On the Market: A Concrete and Multicolored East Boston Loft
Two levels of living and lots of concealed storage space work with industrial style and quirky flair make this hip Eastie corner unit a true gem.
156 Porter St. #301, East Boston
Size: 1,411 square feet
The ceilings in this loft are so tall that there’s room for a second living level, which is home to a bedroom with bright orange accents and built-in storage, and a cute turquoise half bath. It’s one of several ways that the corner unit condo carves distinct areas out of the vast space—without obstructing any of those wall-sized windows. The dining and living area share the same bamboo floor, but while one side is framed by gigantic windows and brick trim, a concrete wall left over from the building’s factory days runs along the other. Festoon the stone-hued canvas, as the current owners have done, with a gallery of colorfully framed artwork; hang a massive piece that matches the scale of the loft; or leave the industrial wall alone and throw down some rugs to bring texture and saturation into the cool, grayscale scheme.
Though the kitchen is in the same space, it feels like its own room thanks to the dropped ceilings to accommodate the loft above, and the sleek slate cabinetry, built-in wine rack, and stainless steel countertops that create a visual separation from the rest of the bright room. A breakfast bar acts as another partition, and the quirky facade made of wine corks adds some playful flair of its own.
Down the hallway, the second bedroom can be repurposed as a home office or media room, and its double closets keep everything in order. The full bathroom, outfitted head-to-toe in miniature honeycomb tiling, is polished and spacious—but the true gem is the adjoining laundry room. Through a frosted glass door, a stacked washer and dryer lives in its own cubicle, complete with extra storage space. Put in a load, and mosey over to the elevator and up the common roof deck for some fresh air while you wait.
For information, contact Joe Cunningham, Compass, compass.com.
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