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A charming row house in the heart of South End

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opens to a mud room and storage area. It’s the main floor of activity and stairs to the private spaces of life where we will begin our visit.


The bow-front section of the building entertains the spacious master bedroom embraced by gleaming hardwood floors, track lighting and ceiling fan, plus two recessed windows with deep sills to display your worldly possessions. One of the two closets is a large walk-in.


The dazzling en suite bathroom is embellished with complementing light and dark gray marble and hosts a Jacuzzi where you can soothe and warm your weary bones during the winter months ahead. There is also a door to the hallway leading to a second room that can be used interchangeably as a bedroom, in-home office, library or craft room. This loft space – also featuring hardwood flooring – has a breathtaking view of the room 14 feet below.


This dramatic view includes walls of varying heights and sizes with spaces that would satisfy any art lover wanting to display works they have created or collected – which would be very easy to do since the South End boasts a vibrant arts community.


On the other hand, one might leave the walls vacant, thus offering a blank palette for people’s creative imagination to go wild-at-will. One could also wrap the space in an inspiring mural.


That lower level as an entertainment space is phenomenal. With mixed furniture arrangements in the spacious 24-by-12-foot atrium, one can create inviting seating areas for conversational pleasure and/or multi-media fun in the light and airy living area while enjoying a cozy dining space tucked beneath the loft above.


Opening up the double French doors expands the entertaining arena outside. This tiered private patio has room enough for tables and chairs, lounges, a grill and your green thumb. Whether you choose fruits and vegetables and/or plants and flowers, perhaps growers from the nearby Berkeley Community Gardens, South End Gardens and/or The Vintage Garden can help you create the type of garden space you’ve always dreamed of.


Adjoining the living-dining area is a well-designed 10-by-6-foot Ushaped kitchen, fully stocked with unique touches and a look that’s smart, sleek and sophisticated. Sparkling stainless steel appliances, lustrous black countertops and pristine white cabinets complement the dark gray-tile flooring that flow throughout this level.


One side of the room is lined with a Jenn-Air French door refrigerator with bottom freezer, a Miele microwave, cooktop and oven while the opposite wall holds a long counter accommodating a Thermador dishwasher and sink plus an attached raised breakfast bar – with creative lighting above and seating for four – overlooking the atrium.


All this fanfare is encircled by a rich white mixture of glass-fronted and wood-door cabinets plus softclose drawers to keep all your pots and pans, utensils and gadgets, cookbooks and recipe cards along with a variety of fresh, frozen, and dry ingredients – some from your own garden and others from the plentiful local markets – within easy reach when crafting any meal.


While the large doors and kitchen window allow streams of natural light to flow through the living areas during the day, the lights and privacy of the patio create a welcome outdoor oasis in the evening.


Versatility is noticeable the minute you step into a cozy room hidden behind a pocket door. This space can be used as a family room, private den or library, and by adding a Murphy bed or sleeper-sofa can be transformed into a guest room. Of course, the area, complete with a closet, can be used as a third bedroom, as well.


Adjacent to this room is a contemporary full bathroom with a European flair. A glass shower door that swings both in and out plus a square glass sink that sits atop a stainless steel vanity are just two of the distinctive features that give the bathroom that wow factor.


Other amenities include a stackable washer and dryer in a top floor closet, a utility room with extra storage space on the lower level, plus a convenient intercom system and central air-conditioning throughout. With a low monthly association fee of $297, this unit has it all.


Because of the central location of this residence, finding things to do outside of the home only requires deciding on which direction to take and, as a bonus, most everything is within walking distance.


Doing errands can be easy and quick – with three banks on Tremont Street and an array of shopping options scattered about. For those who enjoy visual and performing virtuosities, the Boston Center for the Arts is under a five-minute walk.


Originally built around a series of residential parks in the mid-19th century – today, the South End neighborhood is home to 30 parks including Union, Ringgold and Peter’s, all varying in sizes and amenities.


The South End is a foodie’s paradise featuring some of the city’s favorite local restaurants and artisan cafes offering delicious foods from around the world – i.e. The Beehive, called a Bohemian style eatery by some, and the Metropolis, a Mediterranean bistro known for its French and Italian food – as well as the popular open-air farmer’s market (SoWa Sundays) and The Butcher Shop providing fresh ingredients for culinary creations at home.


Living right in the heart of what the city has to offer does not mean sacrificing peace and quiet with this home.


“For being on a main thoroughfare, you don’t hear any street noise at all,” Arey said.


The South End is truly a desirable neighborhood rather than simply being a part of the larger city.


“In the morning you see people going up Clarendon and Dartmouth streets, many heading to T stops,” Arey said.


With access to public transportation and highways within a few blocks, they go all over the place to work, to play, to explore. It’s a pleasant home in a fascinating area for young professionals and families.