On the Market: A Sleek and Sun-Soaked Townhouse in Harvard Square
Care to sunbathe while social distancing, in the heart of Cambridge?
11 Chauncy St. #A, Cambridge
A brief stroll from Harvard Yard, but sheltered by mature trees on a side street, this Cambridge condo reaps the benefits of a central location and the peace and quiet of a slightly out of the way situation. And having the best of both worlds is kind of a theme for this home. It also boasts the three-story stature and broad front porch of a Victorian building, but extensive renovations have brought an impeccably stylish and soothing aesthetic to the interior.
The kitchen expertly melds textures and cool tones for a sleek look: A peninsula, made of glass blocks, is topped with a raised plank of black honed granite that serves as a breakfast bar. The rest of the countertops are stainless steel, to match the appliances and brushed steel subway tiled backsplash. Bop around from one hardware-free cabinet to the next, selecting spices from the built-in lazy Susans, and treading comfortably on the raised coin vinyl flooring. Not only does the synthetic material cushion the fall of any dropped glasses, but it makes any lengthy dinner prep easy on your feet.
Approaching the staircase to go upstairs, you’ll be struck by a bright splash of red that stands out against the neutral color scheme. Using the walls themselves as the canvas, film set designer Lawrence Sampson used a combination of splashes and drips of vibrant paint to create a striking piece of artwork. Sliding doors section off this floor’s bedroom-meets-office room, which is currently in use as a den and study. Directional lighting and diffused sunlight fill the room, which is bright white save for the pale gray closets and cubbies for open and closed storage, the red oak floors, and the space’s centerpiece: a bold black fireplace, adorned with stone and ceramic tiles in an Art Deco style. Right above the mantel, a glossy 72-inch TV is sunken into a custom-made wall pocket, so that it’s flush with the fireplace.
Head through the pocket doors into a radiant sitting room, where you can take a seat and relax, or continue out onto the L-shaped desk where you can social distance and bask in the sunshine.
For information, contact Bonny Lamb, Compass, compass.com.
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