There have been 26 presidential elections since this red brick and concrete building, crowned by battlements and merlons, rose above Commonwealth Avenue. It’s now a 75-unit condo complex (still with no elevator), and the property featured here is a two-story residence that apexes at a tower room with Gothic windows under those battlements.
But first there is the foyer, which immediately establishes the atmosphere of the entire first floor: It’s bright from natural light reflecting off the well-maintained hardwood floors. A step or two inside the unit is a full bath with ceramic tiles covering the walls and floor.
The hall then comes to an explicit fork.
To the left is the main bedroom, where the natural light-is-good ethos continues. Here four windows look out onto Commonwealth Avenue and the Green Line bisecting it. There is a deep double closet.
To the right is a living/dining area, a brick decorative fireplace, and 9-foot ceilings with exposed beams painted white. The space fits a sectional, a lounge chair, and a table for two, leaving room still to move about easily. This room is at the corner of the building and offers four windows.
Off this space is the kitchen, a truly galley-style with updated granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, an electric stove, and solid-wood cabinets (some with glass fronts). The full-size washer and dryer (not part of the sale) stand out visually, but do not overwhelm the space. The flooring is bamboo.
Back in the living/dining area, a corkscrew metal stairwell with hardwood-plank stairs leads to the second floor and the other bedroom. The walls are wood paneling, and a broad plate rail lines one wall. There are three closets of various sizes, storage space for the unit, and a door to the roof. The flooring is bamboo.
Residents of the complex have access to an in-ground pool and hot tub in the central courtyard. This unit has a deeded parking space. Air conditioning is by window units. Most of the windows have been updated.
Nathaniel Gopen of Encore Realty in Brookline is the listing agent. As of press time, an offer had been accepted on this property.
Year built: 1910
Square feet: 1,050
Baths: 1 full
Taxes: $3,460 (2016)
Fees: $571 a month
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