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Dockside Place home offers plenty of space and luxury

to this distinctive home. Darkstained bamboo flooring, which flows throughout the unit, is a handsome and cohesive feature right at home amidst the early 20th century industrial setting.


While the warehouse building is more than 100 years old, this converted home is very much a handiwork of the 21st century. The entire unit has Lutron lighting and Smart internet-enable switches controlled via Alexa or iPhone HomeKit.


Built-in wall speakers in the living room and kitchen in addition to whole house audio are part of the package. The central heat/AC Carrier modulating system, which is less than two years old, comes with a WiFi thermostat.


On a less high-tech, yet budgetfriendly note, the water heater is a year old.


Even better, what you see is amazing. Big and attractive, the Ushaped kitchen has more than ample cabinet space. Slate-like ceramic tile flooring complements stainless steel KitchenAid appliances accented with a glass tile backsplash. Under-cabinet lighting adds a dash of sparkle to granite countertops.


Not-so-little details are depicted in the pendant lights over a peninsula that works as extra prep space and/or a desk as well as an eating area. A deep pantry/utility closet (with shelves) is another example of the thoughtful planning found all over.


At 21-plus feet long, the fully open dining-living room fulfills loftliving expectations – period.


Two integral custom mahogany decorative display cases (at least five feet high) are the focal point at one end of the room. One the opposite wall is a handsome 16-foot long, built-in oak credenza.


In addition to several cupboards, this versatile piece can be a server for formal dinner parties or a buffet table for casual affairs. The sink brands it a wet bar, too.


This stunning piece of craftsmanship also draws attention to the spacious living room area. Various seating configurations are possible in this stretch that is not only long, but also wide.


Full glass pane sliders flanked by large windows open to a sunroom/terrace that is the width of the unit and overlooks the encircled landscaped courtyard. This unique space, which has four large open-air windows with wide sills that can easily accommodate flower boxes and potted plants, also has ample seating and dining areas and a spot for a gas grill.


The master suite has access to this “great outdoors” via an oversized sleeping chamber, as well. Exposed brick walls and ceiling beams are striking accents in this California king-bed size room.


Two custom closet spaces – one larger than the other – have hanging area and open shelving. The walk-in affair also has custom drawers. Like the other bedroom, closed overhead storage space is available.


An oversized step-in shower – completely appropriate in scale for this spacious en suite bathroom – has two body sprays and is fully tiled with decorative inserts. The backsplash behind the long vanity is a full wall of colorful mini tiles that complement the chic green marble tile floor.


An abundance of closet space – two doubles and one single topped by overhead cupboards – along an entire wall are among the highlights in the second bedroom. An exposed brick wall and ceiling beams adds character.


Flexibility is another plus. Using it strictly as a bedroom or a dedicated office is one option. The room could also be used as a combo office/guest room by adding a sleeper sofa or even a Murphy bed, thus creating a multi-purposed space.


In yet another scenario, remove the internal wall (this has three windows that allow in natural light) and extend the “open” area even more.


A second full bathroom with a tub/shower combination also has laundry facilities. A full-size, stackable washer and dryer have their own space in a large utility closet.


As appealing as this residence is, the building and neighborhood history is also tantalizing. This Seaport home is very close to the historic Fort Point Channel neighborhood.


At the turn of the 20th century, the Fort Point District was the hub of the American wool trade and sugar/molasses industry, boasting the largest establishment – New England Confectionery Company – devoted entirely to confectionery production in the U.S.


When Necco relocated (early 1920s) and the wool industry declined (mid-1950s), warehouses were left empty. Artists from Jamaica Plain, as a result of the massive 1976 fire, moved into the abandoned buildings, setting up (illegal) residential/work spaces. By the end of 1980, the artists formed the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), partnering with other Fort Point organizations (i.e. FP Cultural Coalition, FP Neighborhood Alliance, Seaport Alliance for Neighborhood Design – SAND), and continues to host the largest concentration of visual artists in New England.


This former Sleeper Street warehouse, originally built in 1911, was transformed into luxurious residences in 1982, claiming to be the first legal residential condominium building (with a condo association) in this area.


According to the Fort Point Channel Landmark Commission (FPCLDC), this area holds the “largest, most cohesive and most significant collection of late 19th and early 20th century industrial loft buildings,” assembled in one of the most vibrant and flourishing neighborhoods and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


While this historic residence is a delight to come home to, life in the outside world is impressive as well. Located almost across the street are the Children’s Museum and the new Martin Richard Park (with accessible playground and open space). The bowling alley, cinema and Equinox gym are also nearby.


There are more than 100 places to eat, drink and celebrate hip urban living – many within a quarter-mile radius – with more opening every day. Meet friends for drinks and small plates at Tavern Road or head off for dinner at Strega, Legal Harborside or Del Frisco. For more casual fare, Sleeper Street Cafe is down the street and Flour is around the corner.


Getting around the Seaport, other neighborhoods – including Post Office Square in the Financial District – and beyond is easy with the MBTA (a ride to the airport is still less than $3), the Expressway and the Pike close by.