Lots to love about this home at Parris Landing

TODD LARSON
CORRESPONDENT
This dining room space provides a comfortable area to enjoy fine meals.

“Charlestown is in the city, but doesn’t have that overwhelming city feel,” said Kirby Matthess, owner of Unit 2512 in Parris Landing at 42 8th St. in the Charlestown Navy Yard, now offered at $739,000. “There’s a real sense of community among the neighbors, not only within the building, but from the neighborhood/town as a whole that I wouldn’t have expected of city living.”

The 1,005-square-foot unit similarly defies city living expectations by eschewing the “triplex feel” for just enough modestly appointed space for comfy-cozy living at an unusually affordable price for a waterfront triplex.

Sit and relax in this lovely living room. On nice days, you can step from here onto the deck.

The two bedrooms are as cozy as the cabins in some of the ships built at the Navy Yard from its 1800 founding to its 1974 closing for residential-commercial rehabilitation. The bedrooms are nicely balanced by the ship-deck spaciousness of the open-concept living-dining room, which extends aft to a galley kitchen and fore to a private deck overlooking the Yard and harbor with the drama of a perch on a ship’s prow.

Among the many amenities Parris Landing residents get to enjoy is this great gym.

Drama welcomes you home, too, as a soaring, stretching atrium lobby illuminated by multiple skylight gables. Built between 1858 and 1925 as a machine shop and foundry for iron and steel casting for warship assembly lines, Building 42 was redesigned as Parris Landing by Philippe Starck to honor its historical use and accommodate 367 condo units plus club and conference spaces, a fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, an in-house garage (with one deeded space for Unit 2512) and two great glass elevators accessing all five levels of units. Their walkways overlooking the atrium indicate the accessible, neighborly community Matthess spoke of.

“I did not realize how much I would enjoy arriving home and having someone there to say 'hi' to,” she said. “The concierge staff, day or night, all feel like family.”

Other intimations of family life at Parris Landing are the giant sculptures of common household amenities - toy duck, light bulb, baby’s binky, teacup, detergent bottle - exhibited along its great hall.

This bedroom’s exposed-brick wall, small horizontal window and closet full of built-in cubbies and coat racks give a sense of the security the Navy Yard’s warships brought to Charlestown’s shores.

The greatness turns to sedateness once your unit’s maple-floored hall warmly invites you to snuggle in your first-floor bedroom straight ahead. En route to the bedroom are a deep coat closet with a storage crawlspace; a maple stairway to the common level; a full bath with a granite vanity, swivel makeup mirror and beige-tiled tub/shower; and a utility closet.

The bedroom’s exposed-brick wall, small horizontal window and closet full of built-in cubbies and coat racks give a sense of the security the Navy Yard’s warships brought to Charlestown’s shores.

“I feel so secure in my building and the Navy Yard,” said Matthess. “It was the perfect option for me for city living.”

The deck offers sunny panoramic views of the Navy Yard, Boston Harbor and planes flying to and from Logan Airport.

Just as perfect is the upstairs living-dining room from which a slider beckons you onto the deck and its sunny panorama of the Navy Yard, Boston Harbor and planes flying to and from Logan Airport.

“There are three harbor firework shows a year, almost fully unobstructed, from my private roof deck,” said Matthess.

The third-floor bedroom is where the peak of the home’s cathedral ceiling is found.

Another awesome spectacle is the cathedral ceiling formed by an original roof gable exposing its beams. It slopes up from the slants in the deck’s side walls, peaks in the third-floor bedroom that overlooks the living area, and slopes back down to the kitchen as a vaulted ceiling.

The kitchen’s parallel black granite counters incorporate a sink overlooking the dining area on the left, a Frigidaire four-burner gas range, GE microwave/vent and Frigidaire refrigerator on the right, and Carrara marble-tile backsplashes on both sides.

The kitchen’s parallel black granite counters incorporate a sink overlooking the dining area on the left, a Frigidaire four-burner gas range, GE microwave/vent and Frigidaire refrigerator on the right, and Carrara marble-tile backsplashes on both sides. This arrangement forms a “kitchen work triangle” that expedites food prep and cleanup with direct lines from fridge to sink to stovetop and back again.

