Here’s an amazingly unique loft condo in Seaport

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
The 13-foot ceilings elevate the 23.9-by-25.3-foot living area and the four oversized windows add plenty of natural light. This bright and airy space is ideal for hosting large gatherings and enjoying leisure time.

Looking for something entirely different when it comes to purchasing your next home? Well look no further! Unit 5C at Mondo Condo at 326 A St. is an exceptional brick and beam loft on the fifth floor of a six-story, 18-unit boutique building ideally located in the Seaport District near Fort Point.

Gabrielle Baron and Skip Billingham of William Raveis R.E. & Home Services is listing this 2,842 square-foot distinctive domicile for $2,595,000. Unit 5C showcases an impressive open floor plan that incorporates two bedrooms, two full baths, a large office/library, lots of storage and plenty of unique features.

The building itself has an interesting history. Constructed in 1893, this was the home of the Edwin B. Bartlett Company. Bartlett was known for purchasing and expanding the Greenerd Arbor Press patents and started manufacturing in the loft. It was also where LB Smith set up shop to produce art and metal goods – many still available on the vintage market today.

326 A St. was converted into a residential building in 1985, starring select features of the original building.

Elizabeth Whittaker of Merge Architects recently custom designed Unit 5C, blending some of those star qualities with all the comforts and conveniences for modern living. In addition to running Merge, Whitaker is also an associate professor in the practice in architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

One of the first things you will notice as you enter the massive, open living space from one of the two elevators is the original ceiling beams and hardwood flooring – all restored throughout the unit to create a glimmering, refined contemporary shine.

Although many old wooden floors can have a creakiness to them, these floors are self-lubricating and they feel solid and quiet.

The 13-foot ceilings elevate the 23.9-by-25.3-foot living room area and the four oversized windows flood the room with sunlight all day long. At night, there is plenty of custom lighting that augments the ambiance. The walls have been kept white waiting to be accessorized by your collection of art. This bright and airy space is ideal for hosting large gatherings and enjoying leisure time.

The family-style kitchen features high-end Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances, including a four-burner gas stove, a double wall oven, dishwasher, large refrigerator and a trash compactor.

The living space gracefully flows into the extra-large kitchen-dining area. The family-style kitchen features high-end Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances, including a four-burner gas stove, a double wall oven, dishwasher, large refrigerator and a trash compactor. There are numerous cabinets, including a swarth of frosted glass-front cupboards above the sink area.

A rectangular walk-in pantry waiting to hold all of your provisions is accessible from the right side. It also has china storage and the shelves line the space all the way up to the ceiling. Beyond that is a nicely-sized utility-laundry room outfitted with a raised Electrolux washer and dryer tucked behind the wall of appliances.

And there is also a second large pantry adjacent to the utility-laundry room that connects to a hidden storage area that runs the length of the dining area, accessible by sleek double doors on each side.

This large space can easily fit a large dining table to serve a sizable feast.

A large concrete island with a long breakfast bar runs parallel to this wall and the nearby dining area is spacious enough for a large dining table to serve an extra-large feast.

Off the living area is a long hallway lined with custom floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

The primary bedroom suite is a large and private space – perfect for a quiet night of peaceful sleep. Two big windows add light during the day.

Located on the outer side, the primary bedroom suite is large, private and comfortable – perfect for a peaceful night of sleep. Two big windows provide natural light. The jumbo walk-in closet has plenty of room for clothing and accessories.

Four granite steps lead up to the sleek concrete en suite bathroom, outfitted with a long vanity and a walk-in shower. A bidet sits beside the toilet for extra convenience.

The second contemporary full bath has a tub-shower combo.

Off the hallway and up another set of four granite steps is the second contemporary full bath – this one with a tub-shower combo.

In the hallway that separates the primary bedroom from the library/office is something you don’t find in most homes – a hidden working freight elevator that’s left over from the days when this building was used for manufacturing.

On the inner side of the hallway is a feature you don’t find in most homes – a hidden freight elevator that’s left over from the days when this building was used for manufacturing. And it works. Want an efficient and effective way to move belongings in and out of your home? Just place all your furniture and over-sized packages and boxes onto the elevator, push the button and take the ride up from street level to the condo (or down as needed).

