Unit 1301 boasts grand views and spaces, Wi-Fi-enabled Lutron lighting systems and automatic blinds controllable by Smartphone as well as central access to Boston's best in education, entertainment and enterprise.

With the Boston Common as your front lawn, Downtown Crossing in your back yard, and Hub history and hotspots all around you, The Grandview at 165 Tremont St. is a rare opportunity to realize your American dream most fully and to revel in other midtown condo rarities while you’re at it.

Designed by Jung|Brannen Associates and developed by Norman Radow in 2003, the 61-unit high-rise has a rarely available unit that fully lives up to the name of its address. Unit 1301 boasts grand views and spaces, Wi-Fi-enabled Lutron lighting systems and automatic blinds controllable by Smartphone as well as central access to Boston’s best in education, entertainment and enterprise.

This 2,085-square-foot, one-level unit starts small, however.

“You actually have a foyer when you walk in,” said listing agent Todd Anzlovar of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. “Most homes and condos in town do not.”

The coat-closeted New York-style foyer with marble floor laid on the diagonal leads to a temple-like reception area with tray ceiling and diamond-shaped marble floor inlay. This elegantly introduces the newly oak-floored living-dining area at left and the hall to the kitchen, study and bedroom suites at right.

“The bedrooms are on the other side of the living spaces so if someone is awake in the living room and another is sleeping in a bedroom, they’re separated for noise purposes,” said Anzlovar.

The living room’s stunning vista encompasses the Theatre District, Emerson College, the Back Bay’s Hancock and Prudential towers, the Parkman Bandstand on the Common, historic Beacon Hill, the golden State House dome, MIT and Cambridge across the Charles River, and the faraway Blue Hills - all fittingly framed in a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling bay window blending classic and contemporary tastes.

“It’s west-facing, so you get really good afternoon light,” said Anzlovar. “You can see the sunset over the Charles.”

The view and light continue in the adjacent half-bay workstation, filling the living room with a bath of sun and sky. A wall-mounted bookcase with open corner shelves hangs between the bays. In the entertainment center across the room, horizontal overhead storage, step-stacked foot-level cabinets and vertical side shelves yield generous wall space for a TV screen of virtually any size.

Beside the half-bay, an angled corner wall and a chandelier cluster of multifaceted glass cylinder lights dangling at different heights define the more intimate dining area. In the recently renovated kitchen, a gray marble-like quartz counter begins as a peninsula bar and encompasses three sides of the kitchen for optimum food-prep convenience.

The counter incorporates an angled stainless steel double sink with Delta touch-sensor faucet, generous corner space for appliances and a three-burner electric cooktop with under-cabinet lighting.

A picture window, beveled-glass subway-tile backsplashes on light gray backgrounds and frameless white soft-closing cabinetry lighten the atmosphere.

“You could call it a European aesthetic,” said Anzlovar.

As practical as it is aesthetic, the cabinetry conceals a Miele dishwasher by the sink and a pantry with maple shelves and drawers by the hall. Integrated into the cabinetry are a stainless Sub-Zero refrigerator with a freezer drawer near the hall and stacked Miele microwave and Combi-Steam ovens by the cooktop – all complemented by stainless toe-kick baseboards.

Next to the fridge is a home central quartz counter with a backsplash and across the hall is a quartz dry bar with a glassware cabinet and wine cooler.

The oak-floored hall has two-track ceiling lighting for art displays. A right-hand marble powder room conveniently faces the carpeted study that can be a third bedroom, home gym, home office or nursery. Serving the latter two purposes is a corner window bay – angled to catch just enough light for a workstation or playpen. The room can accommodate a closet, too.

Next to the powder room are two double-door closets. One houses a washer and dryer side-by-side to make space for a sorting counter and linen shelves, “which is a rarity to find in the city,” said Anzlovar.

The hall right-angles into a second bedroom with a rarity of its own: four closets, including an 8-by-6-foot walk-in. Two other closets form a display alcove that can accommodate a fifth closet. The bath features a marble vanity with a Grohe faucet and a tub/shower with Hans Grohe fixed and hand-held showerheads.

Across the hall is the carpeted grand master suite. Rarities here include central hall access to the linen closet, bath, walk-in closet and bedroom, and a king-size bed area with twin swivel wall-lamps facing a double-window bay.

“This is east-facing, so you get good light in the morning,” said Anzlovar.

Also rare is the bedroom’s double French doors to a private den with bright eastern exposure for use as a home office or a nursery to keep a closer eye on the baby.

In the bath, Calacatta marble permeates the floor, twin-sink vanity with Grohe faucets, a commode alcove with a medicine/linen cabinet, a standup shower with Hans Grohe showerheads and a soaking tub with a hand-held showerhead.

Especially rare for a condo are the programmable light consoles by most of the rooms, which can control the lighting of individual areas in each room, whole rooms and the hallway for varied effects or energy conservation.

For more rarities, venture up to the shared roof deck for smashing sunsets and July 4th fireworks views or socialize in the circular mezzanine lounge overlooking the lobby and the Common. Better yet, go out on the town and enjoy movies, plays and comedy shows down the block, take trolley and Freedom Trail tours, run and play on the Common, shop and dine away, or just have a cup of coffee at the Thinking Cup next door.

“This is the only unit in the building for sale,” said Anzlovar, who is listing Unit 1301 for $2,699,000. “That speaks to how many people enjoy living at the Grandview.”

To view this rare gem of midtown living, contact Todd Anzlovar at 508-264-2104 (cell), 617-904-2000 (office), or Todd.Anzlovar@NEMoves.com.


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