Custom designed Charlestown duplex is stunningly beautiful
A unique home will always bring you pride. And when it has been skillfully planned by a brilliant architect, you can feel confident that there was a vision behind the design that makes it a striking, highly livable space.
Noted architect, author and professor Ann Pendleton-Julian designed 21 Oak St. in Charlestown when she was teaching at MIT. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from a new university for women in Bangladesh, a seven-village ecosystem for craft-based tourism in China’s Guizhou province to a house for the late astronomer Carl Sagan.
And now, you can live in a home designed by Pendleton-Julian right here in Boston. With two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, this Charlestown duplex features dazzling natural light flowing through multiple windows, gleaming Brazilian cherry floors, tons of closet space and a cozy two-sided gas fireplace.
Frank Celeste of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is listing this capacious residence for $989,000.
“To get all this living space, it’s the definition of easy living,” he says.
Each of the condos in the building has its own entrance, so there’s a sense of privacy. With your first steps through Unit 1’s front door, you enter an oversized foyer. The gas fireplace there ensures that you and your guests will feel toasty warm immediately as you walk in, and the fireplace’s tiled surround looks sleek.
Feel free to hang up your coat. There are two closets.
Come into an expansive living space with a completely flexible floorplan. At 29 feet long, it feels like the living room of a single-family home. The scale of the space is luxurious and it’s clear that it is ideal for large gatherings.
The room has been virtually staged to provide inspiration on ways to arrange the furniture to flatter the vast space. Illumination flows into the room through six windows and reflects off the richly-colored wood flooring. Light gray walls give you lots of decorating freedom - the color is calming and neutral enough to coordinate well with your preferred style. This side of the see-through fireplace that you saw in the entry foyer also has a white tile surround, framing the flame beautifully.
The sunny open kitchen is a balance of warmth and modernity. Shaker style custom cabinetry with contemporary hardware provides plenty of storage. While two walls are lined with lower cabinetry, one wall has a long row of upper cabinets.
The kitchen is well equipped for preparing meals with shining stainless steel appliances that include a side-by-side JennAir refrigerator, a Samsung range and a Kitchen Aid dishwasher and over-the-range microwave. A backsplash constructed of small mosaic tiles adds texture to the walls.
The shining countertops are black granite, ending with a rounded peninsula that serves as a breakfast bar. There is ample room for the next owner to add a large island, which would be great for entertaining, additional storage and casual dining, if desired. Or, if you preferred, you could simply add a dining table and chairs.
For more formal and intimate affairs, the space adjacent to the kitchen has plenty of room for a larger dining table and more. Of course, you might choose to use that space for other purposes, but keep in mind that the circular flow of this floor is especially conducive to entertaining.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are downstairs on the garden level.
With a wall of closets, the primary bedroom has space for all your clothes. It’s a serene room with pale walls and more shining Brazilian cherry flooring. Its en suite bathroom has an extra-long custom vanity with numerous storage drawers and cabinets, a vessel sink, granite countertop and a mosaic tile backsplash. Behind its glass door, the shower provides multiple body sprays for an enjoyable bathing experience.
A powder room on this level makes good use of a small space. The petite sink is a gem. Guests will love it. A laundry closet with a stacked Maytag washer and dryer is a tremendous convenience as it also has storage space.
The generously-sized second bedroom could also be used as an office or a den. A door in that room goes to the mudroom with direct access to your parking space. This makes it easy to unload groceries, luggage or other bulky items directly from your car into your domicile.
This home is completely move-in ready and although you could make some small changes, for example, updating the granite counters with quartz, the existing finishes are all high end which the architect selected to coordinate throughout the home, providing a clean and cohesive look.
There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 12.
Address: 21 Oak St., Unit 1, Charlestown
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms
Size: 1,581 square feet
Taxes: $10,967 without Residential Exemption (From 2021, not yet assessed as condo)
Association fee: $186 (Includes master insurance, water, sewer, snow removal, landscaping)
Building features: Five unit low-rise designed by visionary architect, part of a condominium association with 19 Oak St.
Unit features: Custom-designed duplex with private entrance that leads to an oversized foyer with two-sided gas fireplace shared by sweeping light-filled living space; sunny gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops and breakfast bar; Brazilian cherry flooring throughout; garden level features primary suite with relaxing bedroom and spa-like en suite bath, generous second bedroom, powder room with sleek tile finishes, mudroom and in unit laundry; parking space included
Close by: Boston National Historical Park with Charlestown Navy Yard and USS Constitution and Museum; Marina; Monument Square; parks and playgrounds; shopping and dining; medical facilities; Bunker Hill Community College; North End restaurants; Logan Airport, MBTA buses; short drive to Storrow Drive, Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike
Contact: Frank Celeste, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 20 City Square, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: Office: 617-242-4222, Mobile: 617-872-3227
Open house: 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 12