615 Massachusetts Ave. #2, Boston
Size: 1,457 square feet
The parlor level of a brownstone is typically the most splendid, with the tallest ceilings. This South End condo ticks those boxes, for sure—peep the two marble fireplace mantels (with ethanol inserts) and nearly 12-foot canopy—but the foundation of the grandeur is a bright airiness that helps the home feel modern and cheerful.
Thankfully, original and restored Victorian details persist in this 1890 edifice. Golden chandeliers hang from flowery medallions, crown molding is accented with leaf-like appliqués, and oak floors with dark wood inlays gild the long double parlor. White-gray walls and bright white ceilings, meanwhile, add contemporary appeal and blend the living and dining rooms into one light living area.
In a pocket off the main room, the modest footprint of the kitchen packs a punch. A Carrara marble-topped island with a sunken sink contains a stainless double drawer dishwasher and drawers that pull out to stash spice jars. Opposite, a wall of ceiling height cabinets maximizes additional storage and frames a glass-front Sub-Zero refrigerator, dark wood counters, and an electric glass cooktop.
Glide down the spiral staircase at the corner of the kitchen to the carpeted lower level, where two bedrooms (the master suite lives conveniently on the main level) open directly into the courtyard: a heated refuge with a turf-covered patio, tall brick walls, and a gorgeous wooden wall for a zen effect.
If you march up the courtyard’s metal staircase, you’ll land on the balcony, which is petite but spacious enough for a grill and a cozy seat to enjoy your post-work nightcap. Walk straight from the balcony back into the parlor level to fully appreciate the elegance and well-connectedness of it all.
For information, contact Mac Chinsomboon, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 615mass.com.
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