This rare North End loft offers plenty of space
Nestled betwixt and between two of Boston’s most historic and well-known districts – the Bullfinch Triangle and the legendary North End – puts the location factor for the urban delight at “10.” And that’s even before walking in the front door of Unit 2 at 90 North Washington St.
In this particular case, it’s not a door per se, but direct elevator access with a custom wrought iron gate that welcomes one into this home.
With its fully open concept floor plan, soaring ceilings with exposed (painted) ductwork and beams plus brick-accented walls, this one-of-a-kind, turnkey gem situated in a five-unit boutique building reflects a sophisticated, industrial-chic flair.
Modern technology such as a Nest thermostat (with its app control options) and central air conditioning are, of course, part of the package, but period character is prevalent, too.
In the gigantic living room area, for example, a long wall of exposed brick is, admittedly, a striking focal point. Its rich hues not only complement the beautiful maple flooring that flows through the unit, but also adds warmth to the entire room.
This is an incredibly large space – a grand piano fits comfortably and that’s in addition to one or two (if desired) seating areas. It also has an abundance of natural light via five oversized windows that are almost floor-to-ceiling.
JennAir stainless steel appliances (French door refrigerator, four-burner gas stove, microwave and dishwasher) and a stainless-steel backsplash of mini-subway tiles are sparkling accents in the spacious chef’s kitchen.
In addition to a substantial amount of cabinetry (with both glass- and closed-front cupboards with under mount lighting), this modified U-shaped space has wrap-around granite-topped counters. One end doubles as a breakfast bar and can seat four people.
Bringing in a movable work island or a cozy cafe table for two is very doable in this large space.
A sizable dining area that comfortably accommodates six or more people comfortably is in between the kitchen and the living room, but given the immense open space, moving it practically anywhere is easily done. An adjacent half wall with open cubbies is great for colorful objets d’art, books and/or some other favorite things.
Like so much of this home, the concept of flexibility rules everywhere. A large room that is two steps up from the main living area (and behind the dining “room”) is one example. Comfortable as a bedroom – be it a nursery or adult sized for family or guests – this space also works as a gorgeous office.
An exposed brick wall emphasizes the loft “character.” The corner smoked-glass-pane windows ensure privacy while giving the room extra design flair. In addition to a double closet, this room also has a laundry closet with a full-size stackable washer and dryer. The adjacent powder room has a sleek vanity and a Kohler commode.
The two remaining bedrooms are strategically placed for maximum privacy. The master suite is at one end of the home; a guest bedroom at the other. Each has a distinct personality.
Although the master suite has numerous impressive features, “size” is right at the top of the list – and understandably so. The sleeping chamber is massive - period. A king-size bed fits easily along with whatever furniture selections are desired.
Setting up an office or a sitting area is easily done, too. An exposed brick wall focuses attention on exposed painted ceiling beams. Three interior smoked glass windows at one end of the room add a dash of the unexpected.
The walk-in lighted closet is appropriately sized for the room, too. It’s huge with custom inserts and has an exposed brick wall.
In the spacious en suite bathroom with not one, but two windows and a separate linen closet, bathers can choose between the jetted soaking tub or the fully tiled (including the ceiling) step-in shower with a hand-held spray and a rain head. A long marble-topped vanity has two sinks.
Oversized windows in the third bedroom keep this space flooded with natural light all year long. Ideal for guests, this bedroom handles a queen-size bed easily and has a spacious closet.
An oversized utility closet does double duty for in-unit storage. And in case you wondered, rental garage parking is available.
This rarely available 2,121-square-foot loft-style residence with three bedrooms and one and a half-bathrooms located in the historic North End is listed by Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $1,380,000.
Address: 90 N. Washington St., Unit 2, North End
BR/BA: Three bedrooms; one-and-a-half bathrooms
Size: 2,121 square feet
Taxes: $13,695.60 (Tax year 2019)
Year built: 1999
Number of units: Five
Condo fee: $899 monthly (Includes water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance)
Features: Loft-style turnkey unit with direct elevator entrance; high ceilings, painted, exposed duct work and ceiling beams, oversized windows, exposed brick walls and maple flooring throughout; open concept living-dining area. Chef’s U-shaped kitchen features JennAir appliances that include a four-burner gas stove, granite countertops including a breakfast bar for three people and cabinetry with under mount lighting and stainless steel mini-subway tile backsplash. Master suite bathroom has jetted soaking tub and step-in shower plus two large walk-in closets; office/bedroom has laundry facilities and a double closet
Nearby: North End, Government Center, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, Downtown Crossing; The Garden, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway; all transportation points including MBTA bus and T-stations; Route 93
Contact: Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 84 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-331-0243 (cell), 617-227-6070 (office)
Website: www.elliman.com or https://www.elliman.com/real-estate-agent/elaine-dolley/29064