Bright and beautiful South Boston home sold


The residence at 179 West Second St. in South Boston has all the amenities homeowners crave, such as state-of-the-art features, a private roof deck oasis, fenced backyard patio and a great location near many local conveniences.

Frank Celeste of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty originally listed this bright and sunny three-story, three-bedroom, three-and-one-half bathroom home. It was purchased with Kathryn Gustafson of Redfin Corp. during the spring for $1,590,000.

This immaculate three-year young, single-family 1,935-square-foot home has beautiful hardwood flooring and tall, single-pane custom windows that provide a cohesive look to the open kitchen/dining room and the adjacent front-to-back living room on the second floor, bathing the rooms in natural light. The sliding glass doors in the dining area cast additional light across the hallway and into the living room as well.

The kitchen is all decked out with a glazed tile backsplash, sleek quartz countertops and premiere stainless steel appliances affording a contemporary look in the U-Shaped chef’s kitchen. A five-panel door opens to a pantry increasing the storage options. Two glass pendants hang above the breakfast bar with seating for three people.

The kitchen overlooks a lovely dining area with five more matching glass pendants. This light and airy space is large enough to host dinner parties for at least eight guests.

The living room showcases a custom tile wall that looks and feels like elegant linen wallpaper. This tailored tile hosts a large, flat screen television above the rectangular gas fireplace. The triple cornice molding adds a touch of class as well.

The three third-floor bedrooms feature custom closets and built-in Sonos Surround Sound speakers. Two of these bedrooms share a bathroom accessible from the hallway. This bathroom has pleasing oversize aqua-colored glass subway tiles and a combination tub-shower.

The master bedroom mirrors the architectural details of the lower level: beautiful hardwood floors, tall custom windows and triple cornice ceiling moldings. The en suite bathroom showcases a basket weave tile floor design and complementing oversize wall tiles, a glass-door shower and a double marble vanity.

Stairs (conveniently placed adjacent to the hallway facilities) lead to an enormous roof deck with a 360-degree view of the amazing city. Adding an arrangement of furniture and a BBQ grill along with some fresh greenery and colorful flowers create a panache place for entertaining or serene space for pausing.

The first floor foyer (accessed via the front door or attached garage) opens to a large open area and a full bathroom. This flexible space could be used as a family or multi-media room, a home office or a private guest suite.

A sliding glass door leads to a sunny backyard patio equipped with electricity and water. This brick-paved, fenced-in area is adorned with shrubs and small raised-bed gardens. A private walkway extends to the front street.

The 12-foot by nearly 21-foot garage has frosted door panels, creating a light and airy space. The three-zoned Nest thermostat provides warmth during cooler seasons. A convenient utility sink handles outdoor needs and messy clean ups without compromising interior spaces. This large space is perfect for storing bicycles and other seasonal paraphernalia in addition to a car.

Located on the west side of South Boston, Celeste thought this delightful home was like an “insulated, serene place in the middle of the city.” The home is convenient to the pulse of the city, intermingling with many historical, cultural and entertainment spots, yet, even when enjoying the outdoor space, is tranquil and private.

This family- and pet-friendly community hosts Flaherty Park, Ortin Field and Sweeney Playground along with Rolling Bridge and Binford Street parks. There are several gyms as well as roller skating and ice skating arenas and bowling alleys in the area. Rock Spot Climbing is also nearby.

South Boston is noted as having some of the best beaches around: Carson Beach (adjacent to Joe Moakley Park/Saunders Stadium), L Street Beach, M Street Beach with the South Boston Yacht Club tucked in and Castle Island Beach sitting along the shores of Pleasure Bay, to name a few. Some spots offer sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing, kite flying, beach games, structured activities and picnicking, in addition to swimming, sunbathing, bathhouses and magnificent views.

While Lawn on D offers seasonal concerts, movies, over-sized games and light-up swings, Underground at the Ink Block on the South Boston/South End line provides a network of paved paths for runners and bicyclists and lots of green spaces for outdoor workouts, art exhibitions and other events. The Supper Club at Capo entertains the dinner theater and Laugh Boston has traditional stand-up comedy.

The area is peppered with museums and art galleries, including Edward M. Kennedy Institute, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Commonwealth Museum, Distillery Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Fort Points Arts Community (FPAC), Society of Arts & Crafts, The Boston Children’s Museum plus the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, many open year round, some with special events.

National Historic Sites include Dorchester Heights and Fort Independence on Castle Island, which hosts events/tours throughout the year.

There are lots of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops as well as Whole Foods and Foodie’s Market to round out the culinary experience.

This neighborhood and South Boston in general is ideal for just about anyone who wants to live, work and play in the city. Easy access to public transportation and major thoroughfares are an added bonus.

To find your perfect house in a prime location, contact Frank Celeste of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-872-3227 or