Charming contemporary Charlestown penthouse is sold

WAYNE BRAVERMAN AND TODD LARSON
STAFF WRITERS
The classic mantel-framed gas fireplace across the living room space warms all occasions and an alcove for a credenza or highboy is beside it.

From classical moldings and finishes to contemporary floor plans and amenities to a central corner location on a cul-de-sac, 72 Washington St. in Charlestown ranks high in all departments, including, but not limited to, user-friendly design, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Discovering all of this is a new owner for the Unit 3 penthouse, which sold earlier this year for $2,100,000. It was originally listed by Jennifer Schneider of Century 21 Elite and bought with Joe Cunningham of Compass.

First built in 1870, this three-unit condominium building was renovated and refaced in a way that integrated architectural vocabulary from its historic district - clapboard siding, bay and sash windows, bracketed hoods, an Italianate cornice, crown moldings, milled window/door casings, paneled doors, hardwood floors, classic mantels, marble counters, etc. - into contemporary floor plans so that the building would blend with its old neighborhood while catering to new-age lifestyles.

One way it does this is by reinventing historical elements to meet contemporary standards. The fiber cement siding lasts longer than wood, lowering maintenance costs. The insulated windows save energy expenses. The gas fireplaces are safer than wood-burning hearths.

There is plenty of room to seat a lot of people for a fine meal in this dining area.

The hardwood floors create larger, more flexible spaces than in many older homes. The integrated three-car garage recalls the carriage houses of yore, but has automatic doors, interior heating and access to an elevator to the penthouse - Unit 3.

Down a hallway from the unit’s deeded parking space is its private mudroom that features a built-in bench alcove with lift-up storage, an electrical outlet, space for coat hooks and overhead cubbies.

The elevator rides from the mudroom go directly to the great room that showcases the detailed craftsmanship in many forms.

This oak-floored open-concept space can be arranged for living, dining and entertaining in a multitude of ways, aided by four large windows including a bay-window sitting area along one wall that illuminates the entire space from a virtually unobstructed view.

This oak-floored, open-concept space can be arranged for living, dining and entertaining in a multitude of ways, aided by four large windows including a bay-window sitting area along one wall that illuminates the entire space from a virtually unobstructed view.

The classic mantel-framed gas fireplace across the space warms all occasions and an alcove for a credenza or highboy is beside it. A downward stairway with traditional stick balusters provides egress to the building’s common stairway to the street level.

A Carrara marble island with a deep stainless steel sink, classic chrome faucet, a paneled-in dishwasher, Bosch microwave and semi-globe pendant lights initiates the open kitchen, brightened by a skylight. Running parallel to the island is a matching marble wall counter encompassing a subway-tiled backsplash, a Wolf six-burner gas range with pot-filler, a wine cooler and paneled white cabinetry.

A Carrara marble island with a deep stainless steel sink, classic chrome faucet, a paneled-in dishwasher, Bosch microwave and semi-globe pendant lights initiate the open kitchen, brightened by a skylight.

Running parallel to the island is a matching marble wall counter encompassing a subway-tiled backsplash, a Wolf six-burner gas range with pot-filler, a wine cooler and paneled white cabinetry. To the right is a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator with a deluxe side freezer.

A hallway off this end of the kitchen accesses all three bedrooms. The bedroom straight ahead is lightened by two windows.

A walk-in closet with two parallel coat racks connects the bedroom to a full bath with a pocket door, a quartz vanity, a subway-tiled tub/shower combo, a honeycomb-tiled floor and a door to the hallway for common family use.

If that bath is occupied, across the hall is a handy powder room with a square sink freestanding on chrome spindle legs - industrial-style.

At the end of the hallway is a bedroom with four-window corner exposure, followed by the laundry closet with a stacked washer/dryer and the primary bedroom suite.

The primary bedroom feels like a living room with broad corner exposure from a bay window and two sash windows offering great views of the Bunker Hill Monument and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge - with wall area to spare for a king-size bed with nightstands, a dresser, a bookcase and possibly a workstation.

