South Boston penthouse has new owner

BY WAYNE BRAVERMAN AND MARILYN JACKSON
The private roof deck, surrounded by greenery, has an outdoor kitchen and space for al fresco dining as well as an area for play. The views are panoramic.

Five years ago a local developer purchased the 6,539-square-foot parking lot adjacent to the South Boston Lithuanian Club and constructed a distinct five-story brick building with 10 luxury condominiums. Its address is 376 West Broadway.

(The condo on the first floor is commercial space.)

Mike Foley and Leigh Spence of Jack Conway Company Real Estate marketed one of the two penthouses in the building, Unit 8. The two-bedroom, two-bath condo sold on Jan. 26 for $1,500,000.

Two bedrooms and two baths may not seem extraordinary, but this 2,239-square-foot contemporary home boasts a 40-foot-long balcony outside the living room and master bedroom, plus a 1,040-square-foot roof deck with amazing views that sweep from the Dorchester Heights Monument to the Black Falcon cruise ship terminal and the inner harbor to the Downtown skyscrapers and to the Back Bay.

The entrance to the building is glass, and straight ahead in the lobby is the elevator. On the fifth floor, just a few steps from the elevator, is the door to Unit 8. The carpeted hallway with wainscoting has a storage closet for Unit 8 and a utility closet.

Inside the condo a small passageway leads to the open kitchen and the living/dining room. This hallway seems like an art gallery.

Foley explained that during construction of the building, the owners asked that the wall space be expanded by relocating access to the laundry from the hall to the master suite’s walk-in closet. It was a good design decision.

Natural light, further enhanced by recessed lighting set into the 10-foot-high ceiling rimmed with crown molding, brightens the entire area and creates a sense of spaciousness. Stained white oak flooring is prevalent throughout, except in the baths.

The gourmet kitchen is on the right, and a large Caesarstone-topped center island delineates the living/dining area and further defines the kitchen.

The island is quite large and has room for four breakfast stools. It holds a deep stainless steel sink, a Bosch dishwasher and storage on the other side. The nearby French door refrigerator with an icemaker is stainless steel and is next to counter space with a wine chiller that continues to a window. The Bosch five-burner gas cooktop and the stainless steel convection oven and microwave are on an interior wall. The gray glass tile backsplash holds a pot filler. The Shaker-style cabinetry with its clean lines is abundant

The kitchen flows into the living/dining area, and a dining table and chairs have been arranged against the wall to allow for even greater room in the main living space. Oversized couches and chairs face the gas fireplace, which has a deep wooden mantel, perfect for holding books or even binoculars to look out toward Spectacle Island. Sliding glass doors on either side of the fireplace open onto a 40-foot-long deck.

The guest bedroom and a full bath are opposite the kitchen. The bath, which has a single vanity topped with Carrara marble, has a glass enclosed tub/shower combination.

The master bedroom is off the living room, and it too has two sliding glass doors that open onto the deck. It has a walk-in closet built out with multiple shelves and drawers as well as the stackable Electrolux washer and dryer.

The en suite bath is luxurious, appointed with a Carrara-topped marble vanity with two sinks and storage underneath and a marble-tiled steam shower with a bench. The flooring is ceramic tile.

Another clever design choice by the owners was providing a modular wall of self-contained closets with smoked glass sliding doors. The wall does not extend to the ceiling, but it frames an area for a small home office, which has a window. The sleeping area is on the other side of this wall, and the bed faces the glass sliders to the balcony.

The balcony is not the only outdoor space that belongs to the penthouse. Across the hall is a set of stairs that gives access to a phenomenal roof deck. Measuring 1,040 square feet, this outdoor retreat includes a Sedona Lynx stainless steel kitchen with a grill and stainless steel workspace. The roof deck has conversation areas bordered by raised gardens and additional space for a table and chairs. There even is a space to play a beanbag toss game or practice putting.

The previous owners replaced the original deck with mahogany, said Foley.

The penthouse has two deeded parking spaces in the underground garage, which is accessed from Athens Street, parallel to West Broadway. An added amenity is the in-place wiring for a surround sound system.

This home is an easy journey to the many South Boston shops, services and restaurants along West and East Broadway and historic Dorchester Heights. It is also within access to MBTA buses and the Red Line at Broadway station, Routes 93 and 90.