South End triplex offers modern technology and sensibilities

BY BARBARA FORSTER/CORRESPONDENT
The living room offers plenty of space with the look of comfort at 14 Milford St., Unit 1 in the South End.

Federal-style presence, modern technology and contemporary sensibilities are fully integrated in this distinctive parlor triplex less than one block from Tremont Street and two from East Berkeley in the South End. Essentially four years old (the 1855 building underwent a gut rehab by Greek Square Development), the 2,675 square-foot home with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom at 14 Milford St., Unit 1 in the South End is listed by Paul Whaley and Charlie Ring of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $3,095,000.

A previous three-floor extension to the building, long before the 21st century gut renovation, gives this home exceptional depth on all levels. The extra length is most evident on the fully open parlor level.

In addition to almost floor-to-ceiling windows (two-over-two) at the front of this space (they overlook Milford Street), another two are at the “back” of the room and three more are on the side of the house in the kitchen. The result is that the parlor level never lacks for natural light or ceiling height, which on this level is almost 11-feet high.

A flush-mount gas fireplace is a non-obtrusive “divider” between two formal living spaces: the living room and the dining room. Both areas are large, certainly interchangeable and open to a spacious kitchen.

As for the kitchen, this well-organized and good-looking space has Jenn-Air appliances (a six-burner gas stove and dishwasher). The refrigerator, also Jenn-Air, has integrated panels to match the surrounding cabinetry. A long L-shaped counter includes a two-seater breakfast bar. An open-five-shelf niche at the other end accommodates decorative displays and/or a library of cookbooks.

A striking tray ceiling highlights extra-wide double crown molding directs all eyes to the almost 11-foot-high ceiling. Looking down is nice, too. Four-inch wide oak floor boards installed throughout the parlor and street levels are a beautiful cohesive design element.

A pocket door opens to a powder room with yet another window. An accent wall of stainless steel subway tile over a rectangular ceramic vessel sink is a contemporary touch that goes well with wall-mounted faucets.

With the master suite at the back of the house, privacy is an added perk. Three closets in the king-bed size sleeping chamber are also great amenities.

Incidentally, the amount of closet space in this residence is probably one of its most pleasant features: there is a lot of it. The parlor level, for example, has three (one two singles; one double). The garden level has six (a mix of singles and doubles) and five are on the street level. That these are also deep and most are lighted makes storage a non-issue.

Still, the master sleeping chamber itself is a wonderful example of understated elegance. In this west-facing room, beautiful millwork showcases two large windows as well as the hardwood flooring that is also throughout this level.

French doors with textured glass in the upper panels offer an appropriate entry to the equally impressive en suite bathroom. In addition to a radiant heated tile floor, this room has His ’n’ Her vanities and a huge two-person shower with multiple body sprays. This also has a roomy linen closet.

A second bedroom suite on this level has two large windows overlooking Milford Street. Large enough for a queen/king size bed, this sleeping chamber also has a double closet. Oversized double crown molding and deep bump boards are beautiful finishing touches.

The surround for a deep soaking tub in the en suite bathroom are large scale subway tiles. Marble subway tile is on the floor and the outside of the tub.

A laundry facility with a full size stacking washer and dryer is in the hallway along with a large “coat” closet that is directly off the street-level entry. The outside access way is a convenient spot for bikes, a stroller, etc.

Everything about the garden level falls into the “added value” category, starting with radiant heated tile floors that are installed throughout and strategically placed windows that insure the entire area is always bright. Custom millwork (wide crown molding and deep bump boards) continues on this level and, like the rest of the house, the use of space is excellent.

Extremely spacious, the family room has a flush-mount gas fireplace as a focal point albeit with a no-nonsense side (no pun intended). Built-in open shelving (there are five) tucked into the “side” walls on either side of the fireplace hold a substantial amount of books, toys and/or media equipment all out of sight of anyone in the “living” area.

Several features make this area multi-functional. One is a wet bar with a granite countertop, a Uline beverage fridge and glass-and closed front cabinets. Another is a storage closet under the stairs. Go practical or create a Harry Potter-type cupboard for the younger set. Of course, you can have both as a regulation closet is here, too, and another double closet with custom organizers is down the hall.

Full glass pane French doors open to a unique two-level, multi-purpose outdoor area. Use the lower level as play space (regardless of age) while the upper level, which has a roomy pergola-like enclosure, is perfect for al fresco dining. The privacy fence is attractive and, for added convenience, a grill is part of the package.

The garden level also has two bedrooms. One that overlooks the patio has two well-sized closets works well as an office, too. The amount of natural light (via four windows) creates a pleasant environment. Paneled wainscoting adds traditional character while a deep ledge above the bump boards makes a charmingly unexpected but instant bookcase.

The other bedroom, which is slightly larger, has a double closet and is ready-made guest quarters given an adjacent to full bathroom. This large space has a step-in shower with a subway tile surround and frameless glass door.

Address: 14 Milford St., Unit 1, South End, Boston

BR/BA: Four bedrooms; three full bathrooms; one half bathroom

Size: 2,625 square feet

Price: $3,095,000

Taxes: $25,066

Year Built: 1855

Converted to Condominiums: 2013

Number of Units: Two

Condo Fee: $175 monthly (Includes water, sewer, master insurance

Features: Down-to-the-studs renovation in 2013; open concept floor plan includes grand-scale living-dining room with gas fireplace; almost 11-foot ceilings on parlor level. Chef’s kitchen with marble L-shaped counter, two-seater breakfast bar and Jenn-Air stainless steel appliances. Master suite with three closets and en suite bathroom; in-unit laundry facilities. Two-level, professionally landscaped and enclosed outdoor patio. Three heating and air conditioning zones; detached garage space

Nearby: Adjacent to the Eight Streets neighborhood that includes several eateries such as Coppa, South End Buttery and the Franklin Cafe plus nearby boutiques; near Ringold Park and its tot lot and Peter’s Park on E. Berkeley for big and small dogs; Washington Street and SOWA with a myriad of art galleries, boutiques and restaurants; Storrow Drive and Route 93 are less than 10 minutes.

To Arrange Private Showing Contact: Paul Whaley or Charlie Ring of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 137 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 at 617-460-4238. Email Paul Whaley at Paul.Whaley@NEMoves.com and Charlie Ring at arlie.ring@nemoves.com.

Website: www.NEMoves.com

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