Here’s a sun-splashed, open concept home in Charlestown
Historic Charlestown is Boston’s oldest neighborhood, laid out in 1629. There’s a lot to see and do in this part of Boston. Visitors and residents can take a stroll around Monument Square, have a drink and a bite to eat at the Warren Tavern, explore the Navy Yard and visit the U.S.S. Constitution.
For the homeowners at 40 Winthrop St., the Training Field beckons and it feels like the neighborhood’s big grassy yard.
Like a number of other homes on the block, 40 Winthrop St. was built in the 1850s of red brick in the Greek Revival/Italianate row house style. Bracketed cornices accent the flat roof and stone lintels top the windows and doors. The front entrance has wood framing that makes it a stand out.
Diane Valle of Boston Portfolio Properties, LLC has the listing, and she has priced the property at $2,849,000.
“It’s one of the nicer homes in town,” she says. “It preserves the historical features of the neighborhood.”
Step through the front door and notice that the entryway is wide and welcoming. It’s a comfortable space for family and friends and a charming introduction to the home. The transom and frosted glass sidelights flanking the door permit morning light to flow in while also preserving privacy.
The entry unfolds into the open living and dining areas. The room is generous in size, spacious enough for the grand piano that the current music-loving owners have placed between the two spaces. It’s immediately clear that this home is a wonderful place to entertain.
Both the living and dining areas have fireplaces with arched Carrara marble mantels and marble hearths. Notice that the walls are painted in a historic gold color that enhances the charm and the warm, embracing feeling of the home. It also works beautifully with the hardwood flooring.
In fact, the walls of every room are painted in other historic colors that call back to the era in which the home was built.
It’s a pleasure to relax in the living room all afternoon, enjoying the sunlight flowing in from the west while taking in a view of the Training Field.
When it’s time to prepare dinner, the owners head to the kitchen, which is well-appointed and on a grand scale. With a wall of windows and a group of skylights overhead, every day is bright in there.
“It’s a good entertaining kitchen and a good work kitchen,” says Valle.
Each element of the kitchen was designed with timeless style. The brick backsplash echoes the home’s exterior. The countertops are black and white granite, which complements the white cabinetry. The spacious pantry offers copious storage. Casual meals can be consumed at the breakfast bar.
The stainless steel appliances look sleek. They include a gas cooktop, a tall refrigerator with a bottom freezer, double wall ovens, a high-end dishwasher and an undercounter wine fridge. Off the kitchen, an all-in-one washer/dryer stack is one of two laundries in the house.
French doors lead from the kitchen to the home’s deck - a great space for entertaining, grilling or just lounging on the outdoor furniture, catching some rays in warm weather. This is one of the private outdoor spaces paired with this home.
Another set of French doors connect to the family room. Come into this sunny room to watch TV with friends. Depending on how it’s furnished, the room might also be a spot to take a nap.
A pleasant powder room has been conveniently placed near the stairs for family and friends to use.
Up one flight, three bedrooms await family members or overnight guests. One is currently set up as a library/home office. It shares a hall bathroom with the second bedroom, which faces the back of the house and receives good western light. The third bedroom enjoys the privacy of a modern en suite bath with very classic design.
The top floor encompasses the primary suite. It stacks over the living room, so it also overlooks the Training Field. It’s a nice vista to wake up to every morning. The main bedroom opens to a walk-in closet with storage space for oodles of clothes. The home’s second laundry area is located in the main suite.
An attractive white tiled bathroom is steps away. The roomy, glass-enclosed shower rocks multiple shower heads. Deep and elongated, the soaking tub is a premier place to wash off the stress of the day. And the double vanity is furniture style with graceful legs.
Outside the main suite, in the hallway that extends to the home’s fabulous private roof deck, there’s a wet bar with lots of cabinetry.
Of course, the host will be making drinks there and handing them off to special guests as they ascend. Maybe the new homeowners will also keep a coffeemaker by the sink so they can savor their favorite morning brew while sitting out on the roof deck.
The vistas up there are astonishing with views of the area, a historic church steeple, city skyscrapers and the striking Zakim bridge.
The finished basement features another family room, a large cedar walk-in closet and a workroom.
Convenient and highly walkable, this Thompson Square - Bunker Hill neighborhood location is also close to public transportation. The 93 bus stops a block away. There’s a water ferry from the Navy Yard. The Orange Line stop at Community College is an 11-minute walk away.
Valle, who is also a Charlestown resident, is very familiar with the homes, history and sense of community found here. “I like to call it a village,” she says.
Address: 40 Winthrop St., Charlestown
BR/BA: Four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms
Size: 3,284 square feet
Features of home: Sun-splashed open concept single family home inside a red brick townhouse on a historic street in the Thompson Square - Bunker Hill neighborhood of Charlestown. Designed for entertaining, both inside and out. Front-to-back living and dining areas with high ceilings and two marble fireplaces. Timeless white chef’s kitchen with a wall of windows, multiple skylights, stainless steel appliances, tons of cabinets and a granite breakfast bar. Home office/library, spacious bedrooms, contemporary bathrooms. Two private outdoor spaces include a deck off the kitchen and family room plus the roof deck with fantastic city vistas. Two laundry areas, one off kitchen and one in the main bedroom suite. Finished basement has a family room, a cedar walk-in closet and a workroom.
Close by: The Training Field, historic sites of the Charlestown Navy Yard and USS Constitution, Monument Square. Whole Foods supermarket. Houses of worship. Shops of Boston, restaurants of the North End, Financial District, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Harbor Walk, Faneuil Hall. Numerous public transportation options. Short drive to Storrow Drive, Route 93 and Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: Diane Valle, Boston Portfolio Properties, LLC, 20 Mount Vernon St, Boston, MA 02129