On the Market: A Converted Firehouse Condo in Jamaica Plain
Dinnertime conversation is sure to thrive with a story behind every corner of this unique unit.
Size: 398 square feet
The idea of living next to a fire station may not sound romantic—middle of the night sirens aren’t great for, you know, sleeping—but what about living inside of one? This JP condo sits inside what was once a firehouse, offering all the wonderful quirks of a converted building, while still letting tenants get plenty of shut-eye.
Once home to Boston’s first motorized fire engine (horse-drawn and converted machines previously roamed the streets), the station was decommissioned in the 1950s and eventually turned into residences. Currently for sale by owner, the elevated first floor unit is a convenient 10 minute walk to the T at Forest Hills. This one-bedroom is full of its own repurposed pieces, as well as elements that harken back to its firehouse days.
Though the building’s exterior is plenty of proof that the property once belonged to a pair of firetrucks, perceptive guests will notice the wide arched window that unites the kitchen and living room, which matches the shape of the original firehouse door. Exposed brick in the living room and bedroom also dates back to the early 1900s, though it has since been painted bright white. For any DIY farm-to-table fans, a small window ledge is the perfect hangout for a few pots of herbs, making it easy to add a fresh garnish to any meal.
In the adjacent kitchen, open shelving made from salvaged chestnut beautifully stores all of your cooking accoutrements. A bright blue tile backsplash adds a punch of color to the whitewashed walls, coordinating with a delightfully blue Smeg refrigerator. Wash the dishes in the industrial grade stainless steel sink, and when you’re ready to eat, take a seat at the kitchen island, which has a story of its own: The base began as a piece of Victorian furniture, while the wooden tabletop came from another retired vehicle—a ship from New Orleans. No chance of dinner conversation growing dull with one-of-a-kind furnishings everywhere you look.
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