The elevator opens to a grand foyer and a floor-through flow that invites guests into the large, light-filled living and dining rooms at left and right respectively.

What does a sugar refiner, ship owner and importer Elisha Atkins; Charles Marsh, a partner of the Jordan Marsh department store (now Macy’s at Downtown Crossing); architect Arthur Little, famous for his 1878 book Early New England Interior; and the Academie Moderne fashion modeling school and Hart Modeling Agency all have in common?

They are all part of a treasure-trove of history – packed into a narrow, but noble French Academic brownstone, designed by Nathaniel J. Bradlee and built c. 1873. Nowadays, this Back Bay dwelling at 35 Commonwealth Ave. is a fashionable model for millennial living in historical ambiance.

This exquisite, 5,267-square-foot triplex penthouse was listed with and sold by Tracy Campion of Campion & Company on Oct. 30 for $14 million.

The elevator opens to a grand foyer and a floor-through flow that invites guests into the large, light-filled living and dining rooms at left and right respectively.

The living room radiates with style, space, light and heat – courtesy of the picture-frame, crown ceiling and baseboard moldings; the oversized window sitting areas rising above their cornices; the herringbone oak flooring; and the light gray marble gas fireplace and its classical mantel with fluted pilaster pairs and ribboned, festooned urn relief.

The banquet-sized dining room has a tray ceiling for added grandeur, but its long main wall is molding-free to accommodate cupboards, highboys, buffet tables, etc.

The dining room flows into the contiguous family room and chef’s kitchen. The family room reprises another light gray marble gas fireplace. The rear bow window forms a sunny breakfast space.

The kitchen’s marble waterfall island counter/bar unifies social and food-prep elements as a dinner-party center. A matching marble wall counter, backsplash and “home central” desk complement the paneled white cabinetry and symphony of appliances that include a Wolf six-burner gas range, convection oven, microwave and pot-warming drawer. A French door opens to an iron balcony.

The second floor has more symmetrical convenience: a versatile central hall introduces the left-hand master suite and right-hand bedroom suites.

The master bedroom also has a bay window, creating an airy sitting area, and a deep walk-in dressing closet. The palatial master bath boasts a Carrara marble twin-sink vanity, a standup shower, a Corian soaking tub, a pocket-doored water-closet with a corner cabinet complex, and floors tiled in interlinked cloverleaf patterns.

The other two bedrooms are also nicely sized with plenty of storage space, one with a walk in closet. Its en suite bath has a Carrara marble floor and vanity and a beveled marble-tile tub/shower with stationary and hand-held showerheads. The other bath features a shower, tiled and benched in variegated gray marble, evoking images of a soothing waterfall over rocks.

The third floor highlights a spacious, sunny studio for entertaining or family lounging. A built-in gas fireplace leaves ample wall area for a TV. Skylights align on axial symmetry with glass-flanked French doors at either end, leading out to two private decks with teak-plank parquet floors and copper-paneled walls.

The front-deck view contrasts the low historic scale of Victorian mansard roofs with the gargantuan modernity of the Hancock and Prudential towers.

The rear deck highlights faux ivy, creating a garden effect.

This beautifully appointed building is located on the second block of the sunny-side of the Commonwealth Avenue. While the Charles River Esplanade runs parallel, the neighborhood is bordered by Boston Public Garden and the Back Bay Fens, all part of the picturesque and sprawling Emerald Necklace, all producing ever-changing, awe-inspiring scenery, and all offering a variety of seasonal activities – it’s like having a playground in your own back yard. Leafy-green foliage edge many of the thoroughfares, graced with rows of other Victorian Back Bay brownstone homes, some flanked by the tree-lined pedestrian Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

This elite area couldn’t get any more picture-perfect with the splendid array of art and architecture found up and down the streets of the Back Bay - especially in Copley Square. A variety of decidedly old styles, such as the prominent Trinity Church (considered one of the top 10 buildings in America), Arlington Street Church (the first public building in the Back Bay), the Old South Church (boasting a fascinating anthology of people, stories, and buildings), the Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine; the Boston Public Library (the first public library in the nation) are juxtapose the newer designs such as the John Hancock Tower, a modernistic glass, monolith skyscraper standing at 791 feet and 60 stories high (maintaining the record for being the tallest building in New England).

Plenty of museums, theaters and galleries offer an array of programs, activities and services to enrich the body, mind and spirit. Here are a few examples: the Gibson House Museum (which preserves three generations of living in one of the first homes in the Back Bay; several rooms have been featured in films); the Ayer Mansion (Boston’s Tiffany Treasure); the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium; Alliance Francaise of Boston (French Cultural Center); Consulate General of Ireland (holds book discussions and fireside chats); Goethe Institute (German Cultural Center); New England Historic Genealogical Society; the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (integrates live theater and theater education that promotes inclusivity and connection); and the Boston Conservancy at Berklee. Places of worship, including the above mentioned churches, enliven the experience as well.

The Back Bay also has the honor of hosting some of the oldest independent institutions in the US: New England Conservancy of Music, the Boston Architectural College and the New England College of Optometry.

Posh-perfect shops and scrumptious restaurants found on Newbury, Boylston and other streets, plus the adjacent Prudential Center and Copley Place malls are another reason why the Back Bay is designated as one of the most popular destination to live.

To learn more about other listings in Boston, contact Tracy Campion of Campion and Company at 617-236-0711 or