Extraordinary Waterfront penthouse with great views

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Go down to the living room’s vast floor area for creative furniture arrangement, blue/gray fabric wallcovering, rustic stacked stonework in the TV niche framed by glazed book/curio cabinets and an overhead display shelf.

When first built to house the multilayered manufacturing operations for the Prince Macaroni Company’s multiple pasta products, 63 Atlantic Ave. might have qualified as the North End’s first “high-rise” since Old North Church. That, in turn, qualified the 1917 factory for one of

Boston’s first condominium conversions of former industrial buildings.

From 1965 to 1974, architects Tim Anderson and George Notter capitalized on the high ceilings, sturdy concrete columns and sweeping floor slabs that had accommodated the heavy, cantankerous assembly-line machinery streamlining Prince’s pasta production to create some of the era’s most spacious, soaring, sunny sea-view and city-view residences.

Exemplary among these is Unit 11B, which has all a buyer could ask for in a penthouse and then some. This home is being offered by Iliyan Padinkov of Coldwell Banker Realty.

The living room has plenty of windows to let in the sun and enjoy the fine views.

There is a breathtaking Boston Harbor view through a floor-to-ceiling slider that opens to a private balcony from a sunken living room; comprehensive city views (which don’t neglect Old North) from two bedrooms; and sunbaths on the guest bath and kitchen from skylights.

Alluding to the factory’s multilayering of floors for maximum operational efficiency, the unit’s 11-foot height allows for a raised Brazilian cherry floor for the kitchen, baths, bedrooms and laundry, which in turn yields efficient trapdoor storage underneath several spaces. Wood is prominent above, too, as exposed roof beams.

This festival of light, space and wood welcomes you with the dual temptation of the skylit kitchen at your level and the atrial living room below. Go down to its vast floor area for creative furniture arrangement, blue/gray fabric wallcovering, rustic stacked stonework in the TV niche framed by glazed book/curio cabinets and an overhead display shelf.

There’s also generous storage through pull-down side panels under the kitchen, and especially light and views from the balcony, which the architects angled out from the façade for the best vistas.

Go out and drink in the blue-sky panorama encompassing East Boston, planes landing and taking off to and from Logan Airport, ships coming and going in the sparkly-blue harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands in the distance and the bustling Seaport District. The balcony’s chrome-railed glass barrier allows a fuller view without the obstruction of a fence.

Go up to the kitchen where the skylight sun splashes the waterfall quartz island and its sink with a gooseneck faucet, Divine navy-blue cabinets and drawers, a Thermador dishwasher, beverage fridge and rare seating for four people.

Go back up to the kitchen, where the skylight sun splashes the waterfall quartz island and its sink with a gooseneck faucet, Divine navy-blue cabinets and drawers, a Thermador dishwasher, beverage fridge and rare seating for four people so two pairs of seats face each other for table talk over coffee or breakfast.

The quartz running counter incorporates more Divine cabinetry, including drawers with automatic lighting, a trash-bin pullout drawer and a two-tier Lazy Susan.

Other Thermador appliances include an induction-heating cooktop, a convection/microwave oven and an espresso machine and conventional oven stacked over a storage drawer.

The subway-tile backsplash has a classical mosaic-tile pattern of double-quatrefoil flowers over the cooktop. A Thermador deluxe refrigerator, freezer drawer and dual-zone wine cooler blend into the white cabinetry. Trapdoor storage is below.

Another bank of white cabinetry, inset with a mirror-backed stack of display shelves, initiates the hall to the rest of the unit.

Along the hallway is the guest bath, which is finely appointed with a wall-mount marble-top vanity, a glass-tiled shower, wood beams and a marble floor patterned in elongated hexagons that extend into the shower.

Next to the bath is a laundry closet, which finds room for linen/detergent cubbies beside the Electrolux stacked washer/dryer.

The primary bedroom reprises the living room’s blue/gray fabric wallcovering. Hanging from the beamed ceiling is a chandelier dangling three concentric circles of prisms in an inverted wedding-cake fashion. Greeting you every morning are sumptuous views.

The primary bedroom suite across the hall places the en suite bath and walk-in closet entrances close to the bedroom entry for optimum convenience. The bedroom reprises the living room’s blue/gray fabric wallcovering.

The walk-in closet in the primary bedroom boasts built-ins up to the ceiling plus trapdoor storage.

Hanging from the beamed ceiling is a chandelier dangling three concentric circles of prisms in an inverted wedding-cake fashion.

Greeting you every morning is a sumptuous North End view, backgrounded by Government Center, State Street Corporation’s new flagship headquarters at One Congress Tower under construction, the Verizon tower and the Zakim Bridge.

Below the window is a built-in dresser with clothes-sorting counter, automatic lights in most drawers and a deep drawer of pants-hanging rods.

The primary bath, under the sun shower of the second skylight, is efficiently, yet stylishly planned and appointed.

The bath, under the sun-shower of the second skylight, is efficiently, yet stylishly planned and appointed. A towel-warming rack, a step-in shower, a Kohler commode with automatic lift-up lid, a central makeup vanity and a sink vanity flanked by mirror-paneled medicine cabinets are all arranged around a three-sided running counter.

The neutral calm of the light gray cabinetry and blue/gray fabric wallcovering contrasts with the drama of the ceiling beams and the starburst-patterned floor tiles. The walk-in closet boasts built-ins up to the ceiling plus trapdoor storage.

The second bedroom at the end of the hall has the same stunning city view. Below the triple window is a built-in desk for office use. Complementing the view is a wallcovering of a panoramic black-and-white Boston skyline photo (which can be removed).

Step out onto the balcony and drink in the blue-sky panorama encompassing East Boston, planes landing and taking off to and from Logan Airport, ships coming and going in the sparkly-blue harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands in the distance and the bustling Seaport District.

More panorama pleasure can be found on the common roof deck with mesh patio furniture, ornamental trees, a rustic birdhouse and a vista stretching from Long Wharf to the Encore casino in Everett. An indoor “deck” with deck chairs is at hand for enjoying the view in inclement weather.

Offered at $2.3 million, Unit 11B at 63 Atlantic Ave. uses the Prince Building’s progressively towering design to place you both in the city and on the sea.

For more information, contact Iliyan Padinkov of Coldwell Banker Realty at 617-678-6400 or iliyan.padinkov@nemoves.com.

This former factory of the Prince Macaroni Company at 63 Atlantic Ave. is now the site of 42 luxury condo units.

DETAILS:

Address: The Prince Building, 63 Atlantic Ave., Unit 11B, Waterfront / North End

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Size: 1,130 square feet

Housing type: Penthouse condominium

Price: $2.3 million

Condo fee: $1,549/month (includes heat, hot water, water and sewer, master insurance, laundry facilities, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, extra storage, air conditioning, reserve funds, flood insurance, management fee

Taxes: $12,593/year

Parking: One parking space in fob-accessed garage

Year built: 1917, renovated 1965-1974 and 2021

Number of units: 42

Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, automatic window shades, Brazilian cherry floors with trapdoor storage, two-zone heating and cooling, open-concept floor plan, sunken living-dining room with 11-foot ceiling, private balcony with harbor view, kitchen with waterfall island and Thermador appliances including smooth-top induction cooking, primary bedroom with built-in dresser and custom bath, second bedroom with built-in desk, in-unit laundry, Sonos surround-sound system, smartphone-controlled intercom

Building amenities: Elevator, common lounge and roof deck, professional management by Barkan Management Company, pet-friendly association

Close by: Shopping and dining; places of worship; schools; public parks; fitness trails; harbor cruises; sailing; aquarium and IMAX Theatre; public transit; highway access; walks to Downtown Crossing and Seaport District

Contact: Iliyan Padinkov, Coldwell Banker Realty

Phone: 617-678-6400

Email: iliyan.padinkov@nemoves.com

Website:https://iliyanpadinkov.com/listing-details/wovax-idx/6mr32b1q68vkjd9h64t0/72995114/63-atlantic-avenue-11b