This South End duplex provides an uplifting living experience
If you think the under-stoop ground-level entrance to Unit 1 at 17 Worcester Sq. means you’re in for a “basement apartment,” well, think again. Or better yet, walk in.
That may have been true when the South End evolved from townhouses to lodging houses during the Financial Panic of 1873 and the concurrent mass exodus from the South End to the Back Bay. But today, you’re in for a big surprise: a 1,770-square-foot townhouse-like duplex with two large bedrooms, three full baths, spacious dining and living areas, an updated chef’s kitchen, a backyard patio garden, generous walk-in storage and lots more to make you forget you’re “down under.”
This home is listed by Roberta Orlandino and Philip Bushey of Coldwell Banker.
You will be uplifted upon entering the vestibule/mudroom, which is purged of under-stoop cavernousness by a grilled window and a tiled floor. Footwear, skates, umbrellas, etc., can be left here so as not to mar the beautiful bamboo floor that greets you at the door and continues throughout the unit.
On this level, the floor takes the form of an L-shaped hall that conveniently accesses a coat closet, the unusually large second bedroom, a common bath with a Siena marble floor and shower, the primary bedroom suite and finally the stairway down to the common areas.
Both bedrooms have frosted-glass French doors to maximize light while preserving privacy.
The building’s bowfront maximizes light and space in the second bedroom and lets the occupant wake to a splendid view of the front garden and Worcester Square’s picturesque oval park with a bronze statue of two women with a child and a dog by sculptor Gene Cauthen.
The facing wall has unusually copious storage for a second bedroom: a wall-length closet and a triangular corner closet. There’s room to spare for a king-size bed with nightstands.
The primary bedroom has a pleasant two-window view of its own: the backyard patio garden, which assures constant peace and quiet. The two windows allow for a king-size bed and nightstands between them plus the visual accent of a ceiling beam.
Along another wall are a double-door closet and a laundry closet with a Frigidaire stacked washer/dryer; another storage closet and a utility closet are off in one corner.
The en suite bath boasts a marble floor, a black granite twin-sink vanity and a marble-tiled air-jet tub-shower combo.
The stairway’s overlook contains an alcove for a desk - handy in today’s work-at-home era. The stairwell also has a large wall niche and recessed lighting for art. The banister continues the frosted glass panels’ theme of the bedroom French doors.
The stairway lands at the living-dining room, where a gas fireplace with a classic mantel warms your housewarming guests’ welcome to the lower level. A Calacatta white quartz island bar with halogen lighting invites them to chow down in the kitchen.
A double French door extends the entertainment out to the patio garden, a frosted-glass French door opens to a full bath and a pair of knee-walls forms a gateway to a general-purpose family/media/office/entertaining space that can function as a guest room as well.
The kitchen continues the living-dining room’s open concept by lining up all of its paneled maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, quartz running counter space and backsplash along two walls facing outward to the island and living-dining room.
This arrangement begins with a cubby for red wines, followed by a KitchenAid refrigerator with freezer drawer, a Viking four-burner gas range, a KitchenAid dishwasher, a Kraus extra-deep sink with Vigo spray faucet and an Avanti cooler for white wines and champagnes. The white European porcelain tile backsplash has a hint of gray to reduce glare.
At 308 square feet, the unusually large backyard patio garden is a true “outdoor room” for morning coffee, cocktails and luaus. It is tastefully appointed with flat-stone knee-walls, gravelly planters, a rough stone ledge for displaying pots or planters, and a high knotty-pine fence that incorporates a gate accessing the deeded parking space in the rear alley.
The bath beside the kitchen features a Crema Marfil marble vanity and an onyx-lime marble-tiled tub/shower combo with a handheld shower head and a low tub for easier entry.
The bowfront curve grants the family/media/office/guest room space a stylish concave wall. Along the adjacent wall is a running ledge for displays and room for a TV screen wide enough to make the space a home theater. Walk-in storage is handy, both off the room and under the stairway.
One of 10 units spread across four of Worcester Square’s Victorian rowhouses (Nos. 15-21) in a condominium association, Unit 1 is also part of a wider-spread association: the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) which extends its reach to residences along Washington Street, Massachusetts Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Albany Street and several “ladder” streets.
Founded in 1978 with the mission “to provide a forum for the discussion of issues that impact the neighborhood - safety, development, cleanliness - and to amplify the voices of its residents with the city government, police, developers, restaurants, business owners, and social and health service providers,” WSANA meets 10 times a year to discuss these and other community concerns, elect a 12-member executive board from its membership and sponsor annual neighborhood events in the square’s oval park. These include a summer concert series and a December tree-lighting with live music, a gift-giving Santa, donated food and a raffle to raise funds for these events.
Offered at $1,395,000, Unit 1 at 17 Worcester Sq. is down-to-earth in practical living, yet up to par with its upper-story neighbors in pristine luxury.
For more information, contact Roberta Orlandino at 617-312-1511 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Philip Bushey at 802-747-7828 or email@example.com.
Address: 17 Worcester Sq., Unit 1, South End
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, three full bathrooms
Size: 1,770 square feet
Housing type: Duplex condominium
Condo fee: $651/month, includes water, sewer, master insurance, exterior maintenance, snow removal, management fee
Taxes: $14,701/year (Tax Year 2021)
Parking: One deeded parking space in rear alley
Year built: c.1850, renovated 2008 and 2021
Number of units: 10
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, two-zone central heating and air conditioning with Nest thermostats, open floor plan, bamboo floors, gas fireplace in living room, quartz/stainless chef’s kitchen with gas cooking, cable hookup, intercom, walk-in storage, rear paved patio garden with access to parking and shared storage room for bikes, etc., in basement
Close by: Houses of worship; shopping and dining; schools; art galleries; medical facilities; Boston Public Library; public parks; public transit, including the Worcester Square Silver Line bus station
Contact: Roberta Orlandino or Philip Bushey of Coldwell Banker Realty
Phone: 617-312-1511 (Roberta) or 802-747-7828 (Philip)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com