The architectural stars have aligned in this five-story, fully renovated 1890 single-family home at 94 Pinckney St. on Beacon Hill.
The architectural stars have aligned in this five-story, fully renovated 1890 single-family home at 94 Pinckney St. on Beacon Hill. Location on the “Flat of the Hill” is one star. Style is another as this home, which has windows on three sides due to its “corner” situation, has close ties to its Victorian-era cousins in Back Bay, i.e., it’s wider than its neighbors. Deeded parking earns yet another star.
Now there is a new star – a sale. This home sold on April 20 for $5,110,000.
The exceptional down-to-the-studs renovation what makes this residence light up the skies. Within the 127-year-old building is a “new” home that bridges the stylistic aesthetics of the 19th and 20th centuries while incorporating those of the 21st century. Add in superb hand-craftsmanship and the result is a home that will transition easily throughout at least the next 100 years.
The fact is that simply by changing paint colors and window treatments, this home is, and will continue to be, comfortable in any era.
Symmetry, scale and luxury are also integral aspects of this one-of-a-kind four-bedroom, three-full bath, one half bath 4,400-square-foot residence Michael Moran and Mark Ruane of the Moran Residential Advisory Group at Otis & Ahearn Real Estate originally listed.
Symmetry starts with a double-door entry (topped with a transom window) into the vestibule from the street and then into the parlor level. French doors (with a transom window) open into a modern “cloak” room with a double closet for hats, coats, etc. - double doors, of course, a half bathroom and a window seat with storage underneath in a bay window.
Handcrafted millwork that is throughout the house - from the garden level to the fourth floor and even in the gracefully curving stairwell - represents incredible attention to detail. Crisp clean lines address modern desires, but the execution that includes six-piece stepped crown molding plus three-to-four piece stepped bump boards as well as window and door frames all complemented by gleaming quarter-sawn oak floor boards and 10-foot-high ceilings is spectacular.
In addition to a spacious formal dining area, the kitchen is on the parlor level. Proportionately scaled to the understated grandeur of the house, this eat-in space has countless amenities, including a Wolf six-burner gas range plus a Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers and a Bosch dishwasher - both with integrated panels.
The roomy center island with a walnut base that is large enough to seat three to four people comfortably is a pleasing contrast to white cabinetry (glass and closed front versions) on both sides of the room. Cabinets that extend to the soffit include two sets of full-length pantries. Additional storage is in the island.
Prettily veined white quartz countertops are accented with a grey linear subway tile backsplash.
The large informal dining space is set within a three-window bay area (itself a unique feature as this is the only house on the block to have a “back” bay window). Dining comes with a view of the enclosed brick patio. Already plumbed for water, electric and gas, this large outdoor oasis has brick walls topped with bluestone.
The patio also reflects the extensive attention to detail found inside. Exterior walls paneled to match the interior are a prime example. Patio access is available from the kitchen as well as the garden level.
A tray ceiling (this also has six-piece stepped crown molding) is one of three focal points in the grand-sized formal living room on the second floor. A broad bay window area that offers church spire views and a gas fireplace with a striking detailed surround are two more.
The second-floor foyer, which has a wall of built-in bookcases, can also do double duty when entertaining. This area is already plumbed for a wet bar.
The “front” room that also has a broad bay window and overlooks Pinckney Street (it also has a clear view any lines at Starbucks on Charles Street) works well as a library/den/study as well as a media center. In addition to built-in bookshelves, this large room is ready for a flat-screen TV.
The entire third floor is dedicated to the master suite that runs front-to-back. A broad bay window area, the gas fireplace with a classic wood-paneled surround and beautiful quarter-sawn oak flooring are classic focal points in the king-bed size sleeping chamber. Yet like the rest of the house, 21st Century desires and necessities are seamlessly incorporated.
The area above the fireplace is wired for a flat-screen and wardrobe requirements are fulfilled, too. A “secondary” double closet directly across from a huge customized walk-in/dressing room closet is in a “hallway” en route to the en suite bathroom.
In this luxurious room overlooking Beacon Hill rooftops, a free-standing American Standard soaking tub with a Rohl waterfall faucet has an impressive companion: a massive walk-in shower with multiple sprays and a built-in seat. A full frameless glass door opens to a tall (the top of the shower is at least nine-feet high) and fully tiled marble enclosure. A long walnut vanity with two sinks provides ample storage and elbowroom, the commode room offers privacy and the heated floor keeps everyone’s feet comfy.
Three bedrooms on the fourth floor include a sizable guest room with a very large skylight. The remaining bedrooms - one at the front of the house; the other at the back - are similar in size with extra-wide double closets. The front bedroom has a very wide bay window area, too.
The shared full bathroom on this floor has double sinks with Kohler faucets and a Americast rectangular tub/shower with oversized subway tile installed in a vertical pattern. A full size washer and dryer are across the hall.
The huge finished room on the garden level serves many purposes from family room and media center to guest or au pair suite. This level also has access to the patio.
A full bathroom with a tub/shower combination (subway tile is installed vertically here, too) and a second (even larger) laundry room is down here along with an extra-wide and deep double closet.
The new owners will enjoy plenty of shopping and eating options on Charles and Cambridge streets. It is also easy to get to Boston Common and the Government Center.
No trouble finding the T – the Charles MGH Red Line station as well as the Green-Blue Line Government Center station are within easy range. For driving, Storrow Drive and Route 93 are nearby.