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Open House

November 24, 2007

by Lise S. Beane

“Style is the dress of the mind” is an insightful saying about fashion. What was originally spoken about clothes, however, also applies to condominiums. Many people want a home that not only reflects their outlook or thinking, but also helps create it. For chic urbanites, artists and professionals, a lofty corner unit in a new building called The Modern will have instant appeal. Sunny and bright with high ceil-

ings, an open floor plan, wraparound window walls and expansive city views, this two-bedroom condo looks like a feature out of Metropolitan Homes. It offers stylish, mindful city living, all on one level, and above it all. Imagine having your own balcony overlooking the townhouses of the South End. Or a shared Zen garden on the rooftop as an urban retreat. Situated on the top floor of this modern new building with interior appointments by award-winning designer Dennis Duffy, the south-facing penthouse will be equally appealing to people relocating to metro Boston, neighbors who love the area and suburbanites seeking an exciting lifestyle change. City living has its distinct advantages. Located at 255 Northampton Street in the South End, The Modern offers convenient, creative and cultural city living. In a neighborhood dotted with fine eateries, artists’ lofts and stores, it is close to the T and within easy walking distance to Symphony Hall, the Huntington Theater and Berklee College of Music. Sports fans will cheer for its close proximity to Fenway Park. Top colleges, universities and art schools are nearby, and with the large number of excellent hospitals in the surrounding area, residents of The Modern are always near the best of health care. Enter the glass and stone 25-

unit building into a tall outer lobby with wavy textured walls like the small ripples of the sea. Once inside the inner lobby, one takes an elevator to the sixth floor. Open the front door of this 1,306-square-foot home into a light-filled, open-designed room, which includes a kitchen, dining area and living room. Its monochromatic black, white and gray theme lends itself to occasional touches of color. Luxury finishes attract the eye. The kitchen features stainless steel Amana appliances with gas cooking, sophisticated white Carrara marble counter tops with a wide breakfast bar, translucent glass-front cabinets, a deep stainless steel sink and a high sculptural faucet. The kitchen has recessed ceiling and pendant lights to brighten its corner. The dining area and living room have track and spotlighting. The views from this great room are unobstructed and show plenty of sky, plus long vistas that extend clear out to the gently rolling hills on the horizon. The

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The Modern

floor of the loft is a polished concrete. The bathroom has a limestone vanity and deep soaking tub accented with a colorful ceramic tile backsplash, and there is an option for an additional half bathroom. Off the living room is a beautiful bedroom with balcony. The larger master bedroom has a sunny corner with spectacular window walls that meet and enclose it. The condominium has energyefficient, gas-fired forced air heating and cooling. It comes

with hookups for a washer and dryer, and it has wired and wireless capabilities. A hardwood floor and on-site indoor garage parking are available at additional charges. Other fabulous oneand two-bedroom units are for sale in The Modern, but about half of the condominiums in the building are already sold. This stylish penthouse with sweeping views is offered at $740,000 by David Crowley of Coldwell Banker. For a tour, call 796-2403.


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