A shelved pantry closet is handy between the fridge and the hall.

Just as handy is the third-floor landing’s immediate access to the bath and bedroom that constitute this floor with cabin-like coziness. The bath boasts a granite vanity and a standup shower compact enough to leave room for linen shelves. The bedroom’s crank-operated skylight and overlook onto the living area’s deck slider lets you wake to southeastern sun every morning.

Handiest of all is Parris Landing’s pedestrian access to not only local parks, dog parks, sites and ships, but also Boston’s copious shopping, dining, transit and sightseeing opportunities.

“You don’t have to drive to get to some fun stuff, whether it be eats or events,” said Matthess. “Parks are right outside my door, and it’s an easy walk right to North Station and the West End and beyond where there are great restaurants and pop-up breweries and other events readily available. It’s hard to say, ‘There’s nothing to do.’”

There’s plenty to do in the Yard as well. For starters, the USS Constitution Museum has exciting exhibits on the history of the ship of that name. Constructed at Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard in the North End in 1794-1797 as one of the U.S. Navy’s first commissioned 44-gun frigates, the USS Constitution is most famous for subduing the British frigate HMS Guerrière in the War of 1812. Guerrière’s cannonballs could not penetrate Constitution’s solid oak hull, which provoked the legendary cry, “Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!” - giving rise to her sobriquet “Old Ironsides.”

Also docked in the Yard is the USS Cassin Young, a Fletcher-class destroyer that served in seven campaigns in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

“Being so close to history with the USS Constitution is really cool,” said Matthess. “The Parris Landing building was part of the booming Boston Navy Yard back in the day and it’s really awesome to think about living where the country’s roots started to take hold.”

Unit 2512 at 42 8th St. lets you plant your roots where history rocks, the harbor rolls, the sun rises, the city radiates, the walls are as solid as Old Ironsides and the price is right.

For more information, contact Jennifer Schneider of Century 21 Elite Realty at 617-733-8211 or Jennschneider915@gmail.com.

There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9.

Another awesome spectacle is the cathedral ceiling formed by an original roof gable exposing its beams. It slopes up from the slants in the deck’s side walls, peaks in the third-floor bedroom that overlooks the living area, and slopes back down to the kitchen as a vaulted ceiling.

DETAILS:

Address: 42 8th St., Unit 2512, Parris Landing, Charlestown

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Configuration: Triplex condominium

Number of units: 367

Size: 1,005 square feet

Price: $739,000

Condo fee: $830.71/month (includes parking, heat, hot water, gas, water and sewer, master insurance, swimming pool, laundry facilities, elevator, recreational facilities, exercise room, clubroom, garden area, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, reserve funds, management fee)

Taxes: $1,826.29 (FY2022 Q1 & Q2) with residential exemption, plus $12.93 Community Preservation Act fee

Parking: One in-house garage space

Year built: c.1925, renovated 1981 and 2021

Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, oak and new maple floors, maple stairs, forced-air heating, central air conditioning, granite/stainless galley kitchen with gas cooking and marble backsplash, generous pantry and linen storage, private deck, overlook from upper bedroom onto living-dining area, full bath for each bedroom

Building amenities: 24-hour concierge, fitness center with Peloton bike and treadmill fitness machines, clubroom, business conference room, elevators, common restrooms, seasonal outdoor heated pool with grill deck, professional landscaping and management, snow and refuse removal, electric-car charging stations, Amazon drop-off and pick-up hub, pet-friendly association

Close by: Public transportation, shopping and dining, swimming pool, tennis court, fitness trails, medical facility, bike path, highway access, houses of worship, marina, schools, public library, public parks including City Square Park, the Bunker Hill Monument along the Freedom Trail, TD Garden, Amtrak at North Station

Contact: Jennifer Schneider of Century 21 Elite Realty, 253 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone: 617-733-8211

Email: Jennschneider915@gmail.com

Website:https://www.century21.com/real-estate-agent/profile/jennifer-schneider-P25061125

Open house: Sunday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.