Live big in this perfect Waterfront pied-à-terre

TODD LARSON
CORRESPONDENT
The living-dining room is flooded with light from its rooftop view of classic North End buildings.

If all the condos you’ve set your sights on are oceans out of your price range, just drop anchor for a moment and think about what you need rather than what you want.

Think small, that is.

Then set sail for The Mariner, a 105-unit luxury condominium straddling the Waterfront and the North End at 300 Commercial St. and dock at Unit 409, where you’ll find all the city living essentials for a single first-time homebuyer, empty-nester or frequent flyer desiring a pied-à-terre nestled in a 540-square-foot floor plan for a mere $699,000.

This home has a high-ceiling, open-concept living-dining room with two oversized windows.

But if that makes you think the unit is as cramped as a ship cabin, think again as you eye the many amenities that atone for its size in this fine pied-à-terre:

-          A high-ceiling, open-concept living-dining room with two oversized windows offering beautiful North End views, ample light for most of the unit, generous ledge space and accordion blinds.

-          A chef’s kitchenette with stainless steel appliances and a see-through bar with designer pendant lighting - perfect for entertaining a friend or two.

-          A full designer bath with a tub/shower combo.

-          A walk-in closet with the in-unit laundry off the bedroom.

-          Sizable coat/storage closets in the entry hall and the living-dining room.

-          A light gray wall treatment permeating the unit with neutral serenity and daylight enhancement.

-          And most of all, a hardwood-floored studio-style layout that’s flexible and hardly makes you feel walled in.

The kitchen offers the necessities for “work triangle” efficiency in food preparation and after-dinner cleanup.

Add to that the central location between two bustling Boston neighborhoods with restaurants, cafés, historic sites, festivities and sailing/cruising opportunities and you’ll feel like a millionaire for under a million.

You’ll especially feel that way when you come home to The Mariner’s luxurious lobby with a high-arched entrance, a barrel-vaulted opaque-glass skylight, dark stone steps with under-tread riser lighting, a lift for the mobility-impaired or parents/guardians with strollers, a Calacatta marble gas fireplace, floating wall-mounted seating, 24-hour concierge service and carpeted hotel-style corridors escorting you to the elevator and your unit.

Its entrance, angled into a triangular recess for more elbow-room in the hall, is centrally convenient to all points: the kitchen straight ahead if you’re hungry, the living-dining room at left to chill out or the bedroom and bath at right to brush your teeth and go to bed. Which is another advantage of smallness in a unit: everything is right there.

The living-dining room is flooded with light from its rooftop view of classic North End buildings. Peeking up behind their roofs are the golden dome of historic St. Stephen’s Church near Hanover Street’s restaurants and cafés and the Verizon tower at North Station by TD Garden - landmarks that remind you of the exciting urban offerings and commuter options (MTBA Green Line and Orange Line as well as commuter rail and Amtrak) just steps away. The windows’ parquet ledges offer attractive space for plants, objets-d’art or other conversation pieces for your housewarming. The space is versatile enough to accommodate a workstation, an entertainment center and even a bed or a couch with a foldout bed if you want to use the bedroom as a home office.

A bar with seating for two people and designer pendant lighting cantilevers into the space, providing a dinner party with a pass-through to the kitchen for faster food service, which is expedited by the placement of the Frigidaire four-burner smooth-top range right behind the bar and the Amana refrigerator with a freezer drawer right beside the range. The long, spacious facing counter encompasses a sink with a retractable gooseneck faucet and a Frigidaire dishwasher. A Frigidaire microwave and track lighting are above.

This compact galley arrangement offers the necessities for “kitchen work triangle” efficiency in food preparation and after-dinner cleanup. A glass-tile backsplash adds another designer touch.

The full bath down the hall is similarly compact, but complete. The sufficiently-sized faux marble vanity is illuminated overhead by a trio of “ice cube” glass lights.

