Watertown condo with five bedrooms, first-floor master
222 Main St., Watertown; $979,000
It’s not really a mystery, but the ceilings in this sparkling-fresh condo near Watertown Square hold the clues to where one stands: A coffered ceiling marks the living room, crown molding is for the dining area, and a tray ceiling denotes the kitchen.
The varying ceilings are developer Brian D. Connaughton’s way of visually breaking up the first level’s open floor plan.
The living room is spacious especially now that it includes what was once a porch. The eye-catcher, however, is the gas fireplace, with its surround of irregular stones and mantel of wood reclaimed from a Back Bay home. The fireplace is framed by custom white built-in bookshelves. The fireplace is very pleasing to look at, but what’s nicer is what it can do. It can heat the whole open space during those chilly times when you don’t want to turn on the heat.
If you prefer, you can bask in the sunshine streaming in from a bank of windows in the dining area. The natural light showcases the elegance of the floor — 3½-inch white oak counterpointed with a walnut inlay.
The tray ceiling is one delineation for the kitchen, but the more striking difference is the counter of black-and-white Grigio Carnico marble from Italy. The high-end stainless-steel appliances include a gas stove, wine and beverage refrigerators, double ovens, and a double-wide refrigerator. The white cabinets are solid oak, and the floor is clad in porcelain tile.
Down a short hall is the master bedroom, where the windows look out to the side yard. The suite boasts its own gas fireplace with the perfect spot above it to put a television. The master bath is sweet: a whirlpool tub, a separate shower with a rain shower head, a double vanity with a marble counter, and floors with radiant heat.
Four other bedrooms and a full bath with a tub framed by subway-tile walls are down one flight of wooden stairs, on the level where the developer put in the laundry room. The bedrooms vary in size, have waist-high wainscoting, and offer good closet space.
The condo is one of four units on this corner property. Listing broker Margaret Vogel of Century 21 Adams Lawndale in Belmont will hold an open house on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 10-11) from 1 to 3 p.m.
Year built: 1914/renovated 2015
Square feet: 2,333
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Taxes and fees: To be determined