Live in historic Waterfront – North End condo

BARBARA FORSTER
CORRESPODENT
Truly the “hub” of the floor plan, the kitchen is instantly noteworthy because of its size, as in big. Two people can work comfortably and effectively in this attractive space.

Do you prefer the trendy Waterfront or Boston’s iconic North End – be it to live or to play? Forget about having to choose between these two legendary neighborhoods because you can enjoy both from this charming home in the 11-story Prince Building at 45-63 Atlantic Ave.

You won’t even need a car. With a strategic location on Atlantic Avenue, the fact is that the Waterfront is right out the front door and the North End is out the back. 

Oh, a bit of Boston history is part of the deal, too. This is the site of the former Prince Macaroni Company pasta factory. It was originally built in 1917 as part of the company’s expansion from Prince Street.

This is the site of the former Prince Macaroni Company pasta factory. It was originally built in 1917 as part of the company’s expansion from Prince Street.

In 1974, this early 20th century building was converted into condominiums. It was the first condo conversion on the Waterfront and it attracted residents from all walks of life, including several who have lived there for decades.

There was a large celebration of the Prince Building’s 100 birthday in 2017 with many politicians and other well-known people joining the party.

Today, the Prince Building is still a great place to live. It has an elevator, garage parking and on-site management. 

No need to rush down this hallway when there’s a chance to sit, relax and enjoy the grand views of the city.

One of those fine homes is Unit 5E. This one-bedroom gem with a full bathroom and 591 square feet of living space is listed by Betsy Herald of The Charles Realty for $749,900.

Certainly, an ideal, ready-made pied-à-terre or a city-based, full or part-time second home, the condo also works well as an investment property with a strong rental history. The reasons why are obvious once the front door opens.

Gorgeous oak flooring that is throughout the entire unit is both a beautiful backdrop and a cohesive element that blends easily with various decors. The completely open concept layout within the well-proportioned space enhances the inviting this-home-lives-large ambiance.

Truly the “hub” of the floor plan, the kitchen is instantly noteworthy because of its size, as in big. Two people can work comfortably and effectively in this attractive space.

The kitchen island does double duty. In addition to being a server during parties (casual or formal), the island has open shelving on the side that faces the living area to use for books and/or decorative displays.

Form and function in the kitchen were certainly not overlooked. Large format floor tiles and a black and white chevron-patterned backsplash, accented by marble countertops, give the roomy space a contemporary flair.

Stainless-steel appliances, a goodly amount of cabinetry and a large island that seats two people comfortably ensure that this cookery offers more than good looks.

The island does double duty, too. In addition to being a server during parties (casual or formal), the island has open shelving on the side that faces the living area to use for books and/or decorative displays.

Several windows in the spacious living area allow in quite a bit of natural light all year long and there are wonderful views of the Waterfront and North End areas to enjoy.

Several windows in the spacious living area allow in quite a bit of natural light all year long and there are wonderful views of the Waterfront and North End areas to enjoy. Also noticeable is the living room’s versatility, especially in terms of furniture arrangements.

Also noticeable is the living room’s versatility, especially in terms of furniture arrangements. Having one or two conversation areas is more than doable. Establishing an intimate dining area is another option.

Light, bright and big describes the bedroom, which has large windows and rooftop views of the surrounding neighborhoods. A king-size bed will easily fit in this sleeping chamber.

Light, bright and big describes the bedroom, which has large windows and rooftop views of the surrounding neighborhoods. A king-size bed will easily fit in this sleeping chamber. Another plus is the large double closet.

Sleek tile finishes are highlights in the full bathroom with a tub/shower ensemble that is right down the hall.

The complex itself certainly wins rave reviews for location. It is on the primary footpath (that includes red brick sidewalks) of the Waterfront across the street from Commercial Wharf East and Lewis Wharf. It is only moments away from the North End and the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Christopher Columbus Park. Faneuil Hall, the Quincy Market and the Financial District are also nearby and so are more than 100 restaurants. Also nearby are the Richmond and North Streets Park – part of which is a dog park. The Boston Public Market and Haymarket are also close by.

Easy access to all major highways, public transportation and Logan Airport is a given.

Opportunities to relax and enjoy city life complete with a bit of outdoor fun can happen right at home on the huge roof deck.

On the other hand, opportunities to relax and enjoy city life complete with a bit of outdoor fun can happen right at home on the huge roof deck. While away an hour or so (or more) on this lofty urban getaway with incredible city and unobstructed harbor views. It’s also a great way to meet the neighbors.

As pleasant as all this is (and it is), this residence has a couple more bonuses. One is that The Prince has on-site management – always a plus in multi-unit buildings. The second perk (or maybe third if you toss in the availability of garage parking) is that this home can come furnished.

Please note that this home is currently rented through Jan. 1, 2022 at $4,000. It shows how this property can be used as an incredible investment opportunity. Tenant may consider moving early to provide owner occupancy.

Spend time on the large roof deck and take in the incredible city and unobstructed harbor views.

DETAILS:

Address: 45-63 Atlantic Ave., Unit 5E, Boston

BR/BA: One bedroom; one full bathroom

Size: 591 square feet

Price: $749,000

Taxes: $6,300.64

Year built: 1917 – converted to condos in 1974

Number of units: 40

Assn. fee: $599 monthly (includes water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, reserve funds, management fee)

Features: Sunny unit with open floor plan, oak hardwood flooring, fully-applianced kitchen with marble countertops and tile bathroom. Building with on-site management and maintenance, a modern lobby, elevator and huge roof deck with incredible views. Access to garage rentals.

Nearby: Across the street from Commercial Wharf East and Lewis Wharf, near the North End. Near Christopher Columbus Park, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Richmond and North Streets Park, the Boston Harborwalk, Faneuil Hall and The Financial District. The building is surrounded by more than 100 restaurants including Joe’s across the street. The Boston Public Market and Haymarket are also nearby. Convenient to all major transportation points, public transit and the airport.

Contact: Betsy Herald, The Charles Realty, 257 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116; 617-905-5441

Website: https://www.thecharlesrealty.com/listings/agent/betsy-herald