Unique Leather District condo is historical, yet modern
Unique, bright, airy and high – historical, yet modern – are a few characteristics that come to mind when thinking about lofty living.
The spacious southwest-facing corner unit on the eighth floor of a former warehouse at 210 South St. in the Leather District engenders a true-loft feeling. The dramatic 12-foot concrete ceilings with visible ductwork and industrial architectural flared concrete columns complement the maple hardwood floors and other fine finishes.
An abundance of oversized windows let in lots of natural light during the day and tender the ambiance of twinkling city lights at night.
“It’s kind of SoHo,” Robb Cohen of Engle & Volkers said. “This is exactly what you’d get in New York. No one wants to live in cookie-cutter apartments anywhere.”
In contrast to these historic details, the condo also exudes modern-day charisma. The kitchen, one of the focal points in the home, is both functional and pleasing to the eye. Custom Italian Aster-Cucine cabinetry with black granite counters, a breakfast bar with a raised glass panel (to accommodate higher stools) and elite stainless steel appliances (French-door refrigerator, gas range and overhead microwave) that add a touch of shimmer are distinguishing features in the U-shaped kitchen.
A separate beverage cooler flanked with pullout drawers in a matching cabinet and countertop adds sophisticated panache to the living-dining room - a nicely-sized open floor plan designed with entertaining in mind.
The master bedroom is king-size bed large with additional room for the pre-requisite furniture as well as a cozy sitting area or office nook. Five oversized windows brighten the room while proffering city views. A wave-textured accent wall adds an artistic flair and complements the gleaming maple hardwood floors. Two large closets are customized with shelving for clothing and accessories.
The en suite marble bathroom has a large soaking tub and a glass shower.
The long entry hallway has a coat closet on one side and a laundry closet with stackable appliances on the other, leading to the full marble bath with a large, stand-up glass-door shower.
There are plenty of pristine white walls and lots of track lighting to accentuate artwork - personally crafted or possibly procured from the abundance of local artists in the area.
The home also has central AC.
“The key to this 1,345-square-foot unit is the build-out ability to make it a personal space the way you want it configured for almost no money,” said Cohen. “You could put a sliding door, an opaque door or anything to personalize a new room.”
Adding another bedroom or an office, den or art room is very feasible and still leaves plenty of room for entertaining.
Unit 8-2 is located in a historic building that was once an industrial warehouse, workshop and offices for leather companies and wholesalers. The ground floor windows were once popularized by shopkeepers to showcase their merchandise. While the exterior of the building has kept its historic character, the interior is contemporary.
The building was converted to 54 condominiums in 2005. A concierge is at the front desk from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, making this the only residential building in the neighborhood providing that service.
The elevator opens to a foyer on each floor that not only is aesthetically pleasing, but also minimizes the noise factor. The handy fitness center is equipped with cardio equipment and free weights. There is also deeded storage area in the basement.
The building is located in the midst of the trendy Leather District – so aptly named – home to the beginning of the Rose Kennedy Greenway that starts at the Chinatown Gate (best place to celebrate Lunar New Year), extending towards Dewey Square (which hosts a farmers market) and runs along the Waterfront (offering other seasonal activities and special events), ending in the North End (famous for feasts and festivals).
Adjacent to the Financial District, Downtown Crossing, Fort Point-Seaport and Theater districts, there are a lot of places to work, shop, eat and play. Tufts Medical Center (and other major medical facilities) is a short jaunt as is Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common, Boston Public Garden and a variety of museums, galleries, universities and libraries.
The historic South Station building accommodates the Red and Silver lines, commuter rail and Amtrak. The Orange Line can be picked up in Chinatown. The home is in a great location to access Route 93 North and South and the Mass Pike. There is also a direct route to Logan Airport.
This home is perfect for people working nearby or wanting a second home in the city. Priced at a modest $970,000, with a reasonable condo fee of $744 per month (with lots of building amenities), this delightful unit packs a punch for your money.
For more information or to schedule a private viewing, contact Robb Cohen of Engle & Volkers at 617-962-0142 or email@example.com.
Address: 210 South St., Unit 8-2, Leather District
BR/BA: One bedroom; two bathrooms
Size: 1,343 square feet
Taxes: $8,600 without residential exemption of $2,719 (Tax Year 2019)
Condo fee: $743.69 per month (Includes heat, water, sewer, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, snow removal, exercise room, refuse removal)
Total number of units: 54
Unit level: Eight
Year built: 1920, converted to condos in 2005
Features: Southwest-facing corner unit; 13 oversized windows; maple hardwood floors; high concrete ceilings; industrial architectural flared concrete columns; stainless steel appliances, custom Italian Aster-Cucine kitchen cabinets and granite counters, breakfast bar with seating for four people; contemporary accent wall in bedroom; two marble bathrooms, glass shower and large soaking tub in master bathroom; washer/dryer; central air; deeded basement storage; daytime concierge; fitness center; elevator
Close by: Located in the trendy Leather District – home to the beginning of the Rose Kennedy Greenway that starts at the Chinatown Gate, extending towards Dewey Square and runs along the harbor – adjacent to the Financial District, Downtown Crossing, Fort Point-Seaport and Theater districts, the area is dotted with restaurants, shops and services plus a plethora of activities and special events; access to Red and Silver lines, Commuter Rail, Amtrak and buses at South Station; Orange line at Chinatown; Route 93, Mass Pike and direct route to Logan Airport
Contact: Robb Cohen, Engel & Volkers