When it comes to Boston’s Seaport District, the phrase “all good things come to those who wait” is an apt description. After decades of patience and perseverance what was once a wasteland of decaying piers and abandoned warehouses has been completely transformed into a thriving hub along Boston’s waterfront.
As in many episodes of New England Living TV, Host Parker Kelley spends time in a beautifully-renovated home; chatting with the homeowners, helping to prepare a celebratory meal with a renowned chef from the area, and welcoming friends of the homeowners for an elegant-yet-relaxed gathering. But with the Boston Seaport District of NELTV, there was so much happening right in the neighborhood that we simply had to explore the bustling world just outside the home owned by Mike and Paul.
After living in condominiums for many years, Mike and Paul, both pharmaceutical executives, desperately wanted a home of their own. Nestled right in the Seaport District, the couple managed to find the seemingly unattainable; a free-standing, 3,000-sf home which is set right in the middle of everything yet feels inherently private at the same time.
A tour of their home reveals serene, uncluttered spaces. An oversized island takes center stage in the kitchen of the open floor plan main living area located on the second story of the three-story home. Downstairs is a yoga studio and upstairs are a master suite with a walk-in closet and en-suite bath, guest room and home office.
The uppermost level of the home is devoted in its entirety to a beautifully-arranged rooftop deck which was designed and installed by Foliaire of Boston. It is truly an urban oasis.
After touring Mike and Paul’s home, Parker heads to the Boston Design Center where she spends time chatting with General Manager Kristan McLaughlin before moving on to ogle the luscious showrooms. Next up is a visit to Harpoon Brewery where Parker, Mike and Paul sip on craft beers while talking with Vice President of Marketing Chris Bonacci. At The Lawn on D, Parker “gets into the swing of things” when she jumps on one of the park’s funky, modern swings.
The next day, Parker enjoys a quick, private cruise aboard Rowes Wharf Water Transport’s Water Taxi before being dropped off on the docks at Liberty Wharf where she is met by Rich Vellante, Legal Sea Foods’ executive chef and executive vice president of restaurants. She and Rich head to Legal Harborside, where they savor the view along with a Summer Sangria, one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, and Rich’s Lobster Tempura Sushi Roll before heading back to Mike and Paul’s to prepare an array of appetizers for the evening’s rooftop deck party.
As guests begin to gather for the party, Sandy Block, Master of Wine and vice president of beverages for Legal Sea Foods, chats about wine with Parker as he deftly uncorks a bottle of Taittinger NV brut, perfectly setting the mood for a festive evening as the sun sets over Boston Harbor.