Condo offers classic elegance at Harbor Towers

This home in Harbor Towers offers three beautiful bedrooms loaded with luxury and comfort.

Describing this beautifully renovated corner unit on the 40th floor at Harbor Towers as a “classic Boston” home is correct, but is only part of the story.

With its stunning detailed crown molding, beautiful floors (four-inch wide cherry boards), this 2,483-square-foot home with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom is listed by Lili Banani of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $3,100,000. Unit 40 F/G exemplifies the tradition of understated elegance - the very essence of classic.

Another part of the story (but not the end) is the execution of all these details, which are throughout the entire home and the result of combining two separate units. The long gallery-like foyer is the perfect introductory note to this tale. An ideal place for artwork, this space includes two practical amenities - a powder room and a deep coat closet, albeit both with a traditional bent-like detailed millwork.

All this almost pales as breathtakingly mesmerizing views of the city, including the waterfront, the harbor, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and downtown Boston, appear at the end of the corridor. Moreover, these magnificent sights are incorporated effortlessly into all the living spaces as demonstrated in the fully open living-dining room area.

In this exceptionally large space with ample room for various seating and dining configurations, the iconic views are living artwork that changes as daylight ebbs and flows. Nevertheless, features such as triple-crown molding, deep bump boards and beautiful hardwood flooring, offer a goodly amount of inside visual competition.

The cityscape view (the Custom House tower is an immediate eye-catcher) continues in an adjacent and gracious family room that has a floor-to-ceiling wall of built-in bookcases with open and closed shelving.

A private covered deck large enough for a couple chairs and a table is in-between these two rooms. The “doors” are full glass pane sliders.

Beauty is obvious in the suburban-sized and well-planned kitchen. Custom cherry cabinetry accented by a tumbled tile backsplash reflects the elegant decor found throughout the residence.

Yet, like so much of this home, the real appeal of this kitchen is in the details and in the use of space. For example, given long stretches of granite countertop (one section is a wrap-around), the kitchen has multiple work areas. In its own not-so-little section, lighted glass-front cupboards with under-cabinet lighting “surround” the sink area that has additional counter space and can double as a second prep area.

In addition, multiple sets of appliances - there are two refrigerators (one has integrated panels that match the cabinetry), two dishwashers and two Wolf ovens - make entertaining and cleanup easy.

What you don’t see, at least not immediately, falls into the detail category and is equally impressive. Extra deep appliance drawers are one example. Cupboards that stretch to the ceiling for maximum space and a floor-to-ceiling pantry are others. So are pocket doors to the foyer and to the living room that can close off the kitchen.

Then the laundry room (just on the other side of the kitchen) has a full size washer and dryer with several sets of cabinets/cupboards in cherry, of course. The second refrigerator is in here, too. A long corridor insures privacy for the bedroom wing. Two identically sized bedrooms have extra-long customized double closets and excellent views, too. On this side of the building, the Pru is front and center.

By night, the bedroom with a custom queen-size Murphy bed serves as guest quarters; by day, a spacious light-filled office with sensational views. A deep linen closet is in the hallway and their shared marble bathroom has a tub/shower combination.

The master wing borders on the ultimate in luxury. Consider, for example, that the master suite has phenomenal views of the North End (including Old North Church) and, on a clear day, the mountains in New Hampshire. Three sets of double (customized) closets with lights are in the king-bed size sleeping chamber in addition to two large walk-in (customized) affairs with lights.

A massive dressing room with a built-in vanity has a cut glass vessel sink with wall-mounted faucets. A custom double closet and two, white oak, built-in banks of drawers (nine each) in this “room” fulfill the old adage: a place for everything and everything in its place.

Full glass pane sliders open to a private balcony with a slightly different (angle only), but no less extraordinary view as the master bedroom.

That French doors lead to the en suite bathroom is appropriate as this spa-like room has numerous luxurious amenities such as towel warmers, but the amount of space is outstanding. This is a very large room.

A huge low threshold marble shower has multiple sprays plus a deep whirlpool tub with a marble surround. Two sinks are in the vanity with extra-deep drawers. A pocket door opens to the commode room that has a medicine/linen closet. Another linen closet is in the bathroom.

As this is an urban residence, one additional perk is unexpected, yet amazing and guaranteed to generate envy. This home has a private massive in-unit storage room with floor-to-ceiling custom specialized built-in on both sides of the room. Luggage has a dedicated area, too.

Address: 85 East India Row, Unit 40 F/G, Boston

BR/BA: Three bedrooms; three full bathrooms

Size: 2,843 square feet

Price: $3,100,000

Taxes: $17,831.45

Condo fee: $2,460 (Includes Heat, Hot Water, Gas, Water, Air Conditioning (excluding Electricity) Sewer, Security, Swimming Pool, Elevator, Exterior Maintenance, Road Maintenance, Landscaping, Snow Removal, Recreational Facilities, Refuse Removal)

Year built: 1972

Number of units: 310 per Tower

Features: Flexible floor plan with a grand living/dining room with harbor and city views; large open chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops, double ovens, two dishwashers and two refrigerators; informal den/family room with built-in bookcase; huge master suite with additional workspace sitting, wall-to-wall closets; oversized en suite marble bathroom; in-unity laundry facilities; two balconies; massive in-unit storage space; rental parking available; 24-hour concierge service

Close by: Financial District; New England Aquarium; Long Wharf; Government Center and Faneuil Hall; Rose Kennedy Greenway and Christopher Columbus Park: Blue Line at Aquarium and Route 93.

Contact: Lili Banani of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; 160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-796-7521


Details for Unit 40F/G at Harbor Towers