John Ranco and Joseph DeAngelo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage have listed this masterpiece of architectural grace and opulence for $6,950,000.
Some people tell us there’s no such thing as perfection, only various degrees of excellence. If you are in the market for a home and you are looking for the closest thing to perfection that exists in Boston, 26 Holyoke St. in the South End is it.
Three important aspects to consider when finding the perfect home are curb appeal, luxurious amenities and location.
The stately Second Empire architectural design of building, popular in the US and Canada from 1865 to around 1900 when this home was built, along with the unique limestone façade (rather than the typical red brick) make this home a one-of-a-kind gem. The French style elements, such as the mansard-topped tower roof and ornamental details, underscore venerable splendor.
As distinguishing as the outside is, the inside of this home has been gutted down to the studs – even the brick pilings have been replaced. It has been beautifully restored to its historic grandeur, melding all the modern luxurious comforts and conveniences with five floors of pure awe-inspiring design, discriminating elements and eye-popping flourishes.
John Ranco and Joseph DeAngelo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage have listed this masterpiece of architectural grace and opulence for $6,950,000. This home costs much less than it would if it was sitting in the Back Bay or on Beacon Hill. It proudly stands on its own laurels in the South End, right around the corner from the Back Bay community.
A colossal 5,090 square feet boasts 15 exquisite rooms, including five uniquely designed bedrooms, three luxurious bathrooms and a powder room. There are also seven functioning wood-burning fireplaces with ornate marble surrounds and mantels – either original or restored (you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference).
An impressive presence throughout the home, the gleaming hardwood floors are enriched by the solid wide staircase with masterfully restored railings, the rich walnut wainscoting paneling (found in the hallways and in several of the rooms) and the handsome wood/glass built-ins, juxtaposed with the revitalized period crown molding that enhance the high ceilings.
DeAngelo said that all of the original woodwork was either renovated or replicated. One would have a difficult time figuring out what is original and what is a copy. The amalgamation is, well, perfect.
The grand vestibule, one of two front entrances, leads to the large and open front and rear parlors with an inviting Juliet balcony. The wine storage area makes entertaining family and guests easy while sitting by the gorgeous warmly-lit fireplace on a cold evening.
The first floor – where the spacious contemporary, yet quaint kitchen is found – is all about creating and enjoying meals in the company of family and friends. One of the rare features of this kitchen is the restored raised hearth fireplace, a great place to bake and break bread together. While practicing the long lost art of inglenook cooking and baking, not to worry… all the appliances are professional grade, including a large six-burner Wolf stove and oven, two wall ovens plus a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The over-sized sleek quartz countertop island has seating for two on either side. Three French doors opening to a patio overlook the vibrant gardens.
Another unique feature is an indoor terrarium, lined with cooper pans to prevent water leakage - perfect for growing fresh herbs.
A butler’s pantry is adjacent to the large formal dining room, perfect for enjoying the finest of culinary creations. Two charming bow windows – front and back (a feature found on every floor), a decorative marble fireplace and original wood paneling add panache.
A handy powder room is also located on this floor.
The garden level has a home gym - an ideal place for working off those indulgent moments. While the wall TV might add some extra enjoyment to your workout, a hot invigorating shower in the adjoining full bathroom will definitely be appreciated.
Also on this level is an oversized media – family room and wet bar, a wine cellar and laundry room.
A mud room has an egress to the parking area.
When you are ready for a perfect night of sleep, the five bedrooms can be found on the fourth and fifth floors.
The master suite is located on the fourth floor. Large and inviting, this stunningly beautiful and bright room is complimented by many windows. The bay window bestows seasonal views of the back of the property. The fireplace affords moments of quiet interludes. The built-in dresser and walk-in closet provide convenience.
While the bedroom fosters a traditional design, the chic bathroom is everything one could dream of having with an inviting large soaking tub as well as a separate walk-in shower and a double vanity. Even the floor is heated.
The other room proffers exciting vistas of Holyoke Street and the world beyond and can be used as a bedroom, a nursery or an office, for instance.
A second laundry area is conveniently employed on this floor as well.
A large skylight at the apex of the stairs on the fifth floor extends a greeting, percolating light down to the first floor.
Three multifarious rooms on this level and can be used interchangeably, for example, as bedrooms, offices or hobby rooms. One room introduces a bay window with impressive views that include the Back Bay skyline, while another room highlights a fireplace.
The full bathroom has a tub-shower and double vanity.
Now that the remarkable interior journey is completed, it’s time to take an impressive el fresco tour.
There is one more staircase going up – that takes you to the amazingly impressive and large living roof deck, an oasis all on its own any time of year. Whether you relax in the hot tub or enjoy a BBQ, the views of the city are terrific. The terrace is wired for surround sound and has plenty of lighting, outfitted with a refrigerator, sink and wet bar.
The walkways, front and back, and the custom four-vehicle carport (with a living garden roof) are all heated, meaning that during the winter you can come and go through most storms without ever having to lift a shovel or push a snow-blower.
This home, inside and out, provides the history of irreplaceable signature elements, blended with modern amenities, in a highly sought after location, to create the ultimate townhouse residence. In other words – it’s perfect.