Plenty to love in this rare find on quiet Charlestown street

This bedroom showcases many built-in shelves and cabinets and could be used as a home office or library.

On a quiet, charming side street in Charlestown, where neighbors know each other, resides a gem of a home. Originally built in the late 1800s, this home at 6 Franklin St. was renovated in the early 2000s, and the Unit 2 townhome was added. Off-street parking for both units was also created.

This enchanting townhome features more than 2,000 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three and one-half baths, plus additional outdoor living in the secluded backyard.

With a nod to its historical roots, the shared foyer showcases the original wide pine while Unit 2 incorporated the leaded window and coat closet in the hallway.

The bright and airy living area offers a superb floor plan with charming nooks, gleaming hardwood floors and lots of natural light - all favorable for gatherings with family and friends.

The kitchen combines beauty with functionality. Stylish cabinetry and stone counters frame the stainless steel five-burner Thermador range, side-by-side refrigerator-freezer, under-cabinet-mounted microwave and dishwasher. Thoughtful touches include a plate rack above the sink, glass front cabinets to display stemware and a nice peninsula for two that also delineate the living-dining area.

The living-dining room offers plenty of space to arrange an array of furniture and accessories. A glass door slider in the dining area opens to a cute and cozy deck that can easily hold a grill and a couple of chairs, set amidst the verdant vegetation and pretty plants in the fenced-in yard that has a small tree.

For those who prefer, the deck could be removed and the entire area could be turned into a patio - complete with lounge furniture to enjoy on those tranquil, lazy days of summer and other seasonal interludes.

The second floor is dedicated to the master suite. The king-sized bedroom has two closets - one a walk-in. There is plenty of room to create a sitting area to go along with the pre-requisite furniture. A relaxing soaking tub, a large separate glass shower and a marble-topped double vanity in the en suite bathroom completes this private oasis.

The third floor accommodates two more bedrooms, a second full bathroom with a shower/tub combination and a small hallway nook. One of the bedrooms has a wall of decorative built-in shelves and cabinets.

This flexible space offers many possibilities. Earmarking this space for children might be fun. It can be two bedrooms or a bedroom with a play room. How about creating a craft cubbie or a haven for hobbies? Adding a desk, bookshelf and/or bean bag chair in the nook might be the perfect place for studying or reading an intriguing book. Other ideas?

The lower level is completely finished and also overflows with possibilities. In addition to the full bathroom and laundry facilities, the hallway is lined with a multitude of built-in cabinets and shelves for seemingly-endless storage. The spacious room could be used as a media center, a home gym, a home office, a family room or as an extra bedroom for guests. It could also be used as an au pair suite.

The location of this meticulously maintained home is also in an awesome location. Set back off the street for privacy with off-the-street parking for convenience, this home is close enough to the city, yet offers a hint of suburbia.

Charlestown is the oldest and largely residential neighborhood of Boston; home to lots of hospitals, organizations and historical sites. This peninsula enjoys waterfront esthetics and activities between the Mystic and Charles rivers to the south and the Boston Harbor to the north.

For families with school-aged children or for those who work in “the field,” the Warren Prescott School, Edwards Middle School, Charlestown High School and the Boys and Girls Club for after school and community programs are all within walking distance. Charlestown also hosts the Bunker Hill Community College for classes, concerts and other community programs and the Charlestown Branch Library with a variety of family and individual events. Parks and playgrounds flourish, including the nearby Edwards Playground.

Getting around Charlestown and beyond is easy with many options: public transportation include trains – the Community College Orange Line stop and North Station, two bus lines, and the ferry that goes from the Charlestown Navy Yard Ferry Terminal to Long Wharf near the New England Aquarium.

BLUEbikes bike share stations are close by with other locations all over the city; there is also a dedicated bike lane on Main Street in Charlestown to encourage people to bike to work and explore the area while enjoying fresh air and exercise.

Walking along the Boston Harborwalk and the Freedom Trail is another way to experience the neighborhoods. Interstate 93 and Route 1 are also accessible.

Listed at $1,250,000 and with an unheard of condo fee of just $180 per month, this townhome makes living in the city more affordable than most other homes.

For more information about this property, contact Jesse MacDonald of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-669-8449 or

Address: 6 Franklin St., Unit 2, Charlestown

BR/BA: Three bedroom/three-and-a-half bathrooms

Size: 2,053 square feet

Price: $1,250,000

Taxes: $10,092 without residential exemption

Condo fee: $180 per month

Total number of units: Two

Year built: Late 1800s; conversion/renovation 2004

Features: Stainless kitchen appliances including a five-burner Thermador gas range, granite kitchen counters; soaking tub, separate shower and marble topped double vanity in master bath; hardwood and recessed lights throughout; custom Hunter Douglas shades throughout; decorative moldings and trim with corner rosettes in doors and windows; sliding door with sliding shade to backyard deck and patio in fenced yard; two-zone gas fired central HVAC; one off-street parking space; low monthly condo fee.

Close by: Walking distance to all grade schools, Whole Foods, Bunker Hill Community College, pharmacy, restaurants such as Monument Restaurant and Tavern and the Warren Tavern; near Bunker Hill Monument and Museum, outdoor skating rink, skateboard park, USS Constitution Museum, parks and playgrounds; public transportation including MBTA Orange Line, bus lines, and ferry service; BLUEbike share stations; Interstate 93 and Route US 1.

Contact: Jesse MacDonald, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 20 City Square, Boston, MA, 02129

Phone: 617-669-8449