Nothing - absolutely nothing - was left untouched during the gut renovation of Unit 7E at 778 Boylston St. in the Back Bay.
Nothing - absolutely nothing - was left untouched during the gut renovation of Unit 7E at 778 Boylston St. This 1,120-square-foot, two-bedroom, two full bathroom unit at The Mandarin in the Back Bay is listed by Elaine Dolley of Otis & Ahearn – 84 Atlantic – for $1,959,000.
From the polished dark hardwood floors that are installed throughout the condo to the nine-foot ceilings, everything is new with luxurious custom finishes.
Contemporary styling (chic and sleek) is the essence of this home that has a fully open concept kitchen and living-dining room. “Rooms” with a view are an integral aspect in this south-facing unit that receives brilliant light all year long.
The layout also accommodates a myriad of lifestyles: urban professionals, empty nesters, snow birds or those on the lookout for an exceptional city-based getaway/hideaway.
Keep in mind that as this home is at The Mandarin, residents can avail themselves of all the services this five-star hotel offers such as room/maid service and a five-star gym plus 24-7 doorman and concierge service. Valet garage parking for one car and professional condo management are also part of the package. A “secret” access to the Prudential from the second floor (and then over to Copley without having to go outside) is an added convenience especially when meeting guests in the elegant private-entrance lobby.
An exceptionally large coat closet (almost a double) is in the entryway that easily handles a hall table/chest/chair, etc. Given the ceiling height and the layout, the walls have excellent potential as an instant art gallery.
While the cityscape view - such as the Prudential and the distinctive-looking 111 Huntington Ave. - from the entire “public” space is captivating, each “room” has its own compelling attractions.
The galley kitchen with an ample amount white lacquer finish cabinets and white Bianca Spider marble countertops and backsplash (behind the stove this goes to the ceiling) is simply stunning. Cabinetry without handles and integrated panels on the Sub-Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher create a cohesive look with Dorn Bracht fixtures as beautiful accents.
Polished marble countertops that include a rounded breakfast bar where at least three can sit comfortably are a finishing touch. This area doubles easily as a server when entertaining.
This large “room” is also chef worthy, starting with a Wolf induction stovetop topped by a Bosch stainless steel hood plus a Wolf conventional oven and drawer microwave. For added convenience, the kitchen has a “baby” beverage cooler.
In-unit laundry facilities are another bonus. An Asko full-size, stackable stainless steel washer and dryer have a dedicated, behind-closed-doors space.
The open living-dining room area that runs across the back of the condo can, of course, be arranged and rearranged as needed or desired. However this area is configured ample space is available for seating and dining areas.
The white marble banjo-style counter maximizes space while complementing both the white Kohler sink and Villeroy & Boch commode. A white lacquer finish on the vanity echoes the sophisticated look throughout the unit.
While looks (as in great) are an impressive feature in this unit, good planning is another. The layout and floor plan not only maximizes the space for daily living, but also offers a significant amount of privacy for residents.
Consider bedroom placement: each of the two bedrooms are on opposite sides of the unit.
The second bedroom, for example, just off the living-dining area has a space-saving full frosted, glass pane pocket door. This room with a view (it’s south-facing, too) also has a deep double closet with automatic lights. Certainly usable as a guest bedroom, this space also works well as an office. A built-in desk is already in place.
The master suite that is on the other side of the condo is a spacious retreat with memorable features and amenities. In the king-sized bed-sleeping chamber, for example, more floor-to-ceiling windows insure wonderful views day and night. For added drama, look up to the tray ceiling. Two double closets (each with automatic lights) successfully address any storage concerns.
Everything in and/or about the en suite bathroom is strictly luxurious and unique. The mirror over the Kohler sink with a white lacquer-finish cabinet and a Statuarietto marble countertop, for example, is back lit and even the low threshold shower with multiple sprays (rain shower head and hand-held spray) in a frameless glass enclosure has a light. This room also has a Villeroy & Boch commode.
A second full bathroom with a tub/shower combination with marble surround is adjacent to the foyer. The rectangular Duravit bathtub has a built-in backrest and, like the master bathroom, the mirror over the sink with a Statuarietto marble countertop is backlit.