Life in the chocolate factory has turned dreamed to reality. The sweet life loomed large in the imaginations of developers at Post Road Residential. They saw in the abandoned Charleston Chew Factory a unique opportunity to introduce a bit of charm into the area's residential landscape.
After having stood vacant since 1875, the factory has received some vital additions. Chief among them are the three floors that developers appended to the original structure and the addition of two new buildings on the property, resulting in three luxury condominiums known collectively as the Batch Yard.
While resplendent with modern upgrades, the resulting 328 luxury units have retained an authentic ambiance with such original details as wooden beams and exposed brick bringing a bit of the past into this one-of-a-kind environment. To further encourage a sugary theme, developers have introduced Charleston Chew-themed artwork into the decor and placed the classic factory sign right on the building's top deck.
An Optimal Location
The optimal location of the Charleston Lofts is as convenient today as it was in the factory's candy-making days. Located in Everett Massachusetts, only ten minutes away from Charlestown, the residential neighborhood in which the complex sits offers easy access to the downtown Boston area. A bus stop right out front takes residents directly to the city's North End, and from there, they can easily access the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Purple, Red, Blue, Green and Orange rail lines.
Those who prefer to travel by automobile will be glad to learn that every unit at the Charleston Lofts comes complete with deeded off-street parking rights. While some of them are tandem and other side-by-side, all have ready access to Route 93 North. The heavily landscaped site is also within walking distance of Everett's proposed Wynn Resorts casino and just a short drive away from Station Landing and Assembly Row.
High-End Living at Affordable Prices
The Charleston Lofts offer tenants a generous choice of housing options. Their units range from 800-square-foot studios to expansive, fully equipped one-, two- and three-bedroom open-plan units. All feature cement floors, modern baths, walk-in closets and high-end kitchens complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and, in some instances, islands.
In addition to individual climate control, valet waste pickup and prewiring for cable and high-speed Internet, some units also feature open-air patios or Juliet balconies large enough to seat four people in comfort.
While enjoying these many attractions, however, a large number of tenants reserve their greatest appreciation for the facility with which the large-scale factory windows admit abundant natural daylight along with stunning views of the Boston skyline.
Additional Creature Comforts
The Batch Yard offers residents an on-site gym, five-level parking garage, swimming pool and rooftop deck. In addition, it provides a community area equipped with televisions and chairs and a library that offers tenants MacBook usage.
The Charleston Lofts are pet-friendly, and in laying out the premises, the developers have taken care to incorporate green space in which tenants can walk their dogs. Work-at-home residents will also appreciate the local zoning laws that permit them to legally run businesses from their units.
Safety on the Sweeter Side
The outer-lobby digital intercom entry systems serve a dual purpose, affording access to the individual units as well as to the building itself. At the same time, banks of keyed boxes in the inner lobby protect tenants' mail from outside access.
Historical Lofts With a Twist
Although the location, amenities and ambiance alone should make these units worthwhile, the Charleston Lofts are more than just a place to live. In addition to providing built-in conversational fodder, life in a candy factory could easily bring back thoughts of a sweeter and simpler time. No, you won't fall into the chocolate sauce, and you'll find no golden tickets in the Wonka Bars. Nevertheless, if you imagine the scent of cocoa every now and again, you might just think you're finally back where you've wanted to be all your life.