New South End condos offer great features

BY MARILYN JACKSON/CORRESPONDENT
Unit 2B features a stunning kitchen with Miele appliances, including a double wall oven and gas cooktop, and a center island with a dishwasher and storage.

A brand new six-story building under construction at 7 East Springfield St. in the South End is nearing completion and boasts nine contemporary condominiums. John Neale and Brad Sprogis of Sprogis & Neale Real Estate are marketing these residences, which range in size from approximately 944 square feet (listed at $1,150,000) to 1,844 square feet (listed at $2,495,000).

To date, three are under agreement, including the penthouse, a three-bedroom residence, which occupies the entire top floor. It has a 42-foot-long terrace that spans the entire front of the building and has a second deck off the master bedroom.

Except for the penthouse, the condos have two bedrooms and two full baths, and each has direct elevator access.

What is particularly interesting is that this brand new construction is directly behind the Porter Houses on Washington Street, which were built circa 1806 for William Porter and his son. Porter had a distillery on Orange Street, according to the South End Historical Society. (Orange Street later became Washington Street.)

The Federal-style attached buildings had fallen into disrepair and languished for years and were nearly demolished. Preservation efforts saved the Federal-style buildings, and about 15 years ago, five luxury condominiums were created within. That development helped generate public and private investment along this section of Washington Street, not far from Massachusetts Avenue.

The new development stands on 4,730 square feet of land that once held the stables for the Porter Houses.

The architect for 7 East Springfield is Utile Design, which has created a thoroughly modern building of red brick, dark terra cotta and glass. It ascends three stories, to about the same height as the Porter Houses, steps back two more stories, then rises again one story for the penthouse. The first three stories have a brick façade with paneled brick ornamentation beneath the oversized windows. And, all of the homes have three exposures.

A large double door entrance is slightly asymmetrical, and above it is a wide, three-window bay. Its roof serves as a small balcony for Unit 3B.

A street-level garage with four angled parking spaces can be accessed from the adjacent alley, which connects to Massachusetts Avenue. The spaces are for sale, and two remain at $75,000 each.

Inside, the large tiled lobby will have a bamboo accent wall, front and back staircases and a center elevator that will provide direct access to each unit.

Two of the condos have been staged – Units 2A and 2B. Unit 2B, listed at $1,350,000, is the largest two-bedroom condo at 1,212 square feet, and its open floor plan offers some flexibility. This is the condo with the wide bay window, and a dining area could be arranged in front of it.

The kitchen has a center island, perpendicular to the bay window. It has a quartz top with an overhang for bar seating or casual dining and holds a deep sink and a quiet Miele dishwasher. Against the wall are the other Miele appliances – a double wall oven, a four-burner gas cooktop and a refrigerator with a glossy finish that matches the floor cabinets.

The upper cabinets have a linen-like finish, and above the cooktop is a retractable hood that is vented to the outdoors. The long counter and the backsplash are white quartz.

Next to the kitchen is a laundry closet, which houses a stacked Whirlpool washer and dryer. The hallway continues to the two bedrooms, passing a guest bath and a closet as well as the elevator door. The bath has a pocket door and contains a tub, a single, wall-mounted vanity and a dual-flush Toto toilet.

Next to it is the master bedroom, which has a good-sized closet and an en suite bath with a tiled shower and tiled floor and a single floating vanity. The second bedroom is adjacent and includes a large double-door closet with built-ins.

White oak flooring is prevalent throughout this unit and the others, and the ceiling height is consistently 9 feet.

Unit 2A comprises 1,036 square feet of space and is listed at $1,150,000. This condo has an open floor plan as well, but the living/dining room lies at the back of the building, and a three-paneled glass door with a Juliet balcony presents a view of Washington Street and Minot Hall, another historic building. Beyond are the Back Bay skyscrapers – the Prudential Tower and 111 Huntington Ave. Next year the 61-story Four Seasons, now under construction, will be visible, too.

The Unit 2A kitchen is slightly different; it has a gas range, and a single wall oven is built into the center island, which also holds the dishwasher and sink.

A full bath is opposite the elevator, beside the laundry closet. Next is a large bedroom with two closets. Sliding loft-like doors enclose this room. The master bedroom, which has a pocket door, overlooks East Springfield Street and has windows on two walls. Two more windows are in the en suite bath, which features a shower, a floating vanity with two washbowls and dual-flush toilet.

The other available condos are Units 3A, 4A and 5A, which have nearly identical layouts as Unit 2A, and Unit 5B, which is similar but smaller than Unit 2B. It has a small balcony with three glass sliders. Their prices range from $1,125,000 to $1,350,000.

Neale said wiring is in place for Sonos audio systems and for cable, and the homes all have tankless, on-demand water heaters and central air conditioning.

He added that the developer anticipates construction will be completed by the end of April.

Address: 7 East Springfield St., South End

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two baths

Size: Ranging from 944 to 1,212 square feet

Year built: 2018

Prices: Ranging from $1,150,000 to $1,350,000

Taxes: To be determined

Condo fees: Ranging from $389 to $473 per month and $50 per month for garage space

Features of building: New construction of nine sophisticated condominiums, each with three exposures; direct elevator access; street-level garage; central air conditioning; on-demand hot water system; pet friendly with restrictions.

Features of units: Spacious units with white oak flooring, 9-foot ceilings, 7-foot doors and oversized windows; top-of-the-line Miele kitchen appliances; custom-designed Italian cabinetry; quartz countertops; luxurious baths with floating vanities; some units have Juliet balconies.

Close by: South End signature restaurants, shops and galleries; Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall; Worcester Square; Boston University Medical Center; MBTA Silver Line, easy access to Routes 90 and 93.

Contact: John Neale or Brad Sprogis, Sprogis & Neale Real Estate, 679 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02118. Emails: john@sprogisneale.com or brad@sprogisneale.com. Phone: 617-262-1504.

Websites: www.sprogisneale.com or www.7-9eastspringfieldstreet.com

This property may be seen by appointment.

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