Global Luxury specialists Joe DeAngelo and John Ranco, a real estate team affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Boston – South End sales office, closed the sale on Jan. 2 at a price of $6,650,000. The home was purchased with Joshua Golden of Luxury Residential Group, LLC.

Some people tell us there’s no such thing as perfection, only various degrees of excellence. The closest thing to perfection that exists in Boston is 26 Holyoke St., located in the heart of South End.

A Second Empire-style limestone townhouse – beautifully restored to its historic turn of the century (1900) grandeur, melding all the modern luxurious comforts and conveniences – now has a new owner.

Global Luxury specialists Joe DeAngelo and John Ranco, a real estate team affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Boston – South End sales office, closed the sale on Jan. 2 at a price of $6,650,000. The home was purchased with Joshua Golden of Luxury Residential Group, LLC.

This is the highest-priced single-family home sold in the South End on historical record, according to MLSPIN.

“John and I are proud to have led the negotiations for our neighborhood’s top sale ever,” said DeAngelo.

A colossal 5,090 square feet of pure awe-inspiring design, discriminating elements and eye-popping flourishes spread over five floors - this home boasts 15 exquisite rooms. It includes five unique bedrooms, three luxurious bathrooms and a pretty powder room. There are also seven functioning wood-burning fireplaces with ornate marble surrounds and mantels.

The gleaming hardwood floors found throughout the home are enriched by the solid wide staircase with masterfully restored railings, the rich walnut wainscoting paneling and the handsome wood/glass built-ins, juxtaposed with the revitalized period crown molding that enhance the high ceilings and tall windows.

The grand vestibule, one of two front entrances, leads to the large and open front and rear parlors with an inviting Juliet balcony. The wine storage area makes entertaining family and guests easy while sitting by the gorgeous warmly-lit fireplace on a cold winter’s night.

The first floor – where the spacious contemporary, yet quaint kitchen is found – is all about creating and enjoying meals in the company of family and friends.

One of the rare features of this kitchen is the restored raised hearth fireplace - a great place to bake and break bread together. While practicing the long lost art of inglenook cooking and baking, not to worry… all the appliances are professional grade, including a large six-burner Wolf stove and oven, two wall ovens plus a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The over-sized sleek quartz countertop island has seating for two on either side. Three French doors opening to a patio overlook the vibrant gardens.

Another unique feature is an indoor terrarium, lined with copper pans to prevent water leakage – ideal for growing fresh herbs.

A butler’s pantry is adjacent to the large formal dining room, perfect for enjoying the finest of culinary creations. Two charming bay windows – front and back (a feature found on every floor), a decorative marble fireplace and original wood paneling add panache.

The garden level, which emphasizes Parisian tile flooring, has a home gym – an outstanding place for working off those indulgent moments. While the wall TV might add some extra enjoyment to your workout, a hot invigorating shower in the adjoining full bathroom will definitely be appreciated.

Also on this level is an oversized media – family room and wet bar, a wine cellar and laundry room.

When you are ready for a perfect night of sleep, the five bedrooms can be found on the fourth and fifth floors.

The master suite is located on the fourth floor. Large and inviting, this stunningly beautiful and bright room is complimented by many windows. The bay window bestows seasonal views of the back of the property. The fireplace affords moments of quiet interludes. The built-in dresser and walk-in closet provide convenience.

While the bedroom fosters a traditional design, the chic bathroom is everything one could dream of having with an inviting large soaking tub as well as a separate walk-in shower and a double vanity. Even the floor is heated.

An adjacent room proffers exciting vistas of Holyoke Street and the world beyond and can be used as a bedroom, a nursery or an office, for instance.

A second laundry area is conveniently employed on this floor as well.

A large skylight at the apex of the stairs on the fifth floor extends a greeting, percolating light down to the first floor.

Three diverse rooms on this level and can be used interchangeably, for example, as bedrooms, offices or hobby rooms. One room introduces a bay window with impressive views that include the Back Bay skyline, while another room highlights a fireplace.

The full bathroom has a tub-shower and double vanity.

This home showcases an amazingly impressive and large living roof terrace - an oasis all on its own any time of year. The terrace is wired for surround sound and has plenty of lighting, outfitted with a refrigerator and wet bar. Whether you relax in the hot tub or enjoy a BBQ, the views of the city are breathtaking and include the Hancock Tower and the new Four Seasons at One Dalton.

The walkways, front and back, and the custom four-vehicle carport (with a living garden roof) are all heated, meaning that you can come and go through most winter storms without lifting a shovel or pushing a snow-blower.

“The South End has excitingly transformed over the past decade to become one of Boston’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods,” said DeAngelo.

When you compare the price and quality of homes across the neighborhoods, the South End is a very good investment. Even with the record price, this South End masterpiece of architectural grace and opulence cost much less than it would if it was sitting in the Back Bay or on Beacon Hill.

The South End is very popular when it comes to entertainment, accommodating classy bars and trendy clubs, bustling restaurants and chic cafes, interesting art galleries, fun boutiques and artsy stores. There are also more public playgrounds than any other Boston neighborhood.

Getting around the South End is easy. It’s a walker’s or biker’s paradise – where daily errands do not require a car. Copley Place, Copley Square, Park Square, the Theater District as well as the Southwest Corridor Park are nearby.

It’s a rider’s dream – with public transportation nearby: MBTA’s Orange Line, commuter rail and Amtrak at Back Bay Station, Green Line at Copley Station and Silver Line along Washington Street. The home also has easy access to Routes 90 and 93.

This home, inside and out, provides the history of irreplaceable signature elements, blended with modern amenities, in a highly sought after location, to create the ultimate townhouse residence. In other words – it’s perfect.

To find out about more listings, contact John Ranco (617-699-8130) or Joseph DeAngelo (617-680-7371) of Ranco and DeAngelo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 10 Berkeley St., Boston. They can also be reached by email at