Large, lovely loft loaded with luxury in the South End
The SOWA district in the South End gets its name from its location: south of Washington Street. It’s a haven for artists and artisans, art lovers and visitors who come here for the food at the area’s coolest restaurants.
This is a great place to live, too, and one of the neighborhood’s most amazing homes is now on the market.
Robb Cohen of Engel & Volkers Boston is listing Unit 5 at 64 E. Brookline St. for $2,300,000. This is a spacious, light-filled, impeccably designed luxury loft. With an open floorplan, 12-foot-high ceilings, walls of oversized windows and a full professional gym, this place, created by combining two units, is nothing short of exceptional.
The building has an industrial history. Constructed in 1899, it was originally a broomstick factory. Original mushroom columns remain, adding great architectural interest and making the open layout possible. Even the exposed ductwork is appealing because ducts are part of a loft’s charm. Substantial cement floors and ceilings minimize noise.
There’s nothing old school about the unit’s gourmet kitchen. With marble countertops and white cabinetry, it’s totally 21st century.
Appliances are of the highest quality with a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator keeping food fresh and gas cooking on a Wolf range with iconic red knobs. A Miele high speed oven/microwave combo is installed, along with a Miele warming drawer and a Miele dishwasher.
The under-counter wine chiller by Sub-Zero keeps every bottle at the ideal temperature. Expect to do a lot of entertaining here.
Whether you enjoy an intimate breakfast with a partner at the small bar by the kitchen window or a casual brunch with friends at the long bar on the other side, this kitchen makes cooking and serving a pleasure.
Although the open layout makes the living space easy to configure any way a new owner prefers, the current setup works beautifully. The dining area adjacent to the kitchen has three glass pendants overhead and slate flooring. Enormous windows bring in a flood of light and an urban view.
Further into the unit, the corner living area is outstanding, surrounded by windows and furnished with a suspended couch and a modern gas fireplace to cozy up to on winter nights. The contemporary chandelier here resembles a museum piece.
A library/media area doubles as an extra bedroom with a wall-hung, queen-size Murphy bed that overnight guests will love.
Follow the hallway to the primary suite. The bedroom is massive - more than 26 feet long with two walls of windows. Custom window treatments add softness and light control. Carpeting is by Ralph Lauren and track lighting is dramatic. Built-in shelving displays cherished items and the ceiling fan is functional while adding a sculptural element.
A roomy walk-in closet accommodates loads of clothing and is fortified with a heavy fire-resistant safe.
Step up to the en suite bath and prepare to gasp with delight. It’s extraordinary with a luxury spa-feel that exudes elegant indulgence. Double sinks rest in a European-style, wall-hung vanity with a dark quartz countertop placed beneath a wall of mirrors.
A Jacuzzi built for two people is located under a huge window, offering excellent views to take in while bathing.
With benches on both sides, the gorgeous steam shower is another place for a couple to relax and refresh. Even the most prosaic of bathroom fixtures, the toilet has been redesigned in a modern rectangular shape.
The guest bedroom in the home has an entire wall of storage concealed behind tasteful cabinetry. It also has carpeting for barefoot comfort and a ceiling fan to move the air around.
The other guest bedroom was converted to an amazing professional gym with mirrored walls, outfitted with every weight and machine you might like to use. A buyer will probably wish to negotiate with the current owner for the equipment because this is an unexpected amenity that could add immeasurably to practically anybody’s lifestyle. Why leave home to go to the gym when you can work out in your own weight room anytime you’d like?
The light in this corner of the residence is amazing, rushing in through two exposures.
A full bathroom serves guests. While not as dramatic as the main en suite bath, this space is beautifully designed. A soaking tub/shower combo is enclosed by frameless glass. The single vanity has an integrated sink. And the rectangular toilet adds style.
The laundry room is right next to the bathroom and includes an extra-large Electrolux front-loading washer and dryer.
This professionally designed home comes with two HVAC systems, supplying the bedrooms on one side and the kitchen, living room and dining area on the other.
Deeded parking in a pair of tandem spaces big enough for a couple of SUVs and additional storage is included with the unit with a monthly charge of $102.
The building is well-maintained with a new rubber roof and recent repointing on the exterior. With warmer weather arriving soon be here, the new owner will enjoy sitting out on the common patio or taking a walk through one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Boston.
Address: 64 E. Brookline St., Unit 5, South End
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms
Year built: 1899, converted to condominium in 2000
Size: 2,860 square feet
Taxes: $21,403 (Tax Year 2020)
Association fee: $973 per month (includes water, sewer, master insurance, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, garden area, reserve funds, management fee).
Features of building: Mid-rise, seven-unit professionally managed, pet friendly building converted from 1899 broomstick factory into stylish condominiums.
Features of unit: Light-filled totally renovated loft home created by combining two units. Oversized windows on four sides, chef’s kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances, large primary suite with spa-like marble bathroom and walk-in closet, library/media room with queen-size Murphy bed, guest bedroom with a wall of custom storage cabinetry, open living and dining areas with urban views through two exposures. Professional weight room in unit. Laundry room with extra-large washer and dryer. Two deeded tandem garage parking spaces with garage fee of $102 per month.
Close by: Boston’s SOWA neighborhood within walking distance to art galleries, restaurants, specialty shops and cultural attractions; access to buses including MBTA Silver Line, and a short drive to Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: Robb Cohen, Engel & Volkers Boston, 46 Gloucester St., Boston, MA 02115.