History and modern comforts come together in Bay Village
The stately brownstone at 11A Melrose St. in Bay Village looks like classic Federalist architecture and it is on the outside. Conversely, inside this 1900 building, stunning 21st century design rules.
This 1,880-square-foot triplex penthouse with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half-bath underwent a complete gut-rehab in 2017-2018.
The Bing & Sanchez Team of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty (Serafin Sanchez, Danielle Bing, Caroline King and Paige Murray) has listed this brand new home for $2,595,000.
Three-inch wide white oak floorboards and detailed moldings (bump boards and door casings) with a modern flair add beautiful cohesive elements throughout the unit. This home also has drama - a two-story, 20-foot long wall of south-facing windows with unobstructed views and sunlight to spare.
The free-flowing open-concept main living area allows for maximum versatility regarding use, furniture arrangement, etc. One section, which has a streamlined gas fireplace as an “inside” focal point, is two-stories high and feels exceptionally expansive, while another area - currently set up for dining - is nestled under the loft.
The result is a cozy (yet spacious) “room” where dinner also comes with a view.
Stainless steel appliances that include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf five-burner gas stove, dishwasher and microwave oven in the U-shaped kitchen complement a substantial amount of cabinetry with clean lines and convenient features such as swing-out corner shelves, soft-close drawers/doors and under-cabinet lighting.
The large center island with a rectangular Kohler stainless steel under-mount sink provides additional work and seating space. Practical and beautiful, white Cambria quartz countertops and backsplash are crisp contemporary accents while the sleek, stainless steel stove hood between two windows is truly architectural artwork.
A double closet with door activated lighting (and Bauhaus-style hardware used throughout the residence) is near the entry as is a sizable half bathroom. A floating vanity with a Grohe faucet and Duravit commode with Geberit flush actuator maintain the design aesthetic of the unit.
A huge loft-like area off the second-level landing has two wonderful views. One overlooks the fire-placed living space; the other is a magnificent rooftop vista of the surrounding neighborhood via the top half of the sensational window “wall.”
The loft, which is exceptionally versatile, could be an office/library as there is ample room for a desk, bookcases and seating. A sitting/family room or its 21st century equivalent is another option.
Flowing front-to-back, the master suite enjoys complete privacy on the second level. Two extra-large six-over-six double hung windows insure the king-bed size sleeping chamber is infused with natural light all year long. A grand-sized walk-in closet (ready to be fully outfitted) also has a window.
In the en suite bathroom, a tiled step-in shower within a frameless glass enclosure has two shower heads (the “rain” head is ceiling-mounted)) and a separate body spray. Twenty-four-square-inch tiles in the shower surround enhance the luxurious ambiance.
Laundry facilities that include a GE LG full-size washer and dryer are also on this floor.
The two spacious bedrooms on the third floor are unique chambers with distinct personalities and use options. While one bedroom, for example, has full glass pane sliders to a private deck, the other one has a high angled ceiling with three large roof windows – both quarters providing skyline views that are fascinating and are eagerly waiting to be enjoyed.
Whereas the knee wall storage in this bedroom is a subtle and charming reminder of an era gone by, the double closets with contemporary door activated lighting can be found in both bedrooms. These rooms also work well as an office, a library or a family/play room.
The shared bathroom features a Kohler top-flush commode and (air jet) tub/shower combination with a surround of extra-long subway tile. The floating vanity has a marble countertop.
With its 360-degree views (you can definitely see Fourth of July fireworks), the huge roof deck is not only unique urban getaway - it is also a private hideaway as this outdoor haven is above many of the nearby rooftops. Thoughtful planning that includes a full-glass pane, switch-controlled door (for easy opening) means that an abundance of natural light flows into the residence on a daily basis via the open-riser staircase.
The three-story staircase itself is unique. A striking black metal affair with horizontal balusters and a mahogany handrail, this beautiful structure reflects the extraordinary level of attention to detail in this home. The same railing design is also used in the loft area and on the outside decks.
This penthouse has garage parking for one car, as well.
Address: 11A Melrose St., Unit Penthouse, Bay Village
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms, one half bathroom
Size: 1,880 square feet
Year built: 1900
Converted to condominiums: 2017/2018
Number of units: Three
Condo fee: $510 monthly
Features: Gut-rehab renovation features 20-foot wall of South-facing, two-story glass windows with unobstructed view, open concept living-dining room with gas fireplace and kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf stainless steel appliance package, including a five-burner gas stove, dishwasher and microwave oven. White oak flooring throughout. In-unit laundry facilities with second level master suite. Private decks and exclusive use roof deck with 360-degree views. Garage parking for one car.
Nearby: In the heart of Bay Village equidistant to Shawmut, Stuart and Tremont streets approximately 10 minutes to the Park Plaza/Four Seasons neighborhood with a plethora of restaurants and various services. The Boston Public Garden and Common are a few minutes beyond. Emerson College and Tufts Medical Center are also about 15 minutes. Easy access to the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: The Bing & Sanchez Team (Serafin Sanchez, Danielle Bing, Caroline King and Paige Murray) of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 556 Tremont St., Boston; 617-680-5424 or 617-680-0521