The subway-tiled tub/shower combo in the bathroom boasts a designer glass slider accented in stainless steel, a sizable showerhead and two corner shelves for soap and shampoo. The finishing touch is a floor tiled in an aggregate-stone finish.

The subway-tiled tub/shower combo boasts a designer glass slider accented in stainless steel, a sizable shower head and two corner shelves for soap and shampoo. The finishing touch is a floor tiled in an aggregate-stone finish.

The bedroom has no door, but a curtain can be installed in its open doorway, especially for use as a home office. It contains enough room for a queen-sized bed and a nightstand, and shelves can be mounted on the walls. Its walk-in closet contains the boiler, generous shelving and an Electrolux stacked washer/dryer.

The bedroom contains enough room for a queen-sized bed and a nightstand, and shelves can be mounted on the walls.

What makes the unit feel bigger yet is The Mariner’s common landscaped roof deck with awesome Boston Harbor and city panoramas, the building’s exit to a harborview rather than darkly shadowed buildings, and the Waterfront’s big catch of bonuses down the street: seafood restaurants, the Boston Sailing Center, harbor cruises galore, sea-life exhibits at the New England Aquarium and its IMAX Theatre, and the breathtaking sea sights, sounds and scents along the Harborwalk.

Exciting walks can also be taken along the North End’s Italian restaurants, cafés and pastry shops as well as the Freedom Trail to the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground and beyond to Charlestown’s USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) and Bunker Hill Monument in one direction and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in the other.

Offered at $699,000, Unit 409 at The Mariner is the not-so-big unit for the big-city dweller on a budget or on the fly.

For a private showing, contact Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 617-331-0243 (mobile), 617-267-3500 (office), or elaine.dolley@elliman.com.

This walk-in closet includes the in-unit laundry off the bedroom.

DETAILS:

Address: The Mariner, 300 Commercial St., Unit 409, Waterfront/North End

BR/BA: One bedroom, one full bathroom

Size: 540 square feet

Housing type: Condominium

Price: $699,000

Condo fee: $348/month

Taxes: $6,066/year

Parking: On-site garage parking available for purchase or rental.

Year built: c.1911, renovated 1987

Number of units: 105

Features: Hardwood floors, central heating and air conditioning, updated kitchenette with stainless appliances and electric smooth-top cooking, in-unit laundry.

Building amenities: Common roof deck with harbor and city views; lobby with sitting area, lift and elevator; 24-hour concierge; pet-friendliness; security, elevator, water, sewer, master insurance, exterior maintenance, landscaping and snow removal included in condo fee.

Close by: Shopping and dining; places of worship; schools; public parks including the Rose Kennedy Greenway; fitness trails including Boston Harborwalk; Boston Harbor and Harbor Islands cruises from Long Wharf; Boston Sailing Center; New England Aquarium and IMAX Theatre; public transit; highway access; Downtown Crossing and Financial District; 15-minute walk to Seaport District.

Contact: Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Phone: 617-331-0243 (mobile), 617-267-3500 (office)

Email: elaine.dolley@elliman.com

Website: https://www.elliman.com/massachusetts/sales/detail/595-l-658-101_72804056/300-commercial-street-waterfront-boston-ma-02109

SOURCES:

-          Boston Realty Advisors, “The Mariner Building,” CLProperties.com, https://www.clproperties.com/condo/the-mariner-building

-          “Efficiency in the Kitchen Begins with Geometry,” The Bold Look of Kohler, updated February 15, 2018, https://ideas.kohler.com/article/efficiency-in-the-kitchen-begins-with-geometry

-          “Historic Sites,” The Freedom Trail Foundation, 2020, https://www.thefreedomtrail.org

-          Jones, Brianne, “Kitchen Design: The Kitchen Work Triangle and Improving Your Workspace,” Kitchen & Bath Crate, February 23, 2017, https://kbcrate.com/kitchen-design-kitchen-work-triangle-improve-workspace