Penthouse 2A on the 39th floor of the South Tower at 2 Avery St. sold on Feb. 12 for $10,200,000. This marks the highest-priced sale for one of the Ritz-Carlton's exceptional residential units.

When people see the famed icon, “the lion and the crown,” the Ritz-Carlton automatically comes to mind. People have come to expect “elegance, refinement and noble bearing” since the Ritz Carlton - Boston revolutionized the hospitality industry “creating luxury living in a hotel setting.”

Taking this initiative a step further, “the mixed concept of hotel and residences” – the model that brings sophisticated living and elite lifestyle together – resulted in the development of The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton.

And now one of the homes in the Ritz-Carlton has a new owner. Penthouse 2A on the 39th floor of the South Tower at 2 Avery St. sold on Feb. 12 for $10,200,000. This marks the highest-priced sale  for one of the Ritz-Carlton’s exceptional residential units.

The Ritz-Carlton brand has a long, distinguished history. According to the Ritz-Carlton’s website (http://www.ritzcarlton.com), when the Ritz-Carlton Investing Company was established in the United States by Albert Keller, he bought and franchised the name. “In the early 1900s, several hotels were known as The Ritz-Carlton in places such as Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City and Boca Raton. However, by 1940 none of the hotels were operating except for the Ritz-Carlton, Boston. The hotel embodies the finest luxury experience, Yankee ingenuity and Boston social sensibilities. The standards of service, dining and facilities of this Boston landmark served as a benchmark for all future Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts worldwide.”

Millennium Partners developed the The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton – also known as the Ritz-Carlton luxury condominiums – in 2001. It was Handel Architects who designed what became the model of “innovative and forward-thinking design.” In 2003, the architects were honored for their work with the Award for Excellence and Project of the Year. Millennium Partners is also known for its developments at Millennium Tower, Millennium Place and One Charles.

The Ritz-Carlton currently has 132 luxury residential homes ranging from one-bedroom condos to four-plus-bedroom units located in two high-rise towers. All the homes feature Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring, spectacular high-end granite kitchens, exquisite marble bathrooms and substantial windows that deliver an abundance of natural light and amazing views.

Penthouse 2A is a sprawling nine-room palace with 4,703 square feet of luxury living space, including five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room. The open floor plan makes this place look even bigger than it is. This is more than just a home – it’s a showpiece, perfect for entertaining.

The large kitchen will bring joy to the family chef. Of course, as is the case throughout this home, everything is premium. The Viking Gas stovetops and ovens used in the Ritz are perfect for making those delicious culinary creations. There is plenty of storage and work space with several cabinets and drawers, including an island.

The bountiful living area offers high-end polish and comfort. A fireplace adds to the ambiance. The separate formal dining room is a great place to enjoy a fine meal while savoring the grand panorama.

The views from the multitude of floor-to-ceiling – wall-to-wall windows in this home are incredible. The experience gets even better when stepping out onto the private 261 square-foot sky veranda. The new owners will be enjoying the sights from one of the highest points that come with a residential unit in Boston. From one side, the new residents will see the transforming landscapes of the Back Bay and Beacon Hill. On the other side comes the tranquil beauty of Boston Harbor and the Waterfront area.

The master bedroom suite is large and masterfully designed with plenty of room for a sitting area to relax, read a book or simply enjoy the outdoor vista. The walk-in closet affords plenty of wardrobe space. The en suite bathroom provides all of the comfort features.

The other bedrooms have plenty of closet space and exceptional outside sights. Each bedroom has a private bathroom for ease and privacy.

Living at the Ritz-Carlton is a lot more than just coming home to a place to sleep and eat – it’s a lifestyle.

People who call this iconic Boston treasure home share the same famed five-star service provided to hotel guests, including maid/room service, doorman/concierge and garage/valet parking. Residents can call from the comfort of their homes, and the concierge will arrange everything from handling your travel arrangements to making restaurant reservations around the city. Occupants also receive discounted rooms at world-wide Ritz-Carlton hotels. On-site maintenance is also available.

Building amenities also include access to the 100,000-square-foot Equinox sports and spa facility. In addition to cardio and weights, the fitness center has specially-designed Mind Body Studios, a full-sized basketball court, four Squash courts, a 25-yard indoor swimming pool and a personal training program. The state-of-the art spa offers rejuvenation after an intense workout or a long day. A collection of signature treatments focuses on relieving stress, renewing, muscles, and overall relaxation.

Centrally located in the Midtown neighborhood across from the Boston Common, it is easy for Ritz-Carlton condo residents to explore the city and access the many fantastic services, restaurants and shops away from the boutique building. The Opera House is almost outside the front door. The Financial District, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and South End are all within walking distance. It’s easy to walk to the Downtown, Theater District and Chinatown neighborhoods.

To explore other places in Boston, the Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, Park Street and Boylston MBTA subway stations are easily accessible.

The listing agent for this home was Mark Doherty of Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate and the buyer’s agent was Joshua Stiles of Compass.