Charming Back Bay home in prime location

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The living room's cherry built-in has custom lighting and room for books, art objects, plants and other décor. The exhaust from the wood-burning fireplace is pulled out by an installed blower fan on the building's roof.

Built in 1895, according to Back Bay Homes, 382 Commonwealth Ave. was once a 12-unit apartment building called The Colonial. You can still view the name of the structure in relief work on its handsome exterior. In 1984, the building was converted into a 25-unit condominium complex.

Fast forward to today and 382 Commonwealth is one of the most attractive condo buildings on the south side of Commonwealth Avenue, embellished by granite steps, a satiny wood front door, polished brass railings, tall columns and fluted pilasters. The New York-style building’s formal lobby is a standout as well with cherry walls and a coffered ceiling.

Now is your chance to purchase a well-designed, well-proportioned two-bedroom residence with an entertaining-friendly floor plan on the fourth floor of this professionally managed elevator building.

The amalgamation of the traditional and the modern elements is simply amazing.

The airy, charming residence is highlighted by lofty ceilings, a bow-front living room, a Palladian bedroom window, exposed brick, two fireplaces (one wood-burning), custom built-ins and wonderful treetop views.

“The treetop views are just magical to look at from this grand residence,” said Neda Vander Stoep of Coldwell Banker Realty who has listed the home for $1,395,000.

And how’s this for magic? When the current homeowners demolished a walk-in closet to create a dining area that opens up to the living room, they discovered a previously hidden 100-year-old fireplace behind the wall. That fireplace is now part of the dining area on a wall of exposed brick. It’s ornamental, but it adds texture and interest. Once they had this striking architectural feature in the space, the homeowners created a built-in bar with shelving – great for serving guests. A large mirror reflects the beautiful chandelier over the table.

You can see the dining room directly from the unit’s entryway, as it is one of the first things you notice after stepping inside this residence. That is, you notice it once you raise your eyes from the formal foyer’s beautiful marble inlay in the Brazilian Cherry floor. It’s an inviting way to enter the home.

With a 10-foot ceiling to amp up the volume, the living room is a bright, generous space. Two windows in the bow at the front bring in tremendous light and a coveted view of the Commonwealth Avenue mall.

A wall of cherry built-ins surrounds the room’s wood-burning fireplace. The warm shade of the wood draws color from the marble mantel and the tone of the hardwood. There’s a large TV secured to the wall above the mantel, and you’ll find lighted niches for art objects, books or whatever else you would like to display in the room. Custom lighting illuminates the living room, which can be controlled from a smart phone.

The living room’s fireplace can be used year round as the current owners installed a blower fan on the roof directly exhausting the fireplace with speed-controls in the unit to adjust ventilation. The spacious eat-in kitchen is on the opposite side of the unit with plentiful white cabinetry - giving the room a look that suits an up-to-date aesthetic. Everything here is completely functional, but you could easily put your own stamp on the design if so desired.

The countertops are dark granite, the floor is tiled and the stainless steel appliances, which include a side-by-side refrigerator, dishwasher, installed microwave and an electric stove, are by KitchenAid. You don’t need to do a thing to the wine-storage built-in except move in your collection.

For the sake of convenience, you might want to keep the LG washer/dryer combo front-loader right where it is. It’s a pleasure to be able to do laundry at home and all in one machine.

The two bedrooms are well separated for privacy. The guest bedroom is located to the left of the foyer at the front of the home. It rocks a sizable Palladian window that floods the room with light all day and allows its occupant to gaze down at the trees below.

The master suite on the other side of the home has a substantial bedroom with ample space for a king-size bed, a pair of nightstands and a desk area. Wardrobe storage is achieved in a trio of freestanding closets that fit well into the room.

The master bath is actually a half-bath and is located on the other side of the wall from the unit’s full bathroom. The location and flexibility of the space creates an opportunity to make any desired changes (or not). The two bathrooms have been painted and adorned with new vanities and lighting in the past few years.

The home is superbly located: just steps from Newbury/Boylston streets, the Prudential Center and Copley Place, Kenmore/Fenway Park and the Downtown Theatre District - offering myriad restaurants, stores and cultural attractions and close to the Commonwealth Mall, Public Garden and Charles River Esplanade for outdoor pleasures.

It’s a short jaunt to the MBTA Green Line at Hynes Convention Center, Symphony and Kenmore Square; Orange Line and commuter rail at Back Bay Station and the Mass Ave buses. Storrow Drive, the Mass Pike, routes 9 and 93 are also within easy reach.

This delightful home is currently available for private showings – with gloves and masks worn at all times and proper physical distancing followed.

With granite steps, a satiny wood front door, polished brass railings, tall columns and fluted pilasters, the 1895 building's exterior is stunning.

DETAIL:

Address: 382 Commonwealth Ave., Unit 44, Back Bay

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom and one half bath

Year built: 1895, with many improvements performed between 2016 and 2018

Price: $1,395,000

Size: 1,271 square feet

Taxes: $8,661.56 for FY 2020 (includes residential exemption)

Association fee: $660.88 per month (Includes heat, hot water, water/sewer, master insurance, professionally management, elevator, exterior management and snow removal)

Features of building: Attractively updated New York-style 25-unit professionally managed elevator building in an ideal Back Bay location on the south side of Commonwealth Avenue.

Features of unit: Light-filled two-bedroom condominium with excellent proportions, lofty ceilings, custom built-ins, Brazilian Cherry floors, Palladian and bow windows, two fireplaces (one ornamental), large white kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and ample cabinet space.

Close by: Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Harvard Club, shopping on Newbury and Boylston streets, restaurants, and numerous cultural attractions of the Back Bay and downtown Theatre District. Pleasant walk to the Public Garden and Charles River Esplanade. Easy access to MBTA Green Line at Mass Avenue and Kenmore Square, and Orange Line and commuter rail at Back Bay Station. Convenient to Storrow Drive, Route 9, Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Contact: Neda Vander Stoep, Coldwell Banker Realty, 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116.

E-mail: Neda.Vander.Stoep@NEMoves.com

Phone: 617-413-0888 (mobile), 617-266-4430 (office)

Web: www.382commonwealth44.com

 

The dining area with a walk-through to the living room was created from a space formally used as a walk-in closet. A century-old fireplace was discovered during construction.