History comes together with modern features in this Charlestown home
You move into a historic house, having fallen in love with its classic details only to find it cramped after a while for want of those open-concept and home office spaces that are much sought-after today.
So, you move into a contemporary condo, having found those spaces there only to find that it is boring after a while for want of those classic details that were sorely missed when “modern” became the norm.
Here’s a solution to meet all your desires - move into Unit 2 at 72 Washington St. in Charlestown and you’ll get sumptuous servings of both. This owes to the punctilious craftsmanship that went into the renovation of this 1870 building, mindful of both the neighborhood history and current demands for flexible floor plans, home offices and up-to-the-minute amenities.
The three-unit condominium picks up vintage architectural features from its historical surroundings, reinventing some with updated materials and technologies to suit today’s living standards.
The clapboard siding is made of fiber cement to outlast wood and reduce maintenance expenses. The sash and bay windows are insulated to cut energy costs. The classic mantels frame gas fireplaces to eliminate the fire hazards of wood-burning ones.
The hardwood floors present larger, more sweeping spaces than many of the 19th century neighbors do. The Carrara marble counters and tiles are the cynosures of contemporary designer kitchens and baths.
The in-house three-car garage harkens back to yesteryear’s carriage houses, but its interior heating and automatic doors cater to the commuter on the go and facilitate coming in from the cold. The bracketed hoods, Italianate cornice, crown moldings, milled window/door casings and paneled doors are simply nice touches that make Unit 2 a pleasure to come home to.
The pleasure begins immediately upon entering the living-dining room where the classic comfort of a central fireplace in a paneled mantel, the elegance of a raised ceiling with crown molding, the convenience of a deep closet and the freedom of flexible furniture arrangement all warm your welcome. A bay window and two sash windows flood the space with light and the bay creates an intimately sunny sitting area.
A marble island bar welcomes you into the open kitchen with the hospitality of seating for four people and the convenience of a deep stainless steel sink with a classic chrome faucet and a built-in dishwasher and Bosch microwave.
Semi-globe pendant lights brighten both occasions. Extending the culinary convenience is a parallel marble wall counter incorporating a Wolf six-burner gas range with a pot-filler, a wine cooler and custom paneled white cabinetry - all garnished with a subway-tiled backsplash.
A paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and a right-hand pantry complete the convenience.
Just as convenient for getting work done is the spacious home office off the living area. A corner window, a larger central window and the facing double French door that receives living room light all lighten your load with a crosscurrent of sun.
Between the refrigerator and pantry is the doorway to the bedroom section that begins with a closet. The bedroom straight ahead receives radiant southwestern exposure from two windows.
A walk-in closet with parallel coatracks for both partners connects it to its en suite bath, complete with a quartz vanity, subway-tiled tub/shower combo, honeycomb-tiled floor and a hall door that opens it up for everyone’s use. If someone’s in there, a powder room with a squarish sink on industrial chrome spindle legs is right across the hall.
The bedroom at the end of the hall boasts a four-window corner exposure from the southwest and southeast, yielding sun all day long for possible use as another office.
A laundry closet with a stacked washer/dryer is placed in-between this bedroom and the primary bedroom suite for the convenience of doing large family wash loads.
The primary bedroom receives wraparound northeastern-southeastern corner exposure from two sash windows on one wall and a bay window on the other with ample wall area left over for a king-size bed with nightstands as well as a dresser, a bookcase and a small workstation.
Flanking the smaller wall are a roomy walk-in closet and the en suite bath that has the latest in lavatory luxury: a floating Calacatta quartz twin-sink vanity, Robern Vitality cool-light backlit mirrors, a radiant-heated marble tile floor laid in a basketweave pattern and a gray-tiled walk-in shower with fixed and hand-held shower heads.
The unit’s marriage of old and new continues into the neighborhood where amenities in both categories abound. Two are right nearby: the Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink for winter skating and hockey, and the Rutherford Union Playground for basketball, children’s playground fun and other fair-weather recreation.
Further down is Thompson Square, which offers copious shopping and dining as well as the Charlestown Public Library. Also close by are Bunker Hill Community College and public transportation to downtown Boston and beyond.
Down a few paces is the historic Warren Tavern, serving fine victuals since 1780 - and, yes, Paul Revere and George Washington dined there. Up a few more paces is the Bunker Hill Monument, a towering granite obelisk that marks the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill of June 17, 1775, where the tavern’s namesake, Maj. Gen. Joseph Warren, perished as a volunteer soldier while fighting for American independence from Great Britain.
Offered at $1,725,000, Unit 2 at 72 Washington St. makes history feel like home. For more information, contact Jennifer Schneider of Century 21 Elite Realty at 617-733-8211 or Jennschneider915@gmail.com.
Address: 72 Washington St., Unit 2, Charlestown
BR/BA: Three bedrooms + office, two full bathrooms, one half bath
Size: 1,935 square feet
Housing type: Condominium
Association fee: $244/month
Parking: Heated garage parking for one car per unit
Year built: 1870, renovated 2021
Number of units: Three
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, open floor plan, hardwood floors, insulated windows, high-velocity heat-pump forced-air heating and central air conditioning, programmable thermostat, gas fireplace, marble kitchen with stainless appliances and gas cooking, primary bedroom suite with walk-in closet and spa-like designer bath with floating double-sink vanity, in-unit laundry, wiring for surround sound, intercom, security system, private storage.
Building amenities: Heated three-car in-house garage; elevator service; fiber cement exterior siding; water, sewer and master insurance included in condo fee.
Close by: Shopping and dining, fitness centers, houses of worship, post office, schools, banks, medical center, public library, public parks including City Square Park, the Bunker Hill. Monument along the Freedom Trail, public transit, major highway access, TD Garden and North Station
Contact: Jennifer Schneider of Century 21 Elite Realty
“History,” The Warren Tavern, http://www.warrentavern.com/history