This three-story carriage house at 83 Chestnut St., on the “Flat of the Hill” on Beacon Hill, is truly a rare find in so many ways.
Practically every home on Beacon Hill falls into the one-of-a-kind category, but this three-story carriage house at 83 Chestnut St., on the “Flat of the Hill,” is truly a rare find in so many ways.
Certainly the entry way is special. Wrought iron gates open into an “outdoor” domed vestibule with a brick walkway - just like the sidewalk. Similarly designed Palladian windows are over the gates and double doors to the building, too.
Yet one of its most unique features is that the entry level of this 19th century residence currently has wide-open “office” style space that could be a storefront. Another option is to reconnect with the upper floors to create a stunning single-family home with additional bedrooms, family room, gym and/or home office.
This multi-level 4,080-square-foot property with four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths and potential to spare is listed by Beth Dickerson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,500,000.
Running front-to-back, the fully open “parlor” level of the residence includes a huge kitchen-dining and living room space where the ceiling is at least 12-feet high.
A massive 66-glass pane window that is about eight feet square creates a Parisian atelier ambiance. The amount of light that pours in is amazing and is a spectacular backdrop for the galley-like kitchen that is the width of the space. A Thermador electric cook top and double oven are incorporated within seemingly miles of granite countertop that also has a desk/dry bar area.
Dark-stained ceiling beams are a pleasing contrast to light-colored floorboards that are throughout the entire space. A 16-pane transom window over the entry to this level is another interesting feature. By the way, the back of the house looks out onto Lime Street.
The living room area is spectacular - period. Here, the “ceiling” is two stories high and is topped by a gigantic roof window. Moreover, this space handles multiple seating/conversation areas in various configurations. For dinner and drama, move the current dining space into this area.
This level also has a deep storage closet/pantry.
Three sets of French doors (each door has 24 panes of glass) in the beautiful front parlor (or en suite bedroom) on this level add a touch of European flair while wide pine floor boards are a reminder of this home’s gracious past. The dentil-trimmed mantel over the fireplace is another original detail.
A built-in open- and closed-shelved bookcase along one wall serves as a library and/or decorative display space.
The en suite bathroom has a tub/shower combination and a sizable walk-in closet.
In one bedroom on the third floor something interesting is always in sight whether you look up down. Narrower maple floorboards are underfoot while a domed skylight is overhead. A king-size bed fits comfortably in this spacious room that also has two sets of double closets.
Another bedroom, which has a double closet, also works wells as a stylish nursery or an office.
A domed skylight is a focal point in an adjacent shared bathroom with a tub/shower combination.
One “grand” feature on the third floor, make that the landing, is that this bridge-like affair overlooks the living room, dining area and kitchen. It’s where 19th century aesthetics meets 21st century contemporary desires and, everybody wins.
For added modern convenience, a full-size stackable washer and dryer are on this floor. Additional cabinetry provides storage space.
Like the “parlor” below, the master suite has three sets of multi-glass paned French doors. Although the view of Chestnut Street is the same, it comes with a bonus - outdoor space. These doors open onto a great private deck that is the width of the building.
A coffered ceiling and paneled walls are two more elegant features in the sleeping chamber. A flush-mount fireplace with a granite surround and a seat/display ledge under a six-over-six double-hung window are others. A king-size bed fits comfortably in an alcove-like section. This room also has a spacious walk-in closet.
A jetted tub and corner step-in shower with multiple sprays address all bathing needs in the en suite bathroom that has a granite tile floor. A large roof window is an unexpected element and an excellent source of natural light.
Parking at the Brimmer Street Garage, which is directly across the street, is part of the package.
As for the street level of the building that runs front-to-back, this almost fully open space is ready and waiting for its next living adventure be it business or residential.