Light, bright & beautiful condo in Charlestown

A granite bar with classic leaf-scroll brackets at a pass-through opening to the kitchen’s sink counter is handy for quick food service and after-dinner cleanup as well as chats with the cook.

Built on the granite/brick foundation of a 19th century house in 2001, 57 Bartlett St. in Charlestown eschews the high-tech, space-age modernism of the sci-fi film of that title for the Federal aesthetic of its historic neighborhood and to the extent of incorporating a brick wall from the older building.

And a space odyssey through the 785-square-foot Unit 5 reveals the necessities for contemporary urban living that both Federalism and Modernism brought us: a spacious common area, generous sunlight and an easily navigable arrangement of two bedrooms and one full marble bath. It has just enough living space at an affordable price for single or first-time homebuyers and downsizers.

The odyssey begins immediately with direct entry into the light-filled, oak-floored living-dining room. The open-concept floor plan allows for creative furniture placement. This area has a central gas fireplace to warm all occasions and a classic mantel and plantation shutters to honor the building’s heritage.

A granite bar with classic leaf-scroll brackets at a pass-through opening to the kitchen’s sink counter is handy for quick food service and after-dinner cleanup as well as chats with the cook.

The kitchen repudiates the palatial grandiosity of today’s gourmet kitchens for just the right amount of basic space and amenities to entertain all kinds of culinary activities from fast food to slow cooker.

The L-shaped granite counter and paneled maple cabinetry incorporate a shelved pantry closet, a Franke sink by the bar and a full range of Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances, including a five-burner gas range with microwave/vent and a refrigerator with bottom freezer. Cross-weave grass-cloth wallcovering complements the natural look of the cabinets, counters and floor.

The hall passes a door to a carpeted second means of egress before right-angling into a short hall that serves the two bedrooms, their shared full bath and the closeted stacked LG front-loader washer/dryer.

The one-window intimacy of the smaller left-hand bedroom suits it for use as a study, nursery or guest room. The larger master bedroom has two windows. Both have spacious closets - ready-made with built-ins.

The bath boasts a Carrara marble-tiled floor and tub/shower combo, a granite vanity with chrome gooseneck faucet, and designer overhead lights resembling large ice cubes.

The unit’s floorplan puts everything close together, which characterizes the neighborhood as well. For instance, cater-corner to the building is the Warren-Prescott School – a K-8 school reputed for the Courageous Sailing program it runs with the nearby Harvard-Kent Elementary School, enabling students in grades 3-6 to learn to sail on Boston Harbor from Pier 4 at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The school’s namesakes are two Revolutionary War heroes: Dr. Joseph Warren, who sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their midnight rides to Lexington on April 18, 1775, and perished as a soldier in the Battle of Bunker Hill the following June 17; and Col. William Prescott, who commanded the colonial troops in that battle and allegedly ordered: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”

Prescott’s statue stands in front of the Bunker Hill Monument, marking the site of the battle (actually Breed’s Hill) just five blocks down Bartlett Street. Dedicated in 1843, the monument is 294 steps up to a breathtaking Boston view. But if that climb is too arduous, the adjacent stone temple contains a statue of Dr. Joseph Warren and a Revolutionary War cannon. The Bunker Hill Museum across the street houses a variety of exhibits on the history of Charlestown, including a scale model of the battle and actual cannonballs and weapons used in it.

The odyssey continues along the Freedom Trail to the USS Constitution, aka “Old Ironsides,” in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The U.S. Navy’s oldest commissioned ship, she was launched in 1797 and defeated five British warships in the War of 1812, earning her nickname when cannonballs rebounded off her solid oak hull and prompted the cry, “Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!”

To fill out your own sides – fitness, dining and shopping, including Whole Foods Market, are aplenty down Green, Main and Austin streets in Thompson Square.

In Unit 5 at 57 Bartlett St., there’s no wasted space, yet there is plenty of elbow room for entertaining, laying the foundations for a family and enjoying a diversity of neighborhood offerings just a few blocks away.

Offered at $639,000, the property may be viewed by contacting Lara Williams of Century 21 Elite Realty at 617-448-0764 or

There will be open houses from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17.


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- “After School Sailing,” Courageous Sailing,

- “Boston National Historical Park: Bunker Hill Museum,” National Park Planner, 2019,

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Address: 57 Bartlett St., Unit 5, Charlestown

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom

Configuration: Condominium

Size: 785 square feet

Price: $639,000

Condo fee: $235/month, including water, sewer and master insurance

Taxes: $5,642 (Tax Year 2019)

Parking: On-street permit parking

Year built: 2001, updated 2017-2019

Features: Open floor plan, hardwood and marble tile floors, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, central air and heating, gas fireplace, picture window with plantation shutters, renovated granite kitchen with stainless appliances and gas cooking, updated baths, extra-large custom built-in closets in bedrooms, pantry storage, in-unit laundry with new front-load washer/dryer, cable hookups, intercom, pet-friendly, 100 percent owner occupancy.

Close by: Shopping and dining, fitness centers, houses of worship, post office, schools, banks, medical center, public library, public parks including City Square Park, the Bunker Hill Monument along the Freedom Trail, TD Garden, public transit, major highway access.

Contact: Lara Williams of Century 21 Elite Realty

Phone: 617-448-0764



Open houses: Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 16-17