The back wall of the hallway is lined with built-ins – a prelude of what is to come – while the long white wall awaits your favorite décor.

The library/office is unique in many ways. As you walk or glide the ladder along the rim of these tall and lengthy shelves, you might feel like you’re in one of the branches of the Boston Public Library. A long table is carved into a recess providing a quiet space to work or enjoy a good read.

Adjacent to the elevator is a L-shaped library/office space – also unique in many ways. The walls are lined with multiple tall and lengthy built-in book shelves and a long table is carved into a recess. As you walk or glide the ladder along the rim of these tall and lengthy shelves, you might feel like you’re in one of the branches of the Boston Public Library. The desk and sitting area offer a quiet place to handle work or enjoy a good read.

On the other side of the library/office is the second bedroom, accessible from the living area by a sliding panel door. This room, currently being used as a study, has two large windows and a large closet. If desired, this space can easily be converted back to a bedroom.

This home has plenty of pleasant surprises. Among them, there are two hidden closets in the hallway and running the length of the dining room area is hidden storage accessible by discreet double doors located on either end of the room. There’s a unique self-lit island coat closet near the main entry way.

With the abundance of hidden storage and oversized sliding walls, the minimalistic and clean aesthetic that the current owner of this home wanted to achieve was masterfully accomplished. The design also allows for the next owner to easily reconfigure this flexible space to fit their own desires and lifestyle.

Deeded parking completes this fabulous home. Unit 5C also has a large deeded storage space and there is another feature not usually found in condo buildings - a common wood working studio for the residents to use and enjoy.

Of course, another consideration when purchasing a home is the location. Sited in the Seaport District near the Fort Point Channel and South Boston, this home gets a big plus in the location category.

The neighborhood of Fort Point is recognized as one of New England’s largest artists’ communities. It is also home to many of Boston’s new trendy and upcoming restaurants along with emerging technology companies. Two family favorites - the Boston’s Children’s Museum and the adjacent Martin’s Park - sit on the banks of the Channel. Just cross the bridge at Summer Street, it is a short walk to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, South Station and the Financial District. The Boston Harborwalk and The Rose Kennedy Greenway as well as Downtown Boston are also nearby.

Easy access to Logan Airport and the Mass Pike makes traveling to distant places simple.

Built in 1893, 326 A St. was once the home of the Edwin B. Bartlett Company. Bartlett was known for purchasing and augmenting the Greenerd Arbor Press patents and started manufacturing in the loft.

DETAILS:

Address: Mondo Condo, 326 A St., Unit 5C, Seaport - Fort Point

BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms

Size: 2,842 square feet

Price: $2,595,000

HOA fee: $1,050/month (includes water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, snow removal, refuse removal)

Taxes: $12,691 (Tax Year 2022)

Year built: 1893, converted 1985

Unit level: Five

Number of rooms: Five

Unit features: Exceptional brick and beam loft designed by Merge Architects in the Fort Point/Seaport District. This contemporary 2,842 SF two-bedroom + home office unit boasts an open concept floor plan, soaring 13-foot ceilings and direct elevator access. Home boasts four oversized windows in the entertaining area, custom built floor-to-ceiling bookcases and hardwood flooring. Formal dining adjacent to family style kitchen that includes gas cooking, high-end appliances and concrete center island with breakfast bar. Primary bedroom suite has a large walk-in closet and sleek concrete en suite bathroom. An abundance of hidden storage throughout.

Nearby: Ideal location with plenty of parks, restaurants and retail stores as well as the Boston Harborwalk, the Boston Children’s Museum, Martin’s Park and just cross the bridge at Summer Street for a short walk to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, South Station and the Financial District. Easy access to Logan Airport and the Mass Pike.

Contact: Gabrielle Baron and Skip Billingham, William Raveis Real Estate, 18 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-447-5350 (Gabby’s cell), 508-277-0261 (Skip’s cell) 617-266-5200 (office)

Email: Gabby.Baron@Raveis.com or skip.billingham@raveis.com

Website:https://www.raveis.com/raveis/72920639/326astreet_boston_ma?AGT=15556&SITE=agt