On the Market: A Balcony-Blessed Condo in a Grand Converted Church
Step directly out onto the 100-foot terrace from each and every room.
140 Shawmut Ave. #4B, Boston
Size: 2,570 square feet
No need to fight over who gets the bedroom with terrace access—each chamber and living space in this plush condo has a direct connection to the 100-foot-long promenade. Tricked out with Sonos surround sound speakers, a built-in gas grill, and a water hookup, the expansive balcony is one of the additions brought about by the controversial conversion from church to luxury condo complex in 2017.
It’s not difficult to discern the old from the new: The original structure, which has Gothic arches, Roxbury puddingstone, and Maine granite, was raised on Shawmut Street in 1877, where it served as the second location of the Holy Trinity German Catholic Church. Just behind those stone walls, you can see a giant glass prism that now grows out of the historical exterior and rockets above the original roof, housing the 33 posh units that make up The Lucas.
Inside, every modern amenity has been installed to make living and entertaining impossibly effortless. The windows in the living areas are lightly tinted to block UV rays, and when you want them covered altogether, the Lutron smart shades can take care of that for you. More multi-zone Sonos speakers can set the soundtrack in any room, and if you’re in the study, you can also ignite the gas fireplace with the touch of a remote control button. Outfitted with two industrial built-in bookshelves (that can double as desks), the study is also notable for its original pointed arch window.
Through the glass pocket doors, a matte black wet bar sits at the end of the long living-dining room combo. Added by the current owners, the drink-fixing zone comprises two Sub-Zero wine fridges, each with a 98-bottle capacity, an ice maker, copper sink, and custom water filtration system. There is, of course, a terrace door right next to the bar, so you can take your digestif out to watch the sunset without spilling a drop. While the South End vistas are a dream, just as beautiful is the interplay between the contemporary steel arches that span the balcony, and the old puddingstone pillar that stands at one end.
For information, contact the Siu Fu Lau Team, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, thelucas4b.com.
The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston's guide to home renovation pros.