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Condo in former Fort Point warehouse makes use of space

33 Sleeper St., Unit 406, South Boston

Dockside Place was created in 1982 by stitching together two industrial buildings in South Boston.
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Dockside Place was created in 1982 by stitching together two industrial buildings in South Boston.

Not every pioneer wears a natty Daniel Boone cap or cheerily lives in a little house in Nowheresville. Visitors to this home, part of a trailblazing development, are greeted by an atrium of exposed brick and wooden beams as hefty as Vince Wilfork and a crown of glass six stories high. Created in 1982 by stitching together two industrial buildings, Dockside Place was the enriched uranium for the residential explosion in South Boston’s Seaport District.

This fourth-floor unit, reached by a glass elevator, has its own Wilfork-like timbers stretching across its 12-foot ceiling and an exposed-brick wall in the main living space: a 46-foot-long open dining area, living area, and entertainment spot. The current owner has softened the industrial atmosphere everywhere in this unit, including the flooring — now long, wide planks of bamboo with an antique stain.

The main room leads to a rectangular recessed balcony with a meh view of a Farnsworth Street building but lovely window boxes. The master suite, which has its own balcony access, easily fits a king-size bed, a desk, and has a walk-in closet. The en suite bath offers marble floors and a laundry alcove with folding counter. Need storage? The second bedroom, calved off the main living area, has a whopping three closets.


The kitchen is demarcated by design and appearance by white cabinets, light-toned granite counters, and a floor of gray porcelain tiles. The same tile was used on the floor in the second bath.

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A rental garage is steps away as is the correspondingly trendsetting Children’s Museum, along the HarborWalk.

Caroline Ligotti and Shannon Lavin-Diaz of Otis & Ahearn Inc. in Boston are the listing brokers.

Price: $989,000

Style: Condo


Built: 1911

Bedrooms: 2

Rooms: 4

Baths: 2 full

Square feet: 1,602


Sewer: Public

Taxes: $6,388 (2014)

Condo fee: $543 month

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