Sun-filled fifth floor beauty on Beacon Hill now sold
Nestled among Beacon Hill’s historic narrow tree-lined cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps and
Federal/Victorian architecture, a beautifully renovated sun splashed condominium sold on June 19.
Unit 5A at 34 Hancock St. was listed by Roberta Orlandino of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Boston - Back Bay and purchased with Brandon Foley of Compass for $1,170,000.
Built in 1974, the condominium was designed to complement, but not copy its 19th-century row house neighbors with a bay-windowed brick front, high skewed stoop and glazed front door. The exposed interior brick from the older structure that had stood on its site, its polygonal bump-out bay, oversized slider windows and clean-lined appearance depict a midcentury modern Manhattan-style interior.
The 1,100-square-foot unit fosters an open-concept living-dining room. The living area features a classic built-in comprised of display shelves anchored around a TV screen niche with a granite counter above a curio cabinet flanked by two sets of storage drawers. Beside this is a contemporary working fireplace with textured beige tiling, a mantelshelf with curved stainless steel brackets and a granite hearth ledge. A vertical stack of display shelves, backed by exposed brick, sits to the left.
The bay window’s broadly obtuse skewed angles grant more living space and the fifth-floor location brings in generous sunlight from over the low rooftops of the row houses across the street.
To complement that historic scenery, the dining space is enriched with another oversized window, a Tiffany-style stained-glass bowl light fixture and an exposed brick wall with the vestige of a fireplace (closed off) in an old chimney flue.
A wall opening creates a pass-through to the kitchen where classic and contemporary tastes blend immaculately in two sides of granite counter space, maple cabinetry and stainless appliances – all terminating at another exposed brick wall.
The elite appliance package contains a Bosch dishwasher, a Jenn-Air five-burner electric range and a KitchenAid refrigerator with a bottom freezer. A nearby paneled double-door closet contains an LG stacked washer and dryer.
To the left of the elevator, the hallway passes the door to the common egress stairway, a linen closet, two folding-door closets with built-ins (including shoe cubbies) and a full bath with a combined shower and soaking tub on its way to the two bedrooms.
The principle bedroom features an exposed brick wall and a classic ceiling fan with four frosted bell lights. The plantation-shuttered window faces the quiet rear court, which contains six rental parking spaces – available for $275/month each.
The principle bath brings color and contour creativity to a new level. Inventive fixtures include a corner shower with curved glass sliders along chrome tracks, a curve-cornered marble vanity with a central bump-out sink and cabinet, and a minimalist sculptural commode. Tile belt courses of varying shades of brown horizontal strips complement the marble and contrast the exposed brick wall that has classic chrome towel racks. Frosted designer-glass sconces flank the medicine cabinet, which has mirrors on its door’s front and backsides and behind its shelves.
The second bedroom repeats the principle bedroom’s exposed brick, wide double-door closet and plantation-shuttered court-view window. It also has a door to a fire escape as the second means of egress.
Hancock Street, which sits high up on Beacon Hill, has an interesting history. At one time, Boston’s drinking water came through the Beacon Hill Reservoir, which was built in the 19th century. At that time, the city got its drinking water from Lake Cochituate in Natick, Framingham and Wayland.
According to Lost New England (lostnewengland.com), the project to build the Beacon Hill Reservoir began in 1845, and “it included not only creating the artificial lake, but also building a 14-mile long aqueduct that fed this stone reservoir atop Beacon Hill just behind the Massachusetts State House. From here, the water was distributed throughout the city, using the hill’s elevation to carry the water downhill through the pipes. It occupied the majority of the block between Hancock, Derne, Temple, and Mt. Vernon streets and it had a capacity of over 2.6 million gallons.”
The Beacon Hill Reservoir didn’t last long, closing in 1880. It was torn down to make room for a large expansion of the Massachusetts State House which is still on the site of the old reservoir today.
34 Hancock St. is centrally located within reach of many fine amenities, including the West End Branch Library, restaurants and cafes galore along Cambridge and Charles streets, Whole Foods Market, Massachusetts General Hospital, City Hall Plaza, shopping and dining at Downtown Crossing and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, three transit lines, and so much more.
It’s within an easy walk of the Massachusetts State House and the Museum of African American History. Boston Common is also within short walking distance.
To learn more about homes for sale in Boston, contact Roberta Orlandino of Coldwell Banker at 617-312-1511 (mobile), 617-266-4430 (direct) or via email at Roberta@robertaorlanino.com or contact Brandon Foley of Compass at 774-402-0081 (mobile) or email@example.com.
Address: 34 Hancock St., Unit 5A, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms
Size: 1,100 square feet
Sales price: $1,170,000
Date sold: June 19
Year built: 1974, renovated 2016-2017 and 2019
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, new oak floors, air conditioning, central heating with new boiler, fireplaces, exposed brick, open living-dining area with custom built-ins, granite/maple kitchen with electric cooking and stainless appliances, master bedroom with en suite bath, in-unit laundry, new fire safety/sprinkler system, elevator with keyed direct access to each unit, new roof.
Close by: Public transportation, shopping and dining, Whole Foods Market, medical facility, museum, walking/jogging trails, bike path, highway access, schools, university, public library, places of worship.
Contact: Roberta Orlandino of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; 617-312-1511 (mobile), 617-266-4430 (direct); Roberta@robertaorlanino.com; Robertaorlandino.com or Brandon Foley of Compass; 774-402-0081 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org; www.compass.com/agents/brandon-foley.