According to Back Bay Houses (, 4 Charlesgate East was designed by architect J. Pickering Putnam.

Why just walk by and admire the Back Bay brownstones when there is an opportunity to own a lovely home in one of the most prestigious buildings in the neighborhood? That’s what a new buyer did when purchasing Unit 402 at 4 Charlesgate East.

Brigitte Petrocelli of the Cort Petrocelli Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, originally listed this beautiful 1,291-square-foot fourth-floor home.

According to Back Bay Houses (, 4 Charlesgate East was designed by architect J. Pickering Putnam.

Built in 1891 on the Southeast corner of Beacon Street and Charlesgate East in the heart of the Back Bay by Gibson & Knight builders, the seven-story apartment hotel called The Charlesgate accepted both travelers and permanent guests. The emphasis, however, was on permanent guests.

The April 4, 1891 edition of the American Architect and Building News described this most resplendent building: “The basement and first story will be constructed of Indiana limestone, the remainder of brick with limestone trimmings. A picturesque effect is obtained by grouping the bays on the Charlesgate East front in pairs, and surmounting each pair with gables of brick work in the Queen Anne style, and by relieving these features against a high roof of green slate. The Beacon Street front repeats the motif of the Park front in the form of gables.

“The building is to be of slow-burning construction. All of the main portions from basement to second story are of brick. … The main entrance halls and corridors will be built of fireproof materials, and the staircases will be built of marble on the entrance and basement floors. There will be four electric elevators, and the building will be lighted by electricity throughout.”

The article also noted the beautifully landscaped open spaces and gardens around the building.

The Charlesgate, noted as a quiet, alcohol-free hotspot for the wealthiest until the1920s, eventually became dorms for Boston University and later for Emerson College. In September 1995, 4 Charlesgate East LLP purchased Charlesgate Hall and the next year, converted the property into apartments. It subsequently transferred the property to the Charlesgate Realty LLC.

In January 1998, Charlesgate Realty LLC reduced the number of units at 4 Charlesgate East from 57 to 56 and sold the condominium homes.

The awe-inspiring beauty of the building, as it was originally erected, still shines today.

The well designed expansive open floor plan in Unit 402 boasts high ceilings and shining red oak hardwood floors throughout, reminders of this building’s glorious heritage. Oversized windows offer pocket views of the Charles River from the master and second bedroom. Additional views of Beacon Street, along with glimpses of the Charles River, can be enjoyed from the living-dining room.

The open dining-living room is the perfect place for entertaining family and guests. The designated dining area easily fits a large table with plenty of seating and has a pass-through window to the crisp white kitchen.

The functional galley kitchen, sporting a ceramic tile floor, has plenty of cabinets and Corian countertops. The cook will enjoy using the newer appliances, including the microwave over the ceramic top range, the very handy wall-mounted rack to hang pots and pans and an under-mounted sink.

The nicely sized pantry and stackable washer-dryer just off the kitchen plus lots of storage space (including in the basement) are additional pluses.

Each of the bedrooms are spacious and can accommodate king-size beds. The master bedroom, with three bay windows and a sizable walk-in closet, has an en suite bathroom featuring a unique hand-painted mirror.

Both bathrooms have a tub-shower and a vanity while the shared bathroom has two mirrors.

The large 11x14-square-foot interior bonus room, currently used as a study, features a wall of built-ins and a large overhead light as well as a closet. This room could also be used as a family room, den, game room, a children’s playroom or a third bedroom.

A large common roof deck is equipped with plenty of upscale seating for dining and socializing; a perfect place to savor the sweeping 360 degree views of Boston and Cambridge and watch the sun setting over the Charles River. Yes, the new owners can even see the July 4th fireworks from the rooftop.

Other common amenities include the complementing grand Romanesque Revival style lobby, elevator, central air conditioning and a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

4 Charlesgate East is in an ideal location. It is an easy walk to enjoy all the natural beauty of the Charles River Esplanade and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Enjoy the fine restaurants and shops in the Newbury Street area and Copley Square. It’s a short distance to Kenmore Square and Fenway Park. The new owners can even see the famed Citgo sign from the roof deck. MIT – Kendall Square is right across the river. Finding the MBTA is easy. Same is true for Storrow Drive.

The home was bought for $1,140,000 on Nov. 9th through Yifei Wang of Dreamega International Realty. Brigitte Petrocelli represented the buyer.

To see more listing with Brigitte Petrocelli and the Cort Petrocelli Team, phone 617-803-5249 or email or visit online at