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A quiet, little oasis in the bustling city

August 19, 2017 GMT

As Paul Campano of Keller Williams Realty showed the yellow townhouse at 4 North Mead Street Court in Charlestown this week, he stopped near the front entrance with the stained glass transom. Late morning sunlight was flooding in, illuminating the yellow, green and magenta panes.

“You almost have this Americana thing,” he said, noting the flag waving outside, near the old gas lamp flickering in front of the more than century-old home that’s just a half mile from the site of the historic, bloody Bunker Hill battle of 1775. “This is quintessential Charlestown.”

That may be true, but the place, on a tiny dead-end road, also feels far from the bustle of Boston, with the tiny grassy front lot, rear brick patio and near perfect silence all around.

“It’s so private and quiet, I sometimes can’t believe how quiet it is in the city,” noted Julie Savage, who bought the home with Campano’s assistance in 2011 and now is putting the two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-story place on the market today for $664,900.

Despite some updates on the first floor — an open living room, dining room and kitchen with wood cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances — the home feels antique throughout.

Its plaster walls are lathered in thick creamy paint that almost looks like cake icing and its second floor bedrooms are lined with wide planks of pine — some of which appear close to a foot in width.

That floor is also remarkably bright and roomy for the place, which is just over a 1,000-square feet.

“It’s a cozy little place,” Savage said. “I love that it is a single family in the city, and that it doesn’t have people above or below me.”

The private patio in the rear — with its wood fences on either side and wrought iron fence at the back — offers an escape from the city as well.

“It’s so quiet and peaceful,” Savage said. “It’s been absolutely fantastic living there and I’ll really miss it.”