The uniqueness of the residence is evident even from the outside. The Baroque entrance makes for a distinctive doorway, complete with fanlight.

Pinnacle views, historic location and resplendent metamorphosis on Beacon Hill can’t be beat, and the new owner of a penthouse triplex condominium at 49 Mt. Vernon St. will reap the triple benefits.

Listed by Beth Dickerson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at $8.25 million, this exquisite three-level unit with 4,617 square feet, three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room is ready and waiting just for you.

Around the turn of the 18th century, a group of investors purchased a prime piece of land on Mt. Vernon Street and famed architect Charles Bulfinch (who designed portions of the State House) planned the neighborhood. Many illustrious homes were built attributing the architectural design to Bulfinch. Two characteristics of these buildings: They were tall, and they were erected in close proximity to the streets.

The dwelling at 49 Mt. Vernon was built in 1801, and the prominent Lemuel Shaw, one of the Commonwealth’s most influential chief magistrates, purchased and expanded the habitat in 1831, adding no fewer than 10 fireplaces. He and his wife, Hope, and their children lived there for many years and entertained fellow prominent New Englanders, such as son-in-law Herman Melville. Their unmarried, youngest son, Samuel Savage Shaw, continued to live in the home after his parents’ death (Lemuel in 1861 and Hope in 1870) until he passed away in 1915.

The house has been in the possession of several owners since then, each adapting the domicile to fit their own needs and desires. (For more interesting information, refer to

In 2017, this building was completely gut-renovated with an eye toward space, aesthetics and the finer touches, and the 2018 transformation is absolutely spectacular boasting handsome principal rooms, high ceilings and lovely period detail.

The uniqueness of the residence is evident even from the outside. The Baroque entrance makes for a distinctive doorway, complete with fanlight. The gaslights on either side of the entry, brick sidewalk and decorative iron work harken back to the Boston brownstones of yesteryear. The black shutters, vibrant window boxes and hidden gardens add a touch of country chic.

“The architecture association really likes them (gas lights),” Laura Rodriguez of Gibson Sotheby’s said. “No other unit on the street has them.”

From the gorgeous marble entry way to private elevator access to each of the three levels of accommodations, this impeccable home has all the feel of a suburban house, including outdoor space, while allowing for the privileges of city living.

“It lives like a single-family home,” Rodriguez said. “Most people don’t have elevators in Beacon Hill.”

The “first level” on the second story has a sprawling 40-foot wide open floor plan with wonderful wide walnut flooring. The large windows and glass doors to access two roof decks allow natural light to flow through the quarters, creating a warm, welcoming workable space for families, empty nesters and those who appreciate the room to entertain guests.

An expansive formal living room and dining room grace this floor with a built-in hutch dividing this space and the family room. With drawers and shelves on both sides, this eye-pleasing, unusual piece is just one of the many features that make this triplex stand out.

A gas fireplace in the living room, square recessed lights rather than the standard round ones, and other elegant lighting fixtures are other aspects that reflect the designer’s attention to detail.

For informal gatherings, a large and inviting family room with another gas fireplace abuts a bright, wide-open kitchen with professional grade appliances that include a Wolf five-burner gas stove and Wolf double ovens. The panel front appliances blend seamlessly with the cabinets as well as a built-in desk with glass front hutch. A large detached L-shaped peninsula shares a sink and cabinets on one side and has seating for three on the other side. A breakfast nook nestles into the L-shape with a built-in bench seat. A round or square table and chairs of the owners choosing complete the ensemble.

When outdoor entertaining is desired, there’s lots of room for couch seating on the large walk-out deck off the kitchen. Add a table and chairs, some steaks and veggies on the barbie (hook up for gas grill) and let the festivities begin. Window boxes for colorful flowers and succulent plants, speakers for music and candles for aromatherapy make this area a private oasis in the city.

With elevator access beside the kitchen, putting away groceries or other items is quick and easy.

A powder room and a study behind French doors are also situated on this level.

Three bedrooms are located on the mid-level, including two bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill bathroom with heated floors.

Laundry facilities are in the hallway with double stacked washers and dryers, overhead cabinets and vanity with sink, storage, and counters, convenient when folding clothes.

The master suite combines elegance with simplicity: the glow of the gas fireplace; a huge walk-in closet for clothing, footwear and accessories; and large windows with delightful seasonal views of Mt. Vernon Street.

A stunning en suite bathroom has a stylish porcelain soaking tub as well as a glass shower; the toilet discreetly hidden behind a separate door.

A large double sink vanity with drawers and cabinets as well as a double closet with mirrored doors provide lots of space for linens and things while decorative sconces, recessed lights and windows add ambiance.

The showpiece of the unit has to be the top floor – a dream for anyone who likes to host parties and entertain guests. With direct elevator access, visitors can be whisked up to the sky parlor without entering the other two floors. Entertaining can be done inside or out. Retractable glass doors on one wall lead to an oversized private deck with plenty of room for tables, chairs, couches, a gas grill and comes with a marvelous view.

Vaulted ceiling, sky lights, a gas fireplace, and a temperature controlled wine closet with marble floors and counter that can hold more than 300 bottles of beverages are just some of the facets discriminating hosts will enjoy.

A built-in desk and a large built-in wet bar with sink, beverage refrigerator, small dishwasher and drawers for supplies fill out the list of amenities available for any gathering.

In another unique touch, this floor’s full bathroom has a circular window as well as beautiful built-in cabinetry with glass front doors, shelves for displaying art or photos and drawers for storing all that one’s guests might need.

“Between the two decks and (the top floor) it’s the ultimate entertainment unit,” Rodriguez said. Anyone who enjoys entertaining would appreciate living in this home. “It’s too nice not to share.”

Smart Home technology means many components can be controlled from a cell phone, such as the Nest thermostats, surveillance cameras and alarm system.

Residents living at 49 Mt. Vernon Street have easy access to the history and landmarks that make Boston famous such as the iconic 2.5-mile Freedom Trail – with a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond – and the Museum of African American History, African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School. All that, and so much more, coupled with a brand new, never lived-in space mean this penthouse triplex condominium home is a hot commodity for those looking to have it all in Boston.

For more information, contact Beth Dickerson at 617-510-8565 or