This beautifully renovated Georgian Revival classic at 10 Charles River Square is a statement in elegance and beauty, both outside and within.
Tucked in the middle of the Flat of Beacon Hill is the delightful community of Charles River Square. This lovely neighborhood in what feels like a European cul-de-sac was built in the horse and buggy days, long before Storrow Drive existed.
“It was based on an English square,” Allison Mazer of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty said.
This beautifully renovated Georgian Revival classic at 10 Charles River Square is a statement in elegance and beauty, both outside and within. While the views from the front door of most of the homes are brick façades of adjacent dwellings, the scenes from this front door are pure pleasure. Built in the crescent, the panorama of the Charles River, which sits just across the street, is front and center.
With more than 4,400 square feet of living space on five floors accommodating six bedrooms plus four and a half bathrooms, the home is perfect for any family wanting to enjoy city living without feeling cramped or having to downsize. This home, listed for $4,450,000, has style, space, storage, plus position all in one package.
Charm and splendor greet you the moment you step through the front door into the foyer. Not just a pass through, this room is a work of art. A fireplace, one of six, graces this room, adding warmth in the winter and beauty year round. Sleek hardwood floors champion the deacon bench with underneath storage and a wall of vibrant built-ins, ideal for fostering a moment of rest and easy access to outerwear and supplies. An elegant French door leads to other exquisite places in the home.
Modern meets the past in the dazzling chef’s kitchen with all the high end appliances one could need, including double wall ovens and a cooktop with a feature any chef would love – drawers right below to keep spices, utensils or other equipment needed to prepare a meal close at hand, yet out of sight.
The paneled refrigerator matches the numerous white cabinets, some with glass fronts and others closed. Lots of counter space makes work easy and convenient while a breakfast bar with seating for three and a cozy breakfast nook with bench seating provide areas for informal meals and snacks.
The formal dining room, formal sitting room and informal living room are reminiscent of the days of yesteryear. Although each room showcases its own ambiance and décor, all three rooms boast beautiful built-ins to display fine china, classic books and timeless mementos as well as wood-burning fireplaces to warm the cockles of one’s heart. While each room is adorned by unique wall sconces, the dining room has an exquisite chandelier and the living room and sitting room have recessed lighting, all adding to the home’s character.
A bedroom with an en suite bathroom and a bonus room is on the second level. The bathroom has a large walk-in closet and windows that look out on ivy-covered brick walls. Integrated cabinets and Jack and Jill end tables frame the slightly recessed bed area. Along with two other closets, there will be no shortage of storage here.
The bonus room is waiting for the new families’ creativity… a quiet office/study/den or a lively room for the media and/or hobby enthusiast, perhaps?
There are three bedrooms on the third floor. While two have fireplaces, all have windows capturing natural light and picturesque city and water views.
The bathroom on this floor has been fully renovated and has a spa-like feeling. The shower has an inviting handheld as well as wall mounted showerhead and stones in the floor, tendering a mini-foot massage. A mirrored medicine cabinet runs the length of the wall.
The fourth floor is devoted to the master suite. Along with a spacious bedroom, the luxurious en suite bathroom has a soaking tub with surround to hold mesmerizing candles adding to the relaxation experience, a shower with a handy built-in bench and shelves to hold toiletries, a double sink vanity, radiant heated floors, delightful during a cold winter’s spell and colorful views of the garden below.
A laundry room accommodating space for side-by-side appliances plus shelving and cabinets is hidden discreetly behind a pocket door.
The garden level suite, which has direct access to the out-of-doors, includes two sizeable rooms and a full bathroom, creating a nice addition to the overall living area. This is an ideal space for an au pair or guest suite. A family bedroom and a large playroom/entertainment room or office is another possibility. Shelves, closets and cabinets line the hallway.
“It’s such a rarity in the city to have so much storage,” said Mazer.
When rest and relaxation in the fresh air are the order of the day, step out from the master suite onto a private balcony. Sit a spell at a table and chairs while enjoying the colorful views of the river and “Annie Fields Garden.” Annie Fields Garden (also seen from the kitchen windows), shared by the neighbors, was a gift to the City of Boston from celebrated writer Annie Fields when she died in 1915. It is sometimes a stop on the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour.
For el fresco dining and/or entertaining guests, the expansive private rooftop deck, redone in 2017, is the place to be. With plenty of room for tables, chairs, a grill and planter gardens, this space is an oasis above the city busyness below. Beacon Hill and Back Bay, including the Prudential Building, create a vast vibrant vista, especially when the city nightlights are twinkling and dancing about.
The home is “really well built, private and quiet,” Mazer said. “It’s a nice setting for kids to grow up in. It’s a really incredible property for a family moving from the suburbs. You almost feel like you’re in a suburban home, yet you have the convenience of everything on Charles Street, including restaurants and shops.” Mazer said.
Location is everything and this home delivers. Most anything one could want is within walking distance or a short ride. The expansive Charles River Esplanade, which has meandering paths as well as sailboat rentals in addition to summer concerts and movies at the Hatch Shell, is a short stroll away. The Boston Common and Public Garden are also nearby as are other entertainment venues. Deeded parking for one car is at your front door, as well as nearby public transportation, for further pursuits.
For more information contact Allison Mazer of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-375-6900 or Allison.Mazer@SothebysRealty.com.