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Fine comfort and great design come together on Fleet Street

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designers Robert Wright and Jason York of McCormick & Wright, Los Angeles lighting designer Barbara Barry, San Diego-based Anderson Woodworks, Maine cabinetmakers Jim Davis and Greg Martin, and New York artist Joseph Conforti.


“It’s contemporary with a Boston flair, designed as an urban ‘retreat’ – perfect for Boston’s robust city living,” said Vicki Barón, the unit’s current owner. “Through the [brown and tan] color palette, the warm tones exude a calm sophistication. Boston gets so cold in the winter and it has a nice warm feel.”


This effect is introduced at 50 Fleet’s entrance, where slat-bordered wood paneling and a glass-paned wood door warmly welcome you inside from the cold. The powder room off the unit’s foyer similarly welcomes guests with cozy dark-brown walls, a St. Cygnus veined marble floor and a floating walnut vanity with a beige Lacava marble sink and chrome waterfall faucet.


The vanity is mounted on a glass mosaic-tile wall of variegated brown tones extending down onto the floor.


The dance of browns and tans continues in the living-dining-kitchen space. Tan-painted walls and tray ceiling, light maple flooring throughout the unit, corner exposure onto the intimate North End, and three sides of floor-to-ceiling exposure (including a French door to the balcony) give the living-dining room a lofty lightness. The fireplace’s Espresso Caesarstone mantel provides a weighty contrast.


Above this, Joseph Conforti’s commissioned screens of Raku ceramic cubes, projecting outward at various lengths for a rugged terrain effect conveying busy city life, slide apart to reveal a Samsung flat-screen TV (included with the unit). This allows for entertainment during family time and an artistic conversation piece when entertaining guests. Surround-sound speakers over the adjacent windows max out the entertainment value.


A Barbara Barry-designed light fixture of bulbous golden tan fabric radiates warm light into the dining space by the kitchen. Similarly tanned shades and draperies darken the room for privacy, movies or a candlelight dinner.


The open kitchen’s stainless steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Thermador four-burner gas cooktop and wall-oven complex, are warmly contrasted by Davis and Martin’s chocolate-brown cabinetry. Naturally complementing this are dark green granite counters and backsplashes running along the wall and overlooking the dining area.


The peninsular counter by the dining area is handy for food service and after-dinner cleanup - courtesy of its sink and under-counter dishwasher.


Across the hall from the kitchen is a wine closet. Davis and Martin creatively configured it with interlocking geometric wine-bottle racks, warmly backlit by a translucent faux grass-cloth panel over custom cabinetry – another conversation piece for guests. Beside this is a laundry closet with stacked Whirlpool washer and dryer.


A double French door off the living area opens to a bedroom/office with a midcentury modern-style corner bookcase of walnut contrasting brown and black stains, built by Anderson Woodworks. Chocolate-brown walls create a somber setting and bronze-toned Lux Duiponi silk draperies screen the French doors and slider for privacy or sleep.


The slider opens to the balcony, where the North End is a pleasant backdrop for morning coffee or evening wine.


The hall continues to the other two bedrooms and the guest bath. The right-hand guest bedroom features Nessen swing-arm bedside wall lamps, a Roman-shade window treatment of Jim Thompson fabric, a walnut floating desk built into an alcove and an overhead shelf with recessed lighting.


The left-side guest bath has a St. Cygnus brown marble vanity and floor inlay, a white subway-tiled tub/shower and laminate dark brown medicine/linen cabinetry with chrome knobs.


The hall ends at the master suite – a serene palace of efficiency, economy and elegance for sleeping, working, bathing and suiting up, dressed to the hilt in brown tones as diverse as the amenities.


The light brown master bedroom boasts a walnut desk built by Davis and Martin with drawers suspended on a dark-stained leg-brace projecting out of the wall – handy for getting work done before retiring. Above this is a walnut-framed Sharp TV (included) for bedtime movie-time. A Roman-shade window treatment of Bergamo fabric by Donghia does the lights-out honors.


The central walk-in closet has custom built-ins fit for a fine wardrobe.


The master bath is a bonanza of browns: a St. Cygnus marble floor and waterfall vanity, laminated wood cabinetry with bronze-finished ridged knobs and handles, a wood-framed mirror and Beaumaniere limestone-tiled shower and soaking tub, accented with beltcourses and stringcourses of variegated horizontal glass mosaic tiles for a sense of “urban jazz” movement across the space. A quintet of Boyd white cross sconces adds sculptural interest to the tub’s upper wall.


All that jazz is right outdoors in not one, but two urban centers – courtesy of 50 Fleet’s central location and down-the-street connection. Seafood dining, sailing, harbor cruises, the New England Aquarium and IMAX Theatre, and walks on the Harborwalk are aplenty along the Waterfront, while Italian restaurants, cafes and pastry shops are in abbondanza in the North End, not to mention historic sites such as the Old North Church, the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall.


Offered at $2,575,000, Unit 402 at 50 Fleet St. exemplifies sophisticated urban living on a not-so-big level.