On the Market: A Leather District Loft in a Former Cold Storage Building
Watch the snow fall from the private roof deck or cozy up in the living room of this polished condo, once used to keep furs cool.
717 Atlantic Ave. #8A, Boston
Size: 1,472 square feet
No need to worry about a draft coming through the front entryway when you live in this loft—two doors securely seal off the threshold. The first you’ll open is a metal vault-like door that’s several inches thick, while the second is a hefty wooden door with an industrial latch. Why all the effort for a front door? Back when it was built in 1900, the edifice was the Fur Merchants Cold Storage Building, a facility used to keep leathers and furs in a temperature-controlled environment. It was eventually converted into 30-plus condos at the turn of the century. Today, instead of pushing your way through racks of fur coats à la Narnia, you can walk through the vestibule into uncluttered living quarters with just the right amount of throwback factory flair.
Sliding pine barn doors and a pine ceiling in the bathroom contrast beautifully against the gray concrete floors throughout the entire unit. The kitchen mixes warm and cool materials, too: A stainless farmhouse sink, Wolf gas range with a pot filler, and suede granite countertops set a sleek look, while open wooden shelving, a travertine backsplash, and a set of caramel-colored 19th-century pantry doors from India inject the space with interest.
Past the kitchen and dining area, a pair of sliding doors separate a small children’s bedroom (or a sweet home office) and a larger bedroom with an open closet system from the living room. Though everything is conveniently situated on one floor, there is a metal staircase you can ascend if you so choose—and we would highly recommend you do. A skylight roof hatch greets you at the top step, opening up onto a 400-square-foot deck where you can take in incredible skyline panoramas. You might spend the most time suntanning there in the summer, but tiptoeing up for a glimpse at the city blanketed in snow from eight stories up is at least one reason to look forward to the upcoming snowstorm.
For information, contact Jennifer Taves, Coldwell Banker Realty, coldwellbankerhomes.com.
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