Built in 1891 as the Waitt & Bond Cigar Factory and later home to the Castignetti Bros. men’s clothing store, 26 Stillman St. in Boston’s North End now puts its vast, well-lit manufacturing and warehouse spaces to a fine new use as 28 loft condominiums with the open floor plans and oversized windows today’s homebuyer demands for optimum freedom in living space arrangement and city view enjoyment.
No exception is Unit 3-2, a 1,336-square-foot, 2-bed, 2-bath corner loft offered at $859,000, where 10-foot-high wood-beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls, a maple-floored open floor plan, 13 huge windows and a breathtaking view of the Rose Kennedy Greenway combine in a celebration of the building’s industrial past and residential future potential.
Especially in the living-dining room, where the expanse and historical details of your living space parallel those of the panoramic Boston views outside the multiple tall windows. The windows leave enough space below for a running bookcase and in-between for artwork and/or an entertainment center.
The open kitchen is contiguous with the living-dining room for dinner-party entertaining continuity. Stainless steel counter, backsplashes and appliances — including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Wolf four-burner gas range with hood vent — are the predominant theme, bringing the building’s industrial past into the future.
The multiple large windows pour morning sun into the master bedroom, while the exposed brick walls provide the somber intimacy needed for a good night’s sleep.
Maple, ceramic, granite and glass combine to give the master bath a modern industrial chic.
The common roofdeck has unprecedented city views that remind you how close you are to how much — the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Waterfront, the Haymarket, Quincy Market, the Financial District, Downtown Crossing, Orange and Green Line subway service, and, of course, all those great Italian restaurants, cafes and pastry shops in your very own North End.