home of the week

Sparkling, spacious East Boston home

422 Sumner St., East Boston

This end-unit rowhouse offers four floors of living space.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

This end-unit rowhouse offers four floors of living space.

As longtime East Boston residents know, the noisiest neighbor isn’t the one throwing the Saturday barbecue or the couple with the screaming kids or the one who insists on mowing his lawn at 6 a.m. It’s Logan, as in the airport. But this brick row house in Jeffries Point is not on the flight path of its ginormous neighbor, and moreover, this gracious home, which sits across from both Brophy Park and the nautically themed Sumner and Lawson street city playground, has mute-button strength windows.

This home is the end unit in the line of row houses and also the last house on the block, meaning that sunlight is a constant companion from the just-above-grade windows in the ground floor to the master suite two stories above.


The ground floor is now used for a sunny, spacious office, the second bedroom, and a full bath. The front granite steps lead to what the current owners have made into a two-room suite for everyday living, highlighted by the extensive trim in natural tone, a working fireplace, and a curving wall with a bank of windows looking out to Brophy Park.

A gently curving stairwell leads past an exposed red brick wall to the second floor, which is home to the heart of the house — a large open floor plan space rich with sunlight containing the kitchen and a dining area and offering views of the park and the renovated Sumner and Larson streets playground. The six-burner stove uses natural gas, as does the grill on the balcony, which is large enough for a small party and a perfect place for jet watching.

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The entire top floor is given over to the large master suite, which includes a walk-in closet, the laundry room, and, in a concession to the height of the house and the weight of water, a full bath with a plastic soaking tub. There is also a Juliet balcony equal in size to the one below. Flooring on all levels is hard wood. The interior walls on each floor are exposed red brick. And there is angled parking on the street.

Showings begin Sunday. Paul Campano of Keller Williams Realty Cambridge/Somerville in Cambridge is the listing broker.

Price: $849,900


Style: Row house

Built: 1865

Bedrooms: Three

Rooms: Seven

Bathrooms: 2 full, one half

Square feet: 2,298

Sewer: Public

Taxes: $3,343 with residential exemption

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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