Bright, modern triplex shines in South End Victorian
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Worcester Square was one of the highlights of the South End with its long, oval-shaped park and identical Victorian bowfront brownstones. Nearby Washington Street was the main route into Boston and many prosperous families were attracted to the area.
Although the houses still appear similar from the outside, on the inside, each is unique. At 1 Worcester Square, Unit 2, a beautifully designed triplex condo is on the market. Don’t expect Victorian-era style - this home is bright and modern with loads of recent updates. Elizabeth Crowley of William Raveis Real Estate is listing the unit at $1,995,000.
Start in the entryway. Gray shiplap on the wall creates a space where you would probably like to linger for a while. But you need to see the rest of the home, so hang up your coat in the closet and step into the expansive living level.
A decorative glass sliding barn door ensures that the open living area feels very finished and private. Hardwood floors and subtle wallcovering enhance the design.
The chef’s kitchen has excellent accoutrements, including white cabinetry, a pantry closet, a large granite-topped island with breakfast bar and a suite of stainless steel professional-quality appliances by JennAir.
The oversized French door refrigerator can hold plenty of food to feed a crowd and the gas cooktop and double wall ovens make cooking a delight. Even after dinner, cleanup is painless here with a sink and dishwasher installed in the island. Two tall windows, flush mount ceiling lighting and three chic pendants provide illumination.
You can serve at the island or your dining table. The current homeowners tucked a modern banquette into a corner and hung a charming chandelier above it. They’ll be taking those with them, but these are great ideas for the next owner to copy.
Place a long couch in front of the three-sided gas fireplace to enjoy a quiet evening at home. The TV on the wall above the fireplace has an automated mount that allows a viewer to set a comfortable viewing angle.
It’s convenient to have a powder room on the main level and this one is a beauty with a pedestal sink, modern toilet and framed mirror. An accent wall is papered in a gray and white fern print.
The staircase has tasteful carpeting that is a recent addition. Take the steps down to the garden level to see the home’s den. It’s a generous space that features a gas fireplace with birch logs and another retractable TV. Furnished with stylish modern pieces and bright artwork, this room looks fresh and fun.
The first of the home’s three bedrooms is on this level. It could be used as a guest room or even a secluded primary bedroom. A walk-in closet stores clothing. The hall bathroom on this floor has a marble floor and vanity plus a shower that has a handheld spray along with a shower head. Concealed behind a door in the bathroom is the laundry closet, which holds a stacked front load LG washer and dryer.
Almost everyone needs a home office and the one in this home is a custom built-in by California Closets that features a long desk with numerous drawers in a light wood finish.
Take the stairs another flight down to see two more bedrooms. The first one could be a family bedroom. Its en suite bathroom has a tub/shower combo and a long vanity topped with stone in a warm neutral shade. Blue wall sconces offer a perfect contrast.
The spacious primary bedroom suite is designed to be sleek and relaxing, and it feels like a boutique hotel suite, open to a double vanity and closet. There is a door to enclose the beautiful en suite bathroom. The double shower is extraordinary: oversized and spa-like with frameless glass doors and multiple shower heads.
The best wall for the bed is the one opposite the cozy gas fireplace and a TV over the fireplace is ideal for watching movies at bedtime. Stunning wall-hung light fixtures and flush mount ceiling lights provide illumination, and automated Hunter Douglas window treatments provide light control. The ceiling fan creates a gentle breeze when needed.
In nice weather, you’ll want to take the staircase all the way up to the private roof deck. Handsome railings were recently wrapped with lights and the effect is magical. The deck is a great place to entertain with water and gas piped into the firepit and Weber grill.
Living in this smart home is easy with a Nest thermostat and video doorbell and an updated alarm system.
The five-unit building is well-maintained and pet friendly. (There’s a dog park nearby on Washington Street so the fur babies can get their exercise.)
This is a very walkable part of the South End and daily errands can be done mostly on foot. Rental parking is available in the neighborhood. Commuters can take the Silver Line downtown. Washington Street has some great restaurants to try. And the beautiful park in Worcester Square is right outside your door, so you can enjoy it every day.
There will be an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 9.
Address: 1 Worcester Square, Unit 2, South End
Year built: 1900
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bath
Size: 2,146 square feet
Association fee: $380 per month (includes water, sewer, master insurance, exterior maintenance)
Taxes: $16,121 for FY 2021
Features of building: High stoop Victorian bowfront brownstone on lovely park in South End.
Features of unit: Spacious, beautifully designed contemporary triplex. Open living area on parlor level, den on garden level, and two bedrooms on lower level. Chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and granite countertops. Three gas fireplaces. Attractive den with built in home office area. Customized California Closets. Beautiful bathrooms. Primary suite that feels like a boutique hotel suite. Private roof deck with water and gas.
Close by: Boston’s South End with hip restaurants, specialty shops, parks and cultural attractions. Easy access to MBTA Silver Line, and close to Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: Elizabeth Crowley, William Raveis Real Estate
Address: 16 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116
Video tour: https://vimeo.com/542398165
Open house: Sunday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.