To ensure this, Brahma Development of Boston infused the 4,500-square-foot, six-level brick rowhouse with a delectable combo of history and high-tech. Classic paneled wainscoting, mantel/bookcase units, crown moldings and oak floors blend with home technologies unheard of in the Martin's era.

The just-completed conversion of 4 Otis Place from a five-family building back into a single-family home makes it your key to the luxurious Beacon Hill lifestyle its original architect-owner, Abel C. Martin, enjoyed when he built it in 1872.

To ensure this, Brahma Development of Boston infused the 4,500-square-foot, six-level brick rowhouse with a delectable combo of history and high-tech. Classic paneled wainscoting, mantel/bookcase units, crown moldings and oak floors blend with home technologies unheard of in the Martin’s era. That means the physically challenged and aging-in-place needn’t fear all those stairs: an elevator serves the lower five levels.

The radiant floor heating under the front herringbone-brick sidewalk and in the vestibule, lower level and four marble baths will make double-sure you don’t get cold feet, as will the six gas fireplaces, set in classic mantels wired for flat TV screens with ceiling speakers.

Many other luxuries unavailable to the Martins abound all around: two powder rooms with frosted-glass privacy panels, two wet bars with wine coolers, three in-house laundries, three showerhead options (rain, fixed and hand-held) in most baths, a whole-house sprinkler system, a deck plumbed for water and a gas grill, security cameras at all three points of entry, and Control4 smart-home technology for controlling all heating, cooling, media and security systems from a phone or hand-held remote.

But all that novelty doesn’t keep 4 Otis Place from greeting you with old-fashioned Victorian grace and ushering you to your choice of three destinations. Proceed up the twisted-baluster staircase to the parlor, bedroom and lounge levels, down the hall to the elevator, powder room and rear office/library or rightward to relax on the running storage bench in the front bay-window sitting room.

The office/library contrasts the sitting room’s brightness with dark-stained mahogany paneling, warms you up with a fireplace and has its own window-bench for reading by daylight.

The lower level comprises a family/play/workout room with a bay-window sitting alcove, laundry room with a Whirlpool washer/dryer and slop sink, a shower bath and a rear gym/bedroom with back-alley access to Otis Place. This arrangement is convenient for an au pair who does household laundry or for children to bring bikes in and out.

Two flights up are the dining room, kitchen and living room - all unified in one floor-through layout with sumptuous sun from both ends. The bay window dining area has buffet-counter wall space and a deluxe wet bar with a wine cooler, refrigerator drawers and chevron-patterned marble-tile backsplash accented with diagonal mirror strips.

A Pegasus leather-finish marble waterfall bar initiates the kitchen’s L-shaped counter, which incorporates a matching backsplash and a Wolf stainless six-burner gas range with a swivel pot-filler faucet. Wolf convection and microwave ovens are adjacent for a full range of cooking options. A Sub-Zero refrigerator with a freezer drawer is concealed in the paneled white cabinetry.

On the Pegasus leather-finish marble island counter, a retractable gooseneck faucet combines with a dish rack and cutting board that slide across the sink for optimum food prep and wash-up convenience. A Cove dishwasher is below.

Past the elevator and second powder room is the living room, which has three directions of exposure. Beacon Hill’s low rooftops yield strong light here. A bench is built in below one of the windows and a fireplace, TV screen niche and bookcase provide reading and watching pleasure by the fire.

Upstairs, the primary bedroom suite occupies an entire floor with palatial prestige. The front bedroom boasts a bay window sitting area and a fireplace with TV mantel flanked by copious drawer/cabinet storage.

Down your private hall is a deluxe dressing room with plentiful built-ins and three full-height mirrors; two face each other to give the illusion of infinite space.

Past the laundry closet with a GE stacked washer/dryer is the en suite bath, regally appointed with a soaking tub, twin vanities with Statuario Italian marble counters joined by a center window bench, three sides of exposure (high up enough to maintain privacy), a double-door linen closet and a benched marble shower.

For privacy, the water closet is right outside the main bath, but its Craftsman-style frosted-glass window over the tub picks up light from the bath’s windows.

Up another flight are two more bedrooms and baths. The mansard roof forms an unusually large second bedroom featuring a bay-window sitting area and a fireplace with TV mantel, flanked by elegantly lit curio shelves. A mirrored sitting area transitions the bedroom to its en suite bath.

Past the laundry closet, a hall bath with a tub/shower combo precedes the rear bedroom with a tray ceiling where facing exposures assure good wakeup sun. One window’s view encompasses the soar of the Downtown towers, the gleam of the golden State House dome and the intimacy of Brimmer Street’s brick rowhouses.

Crowning the house is an upper level lounge, awash in sun and breathtaking Beacon Hill rooftop views. The fireplace is flanked by lighted display shelf units, one containing a wet bar with Statuario Italian marble counter and backsplash, a Edgestar wine cooler and Bosch stainless dishwasher.

Through a double French door is a two-level deck where you and your guests can enjoy stunning views stretching from the Church of the Advent across the Charles River to Cambridge over a barbecue or cocktails. Copper flashing, stereo speakers and a security camera complete the scene.

Offered in the $8.9 million, 4 Otis Place lets you relive history in high-tech heaven. For more information, contact Glenn Forger of Olde Forge Realty at 617-293-2395 or


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- Brahma Development website,

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- Grover, Kathryn, and Neil Larson, “4 Otis Place,” Massachusetts Historical Commission Inventory Form B, Form No. 15850