The Abbott – a luxury condominium building perfectly perched on the northwest corner of sunny Marlborough and Exeter streets – not only features one of the premiere homes on the market right now, it also boasts an impressive chronicle.
The Back Bay is not just a neighborhood within walking distance of some of the city’s premium parks and cultural corners or splendid shops and eclectic eateries. The Back Bay is also an area steeped in history. All of these delicious aspects help make the Back Bay one of the most enticing and in-demand places to live in Boston.
The Abbott – a luxury condominium building perfectly perched on the northwest corner of sunny Marlborough and Exeter streets – not only features one of the premiere homes on the market right now, it also boasts an impressive chronicle (backbayhouses.org).
Unit Three at 11 Exeter St. is a two-story luxury townhouse exclusively listed by Julie Harrison, Mary Conner and Arianna Brown of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,080,000.
This ca. 1872 Peabody and Stearns brownstone once served as the home of Samuel Appleton Browne Abbott.
One of three contiguous houses built on two parcels of land, this home was originally built for contractor George Wheatland, Jr. for speculative sale.
11 Exeter was purchased from Wheatland on May 12, 1873 by Marshall Woods, who lived with his wife, Anne Brown (Francis) Woods, in Providence. Although he was a physician by training, he never practiced medicine. He was more interested in real estate investment and other ventures, serving as treasurer of Brown University from 1866 to 1882.
Woods’ son-in-law and daughter, Samuel Appleton Browne Abbott and Abby Francis (Woods) Abbott, lived in the home after they married in October 1873.
Samuel Abbott was a lawyer and served as president of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees from 1888 to 1895. He oversaw the construction of the main library building in Copley Square.
By 1892, Samuel Abbott’s sister, Sarah Livermore (Abbott) Fay, the widow of William Pickering Fay, joined their household and lived there until 1895. After Abby Abbott died (March 1895), Sarah Fay moved to 262 Beacon and Samuel Abbott went abroad.
A year later (April 1896), while in Rome, Abbott married Maria Elizabeth Dexter. He was the first director of the American Academy in Rome.
On April 25, 1898, Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr. purchased 11 Exeter from Marshall Woods, where he and his wife, Sarah Williams (Pemberton) Shaw, made their home.
On Dec. 13, 1951, the Mimaur Realty Company, operated by Michael (Max) Lilly, acquired 11 Exeter from Sarah Shaw’s estate. A month later, permission was granted to convert the single-family dwelling into 10 apartments.
Sixty-five years later (on Jan. 28, 2016), the Marlboro Exeter LLC purchased 11 Exeter from the Melik-Exeter LP and in November, the property was remodeled into nine units.
On Feb. 5, 2018, the property was converted into eight luxurious condominium homes in the boutique building, aptly named The Abbott.
Unit Three is a splendid three bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom townhouse that has been meticulously renovated. It is the only home in this eight-unit building with a private entrance on Marlborough Street.
This building exudes curb appeal. The walkway, with mature gardens on both sides, harmonizes with the warm brownstones. The black wrought-iron gated fence complement the fan-windowed black door. The eight entrance steps match the masonry trim of the building.
The unit’s front door opens to an attractive atrium welcoming your family and guests home, where timeless architectural design marries contemporary comforts, forming a perfect union for luxurious living.
The open foyer, large enough for a sitting room or a dining table and chairs, sets the tone for the rest of the flow-through space with epic ceilings and five-inch oak finish hardwood flooring.
Just beyond is an open-concept kitchen – laid out with beauty and ease of cooking in mind. Custom white Metropolitan Shaker cabinetry with glass front doors above as well as closed doors and drawers below the quartz waterfall countertops pops against the stainless steel appliances.
The chef of the family will enjoy using the Wolf six-burner range along with the built-in microwave and large Sub-Zero refrigerator. The large quartz waterfall island, with seating for three, hosts the sink and Asko dishwasher plus plenty of additional cabinetry.
Bonus glass door cabinets above the complementing quartz countertop embrace the bar with two wine coolers and a beverage area which sit nearby, adding to the entertainment ambiance. Nearby is a powder room.
An incredible grand living room with beautiful trey ceilings (matching the ones in the kitchen) sits to the left of the foyer - another impeccable example of how well the 19th and 21st centuries intermingle in this home.
As you enter this room, your attention is immediately drawn to the long rectangular gas fireplace featuring a shining marble surround flanked by gorgeous glass-front cabinets, paying homage to the past.
On the left wall in the living room is an alcove with 16 stunning original bay windows - a perfect place for a dining table and chairs.
One can easily sense the historic colonial nature of the neighborhood as one looks out onto Marlborough Street. Imagine sitting down to an evening meal by candlelight, looking out onto the scene below. Perhaps you might envision the sights and sounds of the horse-drawn carriages clippity-clopping by while the neighbors dressed in their evening attire greet each other.
Heading upstairs for a good night’s rest will be a pleasure. On the upper level you will find an amazing master bedroom. The three spacious closets are custom designed, featuring lots of rods, shelves and drawers. The three bay windows overlook Marlborough Street. From this perspective, one sees an amalgamation of the iconic and the contemporary landscape of Boston, as the steadfast Prudential Tower and the novel One Dalton building (currently under construction), for example, come into focus.
The deluxe en suite bathroom offers a double sink vanity with a quartz countertop along with plenty of storage. The jumbo walk-in shower has four shower heads, including a hand-held spray.
The other two generously-sized rooms with large custom closets offer captivating views, as well. These rooms can be used as traditional bedrooms or transformed into an office, library, sitting room, game room or whatever else is desired or needed.
The second bathroom has a glassed-in shower, bathtub and plenty of cabinets.
The laundry area was custom-designed, making it easy to sort and fold clothes as well as store all the supplies needed for cleaning day and includes an Electrolux stacked washer and dryer.
The entire home is pre-wired for Sonos – the ultimate home sound system. The wireless surround-sound speakers are located in the ceiling in most of the rooms, adding additional entertaining pleasure.
The home is also protected with a BEC security system which allows you to see what is happening outside your door, adding a sense of safety and convenience.
There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12.