City living at its best in this sun-drenched, comfortable Charlestown home
Are the condos you’ve looked at (or lived in) so far:
· so big you have to snake through a labyrinth of hallways and “bonus” rooms to reach your desired space?
· so small you feel like you’re living in a closet?
· so densely populated you’ll never get to know your neighbors or even their names?
Well, look no further than Unit 1 at 10 Trenton St. in Charlestown. This 1,215-square-foot duplex, being offered by Jennifer Schneider of Century 21 Elite Realty, has a compact, but complete floor plan by Seger Architects of Salem that puts everything close to everything else while allowing ample room to entertain guests and start a family. Plus, it is part of a rare two-unit association, which makes 10 Trenton as neighborly as its quiet, tree-shaded street of 19th-century rowhouses and gabled residences.
The common lobby immediately imparts this impression of no wasted space in the name of proximity and elbow-room. Your unit door is straight ahead a few paces and your neighbor is right upstairs.
Unit 1 begins with a short hallway leading directly to the bathroom and kitchen and open at right to the sunny living room, with deep coat and storage closets just left of the unit entry. This shows a clear advantage of modesty in unit size: easy wayfinding, necessities at hand, no dark halls to get lost in.
Refinished original wide-pine floors in the hallway, living room and primary bedroom are nicely complemented with custom classic millwork done Shaker-style in 2020 by Kelco Carpentry under the design hand of Keller & Co. and the contractor’s eye of KMS Construction.
A square column and two wall columns introduce the living room from the hallway. Paneled wainscoting, a built-in bookshelf/cabinetry unit by the main window, an upholstered built-in storage bench under the second window on the other side of the TV wall and a double French door to the primary bedroom complement the crown moldings.
The primary bedroom receives great sun and street views from a Chicago window and has plenty of room for a king-size bed with nightstands. A closet built out of one corner has a display/storage shelf on top, where an overhead storage compartment can be built.
The bathroom down the hall presents a rare instance of placing a full tub/shower and a ventilation window where an off-the-hall windowless powder room tends to be, showing that smallness need not preclude fullness.
The same goes for the kitchen. Despite its New England country size, it packs in a lot of amenities that are common in palace kitchens, particularly a full set of Bosch stainless-steel appliances and three Calacatta marble-like honed quartz counters. These include a peninsular bar that has seating capacity for up to five people, soft-close cabinetry with a trash bin and oversized pendant lights with four candleflame tungsten bulbs inside each one.
Facing the bar is another quartz counter with a subway-tile backsplash and deep stainless sink with a gooseneck faucet. A dishwasher is below.
Beside the counter is a five-burner stainless gas range. A smaller quartz counter off to the side, also with subway-tile backsplash, is handy for a coffeemaker, toaster and other appliances. Beside it is a deluxe refrigerator with deep freezer drawer. Tall Shaker-style cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting makes the kitchen feel higher, airier and lighter than typical kitchens of this size. A wall of designer wallcovering completes the picture.
A door opens to a flight of steps down to the patio that Unit 1 has exclusive use of. Brick-paved like a hidden garden of Beacon Hill, sequestered by wood fencing and appointed with railroad tie-bordered planters of hydrangeas and rhododendrons plus room along the long fence for numerous potted plants, the patio is an intimate, out-of-the-way space for al fresco dining, summer barbecues or just relaxing with morning coffee or the Sunday paper.
Through a French door from the kitchen is a general-purpose space that can be a dining room, an office or a nursery. For each of those purposes, it contains an alcove for a small credenza, desk or crib. A light gray wall treatment calms the atmosphere with a neutral touch.
Also off the kitchen is a carpeted stairway that descends to the lower level. Right at the foot of the stairs is the second bathroom, which features a step-in shower, a pedestal sink and an adjustable oval mirror.
In the hallway, a Kenmore side-by-side washer and dryer are neatly tucked under the stairs, demonstrating one of the best economizations of under-stairway spaces since the Harry Potter closet.
Down the hallway is a second bedroom with a dropped ceiling of tile panels resembling some of those old pressed-tin ceilings in vintage hardware stores. Two windows on the patio ensure quiet for a good night’s sleep, aided by the minimal through traffic on Trenton Street. The closet’s sliding mirror doors are handy for full-body dressing and grooming. An alcove with a dangling shaded light fixture is made to order for a small study desk for a child.
The hallway also accesses the condo association’s storage room, which has 98 square feet of storage space reserved for Unit 1. A stair to the patio follows.
Offered at $865,000, Unit 1 at 10 Trenton St. compacts the contents of a single-family into the concision of a condo, allowing you quick access to anywhere yet ample room to grow.
There will be open houses from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Aug. 7 and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8.
For more information, contact Jennifer Schneider at 617-733-8211 or Jennschneider915@gmail.com.
Address: 10 Trenton St., Unit 1, Charlestown
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms
Size: 1,215 square feet
Housing type: Duplex condominium
Association fee: $236.75/month, includes water, sewer, and master insurance
Taxes: $3,615.57/year (FY 2022), with $3,305.20 exemption
Parking: Resident permit parking on street
Year built: 1860, renovated 2002, 2012 and 2020
Total number of units: Two
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, wide-pine and oak floors, hot water baseboard oil heating, upholstered window seat in living room, Shaker-style custom cabinetry, updated kitchen with gas cooking and stainless appliances, French doors, rear dining room/office/nursery, front primary bedroom with picture window, private brick patio with planters and two means of access, in-unit laundry, basement storage
Close by: Schools, shopping, dining, houses of worship, skating rink, swimming pool, medical center, public library, parks, historic sites, marina, public transit, major highways
Contact: Jennifer Schneider, Century 21 Elite Realty