This lovely South End home offers plenty to celebrate

BARBARA FORSTER
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In the living room, built-in bookcases fitted into the angled walls that also provide decorative spaces are more than practical as they draw even more attention to the unique angular lines like the “matching” stone wall at right angles to the fireplace.

When you find a home that checks off every box, a high-five feels right. When you find a home that checks off boxes you hadn’t even thought about, such as a touch of local history and the option to buy it fully furnished (the décor is outstanding) - now that’s a celebration!

The Penmark is in what was the original Boston College High School more than 100 years ago. It is now a 59-unit luxury condo building at 21 Father Francis Gilday St., located in trendy SOWA district in the South End.

Such is the story of this turnkey one-bedroom unit (#507) at The Penmark, in what used to be the original Boston College High School more than 100 years ago – now converted to a 59-unit luxury condo building at 21 Father Francis Gilday St. It is located in trendy SOWA district in the South End.

In 2021, this is a chic home with 1,138 square feet of living space that has a full bathroom and a powder room - listed by Jack O’Leary of Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro|Back Bay for $899,000.

That a masterful and meticulous renovation has been executed with great style is evident from the moment the front door of this home opens. The soft sheen of sustainable bamboo flooring throughout the main living area is a nod to all things contemporary, yet is neutral enough to complement any style.

A generous foyer area is the ideal vantage point to take in all the living areas in the fully open-concept floor plan of this home that include especially visually intriguing architectural angled ceilings.

The overall effect is warm and inviting. Two cozy nooks have deep-set windows - one is roomy enough for a desk and chair (a mini-office with an urban view) and the other has a direct view of the Four Seasons.

Large is an understatement for the galley kitchen that has an eight-foot-plus long attached peninsula with a deep stainless sink and is capable of seating four people very comfortably.

Large is an understatement for the galley kitchen that has an eight-foot-plus long attached peninsula with a deep stainless sink and is capable of seating four people very comfortably.

Cherry cabinetry (uppers stretch to the ceiling) are accented with black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances that include a JennAir refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher and a four-burner gas range. The backsplash of mini subway tiles adds another dash of glitter.

Tucked under the steeply angled ceiling section, the dining area has ample room for a server along with seating for six, eight or even more people.

Tucked under the steeply angled ceiling section, the dining area has ample room for a server along with seating for six, eight or even more people. Formal and casual celebrations - large or intimate - are easy to pull off.

A skylight (this home has several) that “separates” the kitchen from the huge living room area goes almost unnoticed because all eyes turn immediately to the striking European ventless gas fireplace with a stunning and sophisticated surround of rough-hewn, narrow subway-tile style stone.

Built-in bookcases, fitted into the angled walls that also provide decorative spaces, are more than practical as they draw even more attention to the unique angular lines like the “matching” stone wall at right angles to the fireplace.

The spacious sleeping chamber, which has yet another skylight, easily handles a king-size bed plus a goodly amount of prerequisite bedroom furniture.

A 15-glass paned French door with a matching sidelight leads to an extraordinary sanctuary - the primary bedroom. Dark stained flooring and a stunning charcoal gray stone accent wall juxtaposed against angled ceilings have an immediate calming effect.

The spacious sleeping chamber, which has yet another skylight, easily handles a king-size bed plus a goodly amount of prerequisite bedroom furniture.

Spa-like appropriately describes the en suite marble bathroom that has a “water tower” with multiple sprays in the oversized, fully tiled step-in shower enclosed in frameless glass. A long vanity is a bonus.

"Spa-like appropriately describes the en suite marble bathroom that has a “water tower” with multiple sprays in the oversized, fully tiled step-in shower enclosed in frameless glass. A long vanity is a bonus.

Lighted with custom inserts - specialized hanging spaces, open shelving, drawers and almost floor-to-ceiling shoe racks - the California walk-in closet makes organizing a pleasure. Of course, the amount of available storage space is incredible.

Lighted with custom inserts - specialized hanging spaces, open shelving, drawers and almost floor-to-ceiling shoe racks - the California walk-in closet in the primary bedroom makes organizing a pleasure.

Every “extra” space in this home is not only large, but also exceptionally attractive. Consider the pantry closet. Somewhat oversized (OK, that’s an understatement), this storage space has two-inch thick shelving capable of storing everything and anything from cases of beverages to various food stuffs plus cooking gadgets and appliances.

Full size, stackable laundry machines (an Electrolux washer and dryer) have their own space in the half bathroom with more than enough room for the “necessities.”

Extras also happen outside the unit. The Penmark has a concierge entry, an exercise room and additional storage on the lower level. This unit has a parking spot in the underground heated garage. The common brick paver courtyard is gorgeous, too.

The location is equally special! Practically around the corner from countless South End restaurants and cafes as well as moments to BU Medical/Dental and Blackstone Park, this home is the epitome of urban living.

Residents at The Penmark have access to an exercise room. Other amenities include a concierge entry and additional storage on the lower level as well as an underground heated garage. The common brick paver courtyard is gorgeous, too.

DETAILS:

Address: The Penmark, 21 Father Francis Gilday St., #507, South End

BR/BA: One bedroom; one full bathroom; one half bathroom

Size: 1,138 square feet

Price: $899,000

Taxes: $7,115 (Tax Year 2021)

Year built: Circa 1858; condo conversion in 2006

Number of units: 59

Condo fee: $860 monthly (includes: heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, exercise room, extra storage, air conditioning, management fee)

Features: Fifth floor renovated unit in elevator building with eco-friendly bamboo floor, open concept living-dining room and chef’s kitchen with cherry cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Master suite with spa step-in shower in marble en suite bathroom and walk-in, lighted California closet. In-unit laundry facilities in half bathroom. Air conditioning. Elevator building with exercise room. Parking space in heated garage.

Nearby: Equidistant between Harrison Avenue and Washington Street, less than five minutes from Franklin Square and the South End South Burying Ground; easy access to restaurants, cafes, shops, boutiques and services in the South End. Approximately two minutes to the Silver Line and 10 minutes to Boston Medical Center and area highways including Route 93 and Storrow Drive.

Contact: Jack O’Leary of Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro|Back Bay, 607 Boylston St., Suite 500, Boston, 02116

Phone: 617-388-1339 (mobile) or 617-542-0012 (office)

Email: olearyjack@kw.com

Website: https://www.kw.com