The primary bedroom feels like a living room with broad corner exposure from a bay window and two sash windows offering great views of the Bunker Hill Monument and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge - with wall area to spare for a king-size bed with nightstands, a dresser, a bookcase and possibly a workstation.

The en suite bath boasts a floating Calacatta quartz twin-sink vanity, twin Robern Vitality cool-light backlit mirrors, a radiant-heated basketweave-patterned marble tile floor and a shower with fixed and hand-held shower heads, subway-tiled in light gray.

The walk-in closet can be customized with built-ins. Beside the bay window is the spa-like en suite bath that boasts a floating Calacatta quartz twin-sink vanity, twin Robern Vitality cool-light backlit mirrors, a radiant-heated basketweave-patterned marble tile floor and a shower with fixed and hand-held shower heads, subway-tiled in light gray.

The private roof deck offers a stunning open-sky view encompassing the Bunker Hill Monument, the Zakim Bridge, downtown Boston skyscrapers and the Back Bay’s John Hancock Tower in the distance will enrich barbecues, cocktails or al fresco dining.

Through a French door to the right of the elevator entry is an office/den with stairway access to the private roof deck, where a stunning open-sky view encompassing the Bunker Hill Monument, the Zakim Bridge, downtown Boston skyscrapers and the Back Bay’s John Hancock Tower in the distance will enrich barbecues, cocktails or al fresco dining.

The condominium’s corner spot is also a central location to amenities unlimited. To name a few: the Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink and the Rutherford Union Playground across the street; the historic Warren Tavern, serving fine food and drink since 1780 and hosting the likes of George Washington and Paul Revere and the Bunker Hill Monument, marking the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, where the tavern’s namesake, Maj. Gen. Joseph Warren, died as a volunteer infantryman defending the cause of freedom. There’s also shopping and dining in Thompson Square as well as the Charlestown Public Library, Bunker Hill Community College and public transit into downtown Boston and beyond at the Community College MBTA station.

Unit 3 at 72 Washington St. demonstrates the timelessness of tradition in its craftsmanship of a contemporary condominium for today’s urban dwellers.

For more information about other homes in the city, contact Jennifer Schneider of Century 21 Elite Realty at 617-733-8211 or Jennschneider915@gmail.com or Joe Cunningham of Compass at 617-407-2663 or joec@compass.com.

From classical moldings and finishes to contemporary floor plans and amenities to central corner location on a cul-de-sac, 72 Washington St. in Charlestown ranks high in all departments, including, but not limited to, user-friendly design, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.

DETAILS:

Address: 72 Washington St., Unit 3, Charlestown

BR/BA: Three bedrooms plus office, two full bathrooms, one half bath

Size: 2,411 square feet

Housing type: Penthouse condominium

Sold price: $2.1 million

Association fee: $290.32/month, includes water, sewer, master insurance and snow removal

Parking: Heated garage parking for one car per unit

Year built: 1870, renovated 2021

Number of units: Three

Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, open floor plan, hardwood floors, insulated windows, heat-pump forced-air heating and central air conditioning, fireplace, marble kitchen with stainless appliances and gas cooking, primary bedroom suite with walk-in closet and spa-like designer bath with floating double-sink vanity, private roof deck, in-unit laundry, programmable thermostat, wiring for surround sound, intercom, security system.

Building amenities: Heated three-car in-house garage, elevator, fiber cement exterior siding.

Close by: Shopping and dining, fitness centers, houses of worship, post office, schools, banks, medical center, public library, public parks including City Square Park, the Bunker Hill Monument along the Freedom Trail, public transit, major highway access, TD Garden and North Station.

Jennifer Schneider contact: Jennifer Schneider, Century 21 Elite Realty; 617-733-8211; Jennschneider915@gmail.com; https://www.century21.com/real-estate-agent/profile/jennifer-schneider-P25061125

Joe Cunningham contact: Joe Cunningham, Compass; 617-407-2663; joec@compass.com; https://www.compass.com/agents/joe-cunningham