Beautiful condo in great South End location

BARBARA FORSTER
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A three-window bay anchors one end of the huge main living space. The original fireplace with a slate hearth, brick surround and a mantel with dentil trim and slender columns delineates the “formal” living space into a graciously large living area.

A sunburst design atop slender wrought iron gates enhances the Romanesque arch on the handsome red brick building at the end of a street lined with equally appealing 19th century brownstones. This architectural element, however, is also an understated introduction to a charming home with the mantra: expect the unexpected.

Location certainly tops the list.

Tucked between Back Bay and the South End, Unit 2 at 26 Wellington St. is a two-bedroom condo with two full bathrooms and 940 square feet of living space.

Listed by Zechariah Cook and Lauren Hammer of Bulfinch Boston Realty, Inc. this home overlooks the Southwest Corridor in the South End. In fact, whether you go out the front or back door, green space is only a few feet of brick sidewalk away.

Inside, surprises begin just behind the front door of this parlor-level delight.

A rounded alcove has a colorful leaded glass window. It’s original to the property and certainly makes a statement at 26 Wellington St.

A rounded alcove has a colorful leaded glass window. It’s original to the property and certainly makes a statement.

Bulls eye trim on the detailed window and door casings plus 12-inch high, richly trimmed bump boards are other shout-outs to the excellent craftsmanship of a previous era.

The soft patina on pine floor boards that are throughout the fully open concept living area readily capture one’s attention, but looking up has its own reward. The ceilings that are more than 10 feet high - probably closer to 10-and-a-half feet.

The soft patina on pine floor boards that are throughout the fully open concept living area readily capture one’s attention, but looking up has its own reward. The ceilings that are way more than 10 feet high - probably closer to 10-and-a-half feet.

A three-window bay (each of the five-footers are double-hung, two-over-twos) anchors one end of the huge main living space. The kitchen is at the other end.

The original fireplace with a slate hearth, brick surround and a mantel with dentil trim and slender columns delineates the “formal” living space into a graciously large living area plus a sizable dining area where seating for six people is more than doable. More than an architectural element, albeit a most attractive one, this classic feature is also a focal point in this accommodating space. A bump out adds even more space.

A goodly amount of white quartz countertop is one highlight in the recently renovated U-shaped kitchen space. White Shaker cabinets are accented by stainless steel appliances that include a Bosch four-burner gas stove and Thermador dishwasher.

As for the kitchen – a goodly amount of white quartz countertop is one highlight in the recently renovated U-shaped space. White Shaker cabinets – these are 42 inches high with under cabinet lighting – are accented by stainless steel appliances that include a Bosch four-burner gas stove and Thermador dishwasher.

A massive swatch of painted brick wall is a conversation starter.

A full glass pane door at the back of the kitchen opens to a spacious 80- square-foot deck/balcony directly overlooking the Southwest Corridor. Several chairs, a table and more fit most comfortably.

Ten-foot-plus high walls – ready and waiting for your favorite artwork –

are in the long corridor leading to very private sleeping spaces at the back of the home.

Original transom windows over the four-panel doors to each bedroom add character and charm to rooms where queen-size beds work well.

Fir floor boards are in the second bedroom (or home office, if you prefer) that has a lighted walk-in closet with custom inserts. Install a Murphy bed and this chamber could be guest and working quarters.

The primary bedroom suite has a double closet with overhead cupboard/storage space. Large windows let in plenty of sunlight during the day.

The primary bedroom suite (with more pine flooring) has a double closet with overhead cupboard/storage space. A “hidden” door at the back of the closet opens to a large utility space.

The en suite bathroom is thoroughly modern with a fully tiled step-in shower and a deep vessel sink that has a single-lever faucet.

Both bathrooms in Unit 2 at 26 Wellington St. have fully tiled step-in showers and vessel sinks.

A second bathroom that can be used by overnight guests or daytime visitors, also has a fully tiled step-in shower and a vessel sink. Options for change, however, are part of the package.

As the two loos are back-to-back, one choice is to enlarge the primary bath while reducing the second one to a half bath and/or installing a stackable washer and dryer. Keep in mind that no-cost laundry facilities are in the basement, but owners can have in-unit laundry machines.

Speaking of extra space, two storage closets (one big and the other huge) are in the hallway.

Fir floor boards are in the second bedroom (or home office, if you prefer) that has a lighted walk-in closet with custom inserts.

There is plenty to enjoy outside the home. It’s a very easy walk to the Southwest Corridor with its many wonderful parks. The Wellington Common Park is just outside the building as is the Butterfly Meadow.

Not far away is the Titus Sparrow Park which offers many features and free community programs sponsored by the all-volunteer, non-profit Friends of Titus Sparrow Park.

In the park is lots of play equipment and a large lawn area with ornamental trees and shrubs at the perimeter. There's also an amphitheater and small performance area, and basketball and tennis courts as well as community gardens.

Also nearby is the Saranac New Castle Garden and Carter Playground. And the Worcester Street Community Garden is within walking distance.

To enjoy the arts, Symphony Hall, the Huntington Theater and the New England Conservatory of Music are in the area.

Finding places to shop and dine out are easy living in an area surrounded by countless restaurants and boutiques.

26 Wellington St. is a pet-friendly building. Four of the five units here are owner-occupied.

To learn more about this home, contact Zechariah Cook or Lauren Hammer of Bulfinch Boston Realty at 978-875-0940 or 617-777-0705.

DETAILS:

Address: 26 Wellington St., Unit 2, South End

BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms

Size: 940 square feet

Price: $925,000

Taxes: $8,828 (Tax Year 2020)

Year built: 1899

Number of units: Five

Assn. fee: $316.57 monthly (includes water, sewer, master insurance, laundry facilities, landscaping, snow removal)

Features: Open living-dining-kitchen concept, original pine flooring, decorative fireplace, high ceilings and exposed brick accents; renovated kitchen features 42-inch-high white Shaker cabinetry, quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances with direct access to an 80-square-foot balcony overlooking the Southwest Corridor

Nearby: Tucked between Back Bay and the South End overlooking the Southwest Corridor, barely a block to Mass Ave. MBTA Orange Line station, one block to Columbus Avenue and a 10 minutes to Symphony Hall. Surrounded by countless restaurants, boutiques and parks; many public transportation choices including several T-stations and bus lines; and easy access to Storrow Drive and Route 93.

Contact: Zechariah Cook or Lauren Hammer, Bulfinch Boston Realty, Inc., 255 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 978-875-0940 or 617-777-0705

Website: https://www.bulfinchbostonrealty.com/realestate/agent/zechariah-cook