Beautiful home with lots of space in Charlestown
Away from it all, or a stone’s throw away?
Peace and quiet, or hustle and bustle?
Where the sidewalk ends, or where the action is?
Such questions have haunted countless homebuyers regarding location preferences to the point where some who bought in the ’burbs wished they’d settled in the city or vice versa.
Well, 64 Ferrin St. in Charlestown harmonically merges the two, kudos to its location at the end of a cul-de-sac for premium privacy and behind the Harvard-Kent Elementary School (K-6) for a hop, skip and jump to classes and back.
This single-family home is also within walking distance of historic sites, shopping and dining, parks and recreation, houses of worship, bus/train stops and more while sequestered enough from city life for a good night’s sleep.
Reinforcing this calm-convenience combo is the gated private alley to separate entrances to the lower-level mudroom, main parlor level and kitchen ell, followed by the fenced-in backyard patio - an oasis of green repose for garden parties and cookouts.
A rosebush, a stone wall of ivy, hydrangea, stone-bordered gravel plots and a house-like tool shed seem to “make the world go away” while a side gate brings kids back to earth by introducing a shortcut to the school.
The interior is cozy, too, due to the 1875 house’s modest size and updates that preserve historical details, floors and layouts. The floor plans give the house three sides of exposure, hence corner exposure for all four bedrooms that accommodate a growing family as children change bedchambers at various stages of their growth.
The sheltered main entrance introduces a traditional New England hall-and-parlor plan: a staircase hall at center, living room at right and dining room (unified with the kitchen) at left.
The living room has three-window corner exposure and a closet of built-ins making it suitable as an emergency guestroom.
The large dining room is a comfortable space to enjoy a fine meal. It accesses a shower bath - newly updated with a marble honeycomb-tile floor, marble vanity, subway-tiled shower with basketweave-patterned marble floor and a repointed brick wall.
The oak flooring transitions to a gray laminate knotty woodgrain finish as the dining room flows into the kitchen where the ell’s roof-slant forms a vaulted ceiling and a quartz island bar invites you to breakfast.
A quartz L-shaped running counter lines up all the paneled white cabinetry and stainless appliances: a Bosch four-burner gas range with microwave/vent, a horizontal sink with retractable faucet, Bosch dishwasher, an Electrolux refrigerator with a water/ice dispenser and freezer drawer.
A white subway-tile backsplash contrasts with another brick wall. The kitchen’s entrance is nearest to the patio for al fresco dining.
The primary bedroom suite occupies the entire wide-pine-floored level above. The central landing connects the bedroom on one side with the en suite bath and nursey/office on the other. The bedroom has a generous wall area and a closet of built-ins. The bath has a tub/shower combo and a wallcovering of images of yellow birds and swirly clouds. A linen/medicine cabinet is in the short hall that leads to the nursery/office, also with a closet. The latter has lots of light for babies or office work from southwestern exposure. Its view of Charlestown reminds you how close you are to urban energy despite how hidden from it your house is.
The carpeted top floor has two more bedrooms, each with two closets. One bedroom has a magnetic wall where kids can place letter and number magnets to practice spelling and arithmetic. The other bedroom has a chevron-patterned wallcovering. The gabled roof gives each room a quirky vaulted ceiling.
Each room’s closets abut the other’s, allowing for installation of a Jack-and-Jill bath if neighboring closets are combined into one floor-through space connecting the rooms and a plumbing stack descending to the water source is installed.
The lower-level mudroom, accessed from right off Ferrin Street, has a tumbled-tile floor for easy cleanup from tracking in dirt or snow, generous storage in the California Closets and cubbies, and coat hooks on a brick wall.
Down a hallway are the stairs to the parlor level with a workshop, laundry room with a Bosch stacked washer/dryer and slop sink, and a gym with a padded floor and exposure of the original brick/stone foundation.
If you want to explore the area, down Tremont Street from the school is a great start to enjoying the choicest of Charlestown’s offerings: the Bunker Hill Monument. Built in 1825-1843, this Quincy granite obelisk marks the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill (actually fought on Breed’s Hill) on June 17, 1775, a turning point in the Revolutionary War that influenced the British Army’s evacuation of Boston the following year. The monument is 294 steps up to breathtaking Boston views.
The nearby Bunker Hill Museum displays facts and artifacts from the battle and other moments in Charlestown history.
Down the Freedom Trail is the USS Constitution, a.k.a. “Old Ironsides,” at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Built in 1794-1797, it is the oldest remaining commissioned naval warship in the U.S. It acquired its moniker after defeating the British frigate HMS Guerrière in the War of 1812, during which its solid oak hull withstood the impact of the Guerrière’s cannonballs, arousing a cry of “Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!”
Learn more about “Old Ironsides” and related maritime subjects at the USS Constitution Museum nearby.
A short distance away is Thompson Square, a shopping, dining, recreation and education center with a post office, supermarket, public library, skating rink, recreational outdoor space, Bunker Hill Community College and trains to downtown Boston and beyond.
Offered at $1,149,000, 64 Ferrin St. combines suburban solitude with urban accessibility in a well-balanced, family-oriented way.
For more information, contact Nancy Roth of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-429-6396 (mobile), 617-242-4222 (office) or Nancy.Roth@GibsonSIR.com.
Address: 64 Ferrin St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Four bedrooms, two full bathrooms
Size: 2,148 square feet
Housing type: Single-family
Taxes: $5,955 (Tax Year 2021)
Parking: Resident permit parking on street and in nearby lot
Year built: 1875, renovated 2014-2022
Features: Vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, new recessed lighting and light fixtures, three exposures, plantation shutters, hardwood and tile floors, exposed brick, all-house insulation, three-zone forced hot air by gas heating, central air conditioning, Nest thermostat, updated first-floor shower bath, chef’s kitchen with gas cooking and bar-seating island, whole-floor primary bedroom suite with nursery/office, two top-floor bedrooms with dual closets, mudroom, workshop, in-house laundry, gym with waterproofing and dehumidification, private entrance alley, backyard patio with French drain and shortcut to Harvard-Kent Elementary School
Close by: Schools, shopping, dining, houses of worship, skating rink, medical center, public library, parks, historic sites, public transit, major highways
Contact: Nancy Roth of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
Phone: 617-429-6396 (mobile), 617-242-4222 (office)