A very handsome unit at 31 Mount Vernon St. was sold on Feb. 24 for $1,999,000. Julie Harrison of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty was the listing agent.

The Massachusetts State House at the top of Beacon Hill stands out as unique among all the buildings in Boston. Designed by Charles Bullfinch in the Federal Style, its gold leaf dome, first applied in 1874 and re-gilded in 23-karat gold in 1997, is a sparkling reminder of our heritage. It is one of the most recognized buildings in Massachusetts.

Imagine being able to enjoy that sight every day from every room in your home. The best view of it flows through the windows of a sunny penthouse unit on the corner of Hancock and Mount Vernon streets. For one very fortunate homeowner, that is now reality. A very handsome unit at 31 Mount Vernon St. was sold on Feb. 24 for $1,999,000. Julie Harrison of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was the listing agent.

This beautiful penthouse is situated inside an 1899 Federal style building that was completely gutted and rehabbed five years ago. The new owner will be able to climb up an attractive stairway to enter the penthouse on the building’s third floor.

This home offers 1,685 square feet of living space with two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

The unit’s entryway is a delightful introduction to the home and a great spot for artwork. A coat closet on the right welcomes guests - the lights go on when they open its door. Off the foyer, there is a little gem of a powder room with a Kohler pedestal sink and toilet and marble mosaic tiles laid in a classic Greek key pattern.

To the left is an amazingly bright, spacious living and dining area. Lovely millwork, hardwood flooring and a gas fireplace contribute to a feeling of comfort. A flat screen TV over the fireplace encourages family and friends to hang out and watch sports or movies.

The cathedral ceiling has skylights pouring natural light into the room. Windows on each side admit more light and picturesque views of the Statehouse. On the far wall, a French door leads to a private balcony - the perfect size for a bistro set that encourages al fresco dining all summer long.

The open gourmet eat-in kitchen provides all the high-end appliances a cook needs to prepare a delicious meal and it is just stunning. White cabinets with a subtle glazed finish contrast well with the dark granite counters and warm hardwood floors. A SubZero refrigerator is concealed behind paneling. The stainless steel gas range is Italian and the dishwasher, also hidden behind paneling, is a highly rated model by Blomberg. A Sharp Insight Pro microwave is built into a tall bank of cabinets near the window. The drawers close softly so as to make sure that nothing disturbs the cook’s concentration.

Located at the front of the unit, the master bedroom suite surrounds its occupants in the softest, most peaceful shade of blue you can imagine. An accent wall behind the king sized bed is swathed in a brocade print wallcovering in pale blue and white. Three windows in the room let in the light.

This bedroom is functional as well as beautiful. A deep walk-in closet takes care of wardrobe storage and there is a laundry closet where a full-sized stacked GE washer and dryer reside. The marble master bathroom invites relaxation in a glass-enclosed shower with a pair of rain showerheads and a body spray. A mirrored wall above the double vanity reflects and amplifies light.

The home’s other bedroom is one flight up and is part of another suite that provides extra privacy for a family member or guest. As you ascend the stairs, you’ll notice the new carpeting in neutral tones. It makes the walk upstairs feel quiet and effortless.

A wonderful family room/office at the top of the steps has two unusual features, one of which is an internal balcony, presenting a view of the living area. The other feature is a rooftop cupola that lets in a lot of light. This space, furnished with a couch, dresser and built-in desk, has two closets for storage.

The cozy adjacent bedroom is painted in a stylish light gray. It has space for a double bed beside a deep set window. An en-suite full bath has a tub/shower combination with a wall of marble tiles. Marble tiles in a basket weave pattern embellish the floor.

Set on a picturesque street in a stellar location within an impeccably maintained fully owner-occupied four-unit building, this beautiful penthouse offers additional advantages: two zones of central heating and air conditioning; a private, deeded storage room in the building’s clean, dry basement (which also has room for bicycles) and a full year’s worth of rental garage parking paid for by the previous homeowner.

Beacon Hill is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. It is within walking distance of the Massachusetts State House, Boston Common and Public Garden as well as the Boston Athenaeum. There are plenty of boutique shops and restaurants along Charles Street to explore. Also nearby are Massachusetts General Hospital and Suffolk University. It is also an easy walk to the Back Bay, Downtown, Financial District and Theater District. It won’t take much effort to reach the MBTA Red, Green and Orange lines, Storrow Drive and Route 93.