Available homes don't stay on the market for long on Beacon Hill. Two beautiful homes recently sold – Unit 2 at 49 Mt. Vernon St., and Unit 3 at 35 Beacon St.
Beacon Hill is one of the most coveted areas to live in Boston and for many great reasons. It is a neighborhood that radiates the charm of the 18th century community in a growing 21st century global city.
Old World charm, tree-lined roadways with gas lights, historical landmarks and notable residents blend perfectly with popular culture.
The cozy neighborhood is situated along the riverfront of the Charles River Esplanade, Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden that hosts a variety of seasonal activities intersecting with the Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail, underscoring rich historical and cultural treasures.
The Charles River Esplanade and the State House are nearby as are the Theater District and Copley Square.
The streets are dotted with sizzling restaurants and intimate cafes, as well as pizzerias and ice cream shops to tantalize and treat your taste buds. For shopping pleasure, there are numerous antique shops, specialty boutiques and art galleries all within reach.
Also close by are the Park Street and Arlington Street MBTA stations. Storrow Drive, Route 90 and Route 93 are a mere drive away.
Available homes don’t stay on the market for long on Beacon Hill. Two beautiful homes recently sold – Unit 2 at 49 Mt. Vernon St., and Unit 3 at 35 Beacon St.
49 Mt. Vernon St., Unit 2
The large and grand Unit 2 at 49 Mt. Vernon St. sold on Aug. 8 for $6,950,000. It was originally listed by Tracy Campion and purchased with Mark Doherty – both of Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate.
There’s plenty of space in this eight-room penthouse triplex for the new owners to enjoy. Originally built in 1900, this brownstone has 4,641 square feet of living luxury with three bedrooms, three full baths and a half bath.
While the old world charm is still very much alive, there are a lot of recent updates, making this ideal for those who want to enjoy the best of 21st century comforts while honoring the home’s historic roots. For one thing, there’s an elevator – something not found in most of the Beacon Hill brownstones.
Another example that makes this home such a rare find is that it is situated in an exceptionally wide building that is shared with just one other residence. Each of the levels is directly accessible by the elevator, beginning with the sprawling, open-concept floor plan with an eat-in chef’s kitchen and a walk-out deck, a family room, formal and living rooms, and French doors to a private study. The living room has a gorgeous fireplace and sizable windows.
The kitchen is large and functional. The appliances are high end and there’s a comfortable eat-in area and even a place that can be used to study or work while checking out the scenes outdoors.
The adjacent dining room area, illumined by a pretty chandelier, has a lovely architecturally-detailed china cabinet and plenty of room for a sizeable and welcoming table.
Another handy feature – all three bedrooms are all on the same level, including the luxurious fire-placed master bedroom suite that includes a jumbo walk-in closet and a sun-filled, five-piece luxury bath.
On the top floor, the new owners will love the oversized entertaining room with lofted ceilings, another fireplace and a wet bar. This room features a full wall of glass doors that open completely to the home’s second roof deck.
Additional features include wide plank walnut floors, beautiful millwork, temperature-controlled wine storage and two sets of washers/dryers.
The homeowners’ association package includes hot water, electric, water, security, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, reserve funds and the option for valet parking.
This home even comes with an interesting history, as posted on the Longleaf Lumber of Cambridge website (www.longleaflumber.com/49-mt-vernon-street). They say that in 1803, Boston merchant and philanthropist Stephen Higginson Jr. erected a series of Federal-style row houses on Mt. Vernon Street, “confident that wealthy Bostonians would find them desirable.” Charles Bulfinch is said to be behind the architectural design of these buildings.
Lemuel Shaw and his second wife, Hope, bought 49 Mt. Vernon St. in 1831 and according to Longleaf, expanded the home that included “an imposing facade and no fewer than 10 fireplaces.”
Shaw, who graduated from Harvard in 1800, served as a well-known community leader, jurist and Federalist who held many civic and social positions. He served several years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives prior to being appointed Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, holding that post from 1830 to 1860.
Longleaf notes, “It was at 49 Mt. Vernon that Lemuel and Hope raised their children and entertained fellow prominent or notable New Englanders, such as son-in-law Herman Melville.”
During the recent renovation, Longleaf Lumber reclaimed white pine beams from the roof, part of which was removed to create additional space on the top floor of the building.
35 Beacon St., Unit 3
Another interesting Beacon Hill sale happened on July 22 when Unit 3 at 35 Beacon St. was sold for $1,835,000. This third-floor, five-room home overlooking the Boston Common was originally listed by the Moran Group of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty and bought with the Walker Residential Team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential.
Stunningly renovated and beautifully appointed, this 1,348-square-foot Victorian row house eloquently preserves the treasured history of the home while blending modern day comforts.
The palatial front-facing living and dining room showcases towering ceilings, expansive bay windows, a fireplace and period moldings. In between the two front windows are classic shelves. There is also a large adjacent library/study.
The kitchen has been thoughtfully updated, parading state of the art appliances, granite stone counters and a mirrored back splash.
The large and inviting master suite is accentuated by a handsome fireplace, customized closets and a beautifully renovated marble bath with brushed nickel fixtures and a glass-enclosed shower.
The guest bedroom also has an en suite bath.
The home has central air, motorized bedroom shades, private storage and beautiful hardwood floors along with a powder room.
This professionally-managed elevator building features a spacious common roof deck offering panoramic city views and a pretty garden area.
The association fee includes heat, hot water, water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance and refuse removal.
Beacon Street is steeped with history. At the southwest corner of Beacon and Joy streets is the site where the legendary “Ice Man” lived. Frederick Tudor founded the Tudor Ice Company very early in the 19th century.
Considered to be a pioneer of the international ice trade, he made a lot of money shipping ice cut from New England’s frozen ponds to ports in the Caribbean, Europe, India and Australia. During those days, only the very wealthy had access to ice.
According to Wikipedia, by 1816, while “Tudor was shipping ice from Massachusetts to Cuba … he was also importing Cuban fruit to New York.” On Feb. 6, 1864, Tudor died a very wealthy man in his 34.5 Beacon St. home.
Although the original house is no longer standing, the current building, with its own historical significance (former headquarters of the Family Services of Greater Boston, founded in 1835) has gone through remarkable transformations over the years.
33 Beacon St., designed by Cornelius Coolidge, was home to Brahmin George Parkman.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow courted and married Fanny Appleton at 39-40 Beacon St. and 42-43 Beacon St. was the former home of painter John Singleton Copley.
To learn more about available homes on Beacon Hill, contact Campion and Company Fine Real Estate at 617-236-0711, email email@example.com or visit online at www.campionre.com.
Or contact the Mike Moran of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-733-7660, Michael.Moran@SothebysRealty.com or visit online at www.gibsonsothebysrealty.com.
To reach the Walker Residential Team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential, phone 617-848-9616, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at www.warrenre.com.