This Charlestown home is an urban single-family treat
Doherty Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1891, was created to give city people a beautiful space as a respite from congested urban life. The three-acre park, originally called Charlestown Heights, provides the population of Charlestown with verdant vistas and recreational opportunities. Visitors love the lush lawns, playground, basketball courts and walking paths. The park’s Clougherty Pool is the place to splash down in summer.
For folks who embrace city living, but also want to enjoy some green space, a lovely single-family home in Charlestown is now on the market. 8 St. Martin St. features an open floor plan, a chef’s kitchen, attractive gathering spaces and an eight-sided cupola on top. And it offers views of Doherty Park and a small sliver of the Mystic River.
Diane Valle of Boston Portfolio Properties is marketing this gem of a residence for $1,499,000 and she says that homes in this part of the neighborhood are very rarely available.
From the street, the colonial-style home has that historic Charlestown look, although it is just over 20 years old. The distinguished cupola, gray-blue exterior and sidelights flanking the entry door contribute to its charm.
Step in through the front door to the living and dining area where the park views come through windows adorned with custom shutters. Hardwood floors shine. The dining area has a contemporary oblong crystal chandelier overhead, suggesting that the home rocks an ideal balance of modern flair and traditional style.
A niche on the opposite wall is exactly the right size to hold a loveseat.
Take a few steps down to the sunny kitchen and family room. The kitchen is beautifully equipped with London Sky quartz countertops, Cabico custom white and glass cabinets, and higher-end appliances.
The stainless steel, counter-depth French door refrigerator is by Fisher & Paykel. The gas cooktop is from Thermador and the microwave is a Bosch. An under-counter wine chiller comes in handy for entertaining. The tall pantry near the fridge provides lots of storage space.
Breakfast and snacks can be served at the island, which has room for a trio of bar stools. The pendant lights above provide an updated look.
The home’s powder room a few steps away has a pedestal sink with a brass faucet and an on-trend round mirror on the wall. A cabinet built around the toilet takes care of storing towels and other bathroom necessities.
A laundry room next to the powder room is furnished with a side-by-side LG washer and dryer pair in red - sure to induce laundry envy in anyone who sees it. It’s possible to enter this room from the patio and pop dirty clothes right into the washer. People with kids will appreciate that.
Light filled with a high ceiling and a ceiling fan, the family room is the place for friends and loved ones to hang out. Its gas fireplace has a white millwork mantel and a connection for a TV above it.
Afternoon sun streams into the space through the two sets of French doors. The doors lead out to a very private fenced-in patio - the place to relax in good weather while grilling dinner. Flowers bloom in a long narrow garden bed, adding cheer. Sitting outside on this secluded patio would be a wonderful way to enjoy a summer evening.
At the end of the day, it is a pleasure to ascend the large open staircase to the bedroom level. The primary bedroom is tranquil with two walls of windows, a couple of them on either side of the best spot for the bed. The room’s walk-in closet rocks some glam with a crystal chandelier, bringing a smile into the space for clothing storage.
The en suite bathroom is pretty and contemporary. Double sinks adorn the Pottery Barn vanity. Brass faucets add elegance and complement the wall sconces. The walk-in shower is a wonder with frameless glass doors, a pebble floor, tile that resembles marble and two shower heads - one on the wall and one overhead. The rain shower head is especially refreshing.
A second full bathroom on this floor is also enhanced with Pottery Barn fixtures, adding style as well as function.
There are two additional bedrooms. One is painted a soft lavender color, which glows softly in the sunlight. The two windows have custom shutters and park views. With a ceiling fan in the vaulted ceiling, this is a pleasant spot.
The third bedroom is currently set up as a nursery, though it could be the next homeowner’s office or den. It’s a generous room with a nice view and a tall ceiling.
The entrance to the cupola is off the hallway on this floor. It’s a thrill to be up there, to gaze up at the shiplap ceiling and peer out at the surrounding area through the eight windows. And this is where a sliver of water view - the Mystic River - becomes visible. Picture escaping to this vantage point for a moment of calm. It’s the highlight of the house.
There is one more level to explore: the basement, accessed from the laundry room. It’s well finished with recessed lighting and easy-to-maintain TrafficMaster plank flooring. There is an enormous amount of storage down there and it might even make a playroom or additional living space for the new owner.
This captivating single family home’s appealing features, proximity to bus routes on Bunker Hill Street, and the MBTA station at Sullivan Square make it a desirable place to reside. What is unforgettable about this house is that it provides a daily opportunity to take in views of a favorite urban park.
There will be an open house from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.
Address: 18 St. Martin St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath
Year built: 1997
Size: 2,162 square feet
Taxes: $5,460 (Tax Year 2021)
Features of home: Appealing single-family colonial with charming octagonal cupola. Unique views of Doherty Park, the Mystic River and the steeple of the nearby St Francis de Sales Church from rooms at the front of the home. Open living and dining space, gas fireplace in sun-splashed family room open to the kitchen with quartz countertops, island breakfast bar and gourmet appliances. Delightful details include hardwood floors, two sets of French doors and Pottery Barn fixtures in upstairs bathrooms. Laundry room with full-sized washer and dryer. Nicely finished basement with oodles of storage. Fenced-in patio.
Close by: Doherty Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted; St. Francis de Sales Church; Historic sites of the Charlestown Navy Yard and the USS Constitution; Monument Square; restaurants and shops of Boston; the North End; TD Garden; shops at Assembly Square in Somerville; MBTA Sullivan Square T station and bus routes on Bunker Hill Street; easy access to Storrow Drive, Route 93, and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: Diane Valle, Boston Portfolio Properties, 20 Mount Vernon St., Charlestown, MA 02129
Open house: Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.