Gorgeous two-family home available in East Boston

BY TODD LARSON/CORRESPONDENT
This large patio provides people a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful harbor views.

The triplex/duplex townhouse at 5 Brigham St. in East Boston is more than a two-family - it’s a two-in-one living situation in two ways.

You will live by the sea and can enjoy sailing, yachting, parklands, peace and a quiet reminiscent of South Shore suburbia while ample urban amenities – including short subway connections to downtown Boston, Logan Airport and Revere Beach – keep you connected to the city and the world. And you can draw a rental income of as much as $4,000 per month from one unit or $7,900 per month from both units together, making you not just a homeowner, but also an investor.

“The income unit can carry a good portion of the buyers’ purchase, so they can own a much better property for the same price they would buy a single-family or condo unit for,” said listing agent Joanna Hochman of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, who is offering 5 Brigham St. at $2,499,000. “It’s a tried-and-true way of building a lot of equity and it will eventually pay them back.”

Designed by Russell Tremaine in 2016-2017 as a contemporary rendition of its mostly 19th-century block of brick bowfront rowhouses, 5 Brigham St. comprises a 1,513-square-foot, three-bedroom triplex with a garden-level master suite and a front patio plus a 1,568-square-foot, two-bedroom duplex with a front terrace and a green roof.

The units share stunning harbor views, an in-house two-car garage and location on a narrow hillside street with no through traffic, making it easy to hear seagulls and ship horns above cars and trucks.

The cobblestone-paved patio, brick walkway and granite/fieldstone stoop welcome you home Beacon Hill-style. The front door’s tall transom splashes sunlight onto the stairs to both units.

Enter directly into Unit 1’s living-dining room and soak in the southwestern sun and sparkling sea from the three-window bowfront’s clear waterfront view, stretching across the water from the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina to the Seaport and Financial districts. This space is contemporary in its open-concept floor plan, but traditional in its trimmings: crown molding, baseboards and milled casings with bull’s-eye corner medallions.

The kitchen begins with a faux granite bullnose island with a sink and dishwasher – handy for after-dinner cleanup. A full collection of Frigidaire stainless appliances include a five-burner gas range, wood veneer cabinetry and faux granite counter space along the back wall to yield more living-dining room space and let the sun shine on your culinary activities. The refrigerator has a water/crushed-ice/ice-cube dispenser.

Above the cabinetry is a wall-length display shelf for earthenware, glassware or artwork.

Left of the kitchen is a coat closet and a powder room. At right are stairs up to the two-car garage and down to the huge master bedroom that capitalizes on the bowfront’s sizable patio-level windows for optimum sun and a sea-view sitting area.

In the back are a walk-in closet and the master bath that has a vinyl-lined shower with handheld and fixed showerheads.

A stairway off the living-dining room ascends to two more bedrooms, their shared bath and a laundry with a side-by-side Maytag washer/dryer.

The carpeted bedrooms are mirror images of each other, though one is larger with a wider closet. The bath’s arched mirror alcove showcases a dark blue porcelain bowl sink with shimmering blue flower/leaf images on a faux granite bullnose counter that semicircles outward as a platform for the bowl.

This level’s front part comprises Unit 2’s office and master suite, independently accessed at the top of the common stairway. The coat-closeted foyer proceeds into the tall-windowed office alcove that can also be a workshop or nursery.

Right next door, the waterview bowfront window shapes and shines the master bedroom. In back is a rare dressing-closet/master-bath combo. The white twin-sink vanity, boasting designer chrome square “waterfall” faucets controlled by “joysticks,” faces the walk-in wardrobe with a wood bench, letting you make-up and suit-up in one fell swoop. Through a door are the commode and the tub/shower combo.

Glass-block risers on the staircase to the top level let light into the stairwell from the office window. The glass block culminates as the living-dining room’s landing banister for a contemporary designer effect, complemented by a light gray clapboard wall spanning the space. The front window-wall slides open to a terrace offering a breathtaking Boston panorama: Logan Airport, Seaport, the Blue Hills, the Financial District, the marina and parks surround the scintillating sea in full urban/suburban glory.

The rear kitchen is formed by a U-shaped faux granite counter, beginning as a sky-lit sink/bar peninsula and incorporating the same Frigidaire appliances - this time with white laminate cabinetry.

A hall with a closeted Maytag washer/dryer accesses a full bath with another waterfall/joystick faucet and tub/shower combo, followed by a carpeted bedroom with a navy-blue bed-wall to darken the room for better sleep.

Up another flight is a green roof, covered with vegetation for sustainable rainwater absorption, insulation and reduction of the urban heat island effect that contributes to global warming.

The neighborhood has plenty more green to enjoy. Nearby are the Golden Stairs Terrace, a benched oasis with a serene harbor view and stair access down to the marina; the ICA Watershed large-scale art gallery with exhibits on the history of East Boston and its shipbuilding trade; and the Rockies, a protected nature sanctuary of birds, small animals, and exotic plants and trees.

Across Marginal Street is Piers Park, designed by Pressley Associates Landscape Architects as a neighborhood recreation amenity with a sailing center and much more.

“It has playgrounds, spray pools, an amphitheater and an exercise area,” Marion Pressley said to Jared Green of the American Society of Landscape Architects in a 2018 interview on her blog. “It has everything these people wanted. The pier promenade gives them … one of the absolutely best views of Boston.” Even more parkland and play-space can be found in Brophy Park and the Sumner and Lamson Street Playground.

For a private showing of this rare home-as-investment opportunity that puts you on the sea, in the city, in the park and in the black financially, contact Joanna Hochman at 617-512-7426 or Joanna.Hochman@GibsonSIR.com.

Sources:

- Green, Jared, “Q&A: Marion Pressley, Landscape Architect,” Pressley Landscape Architecture, April 8, 2018, www.pressleyinc.com/single-post/2018/04/08/QA-Marion-Pressley-Landscape-Architect

- “Green roof,” Wikipedia.org, last updated 20 September 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof

- “Urban heat island,” Wikipedia.org, last updated 25 September 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_heat_island

Address: 5 Brigham St., East Boston

BR/BA: Unit 1 – Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath; Unit 2 – Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Size: Unit 1 – 1,513 square feet triplex; Unit 2 – 1,568 square feet duplex

Price: $2,499,000

Taxes: $12,216.30 (Tax Year 2019)

Configuration: Two-family townhouse

Parking: Two-car garage shared by both units

Total number of units: Two

Year built: 2017

Features: Unit 1 – High ceilings, track and chandelier lighting, hardwood and carpeted floors, central heating and air conditioning, kitchen with gas cooking and stainless appliances, master suite with walk-in closet, in-unit laundry, private patio, direct garage access, harbor/city views Unit 2 – High ceilings, track and designer lighting, hardwood and carpeted floors, central heating and air conditioning, kitchen with gas cooking and stainless appliances, master suite with walk-in closet, in-unit laundry, terrace, green roof, harbor/city views.

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

Contact: Joanna Hochman, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Phone: 617-512-7426

Email: Joanna.Hochman@GibsonSIR.com

Website: www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-962-zjqgr6/5-brigham-street-boston-ma-02128

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