Porter 156, a 1912 bra factory converted into 216 loft condos in 2005, is leading the way in reshaping East Boston as the city’s new waterfront frontier. The vast floor spaces, high ceilings and oversized windows necessary for the manufacturing process now come in handy as light-filled, well-headroomed open plans conducive to creative space arrangement in an ambiance of industrial quirk and panoramic city views.
A shining example of this is Unit 442 at 156 Porter St., an 805-square-foot, 1-bath penthouse loft offered at a price well below the Boston Proper market, for a product just as fine: $289,000. Sustainable bamboo flooring, air conditioning, in-unit washer and dryer, two garage parking spaces, and a window wall with a refreshing view of East Boston Memorial Park are just a few of the features that give this unit incredible value for that low price.
The great room is an in-the-round opportunity to arrange your living, dining and sleeping spaces any way you wish. Original exposed brick walls and concrete ceiling, beams and columns accent the space with industrial ruggedness, as a charming contrast to the residential polish of the bamboo flooring, replacement windows and finished walls. The twain meet in the open kitchen in the form of state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, which jibe with both the exposed industrial ductwork and the professional home finishes. Lined up along one wall, the kitchen “gets out of the way” so as not to intrude upon your open floor plan creativity.
The common roofdeck’s 360-degree views stretch all the way across Boston Harbor, the Blue Hills, the Atlantic, and many ways farther yet. Also, Unit 442 is one of the few Porter 156 units to have its own roof rights, enabling you to build your own deck for private entertaining amid these breathtaking views.
The common party room with built-in TV brings hotel pomp and polish into the old factory. It can be reserved for private functions such as a wedding reception, bar/bat mitzvah feast or corporate gathering.
The neighborhood’s strongest asset is its transportation amenities right at your doorstep: Logan International Airport, the Blue Line subway to downtown Boston and Revere Beach at Airport or Maverick Square stations, the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 1A, 93 North and the Ted Williams Tunnel with access to South Boston, Downtown and 93 South, and your choice of car rentals. Also within walking distance are Diana’s Market and Santarpio’s Pizza.