Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half-bathroom and 1,878 square feet of living space are included with this condo listed by William Montero and Madison Dulgarian of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty for $3,975,000.
Location-wise, city living at The Clarendon in Back Bay doesn’t get much better. It’s practically around the corner from the South End and about three blocks to Newbury Street. The amenities in this 33-story building at 400 Stuart St., which was designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects in 2009, include a chic lobby and a plethora of outstanding services.
The “home” itself, however, is really what it’s all about and this home is amazing. One of only four units on the 20th floor (each one is on a corner), Unit 20E has the fabulous distinction of front-facing, panoramic views of Boston, the Charles River and Cambridge.
Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half-bathroom and 1,878 square feet of living space are included with this condo, listed by William Montero and Madison Dulgarian of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,975,000.
Commanding views of the Boston skyline that includes such landmarks as Trinity Church, the Prudential and the Hancock building plus the Charles River are incorporated seamlessly into all the living spaces, but most especially the fully open concept living-dining room and kitchen. In this large space with ample room for various seating and dining configurations, those iconic views are living artwork that changes as daylight ebbs and flows. Sunsets, via floor-to-ceiling windows on two exposures, are particularly beautiful.
A mirrored section within a built-in wall unit in the living room reflects those views even when you’re not looking out the windows. In addition to a bar area, this custom piece provides a substantial amount of storage.
A wall-mounted credenza-like unit in the living area and a modern take on the ceiling medallion in the dining area are other examples of interior eye candy.
So is the half bathroom. The black marble countertop is a sophisticated touch, but the glamorous chandelier provides an extra dash of pizzazz.
The galley kitchen, however, is simply stunning. Rich mahogany-like cabinetry that includes a pantry cupboard with interior drawers adds elegance, enhanced by integrated panels on the Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher.
Granite countertops and a matching backsplash behind the Miele five-burner gas range, along with the stainless steel sink in the peninsula that seats three people, add glitz and glitter. The sleek chef’s haven also has Miele double ovens and a Sub-Zero wine fridge.
Magnificent views are assured for the master suite, given its corner setting beyond a longish corridor off the main entry. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the massive sleeping chamber showcase the stunning view that includes Trinity Church, the Hancock Tower, the Charles River, and, of course, Cambridge. Setting up sitting room space or creating a mini-office without infringing on “bedroom” space is easily doable.
“Substantial” is an accurate description of the amount of closet space in the master suite. Two roomy California closets (these are lighted walk-in affairs) have drawers, open shelving and great specialized hanging areas. One has a full-length mirror and the other is large enough to add one. Two additional single closets are also outfitted with drawers, open shelving and hanging areas.
Luxurious and spa-like, the marble en suite bathroom has a fully tiled step-in shower with a frameless glass door and two sinks in the long vanity. A marble deck surrounds the deep soaking tub with a hand-held spray. The views via a floor-to-ceiling window are, of course, spectacular.
Still, the scene stealer, albeit a subtle one, the designer’s hallmark: white marble floor tile with a “golden” marble inlay.
The two other bedroom suites, which are big and bigger, are equally private spaces. A huge customized double closet is a plus in one bedroom suite; however, iconic Boston and Cambridge views in the sleeping chamber tend to be instant focal points. The room is also large enough for a desk and/or a seating arrangement. Still, the en suite bathroom with its large step-in shower with a frameless glass door is quite luxurious.
Another bedroom suite that is just off the main entry and overlooks Clarendon Street also has closet space to spare. A large customized single closet with drawers and open shelving is outside the sleeping chamber. Inside is an extra-wide customized double closet. A tub/shower ensemble with a full tile surround is in the en suite bathroom.
Electronic blinds on all windows are one of many impressive practical features in this home.
Laundry facilities include a full size (side-by-side) Miele washer and dryer, plus a folding area as well as open- and closed-cabinetry. The space, which has tile flooring, is lighted, too. For added convenience, this is located near the bedrooms.
The extensive list of building amenities goes way beyond 24-hour concierge and garage facilities (you can reach the garage from inside the lobby) plus doorman service and valet parking.
Residents have access to the Equinox health club, a children’s room, common outdoor space with gas grills and a fire pit, plus the on-premise 390 Post restaurant. The Assouline Culture Lounge, a.k.a. the library, at the lobby level was created by Moroccan designer Prosper Assouline. The 320-square-foot space features white oak wall paneling and a gas fireplace with a black marble mantel.
The adjacent private board room (via pocket doors) is available for meetings and/or a quiet space to grab coffee while reading the paper.