The three Ls of real estate - location, location, location – become the five Ls with this stunning condominium at 3 Winter Place, Unit 2
The three Ls of real estate - location, location, location – become the five Ls with this stunning condominium at 3 Winter Place, Unit 2. It is barely a block from Boston Common, the Millennium, The Ritz and 45 Province. The additions are impressive: luxury living in a home steeped in Boston local lore.
The location in midtown Boston has the best of two worlds - transportation wise, that is. Two MBTA T-stops (Park and Boylston Streets) are a block or so away and parking for two cars at 151 Tremont Street Garage is part of the package. Everything else such as shopping, dining and entertainment is literally around the corner.
The building - a Greek Revival structure that dates to 1832 - was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. But the real local connection is that this was the site of a legendary Boston restaurant: Locke-Ober. It is a place where John F. Kennedy frequently brought distinguished guests.
Ranked as the third oldest restaurant in Boston, the Union Oyster House in 1826 and Durgin-Park in 1827 hold the first two spots. Locke-Ober closed in 2012 and turned residential about two years later.
Keith Shirley and Valerie Post of Engel & Volkers Boston have listed this 2,243-square-foot, two-bedroom condo with two full bathrooms and one half bathroom for $1,950,000.
The “luxury” aspect of this home is, as they say, in the details. And the details are spectacular.
Brazilian cherry flooring in a herringbone pattern is an understated, yet sophisticated statement in the nicely sized and fully paneled “foyer” directly off the elevator. A hall table/chest fits comfortably.
A spacious reception area that is ideal when welcoming guests or as cocktail space when entertaining has a wall of built-in open and closed cabinets. This large space also works as a family room. A coat closet is here, too.
A nearby bedroom can do double duty: guest room by night or office by day. A sensational nine-over-one window with a 12-glass pane transom is surrounded by detailed millwork that enhances this architectural element.
An adjacent full bathroom with another eye-catching window has a large low-threshold shower with a body spray and a rain showerhead within a frameless glass enclosure.
A marble countertop is a nod to the past while the radiant heated floor embraces modern technology. Brass fixtures, which are used throughout the unit, pay homage to the classic elegance and styling of the former iconic Boston eatery.
The bathroom also has an Icera commode. A lighted linen closet offers open shelving.
Filled with contemporary necessities that range from an abundance of storage (including two almost floor-to-ceiling pantries) to stainless steel appliances such as a Wolf six-burner gas stove with a Best hood, Wolf oven and convection/microwave oven, Bosch dishwasher, and a 30-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers and integrated panels, the kitchen is a chef’s haven. However, this state-of-the-art galley-like kitchen is also elegant with beautiful cabinetry and stunning accents, such as a subway tile back splash and granite countertops (a very long swath) plus “extras” such as recessed ceiling lights and a pot filler. Brass hardware is the norm in this room, too.
A foot-deep brass-lined archway (it’s original to the restaurant) leads into the former private dining room: The Camus Room. In fact, the original sign is over the doorway.
Now an open living-dining room, this huge “room” is filled with sumptuous original details that were painstakingly restored including the coffered ceiling with brilliant crystal chandeliers, crown molding with deep dentil trim and full paneling with frieze work on one wall. The original brass wall sconces are at home in this one-of-a-kind stunning room that also has three deep-set windows with richly detailed frames.
Contemporary amenities are integrated seamlessly, too. For example, the dining area (seat eight-plus or fewer as desired) has a wet bar with a Kohler sink and a marble countertop and back splash. Cabinets are overhead and built-in wine racks are tucked in at one end of the bar.
Seating and dining configurations in this open space can, of course, be varied as to need or desire, but also this large room can accommodate multiple uses. A piano (grand or not) could fit easily.
Although the private “wing” of this home is adjacent to the main entryway, a nearby half bathroom is also easily accessible to guests. Brass sconces are a pretty accent to an Icera pedestal sink.
This hallway is also the “entrance” to the private area of the residence. Here, an Electrolux washer and dryer (full-size stackable machines) have their own space that includes storage.
A charming “city” patio is directly across the hall. Big enough for a chair or two, this outdoor hideaway is a great spot to start or end the day with one’s preferred beverage. For more expansive outdoor activities, take advantage of the common roof deck.
The very private master bedroom suite “wing” is only a few steps up and away from the practical space.
Luxury as in size as well as fine finishes and amenities, however, is what is noticed first. In the king bed size sleeping chamber, rich Brazilian cherry floor boards are a pleasing minimalistic contrast to richly detailed millwork surrounding two deep-set nine-over-one windows.
A lighted customized walk-in closet is another perk.
That the en suite bathroom is a sophisticated and sumptuous retreat is an understatement. The huge steam shower with multiple body sprays and rainfall showerhead is a prime example. A freestanding soaking tub and a trough-like sink with a granite countertop are others. Even the Icera commode has a privacy wall and the tile floor does, of course, have radiant heating.
An additional perk: The elevator in this building opens directly into Yvonne’s, the restaurant at 3 Winter Place that is continuing the legacy of Locke-Ober.
Note: Monica Jimenez contributed to this story.