Former South End police station now a modern dream residence
While recycling (OK – repurposing) an old police station might not be one’s first thought, that is exactly what happened to the building that began life in 1932 as the District 4 police station in the South End. The result is a collection of 25 luxurious one-of-a-kind homes in an equally unique building at 7 Warren St.
The restored building – OK, it was just the shell – now has a two‐story block addition that created a beautiful atrium. All the common hallways overlook the huge indoor courtyard. One of those homes – Unit 6 – is the two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex with 2,147 square feet of living space listed by Amy Jacobs of Compass for $1,900,000.
From the moment the “front” door opens, a unique window wall in the open-concept living-dining-kitchen space commands immediate attention. Two sets of floor-to-ceiling windows are composed of 16 individual two-foot-square panes of glass. Within that configuration, the middle four “windows” open.
This dramatic architectural feature would earn rave reviews just because it exists. The good news is that it also serves a most wonderful and practical purpose: the windows allow in an abundance of natural light all year long.
The front entry has a couple perks of its own, too. One is the large coat closet and the other is laundry facilities that include a full-size (stackable) washer and dryer.
Ceilings that are more than nine-feet high are in sync with the well-proportioned living space. Moreover, both the dining and living areas accommodate a substantial amount of furniture.
In the handsome and spacious galley kitchen, integrated panels on appliances such as the Sub-Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher blend seamlessly into sleek flush-mount teak cabinetry with hidden stainless steel pulls.
The stainless steel Bosch oven, microwave and four-burner gas stove are subtle sparks of bling. The marble backsplash is an elegant accent in this chef’s haven.
An oversized rectangular stainless steel sink is in the long center island that seats four people comfortably.
Attention to detail receives more than lip service in this home. Consider the ubiquitous metal-covered electrical panel. Sited in the corridor that leads to the bedroom wing, it goes unnoticed, but not unused. Flush-mount doors that stretch to the ceiling open to reveal built-in storage racks - sized perfectly for gloves, scarves, hats, etc.
Marble is the beautiful choice for floor tile and for the surround in the step-in shower in the nearby full bathroom. This loo has a pedestal sink.
A lighted walk-in closet with custom inserts is one highlight in the king bed-size primary suite. Like the main living area, this chamber has a huge window – the better for natural light – with a deep window sill.
The en suite bathroom is a gorgeous retreat. Richly veined marble tile used on the floor is also installed floor-to-ceiling on walls and in the step-in shower in a frameless glass enclosure. Venetian mirrors over two ceramic vessel sinks in a floating vanity enhance the spa-like ambiance.
The spacious guest bedroom/office/den is hardly an afterthought. Although this room has a lighted walk-in closet with custom inserts, the “view” is the focal point. A huge window looks directly into the atrium – but looks are deceiving. The window is, in fact, a one-way mirror. You look out, but no one can look in.
This duplex has another secret: a massive fully finished lower level with bamboo floors that are continued from the main level. The front part of the room, which has a built-in media center, is currently used as a family room. An extended ceiling is highlighted by eight transom windows.
The rest of this huge open space has many uses - from workout space to a very large home office or even a theater/great room.
In addition to several storage options, including a built-in bench with three compartments and a closet with open shelving, a mudroom that is on the way to the garage has a customized coat closet. A utility closet at the bottom of the stairs with a tile floor is large enough for bulky items, too.
Speaking of the direct access garage, this unit has two parking spaces. Both spaces are less than 10 feet from the door.
Incidentally, like this home itself, the “common” amenities are anything but ordinary. The list includes on-site concierge service, elevator, private and secured garage parking, a glass-covered winter garden on the roof deck, and interior common spaces designed by Philippe Starck’s studio. Starck is a world-famous designer.
Address: D4, 7 Warren Ave., Unit 6, South End
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms
Size: 2,147 square feet
Taxes: $23,275 (Tax Year 2020)
Year built: 1932/2007
Number of units: 25
Association fee: $1,528 monthly (includes gas, water, sewer, primary insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, garden area).
Features: Spacious duplex with main level open concept layout. Bamboo flooring throughout plus chef’s custom kitchen with Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances that includes a four-burner gas stove, marble countertops and backsplash. Primary suite with large lighted walk-in closet and marble en suite bathroom with step-in shower and floating vanity. In-unit Bosch laundry facilities. Fully finished lower level with direct garage access. Two garage parking spaces. Professionally managed building with part-time on-site concierge services.
Nearby: At the crossroads of Berkeley, Appleton and Tremont streets, D4 is less than 10 minutes to numerous restaurants, cafes and services in the South End. Union, Watson and Peters parks are 15 minutes away. Easy access to Storrow Drive and Route 93.
Contact: Amy Jacobs of Compass, 126 Newbury St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116