New owner for Charlestown townhouse on the water’s edge
Homes for sale in Charlestown usually don’t stay on the market for very long. 65 Constellation Wharf is a perfect example of that.
Directions to this south-facing townhome in Charlestown’s Navy Yard border on the whimsical: left on 1st Avenue, right on 9th Street and straight on to water. But this three-level gem is very much grounded in reality – and a beautiful one at that.
Literally a stone’s throw to the Boston Harborwalk (turn right out the front door and it is seconds away), this three-bedroom home at 65 Constellation Wharf with three full bathrooms, a half bathroom and 2,521 square feet of living space recently sold for $1,875,000. It was originally listed by Neda Vander Stoep of Coldwell Banker Realty and bought with Domenick Paola of Boston Residences, Inc.
The handsome interior features fine finishes, amenities and even more conveniences. The layout is a bonus.
Going in and out of the huge one-car garage, which is already set up for loft storage, for example, is as simple as opening the door in the huge entry with a large double coat closet. Here, a marble-tiled floor is one of many inviting features.
Flowing front-to-back, the entry foyer leads to a guest bedroom/office or teen/college student getaway with traditional paneling over the wood-burning fireplace with a classic mantel, slate surround and hearth. Although this would seem to be “the” highlight, exceptional views that include the Boston skyline, the harbor and a long expanse of the Boston Harborwalk via full glass pane sliders offer stiff visual competition. Of course, the large deck that is the width of the room is one more plus.
The nearby full bathroom has a tub/shower ensemble with a tile surround.
A gigantic utility room on this level doubles as a laundry room with full-size side-by-side LG machines and a built-in folding table with drawers. Stash unsightly laundry supplies in the overhead cabinets.
Window “walls” at each end of the floor-through second level ensure natural light fills every room. However, should you want less of it, take advantage of the custom electric roller shades. Incidentally, blackout shades are in the bedrooms.
Iconic city views are, of course, standard with these glass walls.
Consider the spacious living room where a wall of full glass sliders, topped by transom windows, showcase the Custom House clock tower in the urban skyline. The wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround and an elegant mantel is a beautiful indoor sight.
In the dining room, which is two steps up and separated only by a knee wall with columns, views are part of every meal. Seating 8 to 10 or more people is very doable in this suburban-size space with ample room for a server (or two). Paneled wainscoting, a ceiling medallion and gorgeous hardwood flooring (also in the living room and practically throughout the entire home) are elegant accents.
A half bathroom on this level has a striking ceramic vessel sink.
The chef’s kitchen, which is one good-looking cookery, checks all the form-and-function boxes. Bosch stainless steel appliances, including an induction cooktop, are a sparkling contrast to white cabinetry (and a substantial amount of it, too), accented with leathered Duke White granite countertops.
Crisp and white, the subway tile backsplash in a herringbone pattern is stunning day or night. Under-mount lighting helps it shine as does the abundance of natural light from several oversized windows.
An extra-large center island seats four people comfortably, the oversized pantry makes food/appliance storage a breeze and the deep stainless steel Kraus sink is simply convenient. So is the long prep and/or bar counter that is the width of the kitchen.
Life on the third floor comes with a bonus – a lofty office with a built-in wraparound desk. Four transom windows let the light (from the sun or moon) shine in.
The rest of the upper level has its own set of bragging rights, including the primary suite that encompasses almost half the space. Views from the king-bed size sleeping chamber could be scene stealers (no pun intended) were it not for the extraordinary closet space. Two California walk-in closets, each with a built-in five-drawer bureau-like affair, specialized hanging spaces and open shelving, are separated by a pocket door.
Efficiency amidst luxury continues in the en suite bathroom where creating personal space is an art form. Although this washroom has dual sinks, the set-up is unique. One is outside the main area in the corridor/dressing room area of the walk-in closets. Flanked by a two-section, almost floor-to-ceiling cabinet, the result is that two people can perform simultaneous morning ablutions, yet not have to share.
A step-in shower within a custom glass enclosure is one highlight in the main section of the bathroom. The calm, serene ambiance is another.
A second bedroom on this floor with two double closets is definitely in the king-bed-size category. The nearby renovated bathroom (it has new tile flooring, lighting and cabinet hardware) allows for more personal privacy.
Two linen closets in the hallway provide substantial storage options.
A “few” extras are part of the package – such as the option for a slip at Charlestown Marina, guest parking and easy access to public transportation such as the water shuttle. The complex also offers 24-hour security/concierge services.
Address: 65 Constellation Wharf, Charlestown Navy Yard (legal address is 65 9th St., Pier 7)
BR/BA: Three bedrooms; three full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 2,521 square feet
Closing price: $1,875,000
Year built: 1987
Number of units: 64
Features: South-facing three-story residence on the waterfront with flexible living space and two decks overlooking the Boston skyline and Harborwalk. Floor-through second level with hardwood flooring, large living room, wood-burning fireplace and deck access plus large formal dining room with paneled wainscoting and spacious eat-in chef’s kitchen with Bosch stainless steel appliances and pantry. Lower-level guest room/teen suite/office with wood-burning fireplace and deck access. Third-level custom loft office and master suite with two walk-in California closets. Attached oversized, one-car garage. Separate laundry room. 24-hour security/concierge service. Marina slips available.
Nearby: In the Charlestown Navy Yard on Pier 7 near the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) - only minutes to downtown Boston by car, water taxi or on foot. Near Long Wharf, New England Aquarium and the North End. Easy access to Route 93.
Contact: Neda Vander Stoep, Coldwell Banker Realty, 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116