Built in 1899, this building has deep roots in New England and Boston history. Louisa May Alcott stayed there while finishing Little Women and John F. Kennedy lived there in 1946 when he ran for the U.S. Congress.
Forget about living in the “shadow” of the State House. In this 9th floor residence at the former Hotel Bellevue on Beacon Street, it’s eye-level time with the iconic golden dome.
In fact, the golden dome is what you see first after opening the door to this two-bedroom home with two bathrooms and 897 square feet of living space at 21 Beacon St.
Unit 9i is listed by Samantha Jason of The Residential Group at William Raveis Real Estate for $1,025,000.
Built in 1899, this building has deep roots in New England and Boston history. Louisa May Alcott stayed there while finishing Little Women and John F. Kennedy lived there in 1946 when he ran for the U.S. Congress. The hotel was also the political headquarters of John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald - Kennedy’s maternal grandfather who was a former Boston mayor and Congressman.
In the here and now, however, a massive window – extra wide and one-over-one – in the open concept living-dining room-kitchen is the scenic gateway of this unit. Another Hub landmark – the Boston Common – is part of the view, too. Although this one changes constantly, depending on the time of day and the seasons, the scene is always mesmerizing.
Still, what is inside the home is visually compelling, as well. Original parquet flooring (these are refinished four-inch squares in excellent condition), accented with deep, detailed bump boards that flows throughout the entire unit is not only beautiful in its own right, but also an elegant reminder of the building’s past. So is triple-crown molding with a decorative trim that highlight 12-foot high ceilings.
The living area itself, which is sizable and flexible, accommodates any number of furniture/use configurations. Ideal as a year-round residence, this home also makes a sensational pied-à-terre for those who work or play in the city a few days a week (or on weekends), but live out of town.
The good news is that whatever the use or arrangement, the views (including the glittering dome) will always be in sight.
The L-shaped kitchen has a huge, wide, wrap-around granite-topped peninsula that seats five people comfortably or doubles easily as a serving station when entertaining for sit-down formal functions, elegant cocktail parties or casual get-togethers. A granite backsplash is behind the deep, stainless-steel under-mount sink. Mahogany cabinetry includes open display areas.
Classic floor tile (white with black inserts) in the shared full bathroom is complemented by white subway tile with a crown-molding-like topper used in the surround for the tub/shower ensemble and as wainscoting. A pedestal sink and double-crown molding maintains the traditional vibe in this loo with tile bump boards.
In the second bedroom, those same sensational city views tend to overshadow the fact that this large chamber (think king-size bed) can serve multiple purposes. Using this as combination guest/office space is easy. The well-proportioned room with a huge one-over-one window can accommodate a variety of furniture stylings and arrangements.
A built-in floor-to-ceiling wardrobe with four sections that is in the hallway works for clothing and “stuff.”
A matching wardrobe is in the master suite, but the real charmer on the way to the master bedroom harkens back to the days when the building was a hotel: a full-length mirror insert rests on the back of the five-panel door to the master suite.
What’s on the other side of the door is even better. Whether its perception or something more measurable such as the sightline is irrelevant because from this king-bed size sleeping chamber, the view of the State House seems so close you can reach out and touch it. The captivating scene is unforgettable.
So is the space that (besides the wardrobe) features a walk-in double lighted closet with custom inserts including five drawers. This “room” also has double-crown molding and detailed bump boards.
Subway tile is the material of choice for the surround in the tub/shower ensemble and for the wainscoting. Tile bump boards and a black-and-white tile floor maintain the period look. Each bathroom has a marble threshold, too.
Magnificent 365-degree views of the city, including one that looks right down the Charles River, may be the hallmark of the common roof deck – but it’s the details that capture the imagination. Substantial stone railings integrated into the building’s architecture ring this outdoor getaway. Potted plants and outdoor tables (in season, of course) make this a high-rise respite.
On another 21st century note, 21 Beacon is an elevator building and three valet parking lots are practically around the corner with the Boston Common Parking Garage being just about the same distance.
Concierge service is only one amenity in this professionally-managed building that has a stunning two-story common entry with a coffered glass ceiling that highlights the original massive peaked skylight/roof window.
Laundry facilities are on each floor as well along with a charming, albeit defunct, reminder of the building’s past as a hotel: mail chutes.