Charming condo in delightful Charlestown location
Views - both iconic and charming, space as in a surprising amount of it in an elevator building at Courtyard Condominiums and delightful outdoor areas, plus a sweet spot of a location in the heart of historic Charlestown awaits the next owner of this two-bedroom gem.
Yes, there’s more in Unit B205 at 47 Harvard St. – such as two full bathrooms, in-unit laundry facilities and 1,027 square feet of living space – all listed by Joe McGonagle of Century 21 for $929,000.
Although the common entry is attractive and practical as it has curb appeal and protects you from the elements, the perks offered by the association are also many and wonderful. These include a comfy club room, gym space and deeded garage parking.
The great outdoors, of which there is a substantial amount, includes brick pathways meandering through the shared courtyard accented with raised garden beds and lots of lush green space.
Now about location! Main Street, with countless well-known eateries such as Fig’s and Street Bistro, is less than two blocks away. The Bunker Hill Mall with Whole Foods and Dunkin’ is five minutes away and should you want to expand your options for delicious cuisine, the North End is about 15 minutes away. You won’t need a car to get there.
Oh, the John Harvard Mall and playground are right across the street.
This is also within walking distance of the Bunker Hill Monument and the famed Charlestown Navy Yard and the U.S.S. Constitution. City Square Park and the Galvin Memorial Park are also nearby. And for travel to further places, there is easy access to Rt. 93.
Courtyard Condominiums is located in the area of Charlestown’s gas-light district on a property dating from 1870.
The list of “extras” goes on and on, but what happens when you are at home is very important.
The good news is that this unit is big, bright and has a goodly number of amenities and even more opportunities.
First, let’s talk about what is.
Closet space, for example, is plentiful from the moment the front door opens. Two large double closets are in the foyer and each bedroom has more than ample storage space. The guest bedroom has a double closet and the primary suite includes a grand-sized lighted walk-in closet.
Parquet oak flooring begins in the entry and continues throughout the oversized living room that is fully open to the dining area. Six double-hung windows in this space allow in an extraordinary amount of natural light and offer views of the Zakim Bridge, the park-like mall across the street and the always intriguing street scenes.
An angled wall adds architectural interest to the space and increases the options for arranging furniture. The dining area accommodates six people easily and is directly across from a roomy galley kitchen with black granite countertops and cabinets that line both sides.
The potential for these living spaces is limited only by your imagination. Painting, of course, offers instant gratification, but going big is another option. You could remove the interior wall to create a fully open concept area transforming one side of the galley kitchen into a freestanding island that can do double duty as prep space and as lunch/breakfast seating. Let your inner designer run wild and have fun.
On the other hand, the cookery functions very well as is.
So do the bedrooms. A queen-size bed fits comfortably in the guest chamber or install a Murphy bed to have this double as a dedicated office/den/study space. Being able to see the Zakim Bridge from the windows is a bonus.
The primary suite, which is even bigger and has an up-close-and-personal view of the mall park, can handle a king-size bed with room to spare. In fact, a desk and/or seating can also be added to this spacious chamber.
By the way, switch out the carpeting in these two rooms, et voilà, a brand-new look.
Directly adjacent to the walk-in closet/dressing room, the en suite bathroom has a tub/shower ensemble with a tile surround. Like the main bathroom that also has a similar tub/shower ensemble, more up-to-date fixtures and finishes will makes these loos glitter and gleam.
For added convenience, this home has in-unit laundry facilities that include a freestanding washer-dryer combo, but the space is large enough for full-size stackable machines.
Three most important aspects to consider when purchasing a home is position/place (location), potential (opportunities to create your dream home) and price (PIT & association Fee). Investing in Unit B202 at Courtyard Condominiums in the historic Charlestown, allows you to attain all three.
Address: Courtyard Condominiums, 47 Harvard St., Unit B202, Charlestown
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms
Size: 1,027 square feet
Year built: 1986
Number of units: 125
Assn. fee: $486 monthly (includes water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, exercise room, clubroom)
Features: Oak parquet flooring in entry, living room and dining area. Large windows even in the bedrooms and excellent closet space. Great potential with minimal cosmetic updates. Deeded garage parking plus building amenities that include gym space, a clubroom and attractive outdoor common areas.
Nearby: John Harvard Mall and playground across the street while services and eateries are less than two blocks. Bunker Hill Mall is less than 10 blocks away. The North End is a 15-minute, vehicle-free commute. Storrow Drive is five minutes away.
Contact: Joseph McGonagle, Century 21 Elite Realty, 253 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129