Savor this one-of-a-kind penthouse duplex in Seaport

TODD LARSON
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There is plenty of space in this dining area to comfortably feed a lot of people.

When was the last time a penthouse looked and felt like a real house as opposed to just the top floor of a building, a box on the roof or (in its archaic definition) an outhouse attached to the real thing?

To find out, just visit Unit 6C at Mondo Condo at 326 A St. in Seaport near Fort Point. This is decidedly house-like in its duplex layout, open-concept common level, triple-gabled roof-house bedroom level, a long private roof terrace, two kitchens and an overall sense of modernistic autonomy from the rehabilitated 1889 Boston Button Company warehouse it grew out of in 1982.

It is so house-like, in fact, that author Colleen Hoover noted this quality in her 2016 novel It Ends With Us when the story’s narrator, having seen the penthouse on Google Earth, wonders what it would be like to “live in a house on top of a building...If I owned it, I could plant gardens up there. I’d have an outlet.”

You would have the most creative of outlets in this 4,383-square-foot unit, beyond the terrace’s copious planting space: vast walls for eye-popping art displays, a music studio with full sound insulation for recording and an ultra-flexible live/work space arrangement on the barrier-free common level, helped by the building’s zoning for residences and offices.

“Someone could come in here and have an architect’s office and live upstairs,” said listing agent Lawrence Shevick of Coldwell Banker Realty. “You can do both or either.”

This huge living space incorporates nine large windows of sunny southwestern corner exposure, exposed brick walls and pipes for that artist’s-loft feel, and original Carolina pine posts and beams as mementoes of the building’s industrial origins.

The unit’s infinite configuration possibilities for all domestic live/work functions are apparent the moment you step up from the small foyer with a walk-in closet onto a maple-panel floor. This stretches into a vast sweep of space big enough for all six of a house’s typical live/work areas – living room, office, family/media room, dining room, kitchen and home gym.

This huge space incorporates nine large windows of sunny southwestern corner exposure, exposed brick walls and pipes for that artist’s-loft feel, and original Carolina pine posts and beams as mementoes of the building’s industrial origins.

Another memento is a black-painted metal-panel door opening to a back stairway.

Three posts separate this space from the larger expanse stretching from the two northwestern windows past the large skylight to the restaurant-style kitchen.

By the windows is a freight elevator from the loading dock for direct entry into each of the C units.

The kitchen’s stainless steel running counters, slider cabinets, shelves and appliances unify in a U-shaped workspace that radiates an industrial sheen to stimulate you to cook and prep like a pro.

The kitchen’s stainless steel running counters, slider cabinets, shelves and appliances unify in a U-shaped workspace that radiates an industrial sheen to stimulate you to cook and prep like a pro.

Appliances include a Miele double oven with an eight-burner gas stovetop, a double sink with a stainless water runoff counter and a Samsung double-door refrigerator with two freezer drawers.

From here, the maple flooring steps up to the laundry room and the spiral stairway to the bedroom level.

The laundry room’s Electrolux side-by-side washer and dryer are equipped with drawers and a sorting/storage counter. A linen cabinet with push-latch doors is to the side.

Another vintage metal-panel door opens to a sunken closet that consolidates all utilities so none interfere with the marvelous spaces.

The adjacent full bath boasts the latest in designer wall-mount fixtures: a Duravit commode with dual-flush buttons, a ceramic white vanity with a circular sink, a chrome towel-warming rack and ceramic white block shelves in the open shower.

Adding to the modernity are the shower’s glass barrier, a circular rain shower head and ridged ceramic inlay floor for water drainage and protection against slippage.

The stairs spiral up a basilica-like semi-cylinder stairwell to the bedroom level where the three gables give all spaces cathedral ceilings. Two have triangular window ends for more light and an airier feel in the sitting room and the bedroom suite.

The stairway lands at a sunny sitting room with a wall of many CD/DVD shelves.

