Plenty of possibilities in this multi-unit High Street home
Secrets and surprises — lots of them and they are all good — are behind the hooded front entry of this multi-unit building at 74 High St. that has had only one owner for the past 52 years.
About two houses away from the corner of High and School streets, this Charlestown classic with a total of 2,623 square feet of living space houses two units - each with two bedrooms.
The main level floor-through unit has one bathroom while the second unit, which is a duplex, has one full and one-half bathrooms. Joseph McGonagle of Century 21 Elite Realty has listed the entire building for $1,950,000.
The staircase in the front entry is surprise Number One as it reflects its 19th century roots with deep baseboards almost 24-inches wide that follow the gentle arc of the stairs. Additional period features include bulls eye trim on door casings in the common area and high ceilings everywhere.
The first-floor home has ceilings that are way more than nine feet high, and those in the duplex that starts on the second floor come in at around nine feet for the main living level.
So much about the main level unit borders on being over the top, including those fabulous ceilings (no pun intended), but this home has much more to offer, especially when you look down.
A very spacious living room, for example, with large windows at the front and back also has great oak flooring.
Random width pine boards are among the many eye-catchers in the gigantic primary bedroom. The fireplace with a striking marble slab on the apron that accents the rest of the surround and original baseboards that are almost two feet high are others. Two double closets are a bonus in this king-bed size room.
While not as large, the second bedroom is still an impressive space (think queen-size bed) with wood flooring. The closet is quite roomy.
The “big” theme continues in the eat-in kitchen that has a goodly amount of granite countertops plus stainless steel appliances. Seating four-to-six people is easy in this large cookery that even has a pantry closet.
The full bathroom for this home has a tub/shower ensemble plus a pedestal sink.
The duplex unit, which is even bigger, is as interesting as the home below. For example, beautiful random width pine flooring is throughout the spacious open-flow living-dining room that runs front-to-back.
Then there is the living room area that has an oversized fireplace with an attractive blue tile surround and a pretty mantel.
A double closet is most handy in the spacious room with two exposures.
Deep bump boards and a walk-in closet (works for china and/or other items) are highlights in the equally large dining room just off the sweet galley kitchen with granite countertops.
This level also has a full bathroom with a tub/shower ensemble and a vanity with two sinks.
The skylight in the stairwell to the second level of this unit is as charming as the random width pine flooring that is everywhere. A decorative five-foot high chair rail adds character in the landing.
Two spacious bedrooms - these are big and bigger - have their own distinctive characteristics. The “small” bedroom has a double closet. So does the larger bedroom, but this one even has a window - albeit the brick wall of the building next door. Still, it’s a conversation piece.
A bank of three windows, however, that runs across the back of the room has very pretty treetop views.
This level also has room for expansion. A deep closet in the landing could become a full bathroom.
While you ponder opportunities for the second unit, the real gold mine is the basement.
At first glance, the basement, which is the footprint of the building, is what you expect - complete with an old-fashioned granite foundation and reasonable ceiling height. Laundry facilities, the utilities area that includes energy efficient Navien water heaters and individual, locked storage areas are here, too.
But then a door opens and the unexpected happens: two spacious rooms with tile flooring are revealed. These two spaces are ready for multiple uses from storage to (with a bit of creativity and imagination) living space. Maybe even a contemporary take on a classic “summer” kitchen.
Just beyond these rooms, however, is the real jaw-dropper - direct access to a huge multi-tiered “yard” with a huge patio with seating and a fire pit with a unique urban view that includes Route 93 to Sullivan Square as it comes off the Zakim Bridge and all those surrounding buildings.
A wide graveled area that can be used for raised bed or potted gardens borders the seating area and overlooks the lower yard.
What’s most intriguing is that the first-floor unit has exclusive use of the two bonus rooms and the entire yard. Even better is that access to this secret garden is also off the first-floor kitchen. The possibilities are endless.
Address: 74 High St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Four bedrooms; two full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 2,623 square feet
Taxes: $10,917 (Tax Year 2020)
Year built: 1830
Total number floors: Three
Total number of rooms: Nine
Features: Two units (up and down). Wood floors, high ceilings, decorative fireplaces and period detail. Full basement with laundry facilities and private storage. Unit 1 has exclusive-use of multi-tiered yard.
Unit 1 information:
- Levels: One
- Floors: One
- BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one bathroom
Unit 3 information:
- Levels: Two
- Floors: Two
- BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom, one half bath
Nearby: Less than 10 minutes to Monument Square, the Bunker Hill Mall and Main Street restaurants, cafes and shops. The USS Constitution Museum is also nearby as is Bunker Hill Community College. Also not far from Charlestown High School, the Edwards Playground and Barry Field. Easy access to Storrow Drive. Charlestown is a great place to raise a family.
Contact: Joseph McGonagle, Century 21 Elite Realty, 253 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129