might benefit from new floor coverings. The big closet in the living room could be powder room perfect – it was plumbed, but never converted.

Another alternative is to remove the kitchen all together and transform the upper levels into contemporary spaces that include beautiful bedrooms, cozy sitting areas and luxurious bathrooms, thus returning the abode to a genuine single family home.

A third option is to completely convert the dwelling into two distinct units, thus creating a garden level tri-plex and a penthouse duplex. One or both of these spaces could be used for rental income. 

This home offers a large patio and garden area, perfect for enjoying the outdoors on those comfortable days and nights.

Among the nicest features of the home is its generous outdoor space with two big trees. The South End has numerous parks, but few homes have yards with wonderful shade trees such as these. These trees enrich the lovely garden, which has irrigation and a good-sized shed for tools. A gas hookup makes it possible to grill dinner on any temperate night on the very inviting patio area.

This house has a great deal to offer plus a lot of potential and a world of possibilities that await its new owner(s). Regardless of how the new owner chooses to use this flexible space at 136 West Canton St. in the historic South End, the purchase will be a great investment, providing a lovely home – or two – in a fun and vibrant part of the city.

Nearby cafés make it easy to grab a cup of coffee on the morning walk or commute. Favorite eateries include the Delux Café; Toro; Picco; B&G Oysters; and a 1927 Boston Landmark, Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe. And for a great way to get to make new friends in the vicinity, the neighborhood association holds get-togethers for sing-alongs, barbecues and parties.

Joelle Maguire of The Hammond Group, Coldwell Banker Realty is marketing this versatile property at 136 West Canton St. in the South End.

DETAILS:

Address: 136 West Canton St., South End

BR/BA: Five bedrooms; three full bathrooms

Built: 1890 with many recent updates

Price: $3,975,000

Size: 2,911 square feet

Taxes: $27,311.40 (Fiscal year 2022)

Features of the home: Impeccably maintained Federal style townhouse located on one of the priciest streets in the South End features two residential units, but can easily be combined to create a single family home. The contemporary renovation of the current owner’s two-bedroom parlor triplex features a spectacular custom kitchen showcasing Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a huge working island, two sinks, honed granite counters, ample cabinets and pantry space, direct access to a large private patio surrounded by plantings and mature trees with custom watering system, a gas line for a grill, and a shed for storing gardening tools, and two side by side paved parking spaces; two gas fireplaces; ample storage including a custom built bar and wine cellar; radiant flooring. The penthouse duplex features a sun-drenched open living/dining space, a kitchen plus three bedrooms, and a full bathroom. Both family units have their own separate entrances on the parlor level, individual systems including high velocity central heating and air conditioning, electric meters, stainless steel hot water heaters, and a Bosch washer and dryer, ample closets and storage throughout.

Close by: Boutiques, cafés, restaurants, entertainment venues and cultural attractions;  walkable neighborhood with numerous parks; easy access to MBTA Back Bay station and minutes away from Route 93, the Massachusetts Turnpike and Logan Airport

Contact: Joelle Maguire, The Hammond Group, Coldwell Banker Realty, 519 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

Phone: Mobile - 617-877-1849, Office - 617-587-4617

Email: Joelle.Maguire@nemoves.com

Web: https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ma/boston/136-w-canton/pid_44215548