If the double garage doors don’t make it clear, the shiny pole in the corner on the second and third floors will: This East Boston home was once a firehouse.
The building was constructed in 1860, and renovations were completed in 1919. It ceased operation as a firehouse in 1938, and then was converted into two condos in 2005. Life is now lived on three levels of vastness, each with contemporary and industrial design touches such as exposed metal air vents. The flooring throughout is ebony-stained white oak.
The first floor is massive. It’s a heated two-bay garage (this unit owns both) with a half bath. The second floor offers 2,390 square feet of open space with a gas fireplace, a living area big enough to fit a sectional couch and a pool table with room to spare, and a kitchen in which one gray quartz counter is 18 feet long. The kitchen also houses white lacquer cabinets, high-end stainless-steel appliances, and a large square prep island with a sink. Some of the small appliances are built-ins, including the espresso machine. The kitchen allows access to a 451-square-foot deck. The guest bedroom and bath (with a tub and steam shower) complete this floor.
On the third floor, the ceilings reach about 15 feet throughout, including in the airy office/bedroom, where the top end of the fireman’s pole is surrounded by a curved fence for safety. The master bedroom continues the theme: It’s really big. The suite features a bank of four windows looking out onto the street, a deep walk-in closet with built-in shelving, and a bathroom that contains two concrete sinks on a slate slab, a steam shower with a slate surround, a jetted tub clad in travertine tile that fills from the ceiling, and a river-stone floor with radiant heat.
Down the hall, a corkscrew metal stairwell leads to a gorgeous and very large (1,000-square-foot) rooftop deck with nearly unobstructed views of every point on the compass and area landmarks, including the Tobin Bridge, Logan Airport, and the city skyline.
Paul B. Campano of Cambridge-based Keller Williams Realty is the listing broker. Showings are by appointment only.
Price: $1.49 million
Style: Firehouse/contemporary condo
Year built: 1860; renovated in 1919 and 2005
Square feet: 3,643
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Taxes: $8,093 (2014)
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