Lofty Ambition

With a courtyard and acid-etched showers, the Chinatown condo is completely hip.

Photo by Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon.

In 2007, Fred Bernstein wrote a glowing article in the New York Times about Leslie and Sam Davol, who were quitting their day jobs to pursue more artistic endeavors (in Sam’s case, playing cello in the indie-pop band Magnetic Fields). [All photos by Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon.]

The pair sold their Manhattan loft at a huge profit and moved into this top-floor Chinatown condo, but not before hiring Boston architecture firm Höweler + Yoon (architects of the new BSA headquarters, detailed on Roost here.) to transform the raw, 2,100-square-foot space into something sublime.

Five years later, the couple is heading back to New York with two children in tow. Our own Boston Home featured the fascinating unit, with its 8-by-8-foot central courtyard (pictured above) and acid-etched-glass showers, in spring 2008. With no one above you and nothing but white, white walls, this just may be the most tragically hip three-bed in Boston.

Stats: 5-7-9 Hudson St., Boston. MLS 71322485. $1.2 million.