A new village neighborhood rises in Charlestown
A long-awaited development at the corner of Warren and Park streets in Charlestown is nearing completion, and once it is finished in another few weeks, it will look as though it has been there for years.
It’s called Warren Green, comprising 17 condominiums in four buildings, designed around a landscaped park with benches and pathways. It is within the Gaslight District.
The Charlestown firm of Neshamkin French Architects, together with architect Russell Sergeant, who has a Charlestown office, designed the complex to reflect the historic homes of the neighborhood.
Nancy and Allan Kueny of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty are the brokers for the development.
Along Warren Street are nine attached row houses with a brick façade on three exposures and CertainTeed cementitious siding that looks like clapboard on the fourth side.
The other three buildings are set back from these row houses. The building at the corner of Warren and Park streets is clad in brick and contains two townhouses. The other two, each with three townhouses, have yellow clapboard-like siding. Altogether they present a cluster of Federal-style housing stock.
Only six of the market-rate condos are available. Nine are under agreement, and two below-market rate condos will be offered through a lottery through Maloney Properties, which handles affordable housing for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The demographics of the buyers run the gamut – empty nesters, singles, young couples, they said.
The acre site was the location of an on-and-off ramp for Route 1, which was removed years ago as part of the mammoth construction of the Big Dig and the depression of the Central Artery.
“In the 1900s, this was a residential area,” said Nancy Kueny.
The Georges Company, a longtime developer that has built several projects in Charlestown, was chosen to develop the state-owned site. The Martins Construction Company of Danvers is the general contractor. CBA Landscape Architects of Cambridge, founded by Clara Couric Batchelor, is designing the open greenspace.
“Warren Green has 19th century ambiance and 21st century ambience,” said Nancy Kueny.
Part of the development comprises three-bedroom townhouses with two-and-a-half baths, but the remaining homes with the Park Street addresses have three baths and are priced between $1.189 million and $1.385 million. The two-bedroom duplex at 23A Warren St., which lies within the block of row houses, has two-and-a-half baths. All have parking for two vehicles – a compact and a full-size one.
Although Warren Green is still under construction, one of the town houses has been completed and staged.
Its address is 29 Park St., which nearly mirrors 27 Park St. The home has an open floor plan, with a side hall staircase that is midway in the unit. The townhome at 31 Park St. has the same layout as 27 Park.
The living room features a gas fireplace with a white wooden mantel and a high ceiling rimmed with crown molding. Front and side Thermopane windows, which tilt, with Windsor casings draw in lots of natural light, further enhanced by sliding glass doors in the dining room that open onto a deck.
Beyond is a stylish kitchen with a two-tiered peninsula where three people can sit for a casual meal. The lower surface of the counter holds a deep stainless steel sink, beneath which are a Marvel beverage center and a Viking dishwasher. Two pendant lights are suspended above the counter.
The stainless steel appliances against the subway-tiled wall include a Viking Pro cooktop with a range hood, a Viking microwave and a Viking wall oven. The Omega dynasty cabinets, including a pullout pantry, have an oyster finish.
Red oak flooring is used throughout except in the baths and in the lower level, which is carpeted. And, recessed lighting is abundant.
The second level of the home has two large bedrooms, and in between is a large bath with a combination tub/shower. Next to it is a stacked full-size Electrolux washer and dryer.
A French door separates the hallway and the stairs to the master suite, which is delightfully large, with crown molding and lots of wall space so that there are choices of where to place a king-sized bed. And the walk-in closet is bigger than some bedrooms.
The en suite bath boasts a maple vanity, painted white and topped with Carrara marble, and a walk-in shower tiled with a darker Carrara marble. The flooring is tiled with marble also.
The lower level could be used as a guest suite, a family room or a media room. There is a marble- and ceramic-tiled bath on this level with a good-sized shower. The mechanical equipment, including a Rianni hydro gas-fired heating system, is located here. There are three zones for the heat and two for the air conditioning.
Although the townhouses at the rear of each yellow-clapboard building (29R and 31R Park St.) are similarly spacious, their floor plans are different from the others. The open floor plan of the living and dining areas extends to the kitchen, which has a center island topped with granite, Viking appliances and abundant cabinetry.
The master bedroom suite is on the second floor, and instead of a walk-in closet, there are two wide wall closets. Adjacent to the bedroom is a big sitting area or den. The third floor has two bedrooms and a hall bath with a combination tub/shower. The family room on the lower level is especially large and has a ceramic and marble bath with a shower.
The duplex, which has two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, is listed at $899,000. This unit is on the second and third floors of the attached row houses. An open living and dining room with a gas fireplace is on the second level of the end row house, as is a powder room The L-shaped kitchen is equipped with the same Viking appliances, wood cabinetry and granite cabinets. Sliding glass doors open onto a nice deck.
The top floor has a master bedroom with an en suite bath with a marble-tiled shower and a second bedroom with a marble bath with a combination tub/shower.
All the homes are wired for Internet, cable and telephone and include a security alarm and a sprinkler and fire alarm system.
Address: Warren Green, Charlestown
- 23A Warren St., two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, 1,670 square feet, $899,000
- 31 Park St., three bedrooms, three baths, 2,333 square feet, $1,237,500
- 31R Park St., three bedrooms, three baths, 2,415 square feet, $1,279,000
- 29 Park St., three bedrooms, three baths, 2,333 square feet, $1,237,500
- 27 Park St., three bedrooms, three baths, 2,256 square feet, $1,189,000
- 29R Park St., three bedrooms, three baths, 2,618 square feet, $1,385,000
Taxes: To be determined
Condo fees: Ranging from $327 to $499 per month
Features of complex: Seventeen condominiums within four buildings; six remain – one duplex and five townhouses – with a landscaped public green; two parking spaces each; professionally managed by Mediate Management Co.
Close by: City Square, Winthrop Square, John Harvard Mall and Monument Square; local restaurants and shops, Charlestown Navy Yard and USS Constitution; the North End, Financial District, Bunker Hill Community College; easy access to MBTA Orange Line and buses, Routes 93 and 90.
Contact: Nancy and Allan Kueny, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, One Thompson Square, Charlestown, MA 02129. Phone: 617-697-9819, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Property Address: 31 Warren St., Charlestown, MA 02129