Energize your lifestyle in gorgeous Downtown condo
Who would have thought that an old Boston Edison electrical substation could be re-energized as a 23-unit condominium so electric with light, space and style it would turn you on from breakfast time to party time to bedtime?
Just turn on the lights in Unit 8A at 42 Chauncy St. (“The Edison”) in Downtown/Chinatown and your face will light up at how the 1917 structure’s cathedral ceilings, concrete beams, brick columns and walls, and polished cement floors fashion a solid, sweeping, soaring unit where light, space and sparkle never flicker out ’til lights out.
All owing to a 2004-2007 renovation-expansion by Nader Tehrani, principal of the Boston architecture and urban design firm of NADAAA and former dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, who combined two units with an elevator-accessed common hall. This allows the new 3,896-square-foot unit ultra-generous living-dining-kitchen, storage, laundry, office, lounge and library space on the left and two humongous bedroom suites on the right as you enter the hall, which now connects these realms as a private art-gallery foyer with direct elevator access.
Off the foyer, Zebrawood doors introduce more bonuses: a wide coat closet, stair egress and an oversized powder room - redesigned by Nader Tehrani of NADAAA and built by Payne|Bouchier in 2019. It was renovated with a white Corian floor; a Toto Washlet self-sanitizing commode with an integrated bidet, heated seat and motion sensor-controlled lid as well as a wall-mounted raised sink with a gooseneck faucet and stainless steel mirror wall panels. These make the space seem even bigger, giving the custom Edison light globe pendants a sense of spatial infinity as a glowing tribute to The Edison’s history.
The foyer’s Wenge wood floor turns into polished cement as it introduces the sunny great room, which is truly great in all dimensions. It has a 14-foot-10-inch beamed ceiling, suspended halogen-stem lighting, gargantuan floor-to-ceiling windows with blackout shades and projection screen as well as corbelled brick wall columns.
There’s also Whalen HVAC corner units with midcentury modern vertical wood-slatted screens and the vastest floor space imaginable for arranging living and dining furniture, rugs, artwork, book/display cases, a billiard table and an entertainment center any way you please.
On hand for parties is a chic mirrored dry bar with lighted two-level display space for bottles and glassware and cabinets bedecked in randomized mirror-tile mosaics.
A Wenge wood platform proudly presents a matching island bar with seating for six people. The island also has a 12-foot stainless steel trough insert planted with succulents, Zebrawood drawers by C.W. Keller and a Sub-Zero double wine-cooler.
This introduces the chef’s kitchen, where a parallel stainless counter/backsplash arranges a Gaggenau cooktop, an elongated double-bowl sink with gooseneck and hand-held spray faucets, a Gaggenau microwave and wall oven, a Sub-Zero side-by-side fridge/freezer and C.W. Keller Zebrawood cabinetry in an open galley format.
The cooktop offers steaming, frying, gas cooking and electric grilling for a diversity of cuisines.
A Zebrawood door, disguised as a panel matching the cabinetry, opens to a large pantry with ample counter space for coffee/tea/espresso preparation. This leads into a roomy laundry/storage center with GE washer and dryer and built-in filing cabinets.
From here, mesh curtains introduce a washroom with a stainless steel sink, a schist-floored shower and a spiral stair up to a cozy corner office with Zebrawood shelving and desk.
The office’s carpeting continues into a long lounge with a built-in couch overlooking the great room, followed by an intimate corner library with bendable “snake” lamps for illuminating books.
The laundry also accesses a mudroom/workshop with a built-in workbench and cubbies. From here, a curtain leads back to the elevator vestibule and the foyer where frosted-glass windows on the right let in natural light from the bedrooms.
Slanting Wenge wood panels add sculptural interest to the windows as vertical wood-slatted screens do to each bedroom’s Whalen HVAC corner unit.
The primary bedroom lets you sleep under a cathedral ceiling along a king-size-plus art wall across from a wall for a flat-screen TV. The TV wall is near a Wenge wooden desk built in under the frosted-glass window and by a sizable dressing area by the en suite bath.
This spic-and-span spa boasts a radiant-heated floor, a Wenge wood surrounded (and platformed) Duravit soaking tub, a wall-mounted polished cement vanity with twin raised sinks and stainless wall-mounted faucets with towel/washcloth holders. There’s also an Ann Sacks mosaic-tiled step-up section containing the commode, bidet and walk-in shower with a frosted-glass barrier and sunken wood platform.
The walk-in wardrobe closet by C.W. Keller has clothing, shoe and luggage storage top to bottom, plus a window. A track-sliding ladder is handy for reaching the highest shelves.
The guest suite’s hotel-quality accommodations include a cathedral ceiling, a window alcove for a desk or makeup vanity, a TV alcove, a C.W. Keller walk-in closet with floor-to-ceiling shelves and coatracks, and an en suite bath with a raised sink and a mosaic-tiled backsplash and walk-in shower.
In the basement are two deeded storage spaces (one combining two storage rooms) with platforms, shelving, bicycle hangers and space for gym equipment.
Offered at $3,499,000, Unit 8A at “The Edison” will light your path to luxury loft living at the center of Boston’s urban energy.
For more information, contact Neda Vander Stoep of Coldwell Banker Realty at 617-413-0888 or Neda.VanderStoep@CBRealty.com.
Address: “The Edison” at 42 Chauncy St., Unit 8A, Downtown/Chinatown
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath
Size: 3,896 square feet (includes loft area of approximately 334 square feet)
Housing type: Loft condominium
Association fee: $1,904/month, includes heat, hot water, gas, water/sewer, master insurance, elevator, professional management, storage, exterior maintenance
Taxes: $22,004.80/year - not including residential tax exemption (Tax Year 2022).
Parking: Three transferable reserved rental parking spaces at Lafayette Garage across the street; unreserved spaces also available
Year built: 1917, renovated 2001, 2006-2007, 2019
Total number of residences: 23
Features: High ceilings, halogen-stem and recessed lighting, direct elevator access to art-gallery foyer with Bosch central air conditioning, powder room with stainless steel reflective walls, Whalen HVAC corner units, Wenge and Zebra woodwork, C.W. Keller kitchen cabinets and built-in closets, open-concept great room, mirrored dry bar, raised island counter with stainless steel plant trough insert, open kitchen with gas cooking and electric grilling and steamer/fryer, primary bedroom with built-in desk and walk-in closet, primary bath with soaking tub, in-unit laundry near sink and shower, loft office/lounge/library overlooking great room, Honeywell integrated alarm system with sensors, Eliot Wright window treatments, Somfy low-voltage shade control, three deeded storage units (two combined as one large unit)
Building amenities: Elevator, professional management, pet-friendly association
Close by: Shopping and dining, schools and universities, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common and the Esplanade, public transit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Theatre District, Financial District
Contact: Neda Vander Stoep, Coldwell Banker Realty