In addition to having undergone a gut renovation in 2012, this four-story home (that doesn't include the roof deck) has had continuous updates and improvements.
At age 127, this single-family townhouse in the heart of the Ellis neighborhood in the South End is better than new. In addition to having undergone a gut renovation in 2012, this four-story home (that doesn’t include the roof deck) has had continuous updates and improvements.
That attention to detail falls into the “remarkable” category is almost an understatement. For example, beaded trim is the norm on shelving and modified floating steps to the spacious bluestone patio allow natural light into the garden level.
Superbly crafted millwork - double and triple crown molding, almost 12-inch deep bump boards with extra trim and detailed door and window frames - installed everywhere along with quarter sawn oak flooring - pay homage to this home’s heritage. Ceiling height is substantial on every level, too.
Modern concerns such as parking (it’s directly behind the building), central air conditioning and a workable floor plan are also addressed.
The aesthetic of this bow-front home is, however, it’s most outstanding feature. Classic and traditional with a contemporary interpretation are the essence of the design approach that has produced a home with a timeless ambiance - a home comfortable in this century or the next and with any decor now and in the future. John Neale and Bradford Sprogis of Sprogis & Neale Real Estate have listed this beautiful 3,350-square-foot, four-bedroom home with three full bathrooms and one half bath for $2,595,000.
Fully open, the front-to-back living-dining room is an excellent example of versatility. Street-side, two almost floor-to-ceiling, two-over-two windows are in the roomy bay area while a window wall with tall French doors with 12-inch-by-18-inch glass panes at the other end of the space opens to a roomy balcony with privacy planters.
A gas fireplace with a detailed mantel practically smack dab in the middle of the “room” is a beautiful focal point and visual “divider” while quarter-sawn oak floor boards are a cohesive element.
Personal preference rules regarding placement of the living and dining room within this space as they will fit well and look great at either end.
The kitchen, which is one level down with direct street access, is very much a 21st century space with a color palette that is sophisticated and chic, yet very appealing. Two large islands (each has a stainless steel sink - one is full size; the other smaller) with Madre Pearla Quartzite countertops that can seat six (total) and have electric outlets indicate that this beautiful space kitchen is also a hardworking chef’s domain.
In addition to a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele stainless steel appliances that include a dishwasher, five-burner gas stove, a warming oven and a combination convection/microwave oven reinforce that observation.
A long swath of superbly crafted custom cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling has under-cabinet lighting to highlight the sparkling backsplash of glass subway tiles. Closed front cabinets are in the working kitchen area, while glass front versions (with under-cabinet lighting) are in the dining/eat-in area nestled into the window bay on this level. Custom curved banquette seating is a sumptuous albeit practical touch.
In a nearby powder room, contemporary fixtures such as a wall-mounted Duravit commode and compact wall-mounted sink complement classic marble wainscoting.
Privacy for guests and homeowners is insured on the fully finished and multi-purpose garden level that provides guest quarters and office space (or not).
Although a sizable office area complete with a wall of open cubbies suitable for decorative display or use as bookcases is one option, this could also be a sitting area for a spacious guest bedroom. This sleeping chamber that easily accommodates a king-size bed has a wall of built-in open shelving with room for a wall-mounted television. A long wall of windows allow in an abundance of natural light.
Marble - on the floor and as the surround in the oversized step-in shower with glass doors - is a classic accent in the adjacent full bathroom. This room also has a floor-to-ceiling medicine/linen cabinet.
A deep closet is in the “office” is almost as large as the storage area under the stairs.
The entire second floor is dedicated to a luxurious master suite worthy of a “grand” entrance via double pocket doors off the stairwell. In the king-bed size sleeping chamber, a wall of built-in drawers and cabinetry flanking an opening that works for a wall-mounted flat-screen television or artwork is a beautiful example of fine craftsmanship and provides an extraordinary amount of storage space that eliminates the need for the prerequisite bedroom furniture. A huge walk-in closet with custom inserts (drawers, open shelving and specialized hanging spaces) is a bonus.
Plantation shutters on windows in the bay area (large enough for comfy chairs) are both practical (this room receives morning sunlight) and pretty.
Pocket doors open to a spa-like en suite bathroom that is the width of the building. An eye-catching oval soaking tub is an option to using the massive, glass enclosed steam shower with multiple body sprays. A floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinet accommodates linens and other necessities. While “traditional” is honored with a marble tile floor in a classic basket-woven pattern, crown molding and detailed bump boards, a floating vanity with two sinks is another dash of contemporary styling.
Two identically sized (i.e., big) bedrooms on the third floor have excellent closet space. One has an extra-long double; the other a double closet as well as a deep single. Plus, there is an abundance of natural light.
One bedroom room has a long horizontal row of double-hung windows while the other room has windows tucked into an angled ceiling.
The shared bathroom with marble wainscoting has a tub/shower combination. A floor-to-ceiling shower curtain (the track is mounted on the ceiling) ratchets up the luxury factor.
A full size stackable GE washer and dryer is also on this level adjacent to a storage/linen closet.
The roof deck, offering absolutely incredible 360-degree views of Boston, is truly a memorable urban oasis. Views, however, are only one benefit as this outdoor haven has plenty of room for chairs, a table, etc., plus a sound system, irrigation for plants and a gas-line fire pit. A reflection of the thoughtful planning throughout the residence, the staircase to the roof deck is full size with carpeted quarter-sawn oak treads and a “real” banister.