Light and comfort in Atelier 505 South End home

BY BARBARA FORSTER/CORRESPONDENT
SieMatic maple cabinets with Fruitwood stain and stainless steel door pulls on two walls give the wide galley kitchen a clean, sleek and sophisticated look.

Understated contemporary elegance and an incredible amount of natural light share top billing in this northeast-facing home in the heart of South Boston. Massive glass “walls” with almost floor-to-ceiling windows allow Mother Nature’s illumination to showcase all the man-made wonders in this 1,818-square-foot, two-plus bedroom condo with two-and-a-half bathrooms at Atelier 505, listed by George Jedlin and Ruth Ann Bowers of Otis & Ahearn Real Estate for $2,350,000.

Two special features at 505 Tremont St., Unit 305, begin at the front door and continue throughout the entire home - gleaming Brazilian hardwood flooring and 11-foot-high ceilings. Each room, however, has at least one unique element; some have several.

A library/study directly off the foyer is one example. An attractive, inviting room that lends itself easily to various furniture/seating configurations, using this as an office is another option as its placement in the unit offers a surprising amount of privacy. Eight-foot high (at least) French doors with three rectangular glass panes in each panel have a contemporary bent that complements the overall design.

The phrase “Great Room” is an apt description for the fully open concept kitchen and living-dining area. Certainly the “tray” ceiling (with recessed lighting in the soffits) directs attention to the glass-walled bump out with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. The soffits also “frame” any artwork (large or small) hung on interior walls. The remaining unobstructed floor space accommodates varied seating and dining arrangements easily.

If “size” is a concern, keep in mind that a grand piano fits comfortably - and that’s in addition to the usual conversation and eating areas.

SieMatic maple cabinets with Fruitwood stain and stainless steel door pulls on two walls give the wide galley kitchen a clean, sleek and sophisticated look. The stainless steel appliances are accented by the classic white subway tile backsplash. Appliances include a Gaggenau four-burner gas stove, Miele dishwasher and a Sub Zero refrigerator with a bottom freezer.

The massive center island has three banks of three drawers (an electrical outlet on one end is a practical convenience) in a similar finish and is topped by one-and-one-quarter inch thick black granite. In addition to delineating the kitchen from the dining room, this also doubles as work and serving space.

That function shares top billing with style and design in this home eliminates any concerns about storage. Closets are large and plentiful such as the gigantic one with double doors on the way to the bedrooms.

The half bathroom with a Kohler pedestal sink and commode is strategically located for use by guests and residents alike. The living area is around the corner.

The well-planned layout includes clever separation of the public and private living spaces. The bedrooms as well as the necessities of contemporary daily life are in their own “wing” off a long corridor.

Stackable Maytag laundry machines (washer and dryer) are tucked inside an oversized double closet with room for storage while another huge double closet is also in this corridor. A shared bathroom (right around the corner) has a tub/shower combination with a tile surround and sliding glass doors. Kohler fixtures (the sink, faucet and commode) are installed in this room.

A private enclave within the bedroom wing, the master suite has a number of outstanding features. Two separate, large and lighted walk-in closets are fully customized with open shelving and specialized hanging spaces. Remember that 11-foot ceilings allow for a significant amount of usable space.

The frameless glass enclosure surrounding the low threshold walk-in shower with a tile surround is only one highlight in the en suite bathroom. A deep Kohler soaking tub (the commode is also by Kohler) and an extra-long vanity with two sinks are others. Like the other rooms, the high ceiling increases the feeling of spaciousness.

The sleeping chamber, which is definitely big and bright thanks to three double hung (two-over-two) windows, is an inviting oasis. Here, a modified tray ceiling adds a touch of elegance; wall-to-wall carpeting enhances the “peaceful” retreat ambiance.

Results will be impressive regardless of how the second bedroom is used. This spacious and light-filled room with double hung, two-over-two windows that insure an ample amount of natural light works well as a bedroom (guest or otherwise), a den/library or combination office/guest room.

Here, too, the high ceiling with a modified tray styling continues the “sleek” design aesthetic.

An exceptionally large walk-in closet with custom shelving, open cubbies and specialized hanging spaces provides multiple storage options.

In addition to looks and size, the perks of this home go well beyond the front door. In addition to a gym and a function room with a catering kitchen, the long list of amenities with this residence in Atelier 505 includes a gracious lobby, full service doormen, 24-hour concierge and garage parking. This luxury building also has on-site management.

Address: 505 Tremont St., Unit 305, South End, Boston

BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms; one half bathroom

Size: 1,818 square feet

Price: $2,350,000

Condo fee: $2,054 monthly (includes water, sewer, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, snow removal, exercise room, extra storage, refuse removal)

Taxes: $21,549 annually

Age: 2003

Units in Complex: 101

Features: Spacious unit with 11-foot ceilings and Brazilian cherry flooring throughout open concept living-dining area. Open chef’s kitchen with SieMatic cabinetry, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, Gaggenau gas stove. Library/study. Master suite with two walk-in closets. Second bedroom with customized walk-in closet. In-unit laundry facilities. One deeded garage space plus extra storage space. 24-hour concierge and doorman service. On-site management.

Close by: Shops, restaurants and services on Tremont Streets, Back Bay, Newbury and Boylston Streets; three blocks to Peters Park, five to Union Park; Storrow Drive and Routes I-90 and 93.

Contact: George Jedlin or Ruth Ann Bowers; Otis & Ahearn Real Estate, 84 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02110; 617-312-1997, 857-472-3439.

Website: www.OtisAhearn.com

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