Sweet Condo in Former Dorchester Candy Factory

This incredible condo is located in the former home of the Walter Baker Chocolate Co. in Dorchester. The property has exposed-beam ceilings, red-brick walls, and a large-half moon window.  [[SLIDE]]

The Boston Globe
June 22, 2014 7:00 AM

Once the sweet center of chocolate-making here, the former multibuilding campus of Walter Baker Chocolate Co. has been transformed from eyesore to eye candy, including this loft in a red-brick building where cocoa was once milled. Located at the crown of the 1891 building — rehabbed and turned into residences six years ago — the sixth-floor space is dominated by a large half-moon window that is 11 feet wide at its base. Smaller sidelight windows provide fresh air. The view from this perch is of Pierce Square and Adams Street and the churning Neponset River.

The unit, now serving as the model home for the Lofts at Lower Mills, has exposed-beam ceilings that soar some 20 feet and red-brick walls. Just inside the front doorway is a den, and then the unit flows into an open floor plan bathed in sunlight from that big window. On the left is the kitchen, which has solid-maple cabinets stained a dark brown, stainless appliances, and an oak floor that’s a hazelnut color.

A right-hand turn from here brings you to the deep walk-in closet and, farther down the hallway, the full bath. Back in the main room, a steel staircase leads to a roughly 800-square-foot loft — for use as a bedroom or office space — with no windows.

The building is reached by passing underneath an arched entryway and by walking along a cobblestone lane that leads to the other parts of the complex and the parking lot (one space comes with the unit). At the rear of the property, a small bridge crosses the Neponset and links to the Neponset River Trail.

The Milton Station stop on the Red Line trolley is across the street, and the condo fee ($733 a month) includes access to the fitness facility, indoor pool, gas heat, water, sewer, snowplowing, and landscaping. Other units, priced from about $400,000 to $1 million, are also available.

Jonathan Keith of Keith Brokerage in Canton is holding an open house Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

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