Enjoy chic, high-end living in a unique boutique condo
Of the many hidden residential gems in Boston, this floor-through home with direct elevator access just across from the Boston Common is at the top of the list.
As one of only seven condos in a boutique building at 43 Winter St. and barely two blocks to the Park Street T and the surrounding plethora of restaurants, shops, boutiques and services also makes this home quite a find.
Of course, the living accommodations in Unit 4 - two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and 1,465 square feet of living space listed by Robb Cohen of Engel & Völkers for $1,150,000 - add to its bragging rights.
That the open concept living-dining room area is spacious and flexible is an understatement - period. Consider that the current owners once hosted 22 guests for dinner and everyone was comfortable. But size is only part of the story for Unit 4.
The amount of natural light that flows throughout in this home, which is tucked into a corner of the building overlooking Winter Street with a southwestern exposure, is incredible. Nine enormous one-over-one windows with deep sills that stretch to way over 10-foot-high ceilings (four are in the main living area) mean that nary a corner in any room sports a shadow.
Let us not forget style: a mahogany-like floating floor with four-inch-wide boards that runs throughout the residence (bedrooms are carpeted and bathrooms have tile floors) has a timeless look that complements any decor. Function was not overlooked either. Every room, including the living-dining area, has a massive closet.
The centrally located galley kitchen - in the middle between public and private spaces and essentially a command center - offers the best of all worlds: open to the entire living area, yet tucked off to one side so the chef can retain any special culinary secrets.
For added flexibility, a quartz-topped peninsula with storage adjacent to the living-dining area can be a breakfast/lunch/dinner bar, extra prep space or a buffet server for dinner and/or other celebratory gatherings.
In addition to its positioning, this cookery has style and function.
An oversized island peninsula (within the kitchen proper) with a deep stainless steel sink has an extraordinary amount of prep space and fits at least two people comfortably. An abundance of cabinetry is another outstanding feature in this kitchen. The island, for example, has storage on both sides, plus a long stretch of cabinets that flank the Bosch five-burner gas range and a flush-mount built-in pantry cupboard with two deep drawers.
This kitchen earns glowing reviews in the looks department, too. Under-cabinet lighting makes quartz countertops, accented with a striking mini subway glass tile backsplash, shine at any time of day or night. Stainless steel JennAir appliances, such as the refrigerator and dishwasher, are both good-looking and practical.
Laundry facilities (an extra-large Speed Queen stackable washer and dryer) have their own private space with ample room for supplies and other necessities.
White tiles that line the step-in shower sparkle through the frameless glass shower door in a full shared bathroom on the way to the bedroom wing. The shower has a handheld wand and rain shower head. Chic Duravit fixtures such as the floating sink and slim-line commode add dashes of glamour.
Large enough for a king-size bed, the second bedroom is certainly capable of doing double duty as a home office. Two of those oversized windows (with deep sills) allow in a substantial amount of natural light. In keeping with the proportions of the room - and that includes the 10-plus-foot-high ceiling - the double closet is extra-wide.
Tucked away at the back of this home behind a pocket door, privacy is among the many perks of the primary bedroom suite. Not surprisingly, size is another one. In fact, a California king size bed would fit easily with ample space for as much prerequisite bedroom furniture as you desire. Creating a sitting area or extra office space right under one of the four gigantic windows is also doable.
Taking a minimalist approach is, however, an option as a huge custom walk-in closet with open shelving, open drawers and a number of specialized hanging areas is around the corner beyond a pocket door. Additional “overhead” storage space (keep in mind the ceiling height borders on 11 feet) is also available.
The en suite bathroom is a sophisticated Euro-spa-like loo with a Duravit floating vanity and another streamlined commode. Enclosed by frameless glass, the step-in shower, which is more than five feet long, is an oasis of luxury. Besides being fully tiled and having a built-in bench, this bathing site has a handheld wand and a rain shower head.
Psst…this home has additional storage space in the basement of a pet-friendly building and garage parking is steps away.
Address: 43 Winter St., Unit 4, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms
Size: 1,465 square feet
Year built: 1899/2006
Number of units: eight
Assn. fee: $800 Monthly (includes heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance, snow removal, extra storage, refuse removal, reserve funds, management fee).
Features: One of seven units in a boutique building featuring almost 10-foot-high ceilings, nine enormous windows and floating floor throughout the main living area plus several huge closets. Open living-dining area with corner exposure. Custom kitchen with two peninsulas, quartz countertops, Bosch five-burner gas stove and JennAir appliances. Chic full bathrooms with fully tiled step-in showers, floating vanities and Duravit commodes. Extra basement storage. Pet-friendly building. Garage parking.
Nearby: Boston Common and shops, services and restaurants in Downtown Crossing and at Faneuil Hall and Government Center. Choice of several MBTA stations for the Green, Orange and Blue lines. Quick access to Route 93.
Contact: Robb Cohen of Engel & Volkers Boston, 46 Gloucester St., Boston, MA 02115