The stairway lands at a sunny sitting room with a wall of CD/DVD shelves and a slider to the 350-square-foot terrace.

The setbacks of the roof-house’s jogged tripartite frontage yield three lounging/dining/planting areas of increasing sizes on the terrace, which has great vistas of South Boston and the Blue Hills as well as an up-close view of the light blue stucco finish that makes the roof-house even more house-like.

The raised second kitchen’s L-shaped black stone counter, Miele oven and electric four-burner smooth-top cooktop, and walls of glass shelves ready the terrace for al fresco dining or cocktails.

A second semi-cylindrical wall with four square clerestory windows forms a cozy bed area and a mirror marks the gym area for aerobics, Pilates and yoga.

The sitting room connects to the deluxe music studio, fully sound-insulated for noise-free recording, followed by a spacious, clean-lined bedroom/gym that also accesses the terrace.

A second semi-cylindrical wall with four square clerestory windows forms a cozy bed area.

A second semi-cylindrical wall with four square clerestory windows forms a cozy bed area and a mirror marks the gym area for aerobics, Pilates and yoga.

The third gable forms a cathedral dressing room with a bevy of built-ins, including automatic drawers.

The en suite bath features a soapstone double vanity with slanting sink-bottoms for best drainage, a Duravit wall-mount commode with dual-flush buttons, and a step-in shower with a rain shower head and towel-warming rack.

From here, a corridor of push-latch closets for growing wardrobes leads to the en suite bath featuring a soapstone double vanity with slanting sink-bottoms for best drainage, a Duravit wall-mount commode with dual-flush buttons, and a step-in shower with a rain shower head and towel-warming rack. Skylights brighten the bath and dressing room.

A parallel art-gallery corridor leads you back to the sitting room’s kitchen, completing your journey through your “house.”

Offered at $4,995,000, Unit 6C at 326 A St. is, in the novel narrator’s words, “one of the great mysteries of Boston” - a best-kept secret of how to make the fullest possible home/office at the penthouse level and make it your own.

For more information, contact Lawrence Shevick at 617-821-0028 (cell), 617-266-4430 (office), or Lawrence.Shevick@NEMoves.com.

The setbacks of the roof-house’s jogged tripartite frontage yield three lounging/dining/planting areas of increasing sizes on the terrace, which has great vistas of South Boston and the Blue Hills as well as an up-close view of the light blue stucco finish that makes the roof-house even more house-like.

DETAILS:

Address: Mondo Condo, 326 A St., Unit 6C, Seaport

BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Size: 4,383 square feet

Housing type: Duplex penthouse condominium

Price: $4,995,000

Association fee: $1,440/month, includes water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, snow removal

Taxes: $26,090.48 (Tax Year 2021)

Parking: One deeded outdoor parking space

Year built: 1893, converted 1985

Total number of residences: 18

Features: High ceilings, exposed brick and original Carolina pine beams, recessed lighting, two-zone central heating, central air conditioning, southwest corner exposure, maple and concrete floors, open-concept first floor, restaurant-quality stainless kitchen with gas cooking, in-house laundry, primary bedroom suite with dressing room and spa-style bath, second kitchen, custom-built sound studio, large private roof terrace, intercom

Building amenities: Elevator, freight elevator from loading dock for direct entry into C units only, professional management, rubber roof, units zoned for live/work

Close by: Houses of worship, schools, shopping and dining, art galleries, public parks, walking-jogging trails, bike path, public transit, major highway access, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, short walks to the South Boston waterfront, Carson Beach, Marine Park and Castle Island. Also near the Financial District, South Station and Downtown

Contact: Lawrence Shevick, Coldwell Banker Realty

Phone: 617-821-0028 (cell), 617-266-4430 (office)

Email: Lawrence.Shevick@NEMoves.com

Websites:https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ma/boston/326-a-6c/pid_44111107 or https://www.coldwellbankerluxury.com/property/326-a-unit-6c