It's easy to love this gorgeous Charlestown penthouse
At first look, 63 Chelsea St. in Charlestown appears to be a gut renovation of an antique brick building. But this building is part of The Nautica complex that was actually constructed only 20 years ago. The combination of brick and sea-colored clapboards on the facades blends in nicely with the charm and character of the prevailing area. And one of the brightest units there has hit the market: a spacious corner townhouse overlooking the harbor, the city, the Bunker Hill Monument and a large grassy lawn.
With two private outdoor spaces, including a deck off the primary bedroom, the home offers fresh air and expansive views of the Charlestown Navy Yard.
After a total renovation in 2015, the triplex could be the ideal landing spot for a family, a professional couple or a pair of empty nesters. The home and its environs give the impression that any constellation of owners could thrive here.
Nancy Roth of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty is offering this light-filled three-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath home for $1,400,000.
The expansive main level features a wide-open layout from front to back. The kitchen is a dream. Imagine cooking up magical meals on the stainless steel GE Profile induction range. Induction cooking is all the rage among chefs because it provides a very fast boil (around two minutes!) and exquisite control over temperature.
The French door refrigerator, also a GE Profile, is oversized with room for loads of perishables. And the dishwasher, installed in the island, is a near-silent Bosch model.
Cabinets are white and the contemporary pendant lights are perfect. Counters and island are topped with a pale, brilliant granite that complements everything. Pull up a couple of barstools to the breakfast bar to enjoy a morning meal or a snack.
The kitchen flows to a bright family room, illuminated by a skylight. Sliders lead out to the private fenced patio, which has ample room for a grill and a table and chairs for summer barbeques. The patio is also a convenient place to receive deliveries of food because of its proximity to the kitchen.
Back inside, the kitchen is also connected to a spacious dining area and an attractive fireplaced living area with views of the Bunker Hill Monument. Oak hardwood floors glow and emphasize the openness of the floorplan. High ceilings add terrific volume.
On the unit’s second floor, there are two sizeable bedrooms. Currently, one is used as a family bedroom and the other is a playroom enjoyed by the kids. The configuration is flexible and can be set up according to the next owner’s needs.
The two bedrooms on this level are served by a full bathroom with a big shower, a white vanity and an additional storage cabinet. Walls are painted a cool green, making the space feel very fresh.
It will be easy to get work done from home in the windowed office nook - just the right size for a desk. With a workspace suc this, seriously, who needs to go to the office?
Also conveniently placed on the second floor is a laundry area furnished with a stacked full-sized washer and dryer.
Climb up to the third level to reach the roomy, loft-like primary bedroom suite. The vaulted ceiling gives the space a lot of volume. Light enters through a skylight and dormer windows. The slant on one side of the ceiling lends charm, but doesn’t diminish the size of the room. In fact, there’s plenty of space for a bed with side tables, a bureau that fits into its own niche and a workout area next to the windows. Two double closets take care of an entire wardrobe of hanging clothes.
Open the slider and step out onto the private deck. It’s an intimate spot for a nightcap at bedtime or a sip of morning coffee while taking in the views of the city and the harbor.
The full en suite bathroom is pretty with a white double vanity, a deep soaking tub with a surround tiled in a warm neutral and a view of Boston skyscrapers that is reflected in the mirror.
This home is absolutely turnkey. The current owners have designed it well. It’s light-filled with an open floorplan and a versatile layout. The space is neutral enough to accept any style of furnishings you prefer from traditional to modern. Garage parking for two cars is included.
And outside is historic Charlestown, one of the oldest parts of Boston, established in 1629. There’s a lot to see and do in this neighborhood. Visit Monument Square, see the Constitution or sit on a bench by the water. And with spring finally here, the grassy lawn of Nautica Park beckons. It’s like a big backyard you will never have to maintain.
Address: 63 Chelsea St., Unit 63, Charlestown
Year built: 2000, fully renovated in 2015
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths
Size: 1,849 square feet
Taxes: $11,383 includes residential exemption
Association fee: $1,087/month (includes heat, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, park, garden area, air conditioning, reserve funds, flood insurance, management fee).
Features of unit: Bright, beautiful, custom, open concept triplex corner townhome. Fantastic views of the harbor, downtown Boston and the Bunker Hill Monument. Amazing white chef’s kitchen with gourmet appliances, lots of cabinets and a granite island with breakfast bar. High ceilings, fireplace in living area, home office nook, spacious bedrooms, sleek bathrooms. Deck off main bedroom and fenced patio off family room. Full-sized laundry in unit. Two tandem garage parking spaces.
Close by: Historic sites of the Charlestown Navy Yard and USS Constitution, Monument Square. Nearby Nautica Park has an expansive lawn. Shops of Boston, restaurants of the North End, the Financial District, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston Harborwalk, Faneuil Hall. Transportation options include the shuttle to Logan Airport, ferry to New England Aquarium, MGH shuttle to North Station, MBTA buses, Blue and Red lines; commuter rail and AMTRAK at South Station. Short drive to Storrow Drive, Route 93 and Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: Nancy A. Roth, Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, 20 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 617-429-6396 (Mobile) 617-242-4222 (Office)