The new owners of this Victorian townhouse get to enjoy a lovely four-story mansard-roof residence with picturesque views of the West Cedar Street and Louisburg Square rooftops.
Another of the beautiful townhouses on Beacon Hill has a new owner. 29 West Cedar St. sold earlier in the year for $3,450,000.
This home at 29 West Cedar St., which sits on the block between Louisburg Square and Charles Street, is found on the rise of Beacon Hill.
The peaceful, tree-lined street was originally named George Street many years ago, but the name was change to West Cedar. The house was built in 1890. It was a time of tremendous growth in the city. That year, Boston’s population was 448,477 – up from 362,839 people just 10 years earlier. Still growing, Boston now has 673,184 residents (2018 World Population Review) – a hefty increase since the home was originally constructed in the 19th century.
The new owners of this Victorian townhouse get to enjoy a lovely four-story mansard-roof residence with picturesque views of the West Cedar Street and Louisburg Square rooftops. This home has 4,886 square feet of living space that includes five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths as well as a balcony.
One of the very unique features of this classic unit is a rare and exquisite hand-painted scenic mural done in 1930 by renowned English landscape artist Rex Vicat Cole, a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. The wall painting prominently sits above the fireplace, embraced by a stately white detailed trim.
Vicat Cole was mostly known for his paintings of trees. He wrote and illustrated a book titled British Trees (1907), and another on how to depict trees in art, The Artistic Anatomy of Trees, published in 1915. He also wrote a book on Perspective. Cole planned another book named The Streets of London, which was never published, although the manuscript survives, as do more than 200 works intended as illustrations.
To have a work by Cole here is a real and rare treasure.
Along with the variety of flooring styles – tile, marble and hardwood – there are plenty of unique built-ins in various rooms. The living room, sharing space with the famed Cole mural, has a beautiful white china closet with arched glass doors and enclosed cabinets. There are four additional fireplaces and lots of large windows found throughout.
Entering the home through the classic foyer, the first floor includes a large kitchen and dining room as well as a sizable study (22-by-11-foot) and a powder room.
While the second floor that contains two large bedrooms – one with bay windows, – a 16-by-21-foot living room and full bath, the third floor has a good-sized family room (16-by-21 foot), kitchenette and laundry room with half bath.
The fourth floor features three nicely sized bedrooms with a full bath.
Outdoors, there is a private courtyard plus two potential deck spaces, one on the rooftop where picturesque scenes sweep over Beacon Hill and the Back Bay skyline all the way to the Charles River and Cambridge. The basement level has outside access.
One of the big attractions to living on Beacon Hill is its location. There are numerous fine boutiques and restaurants in the area. Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Charles River Esplanade are all within walking distance as is Downtown Crossing, Copley Square and the Theatre District. Chinatown is also not that far away.
The listing agent was George Ballantyne of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty and the buyer’s agent was Michael Harper of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Boston.