Renovated South Boston home gleams with Victorian charm

The bay windows provide lots of natural light in the open-concept living and dining space. The built-in window seats are a great place to enjoy the views.

A Mansard roof highlights four sides with a low pitch that creates an additional windowed floor of living space. Although the style has been in use in France since the 1500s, it became popular again on American homes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

And it’s exactly that kind of roof that gives the penthouse condominium unit of a totally renovated c. 1900 South Boston Victorian-era home its vaulted ceilings and warm wash of southern light.

Frank Celeste of Gibson Sotheby is listing this fabulous penthouse at 560 East 5th St. in South Boston for $1,299,000. He notes that the developer, OnPoint, paid great attention to detail.

“No corners were cut here,” he says.

Every finish in the 1,545-square-foot penthouse at 560 East 5th St. is impeccable and has been carefully chosen for high impact – from the brass pendant fixtures over the kitchen island, to the hardware on the refrigerator doors, to the contemporary black metal faucets on the sinks. Wide-plank white oak flooring gleams throughout the unit.

The open kitchen-living-dining area is versatile and ideal for entertaining. Attractive moldings and raised wall panels inject a stately note into the transitional design and the ultra-high ceilings give the space a voluminous feeling. Well placed lighting adds to the ambiance.

The bay windows at the front of the space have built-in bench seats so you can perch there all day to enjoy the view of the neighborhood. Or, if you would prefer, pull up your dining table, put down some cushions and repurpose the area as banquette seating.

Gourmet chefs will love the sunny kitchen and if you don’t cook very much now, this beautiful and well-equipped space may inspire you to up your game. It’s tuxedo style with white cabinets and a long black island/breakfast bar that can seat four people easily.

Calacatta Roma quartz counters show subtle striations. Round backsplash tiles are uniquely gorgeous. A sculptural range hood integrates into cabinetry. If you want to set up an espresso bar, the countertop on a side cabinet provides the perfect spot.

The appliances in this kitchen are the best you’ll find anywhere. A tall Sub-Zero refrigerator sports white paneling and brass hardware. The cooktop and oven are by Wolf, and a new Cove dishwasher, which could be the ultimate plate cleaning machine, will make short work of after-dinner cleanup.

The primary bedroom has plenty of room for a queen size bed and furniture with lots of space to hang up your clothes in the huge walk-in closet.

It’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of the full en suite bathroom. Proffering European flair, a spectacular soaking tub has been placed within the marble shower’s glass enclosure. Shower heads are installed on opposite walls. Carrara marble tops the double vanity. An oversized basketweave pattern on the floor elevates the room.

The guest bathroom, easily accessed off the unit’s main hallway, is equally eye-catching. It features a tub/shower combination and a stunning taupe vanity with a marble top. Fixtures are matte black metal; dramatic, yes, yet easy to maintain. The floor tile is laid in giant hexagon patterns.

The two bedrooms that share this bath are nicely spaced so that each has privacy. Perhaps you’ll take one of them as a home office.

Laundry day is no problem in this home. The laundry closet is conveniently located off the unit’s entrance hallway and is outfitted with a stacked Electrolux washer and dryer. Once you start a load of clothes, you won’t hear the washing machine or dryer running.

Other great features of this home are outdoors. You’ll want to take the brand-new custom stairway up to the penthouse’s spacious, private roof deck. The 360-degree views of the neighborhood are delightful. On a hot summer evening, being so close to the water, you’ll enjoy the cool refreshing sea breeze.

A garage parking space is assigned to you with the purchase of the unit. You don’t even have to go outside to get to your car, which is a big plus in the winter. The developer constructed an enclosed hallway from the main lobby to the garage, which is located in the former carriage house behind the building.

Since South Boston is easy to get around – by foot, by bike, by bus, by train – you won’t always need a car to enjoy the journey.

In the highly sought-after Eastside location, this home is close to several beaches, parks and athletic fields as well as shops and markets. When it’s time for a night out, you can visit lots of local restaurants, cafes and bars. You can even watch the legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade from nearby Broadway and “play large” at Lawn on D.

The Route 7 MBTA bus will get you to downtown Boston in about 20 minutes and to the Financial or Seaport districts in under 10 minutes.

And, yes, you can easily access the highways and byways with your car.

South Boston is an increasingly popular place to live among professionals, young families and empty nesters who enjoy the lively way of life.

If you’re seeking luxury living in a vibrant neighborhood, make the penthouse at 560 East 5th St. your next home – it’s an amazing opportunity and a true value in today’s market.

Views of neighborhood church steeples and Boston skyscrapers make a beautiful backdrop while enjoying this large, private roof deck.


Address: 560 East 5th St., PH, South Boston

BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Year built: c. 1900, renovated 2020

Price: $1,299,000

Size: 1,545 square feet

Taxes: TBD

Association fee: $350 per month

Features of building: Sunny south-facing four-unit boutique residential building with carriage house garage, located in East Side of South Boston.

Features of home: Brand new totally renovated penthouse with exquisite finishes. Open living and dining area, gourmet kitchen with luxury appliances including Wolf cooktop and oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Cove dishwasher. Three bedrooms, two lavish marble bathrooms. In-unit laundry with Electrolux washer and dryer. Private roof deck perfect for entertaining enjoys fabulous urban views. One assigned direct access garage parking space conveyed with unit.

Nearby: Beaches, parks, athletic fields, shops, markets, restaurants and bars. Minutes to Downtown Boston, the Financial District and the Seaport district. Served by MBTA buses and Andrew and Broadway stops on the Red Line. Close to Massachusetts Turnpike and Ted Williams Tunnel.

Contact: Frank Celeste, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty 20 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone: 617-872-3227




Brass pendant light fixtures, matching the brass handles on the Sub-Zero fridge, illuminate the kitchen island. Wolf cooking and a Cove dishwasher are other highlights.