No. 74 Appleton St. is not your average new construction. Built according to South End Landmark District guidelines for new building in Boston’s largest Victorian historic district, this 5-unit rowhouse not only captures the spirit of its 19th-century neighbors’ brick facades and mansard roofs, but also puts their essential features to practical contemporary use.
Which gives 74 Appleton St.’s Unit 3 the high ceilings, oversized windows and large hardwood-floored living spaces many homebuyers seek today. Offered at $799,000, this 1,130-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit also benefits from its building’s corner location for maximum sunlight, neighborhood views, and an open wraparound floor plan, which creates an entry foyer that leads directly into the light-filled living-dining room.
Light pours onto the finished floors of the living-dining room, which is built in with a niched bookcase/entertainment center and a woodburning fireplace surrounded by an antique marble mantel.
The gourmet kitchen is fully finished with custom cabinetry (including glazed china cupboards), a running granite counter that terminates in a peninsular breakfast bar, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, designer track lighting, and an exposed brick wall that gives the gas cooking range an attractive brick backsplash.
The kitchen also has slider access to your own private deck, where morning coffee and summer cocktails and cookouts can be enjoyed in an exciting urban scene.
The spacious master bedroom takes advantage of the bay window for expanded space and intensified light, creating a sitting area with a panoramic neighborhood view.
Unlike the short shrift the average condo gives to the second bedroom in comparison to the master, Unit 3’s second bedroom has even taller windows and bigger closet/storage space than its master, giving a child plenty to grow into.
Appleton Street crosses Clarendon Street, which is your gateway to the best of both the South End and the Back Bay. On the South End side:
- performances and art exhibits at the Boston Center for the Arts, the Calderwood Pavilion and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company;
- fitness, dog-running and playtime in Ringgold Park, Rotch Playground and Peters Park;
- a cup of coffee at Franklin Café or Francesca’s Espresso Bar;
- dining at South End Formaggio, Mela Modern Indian Cuisine and Addis Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant;
- education at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology;
- shopping at 7-Eleven on Berkeley Street.
On the Back Bay side:
- shopping and dining at The Shops at Prudential Center (including Legal Sea Foods), at Copley Place and along Boylston Street;
- art galleries and boutiques on Newbury Street;
- the Boston Public Library in Copley Square;
- Green Line subway service from Copley Square to downtown Boston, Symphony Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts and beyond.
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