Home of the Week: Penthouse terrace can fit table for four, couches, and a gardener’s imagination

Home of the Week Boston
The terrace is plumbed for water and has electricity, conveniences that encourage rooftop gardening.
The terrace is plumbed for water and has electricity, conveniences that encourage rooftop gardening. David L. Ryan/Globe staff

1 Nassau St., Unit 2208, Chinatown

Style: Condo
Year built: 2004
Square feet: 1,543
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Condo fee: $2,039 a month
Taxes: $13,217 (2017); this includes the residential exemption because the unit must be owner occupied
Special fee: Because of the developer’s contract with the city, the owners must pay 2 percent of the sale price to the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

It would be tempting to install a lift on the corkscrew stairwell of this penthouse condo, one that would give you more time to appreciate the view of Boston Harbor, the Southeast Expressway, and Blue Hills.

Nineteen steps wind before the two-story-tall windows in this unit at The Metropolitan in Chinatown, next to Tufts Medical Center.

The rest of the home isn’t cookie-cutter either. The entrance has a tray ceiling with backlighting, and the ceilings across the first floor vary in height, almost like an inverted stairwell.

Next to the entryway, the kitchen offers stainless-steel appliances, modern metal-rimmed cabinets with smoky-glass fronts, and a breakfast island with a secret: The white stone top slides to increase the seating from three to six. The gas stove top has a stainless-steel backsplash that mimics subway tile.

A door off the kitchen leads to a terrace that can easily accommodate a table for four and two couches. The space is plumbed for water and has electricity, conveniences that encourage rooftop gardening.

Back inside, the living room offers hardwood flooring and a gas fireplace, and around the corner, there is a wet bar and a half bath. This completes the first floor.

A contemporary chandelier set into a tray ceiling illuminates that curvy stairwell to the second floor, where the guest bedroom, a full bath, and the master suite radiate off a small landing. The guest bath is clad in squares of Carrara marble and has floor-to-ceiling windows (with shades).

The master — composed of the sleeping area, dressing room, and bath — is farthest from the stairwell. Its en-suite bath is accessed via a pocket door constructed of lightweight metal and a wood laminate with a smoky-glass stripe that changes color when the bathroom lights are on. The bath, clad in a beige marble, features a double floating vanity in the same style as the door. The shower has multiple heads and a pebble-stone floor.

The bed is positioned near an arrangement of windows that includes one that opens, letting in fresh air. (Several windows in the unit open.) Closet space lies behind three doors in the same contemporary style as the pocket door and vanity. Behind one is the stacked laundry.

The unit comes with 24-hour concierge service and a single valet parking space, which costs an additional $103 a month.

The listing agent, Jane C. Hoffmann of Haven Realty, will host an open house on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. View the listing at

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