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It’s unusual for a school converted into condos to have them, but this one does: town houses.
Bicknell Junior High School in North Weymouth was sold for condo development in 1986, but then a fire gutted the gymnasium, collapsing one wing of the structure. Most of the building was converted into condos, but town houses with open layouts were constructed on the site of the destroyed wing.
A wide hallway with carpeted floors leads to the unit, located on a quiet side of the complex, which abuts Webb Memorial State Park, with its playground and walking paths.
The unit opens to the dining room and the first splash of natural light that defines this home. It comes from a skylight positioned in a corner of the ceiling so it does not become the dominant feature, allowing that role to be filled by the crystal chandelier. The room is large enough for the owner’s six-person dining room table, china cabinet, and buffet.
A hallway leads to two deep closets on the right and the kitchen on the left. In the kitchen, the cabinets are a light-colored maple, the counters are laminate, and the appliances are stainless steel. The space is ample, and a pass-through connects to the dining room and allows for natural light to enter the kitchen, a windowless space. The flooring in the dining room, kitchen, and hallway is hardwood.
Farther down the hall is a half bath with a storage closet nestled in the back.
The hall then leads to the living room, coming in at 323 square feet, where the ceiling height is just over 9 feet and the volume of natural sunlight increases, thanks to windows and the glass door that connects to the deck, where gas grilling and container gardens are allowed. A maple offers shade in the summer and something of a privacy screen.
A wide stairwell in the living room in the corner leads to the upper level and its two bedrooms, both of which are larger than they appear in any photograph, no matter the lensperson’s skill level.
The second bedroom, which is 256 square feet, is on the left and features an angled wall with two windows.
Running off the hallway between the two bedrooms is the one full bath and its unusual set of doors. Both bedrooms have access, but a door can be closed to separate the vanity space and the tub/toilet area, allowing the homeowner to brush his or her teeth while a guest showers.
The master is the largest room in the unit — 361 square feet with ceilings 9.7 feet high and natural light from a windowed bumpout. There are two closets, one on each side of the doorway.
The unit comes with a laundry hookup in a second-floor closet, but the current owner uses the machines in the basement.
The unit includes additional storage space and two deeded parking spaces. The majority of the units – 51 out of 58 – are owner occupied. Pets are allowed.
The listing agent, Elena Meredith of Coldwell Banker Residential in Hingham, will hold an open house on Sunday, March 5, from noon to 2 p.m. You can view this property at www.nemoves.com.
Style: Town home
Year built: 1900/converted 1986
Square feet: 1,566
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Fee: $500 per month
Taxes: $2,523 (2016)
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