This South End home is a spacious treasure of delights
The parlor triplex Unit 1 at 45 Upton St. in the South End offers more than a single-family feel. It treats the buyer to living and storage spaces, exposures, finishes, details, amenities, outdoor room and multiple entrances seldom found even in South End townhouses, owing to its unusually expansive footprint.
“Few streets in the South End have larger floorplates than Upton Street,” said Steven Cohen of Keller Williams, the listing agent of the 2,747-square-foot, three-bedroom unit. “Its buildings were wider and deeper when its block was originally plotted as the South End developed, so 45 Upton St. is a beneficiary of extra width and depth, making its proportion and scale especially grand. This grandeur is evident in the heft of the moldings, the height of the ceilings and doorways, the size of the windows, and the significance of the period detail.”
All of this is more than evident upon entering Unit 1’s parlor located directly from the lobby and the classic front stoop.
Greeting guests with Victorian vivacity are a ballroom-scaled space for entertaining, a triple crown molding with scallop and scroll reliefs, a leaf-scrolled ceiling medallion dangling a contemporary stainless steel chandelier, and a gas fireplace framed by a carved marble mantel - all brightened by tall bowfront windows and a rare side exposure.
A double pocket door with glass panels of frosted etchings of flowers in Grecian urns parts to expand the entertainment, elegance and exposure into the dining room/kitchen space.
The dining area can double as a family room, kudos to its built-in entertainment center/bookcase unit. The living room’s triple crown molding and ceiling medallion are reprised, and a beam and a separate scrolled crown molding define the kitchen.
Light pours into both spaces from oversized windows and a central French door, creating front-to-back light and space from the street to the back alley.
“Three exposures allow for enhanced sunlight and extra glimpses of the adjacent streetscape,” said Cohen.
The French door opens to a roomy deck for summer cocktails or morning coffee. Vertical bamboo fencing blends it with its stunning view of an ancient elm tree.
A central island bar with a bullnose-edged counter establishes the open kitchen’s theme of tiger-granite counterspace, custom mahogany cabinetry and decorative columns while consolidating all of the cooking appliances: a Frigidaire Gallery four-burner smooth-top cooktop, GE microwave and Thermador oven with convection setting.
Facing the island is a matching wall counter with a deep stainless steel sink, a green granite backsplash, a Bosch stainless dishwasher below and an arched china/glassware cabinet above. Paneled into the cabinetry on the right are a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a pullout spice cabinet. Off the kitchen, the oak floor continues into a powder room with a classic pedestal sink.
From here, a custom-milled twisted-baluster stairway with paneled wainscoting descends to the bedroom-level hall, terminating in a multifaceted mahogany newel post that greets the entrant from the private entrance under the stoop off the front gravel garden. This entrance’s mudroom exposes the stoop’s rough granite underbelly, which is gracefully contrasted by a double door with etched-glass panels such as those in the parlor’s pocket doors, for an elegant entry to bed.
This level begins with a small bedroom with a front-garden view from the bow window. The bedroom is kid-ready with Star Wars drone and Death Star decals mounted on a chartreuse wall treatment.
Down the hall between two double-door closets - one for utilities, one for clothing - is the primary bedroom suite, introduced by the marble floor of the en suite bath for use by the entire household.
The bath was updated in 2018 with radiant floor heating, a towel-warming rack, a floating wall-mounted twin-sink vanity and a frameless glass shower with fixed and rain shower heads, marble subway tiles and a marble floor erratically laid in grayscale square, triangle and diamond patterns.
Following a walk-in closet of built-ins is the primary bedroom with light gray walls, two windows on the rear garden and a door to the hall, which accesses a “maid’s room” sized guest bedroom with a single rear window.
The twisted-baluster stairway continues down to a marble-floored lower level replete with bonus spaces of many kinds.
Past the hall’s trio of double-door closets - which are handy for making this level the primary suite if desired - is a marble-floored space with surround-sound ceiling speakers, usable as a family room, a media/screening room, an unusually luxurious au pair or guest suite, or, as mentioned, the primary bedroom.
Its full bath is lavishly appointed with a contrast of Carrara marble and absolute black tiles, a classic bowfront vanity with marble-block counter and long marble shelf, a full tub/shower combo with a diagonal checkerboard ceiling, and a closeted LG stacked washer/dryer.
The hall ends at a mini-mudroom with a built-in bench from which a French door and security gate introduce the sunken patio below the deck, paved Beacon Hill-style with herringbone-patterned brick and cozily sequestered by a concrete retaining wall topped by a new wooden fence. This has a gate that accesses the unit’s deeded parking space in the back alley.
At the opposite end of the hall is a general-purpose bowfront space with interlocking foam-mat tiles where a home gym can go. A shelved pass-through storage room connects it to a cavernous utility space good for paint storage.
Offered at $2,895,000, Unit 1 at 45 Upton St. “is sure to delight parlor enthusiasts with its high Victorian style on full display,” said Cohen. For more information, contact him or Margaret Marder of the Steven Cohen Team at 617-861-3636, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Address: 45 Upton St., Unit 1, South End
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath
Size: 2,747 square feet
Housing type: Parlor triplex condominium
Association fee: $518/month
Taxes: $25,499 (Tax Year 2020)
Parking: Deeded direct-access parking in rear alley
Year built: c.1860, primary bath renovated 2018
Number of units: Three
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, surround-sound ceiling speakers, hardwood and marble floors, gas-forced heating on upper two floors, electric baseboard heating on lowest floor, central air conditioning, living room with gas fireplace and third-exposure window, granite center island kitchen with smooth-top cooking and custom mahogany cabinets, rear deck, dual-access marble primary bath featuring radiant-heated floor and heated towel rack, marble-floored media/au pair/guest room with full marble bath with in-unit laundry, bonus room for home gym, bonus storage, private patio, three means of egress.
Building amenities: Common electric, common area cleaning, master insurance and water/sewer included in condo fee; pets allowed with trustees’ consent.
Close by: Houses of worship; schools; shopping and dining; hardware store; medical facilities; Boston Public Library; parks and recreation areas; dog run; community garden; public transit on the MBTA Green and Orange lines, buses, commuter rail and Amtrak; highway access.
Contact: Steven Cohen or Margaret Marder of the Steven Cohen Team of Keller Williams, 1180 Washington St., #103, Boston, MA, 02118.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com