Pamela Cushing and Haley Cutter of Live in Luxury Real Estate at Douglas Elliman have listed this absolutely spectacular home with 2,900 square feet of living joy for $4,699,000.

It’s no secret that Boston is a city filled with history. And it’s no wonder why people are flocking to the city – an appealing place to live where inspiring history blends so well with the modern amenities of today’s active lifestyle.

Penthouse 3C at 647 Boylston St. is a home that showcases the triumphant fusion of the charm of yesteryear with all the conveniences of 21st century living – making life a lot more comfortable than it was in the olden days.

This home recently underwent a complete renovation and expansion. Adding to its appeal is the location – within steps of Copley Square, directly across the street from the main branch of the Boston Public Library, overlooking the famed Boston Marathon finish-line.

Pamela Cushing and Haley Cutter of Live in Luxury Real Estate at Douglas Elliman have listed this absolutely spectacular home with 2,900 square feet of living joy for $4,699,000.

This building – known to many as the Haberstroh Building – is attached to the Parish House of the Old South Church and has a fascinating history.

According to the Historic Buildings of Massachusetts ( and The Next Phase Blog (, 647 Boylston St. was originally built as a private family home in 1886 for Dr. Edward Newton Whittier, where he lived until his death in 1902.

Whittier was a captain in the Union Army during the Civil War. He earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallantry during the Battle of Fisher’s Hill near Strasburg, Virginia in 1864.

While living in Boston after the war, Whittier served on the staff of the Harvard Medical School, which was then located where Massachusetts General Hospital is today. It’s said he used to walk to work from his home on Boylston Street. He didn’t have the option of going from the Copley to the Charles River-Mass General station on the T since the first subway in Boston didn’t exist until 1897.

Albert Haberstroh, of the Boston firm of L. Haberstroh and Son, bought the house in 1905 and converted the building into his business office. He designed the four-story bay and entrance – thus giving name to the building. The Van Noorden sheet metal company executed the elaborate Gothic and Elizabethan copper engraved ornamentation. The exquisite glass work in the bay is accentuated when the sun shines in. Both Whittier and Haberstroh would be very impressed with the residential duplexes today – especially the penthouse which boasts three bedrooms and two-and-half baths.

This extremely unique home has direct elevator access. For all the modern updates that have been used to enhance this stunningly gorgeous home, the past has not been brushed away. Exposed brick blends in beautifully and serves as a pleasant reminder of the historic presence in the home.

While the lower level sleeping quarters was a gut-to-studs renovation, the upper floor is new construction. The design by P&H Interiors of Coral Spring, Fl. in every room is creative, spacious and inviting.

Open concept design of the main living space makes this the ideal home for entertaining.

Sliders off the Great Room – with a large built-in entertainment center and room for a formal dining area – open to a terrific oversized private deck overlooking the Boston Public Library and the city skyline. On Marathon Monday, if you’re not running, you can get a close-up look at the finish line, which is almost directly right below this deck. This private deck – one of three – has a gas-line hook up for all your grilling delights.

The kitchen is so inviting, guests will want to come to your home often and watch you whip up culinary delights using the state-of-the-art high end appliances. There’s a Wolf oven and five-burner induction cooktop, large Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and a wine fridge. There’s also an Asko dishwasher. The glass tile backsplash compliments the many bronze lacquered custom cabinets.

A very unique feature in this large kitchen is two quartz-topped islands. One island is for food prep with storage and sink, while the other is a place for people to gather, enjoying informal refreshments and great conversations.

The sliders off the kitchen lead to another deck – perfect for enjoying food while savoring the Back Bay view.

There is also a powder room on this floor.

As you head to the staircase area to go down to the bedroom level, notice there is extra space by the stairs. This opening is a tempting place to install a boat ladder or other form of stairs going up since this home has been approved to add a 400-square-foot roof deck. Imagine the fun you can have on this deck. With that much space, you could test your green thumb with gardening, and add comfortable furniture for savoring the views while watching the antics of the people walking by and admiring the backdrop of twinkling city lights.

The three bedrooms on the lower floor are designed in a way that invites a great night of sleep in pure comfort and luxury.

The master suite has sliders to the third deck. The view has a very old London feel about it when looking at the backside of the Newbury Street buildings. A large ceiling fan sits above the king-sized sleeping area. The room is wired for TV.

The en suite bathroom is magnificent. Placed around the room is a double marble-topped vanity, an extra-large marble shower with handheld and rain-head fixtures and a private loo.

Another adjoining door takes you into a large multi-purposed space. This room could be set up as a jumbo walk-in closet – adding custom shelves, cubbies and rods for all your clothes, shoes and accessories – with a dressing area. This room could also be used as a quiet nursery, a home office or a hobby nook. An alcove allows for a smaller closet to be added – perfect for extra storage – or to hang shelves – ideal for holding office/hobby paraphernalia.

The other two bedrooms with a well-equipped Jack and Jill bathroom are very inviting, each with ceiling fans and large windows. One of the bedrooms looks out onto an area that could become deck number four if desired. The closets were not built out so that the new owner can custom-design them.

Also on this floor is a laundry area, large enough for a full sized washer and dryer.