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Two-story condo in penthouse tower overlooks Brighton

1480 Commonwealth Ave., Unit 12A; $519,900

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The living/dining area features a decorative fireplace.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Nathaniel Gopen of Encore Realty in Brookline is the listing agent. As of press time, an offer had been accepted on this property.

The details:

$519,900

Style: Condo

Year built: 1910

Square feet: 1,050

Bedrooms: 2

Baths: 1 full

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: $3,460 (2016)

Fees: $571 a month

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
The kitchen has been updated with granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, an electric stove, and solid-wood cabinets (some with glass fronts).
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
The master bedroom has a deep double closet.
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
The living/dining area also features 9-foot ceilings with exposed beams painted white.
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
A corkscrew metal stairwell with hardwood-plank stairs leads to the second floor and the other bedroom.
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
The upstairs bedroom, now used as a spot to relax or work, has three closets of various sizes, storage space for the unit, and a door to the roof.
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
This unit comes with a deeded parking space.
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
Residents of the complex have access to an in-ground pool and hot tub in the central courtyard.

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