High-end living at a great price in East Boston

The tall ceiling dangles two light fixtures in snowflake-patterned tracery globes that diffuse the light and enhance the loftiness in all seasons.

The modest three-story “corner store” appearance of 80 Cottage St. in East Boston’s Jeffries Point hardly hints at the space-defying surprises in store in the 965-square-foot Unit 1: a cathedral ceiling, a sunken living room, a chef’s kitchen, a master loft suite, and a second bedroom and marble bath.

Far from a walk-up, this one’s a walk-down – in space, not status. The entrant is greeted with a downward stair to the subterranean engineered-wood floor that made this palace-in-a-pocket possible.

“We dropped the floor to give it a loft feel,” said listing agent Tom Mario of Century 21.

The 17.5-foot ceiling and bright corner exposure give the impression of a high-end South End loft, making you forget you’re in a densely settled neighborhood once populated by immigrants and shipyard workers. The ceiling dangles two light fixtures in snowflake-patterned tracery globes that diffuse the light and enhance the loftiness in all seasons.

The gas-powered corner fireplace, the staircase base and the display ledge running from the stair landing give the sunken living room a traditional coziness to contrast the cathedral effect.

The same is true of the compact, but complete kitchen across the space. Its U-shaped Calacatta quartz counter begins at a waterfall peninsula with three-stool bar seating that lets you cozy up to the cook. A real Carrara marble subway-tile backsplash wraps around the corner with the counter, reinforcing the intimacy.

The frameless white laminate cabinetry overhead intensifies the space’s lofty lightness while the woodgrain laminate cabinetry below complements the floor for a more grounded feel. The deep stainless sink has a retractable gooseneck faucet. A full set of Samsung stainless appliances, including a four-burner gas range with flattop grill, complete the kitchen.

A short hall left of the kitchen passes a guest bedroom with a street view and another display ledge that gives it a sleep-tight cozy feeling to contrast the soar of the living room.

The hall ends at a full bath with a subway-tiled tub/shower, a Calacatta quartz vanity with paneled white cabinetry and a floor of Carrara and black marbles tiled in a basketweave pattern.

The coat closet around the corner from the stairs has a back-wall panel that can be removed for maintenance of the unit’s gas-forced hot air heating system with a programmable Nest thermostat. Beside the thermostat on the adjacent wall is a video doorbell so you can see who’s there. Below is a convenient platform/pedestal for placement of mail, keys, loose change, etc., or display of a decorative lamp, statue or vase.

Another stairway begins at the closet, ascending to the oak-floored mezzanine master loft. An elegant rail with square newel posts presents a stunning bird’s-eye view of the living space, letting you wake up to its southeastern exposure, as well as the aroma of breakfast cooking right below.

The master bath boasts a Carrara marble tile floor laid in a herringbone pattern, a quartz vanity with oval sink, a closet for bathrobes and toiletries and a Calacatta marble standup shower with basketweave tile floor and marble-bordered soap/shampoo shelf niche.

A paneled second closet cleverly conceals a washer and dryer. One of its doors is split so its top part opens without being blocked by the commode.

Yes, also making generous space possible within the unit’s tight footprint is the dispersing and tucking away of the laundry, heating and air conditioning systems into closet nooks and crannies throughout.

For space unlimited beyond your unit, just walk a few blocks to Piers Park for sunny sailing on the harbor, the East Boston Greenway and Memorial Park for fitness and dog-running, and the Blue Line’s Maverick station for a ride to Revere Beach or one-stop transit to Logan International Airport, which is also within walking distance.

Offered at $624,900, 80 Cottage St., Unit 1 lets you live loftily for less.

For a private showing, contact Tom Mario of Century 21/Mario Real Estate at 978-375-5049 (cell), 617-569-6044 (office), or thomas.mario@century21.com.

Address: 80 Cottage St., #1, East Boston

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Size: 965 square feet

Price: $624,900

Condo fee: $200/month (includes water, sewer, master insurance and reserve funds)

Taxes: TBD

Configuration: Loft duplex

Total number of units: Three

Year built: 1910, renovated 2019

Features: 18-foot ceiling in common area, open-concept living room with gas fireplace, Minka designer ceiling fans, recessed lighting, insulated windows, gas-forced hot air heating with Nest thermostat, central air conditioning, stainless Samsung appliances, four-burner gas cooking, quartz counters including waterfall peninsula, European-style frameless cabinetry, marble-tiled bathrooms, pet-friendly with restrictions, on-street residential permit parking

Close by: Shopping and dining, public schools, houses of worship, parks and fitness trails, marina, tennis court, medical facilities, water taxi, highway access, public transit to downtown, Logan Airport and Revere Beach

Contact: Tom Mario, Century 21 / Mario Real Estate

Phone: 978-375-5049 (cell), 617-569-6044 (office)

Email: thomas.mario@century21.com

Website: https://www.century21.com/property/80-Cottage-St-_UNIT_-1-_UNIT_1-East-Boston-MA-02128/96960843/detail