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Plenty of joy and splendor packed into South End home
A double door entrance leads to the wellappointed lobby, showcasing a bamboo-accented wall and tiled floor. Direct elevator service is “set up so it only goes to one unit at a time, opening straight into each home,” Neale said.

This pristine unit has high ceilings, large windows plus tongue and groove white oak floors throughout.

The open floor plan showcases a spacious living-dining area with a corner window; the sliding glass doors open directly to a cozy terrace with room for a small table and chairs.

“It almost turns your living room into a sense of indoor and outdoor,” Neale said. Amidst the beautiful cityscape, “you can see the Prudential and the Smith block of historic buildings.”

On the opposite end of this area is the kitchen. The window shines light on the custom gleaming Aster Italian white cabinets and quartzite counters; high end appliances to please any cook add additional luster to the space. The Miele cooktop features a wok ring to assist with Asian-style cooking. A pullout fan above the cooktop, discreetly hidden when not in use, is vented to the outside, keeping the area clean and fresh.

A large island, with seating for three or four people, holds the sink, microwave and Miele dishwasher, which also has a unique facet. Should your hands be full, a gentle tap on the counter above quietly opens the appliance. After loading the dishes another light touch is all that is needed for the soft close feature of the machine to engage.

A pocket door opens to the spacious corner master bedroom with a large double closet. The windows and glass door opening to the small walkout balcony adds lots of natural light, fresh air flow and a different view of the city.
The en suite bathroom features a shower with decorative penny tile flooring. The translucent window ensures privacy while letting light stream in.

A second bedroom that includes two closets is also secluded behind sliding doors. The nearby bathroom has a tub/shower combination and, like the master bath, has an Aster Italian floating wall-mounted vanity with lots of storage space.

Many other amenities come with this unit, too. A full size washer and dryer are hidden behind a door in the hall along with a coat closet.

The home is centrally wired for a Sonos sound system, according to Neale, so no holes have to be poked into the wall when a new homeowner calls for installation.

The efficient Navien tankless hot water system produces hot water with gas by circulating it through a series of coils, unlike older furnaces, where air is blown across an open flame to heat the water. No open flames mean an extra measure of safety. They are also durable: “They last 25-to-30 years,” Neale said.

While onsite ground floor garage parking is limited (five spaces), there is one space still available to rent for $300 per month. This space is also set up with a wall mounted charger for an electric car. It’s metered directly to the recipient’s unit, Neale said.

While the taxes on the property will be determined and reflected at the start of the city’s next fiscal year beginning on July 1, the new owners will have the benefit of paying lower taxes in January 2019. It will reflect the amount assessed to the building while under construction.

The home is in a great neighborhood, ever changing and evolving, yet the beauty of old brownstones and trees that line the street remain. The building, designed by Utile Architecture & Planning, was constructed in 2018 on 4,730 square feet of land that used to be stables for the Porter Houses next door. The Porter Houses date back to 1806. This building has the distinguished reputation for being “the newest building in the neighborhood next to the oldest,” Neale said.

East Springfield Street is not the only area that has and will see changes. The old Flower Exchange on nearby Albany Street will be transformed into 1.6 million square feet of bio tech and life science offices, creating 4,000- 7,000 new jobs, Neale said. “A lot of people love the idea of walking to work.”

Neale said there is a diversity of people – from single professionals to empty nesters – who live in the building as well as in the neighborhood. Some are professors at nearby universities.

“It’s a typical South End mix in a very dynamic neighborhood,” Neale said. “You don’t feel like you’ve moved to a rest home when you move to East Springfield Street. Buildings like this appeal to people who want to stay in a neighborhood for a long time.” Many view the property as a great investment.