This condo is compact in size, large in luxury on Beacon Hill
Don’t let 45 Revere St.’s older outside appearance and Unit 4’s 775-square-foot footprint give you the impression of a dark, cramped walkup flat with a peeling ceiling, warped floorboards, loose tiles and a kitchen shared down the hall with a gazillion other occupants. It’s far from it.
This compact, but comprehensive, well-maintained condo unit boasts many items on discriminating homebuyers’ checklists: an open-concept floor-through layout with clean hardwood flooring, painted ceilings with recessed and track lighting, three sunny exposures, classic Beacon Hill details, a granite/stainless kitchen, a marble bath, office built-ins, French doors, a balcony and deck space with penthouse views and storage unimaginable for a unit of this size (including deeded basement storage). It is in a central location close to urban amenities unlimited.
“The owners have said that some of their favorite parts of the unit are the natural sunlight it gets as well as the high ceilings,” said Alexa Cahill of the Engel & Völkers’ Robb Cohen Team, who is offering Unit 4 at a price that gets your foot in the door on Beacon Hill: $925,000, plus a measly $190/month condo fee.
Once your foot is in the door to Unit 4, you have instant entry to the open living-dining space. The light it receives from opposite directions and pretty, yet practical details shine.
Although 45 Revere St. was built in 1900 in the Italianate buff-brick style of period West End and North End apartment rowhouses, the left-hand living room revives classic 19th-century Beacon Hill with six-over-six sash windows on the street, a gas fireplace with a Greek Revival-style mantel and bookcases with paneled cabinets flanking the fireplace and its overmantel art wall – lit by track lighting.
Through a double French door is a small bedroom that can be a home office. It is ready for either use with a two-tier closet with brass turtle door-handles beside a built-in desk with open corner shelves. An exposed brick wall and a classic sash window add to the Beacon Hill allure. Track lighting is provided for wall art.
The right-hand dining room and kitchen are neatly juxtaposed for food prep and dinner-is-served convenience. To enrich the dining experience, track lighting is handy for art illumination, and a double French door with an artful stained-glass transom opens to a small balcony space for a cocktail or coffee breather.
The balcony can function as a fire escape into the neighboring unit in an emergency, per agreement with the neighbors. For other emergencies, the Massachusetts General Hospital towers in the background over the balcony’s intimate view of Beacon Hill’s historic brick architecture.
The kitchen arranges its 2013 stainless steel appliances, paneled white cabinetry and glazed china cupboards along the L-shaped black granite counterspace and subway-tiled backsplashes according to the “kitchen work triangle.” It allows quick access among the three work centers – a fridge for food retrieval, sink for food-washing and range for cooking to reduce food-prep time. For this purpose, the deep sink with a soap dispenser and retractable gooseneck faucet, the Viking five-burner gas range with a Viking microwave/vent and the LG refrigerator with an ice/water dispenser are interconnected across the kitchen by a triangular circulation pattern.
The Bosch dishwasher is handily beside the sink.
Between the kitchen and the unit entrance is an innovative storage concept: a built-in chest of four pull-down drawers that store shoes vertically and flatly to take up less floor space than conventional chests of drawers do, leaving more living area for this cozy unit. The chest is also a place for guests to leave their shoes so they don’t mar your floor or rug.
A short hallway from the dining room and kitchen accesses a full bath that shows how little space is needed for a bathroom’s essentials, even luxuries. A twin-sink vanity provides generous counter and mirror space and is lit with a triple bell light.
The tub/shower combo is tiled in white marble, as is the floor which has black diamond accents. Tucked into a deep alcove are glass shelves for linens, medicines and toiletries. In a closet by the door is a Maytag stacked washer/dryer.
Beside the bath is a larger bedroom with a modern wood-blade ceiling fan, a wide closet of built-ins and a space-saving built-in chest of pull-down drawers for shoes and TV remote controls. The bedroom’s two exposures include a sunny northern sky view – an advantage of the unit’s top-floor location midway up the hill.
Outside the bedroom door is a “twin” of the bedroom’s western window, providing a sill for houseplants and lightening the hall, exemplifying how penthouse-level light from large windows makes small spaces feel roomier throughout the unit.
The building’s common turned-baluster stairway ascends one more flight to the sprawling roof deck, where one alcove with breathtaking city views is deeded to the unit and a larger area with an outdoor dining set provides common space, suitable for al fresco dining with your neighbors.
And what a neighborhood this is with short walks to more than MGH: shopping, dining and cafés galore along Cambridge and Charles streets, which converge at the Red Line subway and provide routes to the Boston Common and Public Garden, the Esplanade, the West End Library, shopping in Downtown Crossing and more.
Unit 4 at 45 Revere St. lets you live in Beacon Hill luxury in a fraction of the space at a portion of the price. For more information, contact Alexa Cahill or Robb Cohen of the Engel & Völkers Robb Cohen Team at 774-365-1363, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-962-0142, or email@example.com.
Address: 45 Revere St., Unit 4, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom
Size: 775 square feet
Housing type: Condominium
Association fee: $190/month, includes master insurance, water and sewer, call box, common space electricity and common space cleaning
Taxes: $6,700/year with residential exemption
Parking: Resident permit parking on street; rental parking in three neighborhood garages (Boston Common, Brimmer Street, Whole Foods)
Year built: 1900
Number of units: Five – all owner-occupied
Features: High ceilings, hardwood floors, open-concept living-dining space, gas fireplace, balcony off dining room, granite kitchen with five-burner gas cooking and stainless appliances, exposed brick and office built-ins in one bedroom, in-unit laundry, generous closet/drawer storage, central heating and air (heating/cooling unit installed in 2019), deeded roof deck space, deeded basement storage unit
Building amenities: Common roof-deck space, professional management, pet-friendly (cats and dogs must be carried or leashed in common areas)
Close by: Shopping and dining, private and public schools, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Esplanade, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, public transit, 5-to-10-minute walks to Downtown Crossing, Theatre District and Financial District
Contact: Alexa Cahill or Robb Cohen of the Engel & Völkers - Robb Cohen Team
Phone: 774-365-1363 (Alexa), 617-962-0142 (Robb)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com