Life is grand in this large One Charles luxury condo

CINDY BAILEN
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Here is a nice space to get some work done. Although this office off the kitchen could be reconfigured as a breakfast room if preferred.

Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States. If you live in the Back Bay, the 50 acres that make up the Boston Common can feel like your backyard. And if you’re lucky enough to have a home that overlooks this vast open space, you can treat yourself to the view every season of the year.

At the elegant One Charles, an incredible condo with mind-blowing views of Boston Common is on the market right now. It’s ideal for larger families, people who host long-term guests and folks who just love to entertain.

Gina Romm of William Raveis Luxury Properties is currently listing this 3,237-square-foot property at One Charles that checks all the boxes.

For $4,800,000, the buyer of Unit 12 C-D will be able to enjoy plenty of space, unforgettable panoramas through walls of windows, four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths, two kitchens and an office. There’s room for everything.

“It’s so dramatic,” Romm says. “It’s a wow factor. You are drawn to the windows right away. It doesn’t get better than this.”

A wall of windows lets in views of Boston Common and tons of natural light into this amazing living area. Notice the lighting over the painting - the current owner has illuminated each work of art to show it off.

The oversized living and dining areas are nothing short of fabulous. The dark hardwood floors are laid in a herringbone pattern and they gleam in the natural light that pours into the space.

Since it’s a corner unit, this part of the place provides the best views through two walls of tall windows. The view includes the Common, across to Beacon Hill and the State House.

The corner dining area has some of the best views in the home. But it doesn't have to be used that way. Since this is flexible space, the new homeowners can configure it however they prefer.

This home is generous for entertaining – there have been some very large parties here with up to 60 guests. Or, if you prefer, you could take some “me time” and enjoy the view from the windows.

There are two distinct kitchens in the home. Both feature cherry cabinetry, granite countertops and luxury appliances.

The adjoining galley kitchen features cherry cabinetry, dark granite counters, a tall Sub-Zero refrigerator, a wine fridge and wall ovens. It could be set up as a bar when you entertain or a place to cook casual family meals. The office off the kitchen could be reconfigured as a breakfast room if preferred.

A striking red powder room resides nearby.

Next to the living room, the family room offers additional entertaining space. The other gourmet kitchen is adjacent, making it easy to prepare food for party-goers. In this C-shaped design, cherry cabinetry with long hardware, granite countertops, a mosaic tile backsplash and luxury stainless steel appliances, including a gas range, make meal preparation a pleasure. The pass-thru over the sink allows the cook to easily serve food and drinks.

Guests can use the light blue powder room, which is steps away.

There are two potential primary bedroom suites. This one invites you to watch New Year's Eve fireworks from your bed.

The bedrooms are in two separate wings so privacy is abundant. Each wing has two bedrooms. Although storage is plentiful, one has a large walk-in closet which might make an excellent choice for the primary bedroom.

The nearby smaller bedroom room has a wall of built-in bookcases with lots of storage. One of the bedrooms is currently used as a sitting room. It rocks a large rounded track light fixture. Actually, there is terrific lighting features throughout the home; many are arranged to display art optimally.

All of the bedrooms have marble en suite bathrooms. The main bath on each side of the unit has a double vanity, soaking tub and separate shower.

All of the bedrooms have marble en suite bathrooms. The main bath on each side of the unit has a double vanity. A soaking tub with a marble surround is located next to a stall shower, giving you a choice for relaxation and cleansing.

The current owners have loved living in this home and they have kept it in pristine condition. They started by purchasing Unit 12D and when the adjacent unit 12C came on the market, they bought it and opened it up to make room for their grandchildren, maintaining the two separate entry ways.

The common areas of One Charles are an extension of the homes. The third floor is full of amenities with a gym, meeting room and a catering kitchen. The lobby has a European feel with warm wood and a tray ceiling.

The common areas of One Charles are an extension of the home. The third floor is full of amenities with a gym, meeting room and a catering kitchen. The lobby has a European feel with warm wood and a tray ceiling.

People who live here are well cared for by the building’s concierge and doorman. The concierge has been known to give treats to the friendly dogs who live here. It’s a secure building, too. You need a fob to use the elevator. Onsite management is another plus.

“When you walk in, you can feel that it’s a happy home,” Romm says. And the location is super, with easy access to some of the best features of the Back Bay.

The exterior of One Charles is contemporary, but it complements the architecture of older buildings in the Back Bay.

DETAILS:

Address: One Charles, 1 Charles St. South, Unit 12 C-D, Back Bay

BR/BA: Four bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths

Year built: 2004

Size: 3,237 square feet

Price: $4,800,000

Taxes: $57,995

Association fee: $5,341 per month (Includes heat, hot water, gas, master insurance, security, snow and trash removal, on-site management and garage fee)

Building features: Newer condo development with two towers in a superlative Back Bay location; excellent services with a concierge, a doorman and on-site management; attractive lobby with rich wood, tray ceiling and gas fireplace; numerous amenities including fitness room, boardroom, entertainment areas and catering kitchen serving coffee and tea in the morning; pet-friendly; Ostra restaurant on first floor of South tower; garage with self-parking

Unit features: Dramatic views from massive corner home comprised of two connected adjacent units; two main suites with two kitchens; four bedrooms with marble en suite baths; flexible floor plan; walls of windows reveal awesome views of Boston Common; great home for entertaining; two tandem garage parking spaces

Close by: Boston Common, Public Garden and the Statehouse; restaurants and elegant stores; galleries and cultural attractions of the Back Bay and downtown Theatre District; easy access to MBTA Green Line; convenient to the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 93 and Storrow Drive

Contact: Gina Romm, William Raveis Luxury Properties

Phone: 617-966-1685

Email: gina.romm@raveis.com

Website:http://www.ginaromm.com