The Leather District, Boston’s leather manufacturing and warehousing center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is now one of the city’s up-and-coming loft condo communities, centrally located at the crossroads of three bustling downtown neighborhoods. The vast, well-lit storage and assembly-line spaces and the oversized windows of the old leather factories and warehouses are now shaping and shedding light on open-plan loft studio units, giving their owners ultimate freedom to arrange their spaces according to their tastes.
Unit 2I at 119 Beach St. exemplifies this free-form flexibility in creative living-space arrangement. Offered at $1.95 million, this 4,125-square-foot, 3-bed, 2-bath, 2-kitchen duplex loft is truly like a day at the beach in terms of far-and-wide-reaching space and unlimited possibilities of adventure and discovery.
Exposed brick, wood ceiling beams and even utility ducts are Unit 2I‘s recurring theme, showing off the building’s industrial history and creating a laid-back studio environment conducive to artistic expression. The kitchen is finely finished with custom cherry cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters including an island cooktop bar, but it blends well with the old architecture in terms of rustic naturalness and spatial openness. Custom wood blinds grace all the windows on this level.
The living-dining area continues the unit’s nature-based free spirit. An alcove is handy for an entertainment center, and the common elevator at right directs you right into your unit without corridor or lobby preliminaries.
The downstairs family/office space, approached by a cast-iron stair designed in the old building’s industrial aesthetic, mirrors the upper level’s open free plan, but this time with white wall finishes as a gallery backdrop for artwork. The unit’s load-bearing cast-iron columns allow for the vast spaces, as they did for the assembly lines and inventory storage in the building’s leather days.
The master bedroom unifies the exposed brick and finished surface elements for a cozy contrast and a wide variety of furniture/art arrangement options.
The four marble baths deviate from the unit’s rough-and-ready atmosphere with a refined-and-regal one, in all three colors on the “neutral” spectrum: white walls and cabinets, gray marble floor and tub tiles, black granite vanity counter.
Outside the Leather District’s handsomely historic rows of buildings are three exciting Boston neighborhoods: Downtown Crossing, Chinatown, and the Financial District. Shop along Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, dine at a wide selection of Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, and eat, drink and be merry in the Financial District’s great restaurants and bars. Amtrak, Commuter Rail, subway and bus service are also right nearby at South Station.
For more information on Unit 2I at 119 Beach St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit http://boston.condodomain.com/meetus