What awaits is a five-story, fully renovated single-family residence with the innate elegance of this 1860 gem infused with a contemporary aesthetic designed for every aspect of city living, formal entertaining and today's lifestyles.
All the telltale signs indicate this is a classic 19th century South End townhouse: wrought iron gate, granite steps, hooded entry and two-window bow front on all levels.
However, one detail at 11 Rutland Square - Yves Klein Blue double front doors - hints that there are other special, yet non-conforming qualities beyond the entry.
What awaits is a five-story, fully renovated single-family residence with the innate elegance of this 1860 gem infused with a contemporary aesthetic designed for every aspect of city living, formal entertaining and today’s lifestyles.
While chic and sophisticated, the design addresses daily needs with flair and fun in a comfortable and inviting environment. Outstanding amenities are a bonus.
“Push-button” technology is one, thanks to a Savant Home Auto-mation control system that includes programmed Savant Motorized Shades. Three of the bedrooms have two-option sheer and blackout modes. Pressing a button opens the front door and the garage door and turns off the lights on every floor.
All of the controls can be handled by phone, including the locks and garage doors.
Controlling indoor and outdoor audio anywhere throughout this home is just as easy with the Savant AV integrated system.
Technology, convenience and the unexpected co-exist wonderfully in the elevator that goes to all floors. The door is glass, but so are interior side panels that reveal the building’s innards as it travels from floor to floor.
Seven-inch wide white oak flooring with a stained dark Ebony gloss that is throughout the entire home is a dramatic seamless backdrop that complements the overall clean line design and showcases the glamorous floating glass staircase.
Unadorned to highlight the overall clean architectural lines, the bow front with two curved and arched windows (these are on every level) anchor the open-concept first floor that encompasses a wide living room that accommodates seating in various configurations.
The chef’s kitchen is equally spectacular in looks as well as function. An abundance of white high gloss Leicht cabinetry (also on the integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator panels and with under-mount lighting) is accented with stainless steel Gaggenau appliances that include a five-burner gas cooktop and three ovens (including a micro-steam convention oven and convection microwave oven) and quartz countertops. This cookery also has a 55-bottle Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and paneled beverage drawers.
The center island, however, is a magnificent example of skilled craftsmanship. The marble countertop in a seamless waterfall edge was custom made and imported from Turkey. This oversized prep/breakfast bar seats five people comfortably, but design/decor was not overlooked either: the base under the marble top matches the blue on the front door. In fact, touches of that same color are on every floor.
An informal dining area for four to six people is adjacent to a wall of full glass sliders that open to a private deck with sufficient space for a bistro table, chairs and a grill. Permanent planters have their own irrigation system.
In many ways, the multi-purpose garden level reflects the overall design philosophy for this home: luxurious, modern, stylish and most of all, functional. A front bedroom suite (suitable for guests, in-laws or an au pair), for example, has a pocket door to a large closet. The marble en suite bathroom features a floating vanity and glass enclosed shower.
Even the mudroom has an elegant look with well over four feet of almost floor-to-ceiling, flush-mounted Leicht cabinetry in a white glossy finish similar to the kitchen cabinetry. A built-in bench is handy.
Laundry facilities are directly opposite. In addition to the utility room that has ebony flooring, regulation basement space is available as is direct access to the garage.
The two-car garage that is heated and can handle SUVs is attractive, too. The floor is painted and natural light flows in through frosted glass “windows” in the door. The driveway has a snow melt system and handles two more vehicles.
On the second floor, barn door sliders reveal a step-down media/family room with built-in wrap-around seating. A flush-mount gas fireplace under a television provides indoor visuals while full glass slides to a balcony offers outdoor scenes. Permanent planters add dashes of color.
One spacious bedroom on this level has a California closet and a Jack ’n’ Jill bathroom. In this loo with a floating vanity, the tub/shower ensemble has glass barn door sliders.
The third floor master suite that encompasses the entire floor is an exceptional space with dual custom MisuraEmme Italian closets that take the phrase “a place for everything” to whole new levels. The king-bed size sleeping chamber with its bow front sitting area is a peaceful oasis while the en suite bathroom is pure luxury.
Floating dual vanities allow for personal space as does the separate commode room. The massive steam shower with five heads (one rain head is mounted on the ceiling) in a glass enclosure has a built-in bench. Radiant heated flooring is certainly a most-appreciated sensuous amenity; windows with automatic (touch of a button) privacy glass over the free-standing slipper tub are a practical one.
The top floor also reflects the emphasis on functional living spaces that meet today’s needs and desires, albeit with style. Two bedrooms with lighted custom closets (one is a double and the other a single) and charming hooded and arched windows share a full bathroom with a step-in shower in a frameless glass enclosure. The blue tile surround is an attractive nod to those great front doors.
A spacious family room with a built-in wet bar with a square sink in marble counter with a waterfall edge and Leicht cabinetry is also on this level. A striking gas fireplace is an indoor focal point while views of Back Bay via almost floor-to-ceiling windows are outdoor attractions.
A full staircase leads to an exceptionally functional roof deck. In addition to a built-in gas grill (hard piped, too), this urban escape has an outdoor kitchen that includes a refrigerator and prep sink. Permanent planters have their own irrigation system.
For a personal showing of this elegant home featuring five bedrooms, four full and one half bathrooms, and 4,339 square feet of living space, listed at $6,750,000, contact Regina Winslow of William Raveis Real Estate.