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Lovely single-family home in friendly neighborhood
Beautiful Victorian-style brickfront homes that line both sides of a quaint old street lit by gas lamps harken back to a time long ago when neighborhoods were filled with parents sitting on the door stoops talking with each other while their children played in the street.

While some may enjoy reminiscing about the 1800s while looking at history books, others are experiencing the reality of living in those momentous neighborhoods. Such homes can be found on St. Charles Street in the South End where bowed-front homes with decorative doors and wrought-iron-railed stoops plus gorgeous backyard gardens are  the norm.

Built in 1875 with bathroom and kitchen renovations in 2009, Laura Spence of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 11 Saint Charles St., a 2,430-square-foot home, for $2,600,000. This home offers four levels of living, masterfully blending time-honored workmanship with state-of the-art amenities.

The parlor (entry) level has two interesting rooms. In keeping with the architectural theme, the entry to the back room has a pleasing arched detail at the top of the doorway complementing the curved bow front of the home.

The front room boasts a decorative marble fireplace mantel surround and mirror plus a classy crystal chandelier, whereas the back room has a casual panache. While either room – with soaring 12-foot high ceilings, freshly painted walls and sleek hardwood floors – could easily serve as a formal living room, charming sitting area, a cozy family room or a quiet study, each room beckons anyone who enters to relax and enjoy a quiet interlude while admiring the lovely views from the windows.

The flow-through lower level of the home holds a fabulous Arclinea Italia kitchen. White countertops with a breakfast bar sit atop the stainless steel drawers and cabinets amidst the stainless steel Viking oven/range and Sub-Zero refrigerator, exuding a professional high-end vibe.

A side board that slides out with a roll top shutter to keep appliances concealed, yet accessible, along with a beverage cooler and complementing the spacious tall pewter gray wall units are a few of the satisfying components in this exceptional cooking/dining area.

Imagination can choose how to use the two rooms that sit on either side of the kitchen. One area could be set up as a playroom or study area for children while the cook prepares the meals or used as an artist’s alcove or a family nook, for example.

On the other side, a wispy chandelier makes a chic statement (over the current dining table) while an adjustable wall-mounted television makes viewing accessible from most angles. The eye-popping, yet unifying flow of the rooms can be attributed to the stunning end grain oak flooring.

Another eye-catching element of  this lower level has to be the French door opening to an enchanting, oneof- a-kind backyard garden. The variety of fragrant plantings and flowering trees are constantly blooming, providing a colorful transformation, forever changing the beautiful landscape as the seasons come and go.

Private outdoor spaces in the city are, more often than not, at a premium, but this spacious, private, tranquil haven is complete, offering distinct spaces with decking or groundcover for tables and chairs or benches and loungers. A chiminea/fire-pit kindles the three Rs (rest, relaxation and renewal) while great grub on the grill cultivates the three Fs (family, fun and friendships). A watertight shed pauses nearby to keep your seasonal equipment organized and readily available. Truly a backyard paradise: the perfect place for pets, a cool corner for children, an essential environment for everyone.

Although all unique, every home on the street has a backyard garden so you will never see (from inside or out, above or below) an alley cluttered with cars or disheveled by dumpsters.

There is a mudroom just inside the egress on the entry level to keep footwear and outdoor clothing handy and the home spotless, while  the laundry facilities on the lower level include a counter for folding clothes as well as a deep sink.

Four king size bedrooms with walls of closets are located on the third and fourth floors, each tendering magnificent views. The bay windows in the front two bedrooms showcase the splendor of Saint Charles Street and the Back Bay backdrop while the rear bedroom windows frame the colorful neighborhood gardens.

Hallways on each level have a full marble-floored bathroom with the third level having a double sink vanity and an oversize two-person glass walk-in shower with showerheads at both ends while the bathroom on the fourth level has a deep soaking tub with a shower wand.

The home is in an ideal location.

“It’s on a dead end street,” Spence said. “A lot of times parents are outside talking on the stoop, older kids are babysitting younger kids and they make the street a playground. This same house plopped around the corner with an alley and parking in the back would have a different feel to it.”

The home is also within walking distance of a variety of shops and restaurants and close to public transportation. On street parking with a residential sticker is available, if and when a car is desired and/or needed.

Seeing is appreciating what this home has to offer. Call now for a personal viewing.