Polished, spacious home with unique appeal in Charlestown
A beautiful house deserves a beautiful garden. Lush plantings dress up a home’s outdoor space, tempting the homeowners to sit and enjoy the evolving beauty throughout the seasons. When such a garden is paired with a one-of-a-kind home on a handsome street, the result is irresistible.
That irresistible opportunity is available in Charlestown. A red brick single-family rowhouse at 16 Auburn St. sports private two-tiered green space and fabulous architecturally detailed rooms blended with all the modern comforts of home.
Grace Bloodwell of Coldwell Banker Realty is offering this 2,632-square-foot property for $2,650,000. She calls it, “Very sophisticated and very polished, historic and very modern.”
With a meticulous restoration, tasteful design and refined finishes, this gracious four-bedroom home offers unique appeal.
Original double entry doors made of chestnut and walnut lead to an elegant foyer. The black walnut staircase straight ahead is illuminated by a skylight that lets natural light wash through all three stories.
To the left, the formal living and dining rooms await. The tasteful rooms showcase original plaster moldings, ceiling medallions and decorative fireplaces adorned with marble mantels. The woodburning hearth in the living room adds to the ambiance on cozy winter nights. A pocket door can be closed as needed to create intimate spaces.
The sleek modern kitchen is what any home chef longs for. Quartz countertops with matching backsplash provide great space for meal prep and stainless steel JennAir appliances offer professional quality. An under-counter wine fridge ensures that each bottle can be served at its optimal temperature. The lower cabinetry is gray and the uppers are white.
This kitchen was designed with daylight in mind. A skylight and three high windows ensure ample natural light and lots of privacy. Radiant heat provides extra warmth. It’s a totally contemporary look and a cheerful place to sit down for breakfast and other casual meals.
Two large double French doors open to the two-tiered outdoor oasis. The 20-foot x 9-foot deck connects to an enclosed garden with a brick patio - either space perfect for savoring morning coffee and alfresco dining.
Hostas, fall-blooming clematis and a shady Japanese maple tree highlight the garden and wisteria vines maintain its privacy. A fountain adds pleasing sights and sound of flowing water transforming it into a relaxing retreat.
At night, garden lights highlight the various plantings.
A former breezeway was transformed into garden storage to shelter the tools, planters and other garden necessities when they’re not in use.
There is also direct access to a spacious basement/workshop with eight-foot high ceilings. This space could be converted into additional living space, as well.
Back inside on the first floor, some additional features make it conducive for entertaining, First, a wet bar with built-ins and a dishwasher lets the host make drinks for everyone at the party and cleanup easily. An attractively remodeled powder room sits nearby, too.
On the second floor are two lovely bedrooms. Each one features more beautiful architectural details.
The dramatic front-facing room features a bay window and a working woodburning fireplace. This space could easily be enjoyed as a family room. The back-facing bedroom has a decorative cast iron mantel above the fireplace and a large closet.
A well-appointed full bathroom has a soaking tub and a tiled shower. The bathroom’s treetop views add beauty and privacy.
The home’s dedicated laundry area completes the second floor. The appliances reside in an oversized closet with double doors.
The entire third floor is currently being utilized as the primary suite, yet the versatile space can be used as needed and desired. Luxurious and spacious, the whole level is dedicated to pampering. Sunlight pours in through two skylights.
The full bathroom is fresh and spa-like with high-end features and a modern vanity. The shower is curbless for style and safety. It is enclosed by frameless glass doors that visually expand the room.
A pair of sizeable bedrooms feature decorative fireplaces. The custom dressing room is built out with racks for hanging attire and cubbies for folded clothes and accessories. Another room is configured as the home office but could become a nursery or sitting room.
Everything about this home has been carefully curated to preserve period architectural features while integrating contemporary design. Mitsubishi mini splits have been installed to provide three-zoned heating/air conditioning and a Lutron LED lighting system has been secured throughout the home.
A deeded garage parking space is located nearby. And for those who might want to cultivate more plants, there’s additional garden space available next to the garage.
Charlestown is Boston’s oldest and most sought-after neighborhood, located just north of the main sections of the city on the banks of the Boston Harbor and the Mystic River. Steeped in maritime and Revolutionary War history, the neighborhood is sprinkled with an abundance of landmarks and plaques, the brick-strip in the ground known as the Freedom Trail, and charming parks and squares along the narrow streets, which are home to stylish shops, boutiques and restaurants serving up superb local cuisine.
Charlestown residents can also enjoy all the flavors of the North End, which is accessible by car, public transportation and the pedestrian bridge.
Address: 16 Auburn St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Four bedrooms and an office; two full bathrooms and one half bathroom
Size: 2,632 square feet
Year built: 1880; recent updates
Taxes: $12,796 / Tax Year 2022
Features: Sunny, beautifully appointed red brick single family rowhouse with period charm and contemporary renovations; plenty of architectural details including two wood-burning and several decorative fireplaces; chef’s kitchen with Quartz countertops, high end stainless steel appliances, skylight and three windows; third floor primary suite with fabulous dressing room and bonus room for office, den or nursery; lush, landscaped two tier enclosed garden/patio; basement/workshop space; deeded garage parking space nearby
Close by: USS Constitution, Monument Square, restaurants and shops of Charlestown, Downtown Boston and the North End, TD Garden; MBTA Green, Blue and Orange lines; access by car to Storrow Drive, Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike
Contact: Grace Bloodwell, Coldwell Banker Realty, 91 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129