Two units merged into an amazing Waterfront home
Single-family living may give you more space, but at the price of having to climb stairs to reach it. Single-level living may spare you that, but at the cost of having less room.
Unit 1-2 at 55 Commercial Wharf on the Waterfront turns that either-or into the best of both worlds plus another. Kudos to Boston interior designer Alexandra Slote’s transformation of two units into one 2,565-square-foot residence with a double floor-through layout that grants sunny, sweeping harbor and city views to most spaces - common and private, constantly reminding you of the exciting urban/maritime world that surrounds you, whether you’re entertaining guests or waking up in the morning.
“Two combined floor plans were merged on one single floor so you get two northern and southern floor-through exposures,” said listing agent Wendy Coke of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. “As you walk through and experience the unit, you feel like you’re home in a city the way it captures views out to the harbor, the park and the Boston skyline.”
The central foyer hall, wallpapered in a stone-like texture, lets you choose which “wing” of the unit to enjoy these views from: the bedroom wing on the right side or the common wing with a third bedroom/office on the left.
The left-hand option begins with the designer kitchen, which offers an open-armed welcome with a C-shaped granite running counter and backsplash surrounding a granite central island with seating for three people.
All of the Jenn-Air appliances and paneled white cabinets are arranged around the running counter for optimum efficiency. On the left, a beverage cabinet with a lift-up door is above the wine cooler to consolidate the libations.
The dishwasher is below the double sink that overlooks the dining room through a wall opening with a raised granite counter for convenient food service. You also get to enjoy the living-room sun.
Pullout spice cabinets flank the central six-burner gas range with a stainless vent hood. A corner cabinet’s door mechanically pulls stacked shelves out of the rear space when opened.
An appliance garage hides not-in-use appliances for a neater kitchen. Above this is a corner-angled cookbook/earthenware shelf.
On the right is a convection/microwave oven, followed by a cabinetry-hidden refrigerator and freezer drawer.
Now step into the open-concept living-dining room, make yourself comfortable and drink in the beautiful harbor waters and views of boats along with Long Wharf, the Custom House Tower and Columbus Park as the sun washes the white walls, beams and paneled wainscoting with radiance.
“The orientation of this level creates a straight-on view of the water,” said Coke. “Without craning your neck, you get a toes-in-the-water feel and the city skyline. At night, when it’s all lit up, the skyline takes on a different dramatic view.”
And you don’t get boat noise. “This is an extremely quiet unit. The seller soundproofed everywhere he could,” Coke said.
Contrasting the sun-drenched whiteness is veined black marble framing both the electric fireplace and a wall niche for plants or art. Pleated drop-down curtains darken the room. The dining area enriches dinner parties with a merry-go-round chandelier of ball and “teardrop” glass crystals, plus oriental-inspired wood cabinetry, display cabinets and antiqued mirror panels surrounding the opening from the kitchen.
For more private (or noisy) moments, across from the kitchen is a soundproofed media room with custom-milled tiger-maple paneling, flanking bookcases and a Panasonic wide-screen TV in a sandstone brick wall.
“The seller wanted a place where his kids could come in and turn up everything really loud,” said Coke.
Quieter privacy can be found in a bedroom/office suite off the kitchen and foyer. At its entry is a marble en suite bath with a brick-mosaic tile floor, subway-tiled tub/shower combo and grayish fabric walls.
The carpeted bedroom has exposed beams, a painted-brick display niche over the bed area, a wide closet of built-ins, an upholstered window-seat, an office alcove with a built-in a desk/shelf unit by its window and gorgeous Boston Harbor views.
“One of the beauties of Commercial Wharf is that it sticks out beyond other wharves so you get the vantage point of the harbor and boats,” said Coke.
The other end of the foyer hall introduces the other two bedroom suites, demonstrating the luxury of not going upstairs to go to bed. The carpeted second bedroom has exposed beams, a closet of built-ins and the same stunning harbor view. Its en suite bath features a black granite vanity, marble wainscoting and a marble tub/shower combo.
The primary bedroom suite begins with a private corridor accessing a walk-in closet, which has a pull-down cabinet with foldout mini-ironing board and the shower bath where a variegated tan glass mosaic-tile belt course wraps around the space along the twin-sink vanity and into the glass shower.
The vast bedroom’s L shape allows for a built-in shelf/drawer unit with a TV/art niche and overhead running display shelf facing the bed area, a double-mirror doored wardrobe beside it, three windows on the harbor and park, and, by one window, an alcove with a built-in executive office complex with desk, cabinets, shelves and double-mirror-doored cabinet.
Wall niches with wall-mounted shelves flank the bed area with sculptural cleverness. A built-in bookcase is in a window-side reading corner.
In-between the bedrooms you’ll find the laundry closet with a LG top-loading washer and front-loading dryer.
Unit 1-2 at 55 Commercial Wharf is offered at $3.5 million.
“You can live here with a real family experience and have your own space to escape to, to enjoy your own corners with double the view,” said Wendy Coke. For more information, contact her at 617-694-1310 or email@example.com.
Address: 55 Commercial Wharf, Unit 1-2, Waterfront/North End
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms
Size: 2,565 square feet
Housing type: Condominium
Condo fee: $1,509/month
Taxes: $22,952.53/year, not including residential exemption
Parking: Two deeded outdoor parking spaces, $300/month per car; guest parking free after 5 p.m. and all weekend
Year built: 1834, renovated 2006 and 2012-2013
Number of units: 94
Features: High beamed ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood and marble floors, one-zone steam-radiator heating, two-zone central air conditioning, front and rear harbor views, open-concept living-dining room, granite kitchen with gas cooking, primary bedroom with office and walk-in closet, second and third bedrooms with marble baths, office in third bedroom, in-unit laundry, Sonos surround sound, two deeded basement storage units
Building amenities: On-site management, gated security, 24-hour parking attendant
Close by: Shopping and dining; places of worship; schools; medical facility; parks; fitness trails; marina; Boston Harbor cruises and sailing; New England Aquarium and IMAX Theatre; public transit; water shuttle to airport; highway access; Financial and Seaport districts
Contact: Wendy Coke, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty