Unique boutique condo on Beacon Hill has a new owner
Of the many hidden residential gems in Boston, this floor-through home with direct elevator access just across from the Boston Common is at the top of the list. As one of only seven condos in a boutique building called Loft 43 at 43 Winter St. and barely two blocks to the Park Street T and the surrounding plethora of restaurants, shops, boutiques and services also makes this home quite a find.
Of course, the living accommodations in Unit 4 - two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and 1,465 square feet of living space, originally listed and then sold earlier in the year by Robb Cohen of Engel & Völkers for $1,085,000, also add to its bragging rights.
This stylish contemporary abode boasts a mahogany-like floating floor with four-inch-wide boards that runs throughout the living areas (bedrooms are carpeted and bathrooms have tile floors). The timeless look will complement any decor.
The amount of natural light that flows throughout in this home, which is tucked into a corner of the building overlooking Winter Street with a southwestern exposure, is incredible. Nine oversized windows with deep sills that stretch wide and high (four are in the main living area) mean that nary a corner in any room sports a shadow.
Function was not overlooked either. The open concept living-dining room area is spacious and flexible and has comfortably seated 22 guests for dinner. In addition, every room, including the living-dining area, has a massive closet and there is more storage space in the basement of this pet-friendly building.
The centrally located galley kitchen - in the middle between public and private spaces and essentially a command center - offers the best of all worlds: open to the entire living area, yet tucked off to one side so the chef can retain any special culinary secrets.
For added flexibility, a quartz-topped peninsula with storage adjacent to the living-dining area can be a breakfast/lunch/dinner bar, extra prep space or a buffet server for routine meals and/or celebratory gatherings.
In addition to its positioning, this cookery also has style and function.
An oversized island peninsula with a deep stainless steel sink (within the kitchen proper) has an extraordinary amount of prep space and fits at least two people comfortably. An abundance of cabinetry is another outstanding feature. The island, for example, has storage on both sides plus a long stretch of cabinets that flank the Bosch five-burner gas range and a flush-mount built-in pantry cupboard with two deep drawers.
This kitchen earns glowing reviews in the looks department, too. Under-cabinet lighting makes quartz countertops, accented with a striking mini subway glass tile backsplash, shine at any time of day or night. Stainless steel JennAir appliances, such as the refrigerator and dishwasher, are both good-looking and practical.
Laundry facilities have their own private space with ample room for supplies and other necessities and come with an extra-large Speed Queen stackable washer and dryer.
White tiles that line the step-in shower with a handheld wand and rain shower head sparkle through the frameless glass door in a full shared bathroom on the way to the bedroom wing. Chic Duravit fixtures such as the floating sink and slim-line commode add dashes of glamour.
Large enough for a king-size bed, the second bedroom is certainly capable of doing double duty as a home office. Two of those enormous windows (with deep sills) allow in a substantial amount of natural light. In keeping with the proportions of the room - and that includes the very high ceiling - the double closet is extra-wide.
Tucked away at the back of this home behind a pocket door, privacy is among the many perks of the primary bedroom suite. Not surprisingly, size is another one. A California king size bed can fit easily with ample space for as much prerequisite bedroom furniture as the new owner’s desire. There’s also room to create a sitting area or extra office space right under one of the four gigantic windows.
Taking a minimalist approach is, however, an option as a huge custom walk-in closet with open shelving, open drawers and a number of specialized hanging areas is around the corner beyond another pocket door. Additional “overhead” storage space is also available.
The sophisticated Euro-spa-like en suite bathroom features a Duravit floating vanity. Enclosed by frameless glass, the step-in shower, which is more than five feet long, is an oasis of luxury. Besides being fully tiled and having a built-in bench, this bathing site has a handheld wand and a rain shower head.
This home also has garage parking, just steps away.
Address: 43 Winter St., Unit 4, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms
Size: 1,465 square feet
Closing price: $1,085,000
Year built: 1899/2006
Number of units: eight
Assn. fee: $800 Monthly (includes heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance, snow removal, extra storage, refuse removal, reserve funds, management fee).
Features: One of seven units in a boutique building featuring almost 10-foot-high ceilings, nine enormous windows and floating floor throughout the main living area plus several huge closets. Open living-dining area with corner exposure. Custom kitchen with two peninsulas, quartz countertops, Bosch five-burner gas stove and JennAir appliances. Chic full bathrooms with fully tiled step-in showers, floating vanities and Duravit commodes. Extra basement storage. Pet-friendly building. Garage parking.
Nearby: Boston Common and shops, services and restaurants in Downtown Crossing and at Faneuil Hall and Government Center. Choice of several MBTA stations for the Green, Orange and Blue lines. Quick access to Route 93.
Contact: Robb Cohen of Engel & Volkers Boston, 46 Gloucester St., Boston, MA 02115