This Federal-style dwelling – sited on the corner of K Street at 568 East Fifth St. was originally built around 1805 for John Hawes and his wife Sarah Clapp, one of the most influential families of the early 19th century. It is one of the oldest surviving homes in South Boston.
For people interested in a home that is overflowing with space, brimming with luxury and superbly located, the John Hawes House should be on the top of the list for consideration.
This Federal-style dwelling - sited on the corner of K Street at 568 East Fifth St. - was originally built around 1805 for John Hawes and his wife Sarah Clapp, one of the most influential families of the early 19th century. It is one of the oldest surviving homes in South Boston.
Currently, this historic home is owned and occupied by the Drinan family. David Drinan – a well-respected master in his trade – has spent countless hours over the last few years planning and creating an original masterpiece from the studs up.
To say this beautifully renovated palace is unique is an understatement. Some might even consider this home to be THE model of how preservation and modern comforts can harmoniously blend together to create a symphony of multi-era comfort, appeal and pleasure that is hard to top.
Listed for $2.8 million through Tia Zaferakis of Jack Conway Citywide, this home proudly showcases a generous 6,400 square feet of living beauty squarely spread among four stories in the main house plus a cozy 900-square-foot suite in the attached carriage house.
The outdoor brick façade – a hallmark of the federalist-style home – has all been masterfully restored. The welcoming window boxes, four on the front and three on the L Street side, are perfect for a colorful array of flowers.
The hip roof is adorned by a white cupola and four chimneys that maintain the eight preserved working fireplaces, each with their own character. A wall plaque sits on the homestead honoring its historic roots.
When entering this rare historic gem through the main foyer, it’s instantly clear that this is a special place to call home. The front-to-back rooms on either side of the long hallway have a pleasing open layout delineating pretty entertaining spaces – the gourmet kitchen and sitting room to one side and the living room and dining room to the other side.
The beautifully designed kitchen just might be the envy of any chef who appreciates a high quality culinary haven to put together fabulous meals. This kitchen is not just wonderful for preparing the daily family meals – it’s absolutely perfect for putting together all you need to prepare great food for much larger gatherings, be it formal dinners or a lot of lighter fare. If you decide to let caterers do the work in this kitchen – they will be very happy here.
Top-of-the-line stainless appliances include a 48-inch Thermador six-burner cooktop with griddle and double ovens. The Thermador power vent also has heat lamps to keep the food warm. The Bosch 20.2-cubic-foot side-by-side refrigerator/freezer comes with an ice maker and water dispenser. There are two Bosch dishwashers for fast and easy clean-up.
An almost square island that sits in the midst of an abundance of cherry wood cabinetry with sparkling butterfly granite countertops has a prep-sink, GE microwave oven and storage drawers.
A symmetrically-placed white brick Gothic arch flanks the inglenook in the floor-to-ceiling bricks - a remembrance of life in the early 19th century when cooking happened at the hearth.
A peninsula, with seating for three people, offers informal dining.
At the opposite end of the kitchen is a casual and cozy large sitting room. The fireplace has a white mantled surround.
The gorgeous and generously-sized dining room radiates class and comfort - a perfect place to enjoy the deliciously-prepared meals. The room is adorned with stylish French doors, a corner glass door cabinet and a pretty ceiling candelabrum.
Tall white pillars welcome the gleaming hardwood floors that flow through to the spacious living room, expanding the entertaining arena.
Wainscoting encircles the walls of these two twin-sized rooms, greeting each of the two uniquely-sized and beautifully-designed fireplaces. Identical custom tray ceilings are another cohesive element.
All the windows in these four light and airy rooms have plantation shutters and custom-cushioned window seats.
A laundry closet with a full-sized stackable Whirlpool washer-dryer is located in the powder room that sits between the kitchen and dining room.
The lower level of this home is the perfect place for casual entertaining with family and friends. The spacious new family room has a built-in media center with a wide screen TV, flanked by open and closed cabinets for music, games and books. A long built-in bar with seating for four has a beverage cooler and wall-mounted TV. Yes, there’s even space to hang your favorite dart board. The arched wine closet showcases the home’s original stonework. This level also has a bathroom, complete with a steam room and shower. There are a lot of storage areas, too.
The upper floors are designed with peace and tranquility in mind.
The second floor has a front-to-back master bedroom suite. A walk-in closet partially separates the nicely-sized bedroom from the fire-placed sitting room. Five windows proffer lots of natural light while the ceiling fans circulate the air. Another large walk-in closet stands in the sitting area.
A large window (with a shade) brightens the en suite custom tiled bathroom that showcases a large walk-in glass-door shower with multiple types of sprays, a soaking tub, a vanity with double sinks and radiant heated floors.
On the opposite side of the hall are two other rooms, each with double-sized closets and ceiling fans. While one room is used as a traditional bedroom, the other has a fireplace and custom cabinetry and is employed as an office. A full bathroom with a large Jacuzzi tub sits between and is accessed by these two rooms.
Adjacent to this bathroom, accessible via the hall, is a laundry closet with a full-size side-by-side Bosch washer and dryer.
The third floor is very similar in size and layout to the second story, offering another front-to-back master bedroom suite with a sitting area, fireplace and private bathroom. A dramatic difference is the eye-catching cathedral ceiling, garnished with original heavy wooden beams. These beams – much older than the house itself – bring a true sense of history to this home, making this complex even more special.
On the opposite side of the stairway, a shared full bathroom sits between the two corner rooms. The ceilings in these two rooms are also decorated with the original heavy wooden beams.
On the front side is a bedroom with a fireplace and a deep walk-in closet. On the back side is a stately library sheathed with dark wood custom paneling. A wet bar with a granite countertop and an under-counter refrigerator sits across from the fireplace.
Double doors open to an amazing tree-top height deck, just shy of the width of the home, offering views of the neighborhood that engender an old European flavor. This space is outfitted with a pergola, built-in seating, planters and plenty of room for additional outdoor furniture. As a bonus, the deck has water and electricity – two elements needed to add a hot tub someday, if desired.
Perhaps considered the crème de la crème by some is the fourth floor cupola observation tower with built-in window seats, oak flooring, a ceiling fan and Sonos speakers. Drinan calls it his “Thinking Room.”
The house also includes a three-vehicle garage with radiant-heated floors and a mud room accessible via the kitchen plus additional off-street parking.
Other architectural elements include crown molding and 3.5-inch oak hardwood flooring on the upper levels. The first story oak flooring is embellished with a mahogany border strip. The lower level floor has tile with radiant heat.
The attached carriage house, which sits above the garage, boasts its own entrance on K Street. This 900 square-foot apartment features a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, disposal and granite countertops; a bedroom with stackable laundry appliances in one of the closets; a custom-tiled bathroom with an oversized shower; and a powder room. This delightful unit can be used as an apartment, guest house or au-pair suite. There is currently a tenant renting the unit.
This home is available to be shown by appointment only to qualified buyers. For more information, contact exclusive listing agent Tia Zaferakis at 617-699-6268.