For Sale/Rent

On the Market: An Irresistibly Hip Duplex in the South End

Take the spiral staircase all the way up to the lush roof deck.


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52 Union Park #PH, Boston
Price: $3,525,000
Size: 2,198 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3.5

You can thank Mass Design Group cofounder Alan Ricks for this incredibly cool home. Nine short years ago, this property was actually two separate two-bedroom units, and the penthouse level featured drop ceilings in the bedrooms and a ship ladder cutting through the living room. Converting the residences into one fresh and flowing unit required some serious design savvy. They reworked one kitchen into a foyer and laundry room, busted the drop ceilings in favor of 12 to 14-foot ceilings throughout, replaced some walls with sliding barn doors, and whitewashed the dark exposed brick and original trusses.

It worked, clearly, as the condo you see today is one that feels equal parts contemporary, fun, and sophisticated. Engineered oak floors with a glacier finish work in tandem with the clean walls and whitewashed accents to fashion a slightly muted palette—which makes the zesty pops of color all the more impactful. The deep turquoise custom closets, for instance, are the focal point of the bedroom.

And that ship ladder that once interrupted the living space? No more. Instead, at the corner of the kitchen, three steps blend into the base of the marble-topped island. Then they join with a matte white spiral staircase, which floats up to the roof deck. Hedged by corten planters filled with flowers, ferns, and a magnolia tree from Niche plant shop, the deck is a miniature nursery of its own—that just so happens to have a direct view of the Prudential.

For information, contact Biega Kilgore Team, Compass, compass.com.

Photo via Compass

Photo via Compass

Photo via Compass

Photo via Compass

Photo via Compass

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