Renovated Bay Village gem is impeccably designed
Like its surrounding neighborhood of Bay Village, this duplex-style home at 12 Isabella St. has a distinct personality: livability, character and lots of luxurious touches.
Three full bathrooms, for example, are only one highlight in this two-story gem with two bedrooms (each is an en suite) and 1,124 square feet of living space. Unit 1 is listed by Cam Chesley of CS Luxury Group at Keller Williams for $1,265,000.
The custom galley kitchen is quite the cook’s delight. White cabinetry (including a floor-to-ceiling pantry that has pullout shelves) with under-mount lighting showcases a long swath of Grey Mist granite countertop, accented by a white subway tile back splash and sparkling stainless steel appliances such as a Liebherr refrigerator, four-burner Wolf gas range, a Sharp microwave oven and Miele dishwasher.
The quartz-topped peninsula can seat three people while another bank of cabinets provides extra-storage and counter space.
Traffic, be it daily or when entertaining, flows smoothly as the cookery is fully open to a sizable living area with enough room for casual or formal repasts. Two large windows with deep sills eager for plants or decorative displays in substantial natural light. Think southern exposure.
The bonus with this area, however, is access via a full pane glass door to an incredible private outdoor area.
The suburban-size oasis - a fully fenced blue-paver courtyard - has more than enough room for seating for at least four people, dining for even more and, of course, a massive grill. Outdoor lighting along the tall fence ramps up its use rate.
In addition to a roomy storage closet, this level has the first of the three full bathrooms. The decor in this washroom is a masterful blend of tradition and modern chic. The step-in shower with a frameless glass door is fully tiled - ceiling and surround - in brilliantly white subway tile with black grout.
Leopard patterned carpeting on the surprisingly wide staircase to the second level is an unexpected touch of whimsy as well as a charming counterpoint to beautifully finished oak flooring installed throughout the entire unit.
Convenience rules, too. Consider that the landing is large enough for a hall table/chest and that laundry facilities - full-size stackable Blomberg machines - are strategically sited near the bedrooms.
The upper level, however, has charm and then some going for it.
The secondary/guest bedroom suite or office is on the roomy side with a double closet that is customized (two areas for hanging items) to maximize use.
A pocket door leads to the en suite bathroom with a tub/shower ensemble. Two-inch square ceramic tiles are used in the surround and on the floor.
The primary suite is a grand space with more than ample room for a king-size bed, a nightstand or two and other pieces of bedroom furniture.
Built-in open shelving that stretches to the ceiling easily becomes an instant library, decorative display unit or both. Custom inserts in the lighted double closet maximizes storage space.
Two transom windows on the inside wall allow natural light from the large sleeping chamber windows to wash into the hallway.
In the spa-worthy en suite bathroom, extra-large marble subway tile (it’s on the ceiling and the surround) in the step-in shower commands a second look. The basketweave pattern on the shower floor is a nod to this home’s early 20th century roots. Two shower heads that include a hand-held spray are contemporary features.
The rest of the “contemporary” good news is that this home is in a pet-friendly building and that the location is outstanding. Barely 10 minutes to restaurants such as Tatte, Citrus & Salt and Davio’s, this gem is the same distance to shopping areas that include Newbury Street, Copley Square and the Prudential Center and grocers such as Whole Foods and Star Market.
The Public Garden and the Arlington T Station (on the Green Line) are also a mere six minutes away.
Address: 12 Isabella St., Unit 1, Bay Village
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; three full bathrooms
Size: 1,124 square feet
Taxes: $9,016 (Tax Year 2021)
Year built: 1920
Number of units: Seven
Assn. fee: $450/Month (includes heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, exterior maintenance, snow removal, reserve funds)
Features: Two-story home with chef’s kitchen, three newly renovated bathrooms, two en suite bedrooms, spectacular private outdoor space, hardwood flooring throughout, in-unit laundry, three-zone dustless mini-split system all in a pet-friendly brick row house
Nearby: Maximum 10-minutes to area restaurants, grocers and shopping on Newbury Street and at Copley Square and the Prudential Center as well as iconic Boston attractions such as the Public Garden; Arlington MBTA Station on the Green Line is six minutes away; easy access to I-93
Contact: Cam Chesley, CS Luxury Group, Keller Williams Boston, Metro, 607 Boylston St., #500, Boston, MA 02116