A place that has all of that is on the market right now. It's an exquisite parlor and garden level condo and it's ready for its next owner. Robb Cohen of Engel & Vőlkers Boston is listing Unit 1 at 304 Beacon St. for $3,200,000.
Living in the Back Bay has many advantages, but perhaps the most enduring is walkability. Whether it’s proximity to shopping, cultural attractions, restaurants, public transportation or work, you can walk to everything you care about from there.
And if you’re very fortunate, you can access all these walkable urban benefits while you live in a sunny home with thoughtful period details and modern systems, lots of room, awesome river views, generous outdoor space and a couple of garage parking spaces.
A place that has all of that is on the market right now. It’s an exquisite parlor and garden level condo and it’s ready for its next owner. Robb Cohen of Engel & Volkers Boston is listing Unit 1 at 304 Beacon St. for $3,200,000.
“You could live here forever,” he says.
It’s true that the unit has everything you could ever want. It’s nicely sized for a family or for anyone who enjoys entertaining.
When you enter this 2,082-square-foot residence on the parlor level, to one side of the foyer is a bedroom. Currently used as a home office, the room has a view of Beacon Street through a pair of bay windows. Attractive moldings accent the walls and a wood-burning fireplace rocks a contoured mantel. Like every bedroom in this unit, this one has a full en suite bath with a standup shower.
At the opposite end of the foyer is an attractive archway that introduces the open living area. The kitchen is so pretty that it will tempt the new homeowners to cook tantalizing meals. Cabinets are stained a warm cherry shade that complements the hardwood flooring.
Kitchen appliances include a Bosch dishwasher. The gas cooktop, under-counter oven, French door refrigerator and built-in microwave are by GE Profile. The range hood is concealed behind panels as are the dishwasher and the refrigerator. Countertops and backsplash shine in Antico White granite, which is flecked with the colors of the wood cabinetry.
Adjacent to this area, the wet bar sports more lovely cherry cabinets, some with glass fronts to show off dishes and glassware. The stainless steel sink comes in handy for cleanup and making drinks when you’re entertaining friends.
The kitchen adjoins a gracious and bright living-dining room. Everywhere you look there’s something wonderful to admire. The lofty ceiling is more than 11 feet high and it is framed by crown molding. A decorative marquetry border on the floor is original to the home. Multiple built-ins provide ample display and storage.
One of the focal points of this spacious room is a large wood-burning fireplace with an intricately detailed mantel that features fluted pilasters and dentil molding.
This versatile space allows the next homeowner to place the dining area anywhere in the room, although it looks great in the bay where it currently resides.
The bay windows reveal the home’s huge mahogany deck and a French door leads out to it. The home’s current owners consider it their backyard, although you might think of it as an outdoor great room. The deck is handsomely landscaped and furnished for seating, sunning, dining, grilling and huddling around a cozy granite-topped fire pit. The Charles River is a tranquil sight with the lagoon and the Esplanade in the frame. When the Fourth of July rolls around, the view of the fireworks from here couldn’t be any more perfect.
Back inside - a flight of stairs with an exposed brick wall leads down to the garden level where a pair of bedroom suites reside on opposite sides of the unit, enhancing privacy.
A charming and comfortable front bedroom looks out onto Beacon Street. The full en suite bathroom has a granite counter and a standup shower.
The primary suite at the back of the home was once a kitchen and a magnificent cast iron stove remains in the space, surrounded by brickwork. The white built-ins that flank it provide storage space, and a seating area by the windows is a great spot for catching up on your reading. There’s plenty of room for a bed and nightstands, too.
The suite’s walk-in closet is almost as large as a small bedroom and it’s nicely built out with hanging space, drawers and shelves - enough room for a substantial wardrobe.
The en suite bath has a wide shower and a shining black countertop on the white vanity.
Off from this bedroom is a large pantry with a long counter and tall shelving along with a refrigerator and a stacked Samsung washer and dryer.
At the end of the pantry is another door that opens to the garage that has two tandem parking spaces.
This home has the best that the Back Bay can offer. It retains vintage charm and balances that with modern amenities. And the outdoor space is just as exceptional as the interior.