Experience fine contemporary living in this Midtown gem
A triple treat of treasures awaits the buyer of Unit 6C at 453 Washington St. in Midtown - Downtown Crossing: a building with a rich history behind it. This home is a lofty open-concept unit with all the light and space you need for an active urban lifestyle, and a smorgasbord of shopping, dining and transit options right at your door.
The two-bedroom, one-bath unit occupies a 1,057-square-foot, one-floor space in the historic Dexter Building.
Named for Boston lawyer, court judge and art collector Franklin Dexter, this stately Gothic edifice was built by his descendants in 1913 from a design by Andrews, Jaques & Rantoul, architects of the Hartford Club in Hartford, Connecticut, that counts Katharine Hepburn, J. Pierpont Morgan and Mark Twain among its illustrious members. (Robert Day Andrews, a former draughtsman for Trinity Church architect Henry Hobson Richardson and co-founder of the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, went on to co-design the Massachusetts State House’s white marble wings.)
The Dexter Building’s tenants included the Boston Red Sox franchise office, which Babe Ruth was known to have visited. Filene’s department store occupied the site’s previous building before expanding into its landmark headquarters across the street in 1912.
By 1999, the Dexter Building was combined with the 1901 Oliver Ditson building next door, former home of the sheet-music publisher of that name, as the Dexter Ditson Lofts condominium.
Unit 6C preserves the memory of the Dexter Building’s commercial-industrial use with the polished concrete floor, which presents possibilities unlimited for creative space arrangement and lavish entertaining; the multifaceted columns, which adorn key spaces in the unit; the high ceilings with exposed pipes, which have a state-of-the-art sprinkler system; and the oversized windows, which pour sunlight into all main rooms from three exposures.
The prevalence of light and space is readily apparent as you enter the unit to the sunny kitchen hall that leads to the dining room straight ahead and the doorless second bedroom/office on the right - handy for starting dinner, getting down to business or jumping into bed right when you come home.
A column introduces both spaces at their adjoining corner. A single window on the building’s lightwell brightens the bedroom/office, which has a galley layout with space along either wall for a king-size bed and nightstands or a workstation and bookcases, a small sitting area at the window, and a roomy double-door closet at the opposite end.
The hall lines up all of the kitchen’s stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry and granite counterspace along the left-hand wall for convenient one-stop food prep with a double window on the opposite wall to illuminate all culinary activities, supplemented by track lighting.
The granite counter contains a deep stainless sink with a gooseneck faucet. The four-burner gas range has a microwave/vent and a stainless side backsplash.
The hall’s left-hand art wall and right-hand column introduce the floor-through dining-living space where window pairs face each other across the floor for the ultimate clash and splash of light.
Two wall alcoves allow for furniture and art arrangement according to your liking. The dining area has space aplenty for banquet and buffet tables, a highboy, a credenza and more - all brightened by double windows. A double-door coat closet is handy for guests.
The living area is more intimately defined with two single windows, but is still spacious enough for a state-of-the-art bookcase, entertainment center or electric fireplace plus a luxurious furniture set and throw rug. A double French door, paneled in frosted glass for privacy and extra light, introduces the primary bedroom.
An alcove, adorned by a column, provides space for a workstation, dresser or makeup vanity in the bedroom. Beside the alcove is a double folding-door closet for two wardrobes. One of the two large windows forms a small sitting/reading area.
Off the dining and living areas, the other half of the primary bedroom’s column marks the hall to the shared bath, preceded by a stacked washer/dryer in a double-door closet.
The bath boasts a glazed corner shower with a designer sliding door, fixed and hand-held shower heads, and tiny subway tiles randomized in a variegated mosaic.
The farmer’s sink has a stainless designer faucet, a mirror-door medicine cabinet and overhead industrial designer lamps with frosted shades.
A small glass shelf cantilevers over the EAGO Dual Flush High Efficiency Low Flush White Toilet that helps you conserve water.
What helps you conserve gas and oil is the brisk walking distance to Boston’s greatest concentration of department stores, shops, restaurants, coffeehouses, theaters and transit lines that comprise Downtown Crossing and the Theatre District.
Roche Bros. supermarket is in the renovated Filene’s building right across Washington Street. Macy’s department store is in the next block over and more clothing retailers, boutiques, eateries and cafés than you can name are all around you.
The stage is alight with energy at the Paramount, Emerson Colonial, Cutler Majestic, Wilbur, Boch Center - Wang and Shubert theaters, the Charles Playhouse and Nick’s Comedy Stop.
Public transit options include the Red Line at Downtown Crossing, the Red and Green lines at Park Street Station down Winter Street, and the Red Line, commuter rail, Amtrak and interstate bus lines at South Station down Summer Street. From here, cross Fort Point Channel for yet another retail/restaurant potpourri in the Seaport District.
Offered at $785,000, Unit 6C at 453 Washington St. combines history, high-end habitation and hotspots for the ultimate urban living experience.
For more information, contact Robb Cohen at 617-962-0142 or email@example.com, or Scott Paskerian at 617-678-8603 or firstname.lastname@example.org, both of the Engel & Völkers Robb Cohen Team.
Address: 453 Washington St., Unit 6C, Downtown/Midtown
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom
Size: 1,057 square feet
Housing type: Condominium
Association fee: $679/month, includes heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, extra storage
Parking: Off-street rental parking
Year built: 1913, renovated by 1999
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, polished concrete floors, forced air heating, central air conditioning, sprinkler system, open-concept floor plan, split bedroom floor plan with roomy closets, updated bath, granite kitchen with stainless appliances and gas cooking, in-unit laundry, external large storage closet
Building amenities: Elevator, secured intercom system, professional management
Close by: Shopping and dining, schools and universities, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common and the Esplanade, public transit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Theatre District, Financial District
Contact: Robb Cohen or Scott Paskerian of the Engel & Völkers’ Robb Cohen Team
Phone: 617-962-0142 (Robb), 617-678-8603 (Scott)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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