Custom designed Charlestown home offers space and charm
Despite colorful window boxes under the two front windows, people might be tempted to overlook this lovely home at 3 Mt. Vernon St. It’s on a quaint Charlestown street - only three blocks away from the famed Bunker Hill Monument.
After all, even with a large transom window and the home’s inviting and friendly yellow color, some might feel the front door is unassuming and the building appears to be a bit smaller than it really is.
The cliche is correct: looks can be deceiving.
The truth is that everything beyond the front door is extraordinary. Consider that this single-family home, which runs front-to-back from Mt. Vernon Street to Cottage Street, has a very sizable and comfortable 2,519 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a half bathroom. There are also two delightful outdoor decks to enjoy barbeques and take in the pleasant area views.
Parking is no problem here with two outdoor parking spaces plus a basement one-car garage that opens up onto Cottage Street. That amount of treasured parking space for a home in Boston is indeed a rarity.
It gets even better.
Stunning wide plank walnut flooring throughout the home tops a long list of extra special and appealing features and amenities.
Banquette seating for four or five people plus room for another three family members or guests around the table makes a large dinner very doable in the main level dining area. That space is fully open to a spectacular galley kitchen.
The colorful tile backsplash that shimmers in the glow of under cabinet lighting is a striking contrast to sparkling white cupboards that stretch to the ceiling.
The large center island that seats three or four people, an oversized farmer’s sink, gorgeous honed quartz countertops and the Thermador stainless steel appliances (the refrigerator has integrated panels) prove that style and function can live in perfect harmony. The chef of the house will be in full culinary joy putting meals together here.
All things practical were incorporated, too. In addition to storage under the banquette, three sets of closed cupboards - each with pullout shelves - are installed under the stairs. It puts every square inch of space to very good use.
Glittering metal mini mosaic tile (from the floor to ceiling) surrounds the floating vanity with a mini-rectangular sink in the chic half bathroom next to the stairs.
Spacious and inviting, the living room, which is three steps down from the kitchen, is however, the shining star of this level.
Built-in shelving, which includes a dedicated media center, flanks a delightful gas fireplace. Both are instant focal points. Three large windows overlook a huge bluestone deck with wrought iron railings.
Everything about the fully finished lower level is memorable - from the radiant heated floors to a “real” laundry room with a pocket door, cork flooring, sink, side-by-side Electrolux machines and a long swath of countertop to fold clothes. It makes doing the laundry a lot easier.
A huge family room with all manner of built-ins and enough closet space to brag about forever is very nice. The incredibly large amount of livable space in this room, however, is what will impress friends and family. That this is guaranteed to be a popular gathering spot is an understatement. No one is going to be in a big rush to leave.
A shared bathroom on this level has a tub/shower ensemble, but of course, direct access to the envy-generating garage is delicious icing on the cake.
The upper levels absolutely have just as much pizzazz. Spacious front and back bedrooms on the second floor - one overlooks Cottage Street; the other Mt. Vernon - have lighted walk-in closets and three large windows. They share a bathroom with an inviting tub/shower ensemble.
A bonus room (office or study) is tucked away behind a sliding barn door just down from an oversized double closet. It’s a desirable place to get the peace and quiet needed to do a full day of work at home.
Vaulted ceilings with dormers and skylights in the primary suite that encompass the entire third floor add visual interest while giving this sizable space with oak flooring a cozy vibe. A bump out suitable for seating or a mini office and two double closets are almost the finishing touches.
That honor, however, goes to the gorgeous en suite marble bathroom that includes a large double vanity and an oversized glass-enclosed shower.
Another treat in the primary bedroom suite is access to a private deck with 180-degree views that include the Mystic River, the Tobin Bridge and beyond. Sunbathing is optional.
This spacious and charming home is listed by Diane Valle of Boston Portfolio Properties.
Address: 3 Mt. Vernon St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Four bedrooms; three full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 2,519 square feet
Taxes: $14,249.29 (Tax Year 2022)
Year built: 1880
Features: Custom renovated home with garage parking plus two additional onsite parking spaces; open concept main level features galley kitchen with Thermador appliances and quartz countertops open to living room with a gas fireplace, custom built-ins and access to bluestone deck; radiant heated floors in finished lower level with huge family room, separate laundry room with sink and direct access to garage; third floor primary suite with en suite bedroom and access to a private deck with views of Tobin Bridge and beyond; wide walnut flooring throughout
Nearby: Two blocks to Monument Square; Charlestown center and the Bunker Hill Mall with various shops, restaurants and boutiques are barely 10 minutes away in one direction; the USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard in the opposite direction; The North End and its numerous restaurants, cafes, specialty delis and historical landmarks such as the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House are about 10 minutes over the Charlestown Bridge; Route 93, the Tobin Bridge and Sorrow Drive are “around” the corner
Contact: Diane Valle, Boston Portfolio Properties, 20 Mount Vernon St., Charlestown, MA 02129