For $1.59m, Somerville penthouse drives style with garage doors

Soak up the sun in this stylish loft overlooking Somerville.

Originally built in 1894 to house M.W. Carr & Co, the Italianate-style factory manufactured everything from jewelry to picture frames before closing in 1995. Soon, it was converted into Davis Square Lofts, which play on the building’s industrial history while creating comfortable and sustainable homes.

“It really is unlike anything in Greater Boston,” said Susan deRosas of Coldwell Banker Realty, who has the listing. “It’s literally a five-minute walk to Davis Square, but you feel as though you’re in the country.”

Listed at $1,599,000, Unit 5 is a 1,054-square-foot penthouse loft at 50 Howard St. that embraces an open floor plan and indoor/outdoor living. The main room boasts a bright and welcoming living area and continues into a kitchen with high-end stainless-steel appliances, custom cabinetry, and an island with a soapstone counter and seating. But it’s the oversized retractable garage-door-like wall with tinted glass and custom blinds that makes this home special. It opens onto a deck overlooking a koi pond, a perfect spot for hosting dinner parties or quiet outdoor gardening.

There’s also a garage-style retractable wall in the bedroom that leads to a second deck. The bedroom has an en-suite bath equipped with a steam shower and soaking tub. A nook off the bedroom features custom closets, as well as a mirrored nook perfect for yoga space.

The decks have a heat-reduction surface, the blinds are automated, the air-conditioning units are new, and the built-in planters along the walkway are new.

Describing the Davis Square Lofts as “a very neighborly community,” deRosas said the unit would be a great pick for anyone looking for both privacy and outdoor entertaining space with easy access to city living. “Definitely someone who appreciates creative and quality architecture, and the finest indoor/outdoor living experience,” she added.

The unit comes with a deeded underground parking spot.

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