Plenty of comfort and space in this Charlestown beauty
For those who prefer “new” homes with outdoor spaces, a mudroom and a garage - an SUV-sized one to boot - forget the burbs and come to Charlestown. That’s right! Historic Charlestown, too, and barely a block to Monument Square.
Here you’ll find a single family, four-level home with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom and 2,343 square feet of living space at 10 Bartlett St., listed by Nancy Roth of Gibson/Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,799,000.
That this home, built in 2011, is thoroughly modern - except for two 1870 brick walls from the original structure - is evident from the foundation to roof.
More proof starts just beyond the front door with a dedicated mudroom with coat racks, a bench for extra storage handy during boot season and a half bathroom with a space-saving wall-mounted sink.
Easy to clean tile flooring is another plus as is storage space. In addition to a single closet, a large under-the-stair space accommodates bulky items such as luggage. Direct access to the garage is certainly helpful, but this oversized car park holds a secret: a separate, fully finished and heated room with tile flooring, recessed lighting and two closets. Excellent as storage, other options include using this as a gym or even an office.
The upper floors have their own share of perks and surprises.
“Expansive” is totally appropriate to describe the extra-wide, open concept kitchen and dining-living room. Three front-facing windows (every window in this home has plantation shutters, even those in the stairwells) and two rear windows allow in an incredible amount of flow-through morning and afternoon light.
A handsome mantel over the oversized gas fireplace with a traditional wood surround, double crown molding and beautiful hardwood flooring are classic features, yet in this wonderfully proportioned space, the overall vibe is one suitable for any decor.
Size is another plus. This large room has many options for furniture placement, including a dining area for six to eight people.
The L-shaped kitchen, which is fully open to the living/dining/great room on the first floor, has form, function and beauty. Polished black granite countertops are sparkling contrasts to a white rustic subway tile backsplash, white Shaker style cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling and stainless steel appliances that include a six-burner Viking gas range topped by a Zephyr hood, refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and Marvel beverage cooler. A center island (with storage and a microwave oven) seats two people.
Full glass pane sliders open to a private paver patio and a fascinating piece of leftover Charlestown history. An almost 300-square foot, fully fenced outdoor space behind the house is technically owned by the City, but has been abandoned for many years.
Other homes along the street have similar spaces; yet many have been left untouched. These owners, however, covered their area with synthetic grass and added a built-in drain, making the space user-friendly while extending their entertainment arena to the beloved outdoors.
This maintenance-free play area has gates at each end of the fence just in case someone from the city needs to “pass” through.
A private entry way to the oasis on the third floor, a.k.a., the primary bedroom suite which encompasses the entire level, is designed to accommodate office space and to offer privacy.
Unseen from the second-floor hallway, the staircase leads to a sleeping chamber large enough for a king-size bed, bureau/chest and a desk or comfy chair. Two windows give this room all the benefits that come with a southwestern exposure.
Another perk, however, is the private deck. Full glass pane sliders lead to this huge composite outdoor space with classic wrought iron railings.
Every primary suite deserves a walk-in closet and this one has one that is almost room-size with custom spaces for hanging items and open shelving.
The en suite bathroom, on the other hand, is a tempting indoor getaway. Carrera marble is the material of choice for the double vanity countertop and in the step-in shower with a hand-held spray. A large tile format is used for the surround while the shower floor is in a classic basketweave pattern. Plantation shutters on two large windows and built-in window seats with storage are quite charming.
Large and then some accurately describe the two bedrooms on the second level. The rear corner bedroom, for example, is huge with two double-door closets and hardwood flooring, but its sunny Southwest exposure is admittedly a great perk.
The front bedroom, which is only a tad smaller and still able to easily handle a queen size bed, also has the advantage of a substantial amount of natural light. A wall of exceptionally deep and lighted closets is also in this room.
Something pretty to look at is everywhere in the shared full bathroom, starting with the Carrera marble floor and the granite-topped vanity. The (air) jetted tub/shower ensemble has a white subway tile surround.
An LG full-size stackable washer and dryer have a dedicated space with enough room for laundry supplies just outside the wash room.
Address: 10 Bartlett St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Three bedrooms; two full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 2,343 square feet
Year built: 1870/2011
Features: 2011 single family home with three exposures off Monument Square with oversized, one-car garage, mudroom and fully open concept living-dining room-kitchen. Chef’s L-shaped kitchen with six-burner Viking gas range, granite countertops and island with seating. Adjacent to private patio/deck with turf-covered and fenced play space. Generous closets and substantial storage throughout. Private deck of third-floor primary suite with Carrera marble bathroom. Heated bonus room off garage.
Nearby: Monument Square is practically around the corner and a slightly longer stretch of the legs to Winthrop Square. Charlestown center and Bunker Hill Mall with various shops, restaurants and boutiques is about 15 minutes away in one direction and the USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard in the opposite direction. The North End and its numerous restaurants, cafes, specialty delis and historical landmarks such as the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House are about 10 minutes over the Charlestown Bridge. Route 93, the Tobin Bridge and Sorrow Drive are “around” the corner.
Contact: Nancy Roth of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, 20 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129; 617.429.6396