Spectacular penthouse sold in the heart of South End

BY WAYNE BRAVERMAN/STAFF WRITER
The wall of windows has multiple double sliding doors that open to the full length private terrace, plumbed for a gas grill, expanding the entertaining space.

A new construction penthouse in a boutique-sized building in the trendy South End showcases an abundance of poise, performance and perks - just the way a home “truly should be.”

John Neale of Sprogis and Neale Real Estate originally listed this 1,862-square-foot abode sited at 7 East Springfield St., which sold through Julie Harrison of Gibson Sotheby’s on June 19 for $2,325,000.

Beautiful white oak hardwood flooring and tall ceilings plus walls of glass on four exposures add visual interest while making a cohesive statement in this fabulous three-bedroom home with three bathrooms.

The front of the home has an open and airy spacious floor plan with clearly defined and elegantly presented living spaces that run the width of the home.

A wall of windows with multiple double sliding doors open to the full length (42 feet) private terrace adorned with a glass rail, expanding the entertaining space. This area is plumbed for a gas grill. More windows strategically placed add ancillary light, not to mention more phenomenal views.

To one side of the entry stairway (the guy wire railings add to the open and airy feeling and list of architectural accents) is a welcoming living room. On the other side is a pleasing kitchen/dining room.

The kitchen is simple, yet functional, and easy on the eyes. Harmonizing Italian cabinetry, including a large pantry along with a quartzite countertop lines the back wall. A long island with seating for three people holds the quiet two-tap dishwasher with the separate cutlery tray that makes cleanup a snap.

Conveniently placed are the upscale appliances. Hookups for laundry machines rest in a corner closet. The adjacent space, with dining table and chairs, is great for casual or fancy affairs.

A nook off the kitchen, with a closet tucked in, has a pocket door that opens to/closes off the master suite, offering privacy and solitude at the back of the home.

The suite begins in the separate and large dressing area. A sink sits off center in a long vanity that has a symmetrically-placed nook for a seat, skirted by cabinets and drawers. The reflections from the mirror, the length of the vanity, intensify the visual effects. There is also a linen closet.

To one side is the all-tile bathroom that features a glass door tub/shower and a floating vanity with storage space. Straight ahead is the bedroom – sunny and bright and nicely sized. Two large California closets keep clothing and accessories organized. A private balcony adds to the spice of life.

Two other bedrooms take up residence in the wing paralleling the master suite. This collection begins with a common bathroom discreetly hidden behind another pocket door. This space also maintains a tub/shower and a floating vanity with storage. A Navien tankless hot water system sits in a nearby closet. Another cubby, accessible from the hall, holds the hookup for a second set of laundry appliances.

Moving along the long corridor with a window at the end is the first bedroom. The en suite bathroom has a glass shower with penny tiles, double vanity and two large windows that bathe the room in natural light. The corner bedroom could easily be turned into a home office, den or nursery – depending on the family’s needs.

A staircase leads to the roof - the perfect place to create a sky deck that is designed and well-appointed for exceptional entertaining.

The elevator door sits on the opposite side of the corridor across from the coat closet. Fob controlled for security, the direct elevator service accesses the garage parking. Getting luggage out when traveling and packages in after shopping is easy. The private heated indoor garage parking space has electric car charging capabilities. There is also a second outdoor parking spot.

The six-story building is professionally managed. The condo fees are low compared to a full service building with concierge or valet services. And the home is in a prime location, just steps to the rich cultural diversity that the South End is noted for.

The streets are lined with an incredible collection of architectural style, including the mid-nineteenth century bow-front brownstones. Among the many beautiful churches in the area is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. It is the largest Roman Catholic Church in New England and considered to be one of the grandest churches in Boston. It was designed in the Gothic Revival Style with soaring vaulted ceilings and magnificent stained glass, completed in 1875.

The oldest surviving house in the South End is the Federal-style Porter House on the corner of Washington Street that actually sits beside this home. The second oldest building is a vintage wood frame house at 5 Haven St. Both are from the early 18th century.

For those who want a glimpse inside some of the architectural delights, the annual South End House Tour, held on October 19 (southendhistoricalsociety.org), offers a self-guided tour of private homes and public spaces throughout the neighborhood, depicting a wealth of history, architecture and interior design.

The South End also has a lot of historic garden squares, along with newer parks, gardens and green spaces speckling the iconic neighborhoods. Nearby are English-inspired twinsies – Blackstone Square on one side of Washington Street and Franklin Square on the other side – each characterized by a central fountain, paved walkways, benches and old growth shade trees bordered by cast iron fencing. Complementing these 19th century parks is Peters Park. The five-acre space features a baseball field, basketball courts, a children’s playground and an off-leash dog run.

The Boston Center for the Arts complex that is a full block adjoining the Cyclorama (once a Victorian amusement, now an event and gallery space) is home to a number of artist studios and black box theaters and the celebrated Calderwood Pavilion - all offering a variety of visual and performing arts shows.

The SoWa Art + Design District, just south of Washington Street thus its name, is where-one-of-a-kind restaurants, galleries and small businesses are run by one-of-a-kind people; where food is sold by farmers, beer is sold from barns and art is sold where art is made.

SoWa is Boston's biggest outdoor art and indie market, showcasing local artists, artisans and designers. Add in musicians, the SoWa Vintage Market (downstairs at 450 Harrison Ave.), the SoWa Farmer’s Market and on-site food trucks, and you have the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Of course, SoWa has special events on First Fridays and Second Sundays and indoor happenings all year round.

For more art options, be on the look-out for the South End Open Studios on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. A complete list of participating studios all around the neighborhood can be found on useaboston.com.

Underground at Ink Block is an eight-acre active urban park located beneath Rt. 93 between the South End and South Boston neighborhoods just steps from the Broadway MBTA station. This space includes a dog park, biking paths, world-class street art, curated retail, fitness, food and beverages, as well as other amenities and is fully wheel chair accessible.

The Southwest Corridor Park that links the South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain is a great way to explore nature while enjoying a seasonal bike ride. Along the way, stop by the activity centers for a picnic. There are playgrounds with spray pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, street hockey rinks, amphitheaters and six miles of trails.

The South End has several primary and secondary schools for K-through grade 12, as well as the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (New England’s oldest college of technology).

The South End Branch Library and the Blackstone Community Center have a range of programs and activities for people of all ages. The South End’s popular dining and drinking scene spans family-friendly bistros, trendy eateries, gay bars and low-key pubs. The South End has two major hospitals along with a community health center. Community organizations are plentiful as well.

No matter which area of the classical-contemporary and ever charming South End you find your dream home in, there will always be something of interest for everyone.

For more information about other homes for sale, contact John Neale of Sprogis & Neale Real Estate (617-308-4610, john@sprogisneale.com) or Julie Harrison of Gibson Sotheby’s (617-413-6332, julie.harrison@sothebysrealty.com).