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Boston loft puts a New England spin on loft-living

Loft-living gets a New England spin a this Boston penthouse apartment which takes over the entire top floor of a converted warehouse in the city’s Leather District.

The 3,600 sq ft Boston loft crowns the historic 86 South Street warehouse, which dates from 1859, and is in a sub-neighbourhood of Chinatown. The brick warehouses, with signature cast-iron columns, were built along its streets to house leather wholesalers and this corner apartment drinks in the light through 17 windows and 6 skylights set into the roof above rafters.

The library features floor-to-ceiling built in shelving and has a skylight roof
Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty

Ceilings and cement pillars retain the spaces’ industrial while maximising volume amplified further by the flowing layout. Painted brickwork, hewn bass and hardwood floors complete the framework of Unit 5AB 86 South Street, which is listed for $2.85m by Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

The two-bedroom Boston property comes with two living rooms, a library or work-from-home office space fitted with floor-to-ceiling shelving, and a sauna. Sadly the art and furniture aren’t for sale, though there’s plenty of inspiration to be had from the gallery, and the building has a large common roof terrace overlooking Chinatown. Take a closer look.

Iron and concrete colums, oak beams and raftered ceilings feature throughout. Meanwhile the kitchen is used as an informal divider to zone off an area of the open floorplan
Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty
The corner unit has 17 windows and 6 skylights
Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty
The leather district features redbrick volumes that date from the 1800s to early 19th century, many of which have been converted for new roles as mixed use and residential properties.
Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty

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