As you walk towards 20 Chestnut St., your attention will be drawn to the crimson front door with a semi-circle transom window sitting in an arched alcove. Upon entering, your footsteps will resonate on the foyer's black and white marble floor.
A stroll through Beacon Hill in the springtime is a delight. Floral scents waft on the breeze from the hidden gardens and the 18th and 19th century brick row houses are sure to catch your eye.
As you walk towards 20 Chestnut St., your attention will be drawn to the crimson front door with a semi-circle transom window sitting in an arched alcove. Upon entering, your footsteps will resonate on the foyer’s black and white marble floor. Up ahead on the right is the entrance to a gracious and spacious parlor and garden level condo that recently went through a total transformation.
“They recently brought Unit 1 down to the studs,” says Mary Palmer of Tracy Campion and Company. “Everything was replaced and everything is beautiful.”
The luminous space is painted the palest silver gray, affording the new owner a multitude of décor possibilities.
The 3,640-square-foot home is on the market for $7,995,000. All of the rooms have beautiful light and great proportions. Each room has been staged to complement the generously sized rooms, adding warmth and comfort to help the new owners visualize how they could also use the space for their own personal effects.
Even the smallest space is fresh and bright. The powder room has a high window, so you get both natural light and privacy. The custom vanity is a demilune in dark lacquer, accented with a brass sink. The black marble countertop has a gold vein running through it that complements the brass.
The grand living and dining rooms are separated by a large opening with ornate molding. Each room has a gas fireplace and their mantels and surrounds are identical. On a chilly winter’s night, you’ll never want to leave the house.
Light pours into the dining area through double French doors that overlook the home’s courtyard. You can take in the view from the Juliet balcony.
The gourmet kitchen is much more than a meal prep zone. It’s a gorgeous room that features a vaulted domed ceiling over the spacious island. (The kitchen was created in the location of the old master bedroom, incorporating the dome into the design.) The cabinets are custom made and the countertops are created from Darby Olympian White marble that is quarried in Vermont. Brass fixtures are like jewelry for the space. Their living finish will evolve with use, growing more beautiful over time.
The appliances here are ideal for people who love to cook. There’s a 36-inch Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, built-in ovens and a six-burner, 48-inch Wolf range. The custom range hood is unique, enhanced with brass strapping and rivets. Dishes will always emerge spotless from the kitchen’s Miele dishwasher.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a butler’s pantry, complete with identical white marble counters, a full-size Sub-Zero wine fridge, another dishwasher and a sink. The antique finish on the mirror tile behind the glass shelving could make you believe that it was original to the home.
The bedrooms are down a graceful stairway on the garden level, looking out on the courtyard. The bright master bedroom is completely contemporary and for a bit of contrast, it has beautiful millwork and a romantic gas fireplace.
Naturally, a master bedroom such as this must have a luxurious en suite bathroom. Its shower is a marble slab with no grout lines to mar the smooth surface. A long Victoria & Albert bathtub invites relaxation. Large scale marble tiles cover the floor. And storage is plentiful: there’s a linen closet, lots of storage drawers underneath the vanity and two mirrored medicine cabinets.
The two guest bedrooms on this level share a full bathroom with a shower, marble flooring, quartz on the countertop and subway tile from Ann Sacks completing the look. The shining hardware is nickel silver.
Next to the bathroom is a laundry room housing a full-size Maytag washer and dryer. It’s especially nice to have the laundry on the bedroom level.
One of the bedrooms is set up as you might expect - with a bed and two closets. The other bedroom is big and bright, staged as a family room. The light is tremendous in there with big windows and French doors that lead out to the courtyard.
In the interior hallway, there’s a wet bar - great for making a nightcap or preparing snacks.
The brick lined courtyard is spacious. The new owners will enjoy landscaping and personalizing the gardens. As with other legendary Beacon Hill gardens, you’ll want to fill these beds with fragrant flowers that bloom every spring and colorful plants and evergreen shrubs that will bring delight throughout the year. What else will you add?
Now, take a look at the bonus suite – which has a kitchenette and a full bathroom – located above the home’s single car garage. The space in this sparkling suite with two huge windows looking out over Spruce Place is entirely flexible. You could make it into a great art studio or you might prefer to use it as a guest cottage, office, gym or au pair suite. This suite will be perfect any way you decide to use it.
A magnificent home such as this one is a rare find: It’s so bright, it’s so fresh and it’s so new. It can’t help but bring you joy. It’s also in a great location for work and play. Residing on Beacon Hill combines the best of the past with luxurious modern living. It’s a time-tested combination.