South End penthouse loft is a design in modern beauty

BY PAULA VOLGER/CORRESPONDENT
One of the most incredible features in the home is a grand curved living room with soaring 15-foot ceilings and a myriad of windows with awe-inspiring skyline views.

If images of loft living in London are on the mind, the condos at Gateway Terrace are a perfect location to fulfill that dream while staying on this side of the big pond.

The property at 40 Fay St. has three buildings extending along Washington Street to Harrison Street and East Berkley with a total of 133 residences.

With a nod to the iconic piano industry in the South End, each building is named for one of the major former factories – Hallet, Emerson and Vose.

The stunning penthouse in the Hallet building [unit H-706] is listed at $1,495,000 by Sprogis & Neale.

This home, with 1,400 square feet of living space, offers two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths. Meticulously designed by its owners, a number of amazing features – not found in many other condos in Boston – have been appointed.

From polished concrete floors and a full Sonos home sound system to kitchen stone countertops and a built-in surround sound home theater, this corner residence has all that discriminating buyers want and more.

Pivot doors that look simply like wall paneling are found throughout the home. Behind the doors reveal many additional storage areas, including the one in the home’s foyer used for guests’ coats, shoes and other sundries.

The pivot door “doesn’t look like a door until you put your hand on it,” said broker John Neale.

Frosted glass doors between the hallway and bedrooms give the quarters privacy while adding modern flair to the home.

Every cook will enjoy the 10-foot ceiling kitchen with top of the line stainless steel appliances, such as a five-burner gas stove, Bosch microwave and dishwasher. A pantry discreetly sits behind another pivot door. The granite-topped island has seating for three or four, ideal for when informal meals or snacks are desired.

Abutting the kitchen is a dining area with windows that also give dramatic city views, including a tower modeled after the Torre Del Mangia in the Tuscany region of Siena, Italy.

One of the most incredible features in this home is the grand two-story living room with a soaring 15-foot ceiling and the myriad of curved windows that provide awe-inspiring views of the Boston skyline. Smart Philips LED lighting above the windows can change color to set the desired mood.

An enclosed 20-by-7-foot loft, easily accessed by a library-style wheeled ladder, has motion sensor lighting, shelves and hanging rods for storing off-season clothing, holiday decorations or sports equipment, for example.

“That square footage is not included in the square footage number,” Neale said.

The master bedroom has a built-in wall of closets with an additional row of storage above them. The three large windows let in the morning sunshine.

The built-in surround sound home theater and sound system wiring extends to the en suite bathroom, which has a large glass shower and medicine chest with rechargeable LED lights. Drawers below the counter hold a charger for the LED lights.

A second bedroom also has a built-in closet with adjustable shelves and above storage. A built-in desk allows the flexibility of using the room as an office, if preferred.

The powder room in the foyer could easily be converted into a full bathroom by rotating the toilet, if desired, according to Neale. The bathroom also has a closet for a stackable washer and dryer.

Heating and cooling with a three-zone Nest thermostat system means temperatures can be controlled remotely if one wants to come home to a cozy, warm home on a cold winter’s day or a cool abode on a hot summer’s night. The remote is also convenient if one has an extended absence from the domicile.

A set of stairs just outside the unit’s doorway ascends to the private roof deck for intimate gatherings and amazing views.

Stepping across the street to the Vose building, one can find a deeded garage space as well as a common outdoor garden terrace that is set up with furniture, plants and a gas BBQ for your three-season pleasures. Online sign up is available for any resident wanting to reserve the space.

On the other side of the Vose building, easily accessed through the lobby, is Washington Street with convenient access to public transportation that can take one to work, shopping and so much more.

The pet-friendly building has a monthly condo fee of $1,103 that covers heat and air conditioning, gas, elevator, insurance, exterior maintenance, landscaping and snow removal, among other things.

Because the South End is just one-mile wide, everything from grocery shopping and restaurants to public transportation is nearby. A Silver Line stop with transportation to Logan Airport is one block away while Red and Green subway lines are also close.

Being in the Gallery district means the location is perfect for art lovers. Anyone would appreciate the short walks to local food providers such as Formaggio, Siena Farms or Whole Foods and the weekly SOWA open market that includes an Arts Market, Farmer’s Market and Food Truck Bazaar.

Schools, playgrounds, parks, basketball courts and even a baseball diamond are nearby at Peters Park, one of the most actively used parks in the city, Neale acknowledged.

“They kind of have everything here,” Neale claimed. “You get kind of spoiled.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact John Neale at 617-308-4610 or john@sprogisneale.com.

Address: Gateway Terrace, 40 Fay St., Unit H-706, South End

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms

Size: 1,400 square feet

Price: $1,495,000

Association fee: $1,103 per month

Taxes: $9,649 with residential exemption

Total number of units: 133 units in three buildings

Year built: 2006

Features: Soaring 15-foot ceiling in living room, Smart Home features such as Nest thermostats and Lustron Caseta dimmers, gas cooking, built-in surround sound home theater and Sonos home sound system, private roof deck, deeded garage parking space, abundant storage, pivot doors throughout, on-site property manager.

Close by: Boston Sport Clubs, Ink Blot and Whole Foods, restaurants, public transportation minutes away, playgrounds, dog park, Peters Park for basketball and baseball, easy access to highways, Financial District, Boston Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center.

Contact: John Neale, 679 Tremont St., Boston

Phone: 617-308-4610 or 617-262-1504

Email: john@sprogisneale.com

Website: http://www.sprogisneale.com/real-estate/40-fay-street-h-706-boston-ma-02118/72280929/52151531

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