Enjoy spacious living in wide-open Beacon Hill condo

TODD LARSON
CORRESPONENT

A photo walk through Beacon Hill may be every Instagrammer’s dream, but if its architecture seems too old and cramped for you to picture yourself making your American dream come true there, just take a walk-through Unit 1 at 10 Walnut St. on Beacon Hill.

“It really lives like a single-family on two floors instead of five floors because it’s sprawling about 4,000 square feet,” said Glenn Forger of Olde Forge Realty, who is offering this 3,940-square-foot, three-bedroom unit for $6.5 million.

Within 10 Walnut’s 1810 Federal-style brick shell, Steven Young of Architect + Fine Home Builder of Hingham and Boston has hollowed out a duplex that sprawls, spreads and soars to so many crowns, crannies and corners that you and your guests may forget you’re on the Hill - until the views of brick walls, slate roofs and gas lamps from the kitchen, bedrooms and deck remind you where you are. So will Young’s preservation of historical details within the great room as well as his embellishment of the common lobby with wall and crown moldings and a radiant-heated marble floor with herringbone and mosaic tiles.

The unit’s entry will awe your guests with the ballroom grandeur of the great room’s vast white-oak floor, 14-foot ceiling, ornate crown molding and magnificent mantel. (The entry is also convenient, connecting to the bedroom wing, lower-level stairway and coat closet before stepping up to the great room.)

The antique mantel adorns the gas retrofit marble fireplace with fluted Ionic columns, rosettes, reliefs of flowers on leafy vines and a bas-relief head of Mercury - the Roman god of prosperity, commerce, communication and travel. The cast-iron fireback bears the crowned shield of Louis XIII, King of France from 1610 to 1643, along with the inscription “VIVE LE ROY LOYS DE BOURBON TREIZEISME DE CE NON,” an image of Louis expectorating cornucopias to symbolize wealth and abundance and dogs that may represent fireplace andirons. The overmantel mirror’s elaborate gilded frame has festoons, fleur-de-lis finials and an oval crest flanked by winged Pegasus horses.

Contemporary expressions of affluence lie in the chef’s kitchen, which takes center stage in the space as if ready for royal banquet preparation. The marble island, nobly illuminated by pendant globe-lights, contains a deep stainless sink with a retractable gooseneck faucet. Stainless state-of-the-art appliances abound: a microwave and an Asko dishwasher in the island, a deluxe Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Wolf four-burner, two-oven gas range surrounded by marble counters and backsplash.

White and gray paneled cabinetry with square chrome knobs blends the contemporary kitchen with the historic hall. Classic sash windows frame the neighbors’ yard and surrounding homes, letting in more Beacon Hill history.

The butler’s pantry blends classic and modern just as immaculately with old-fashioned glazed wood slider cabinetry, a blue subway-tile backsplash reaching the ceiling, a skylight and a jet-black mist granite running counter ending in a wet bar. Another counter of this granite encompasses the shiplap-walled shelf-storage alcove.

Abutting this is a powder room with gray grasscloth walls, a marble hexagon-tiled floor and a marble mini-vanity with a freestanding stone sink.

The bedroom wing lines up its spaces along an L-shaped corridor. The laundry closet is just as convenient with a sorting counter over the side-by-side washer and dryer. At the bend in the corridor is a bedroom with a picturesque yard view, followed by a full bath with a herringbone marble-tiled floor, marble vanity and glassed-in shower. The bath and adjacent bedroom have direct views down Chestnut Street for good southwestern exposure.

Off the kitchen are stairs to the deck for outdoor entertaining and to the primary bedroom suite for after-dinner retirement. The 646-square-foot wall-length mahogany deck has a Bull grill and wet bar with black granite counters and beverage fridge for a one-stop cocktail, BBQ and al fresco dining convenience. Three long planter basins are ready for flowers or ornamental trees to beautify or screen the Beacon Hill view.

The primary bedroom suite is tucked in the back by the yard for optimum peace and quiet. The bedroom’s four-window yard view assures you a good night’s sleep. The windows are “wired for electric blackout shades to go up and down so you can see out and no one can see in,” said Forger.

A roomy walk-in closet narrowing toward a utility closet with automatic light abuts the bedroom - convenient for dressing and utilities maintenance.

The Calacatta porcelain bath boasts a radiant-heated floor, a deluxe glass shower with rain, fixed and hand-held showerheads and frosted-glass window, a Maax oval soaking tub by a yard-view casement window, a long twin-sink vanity and a wall-length mirror bookended by all-mirror medicine cabinets.

The oak-floored lower level begins with a family/media room with a rough flat-stone gas fireplace and a jet-black mist granite wet bar with china cabinetry and a beverage fridge. The en suite bath has a marble vanity, a subway-tiled marble floor and a shower with all three types of shower heads plus a marble bench.

For private moments, behind the fireplace is a closeted home office, followed by the common back stairway. The family/media room also connects to a double general-purpose space. The upper part will become a wine cellar, and the rubber-floored lower part is being renovated into a home gym with a dry bar, beverage fridge for post-workout thirst relief, mirror panels and stereo speaker shelves.

To see for yourself how spacious, convenient and growing-family-friendly a historic Beacon Hill residence can be, contact Glenn Forger of Olde Forge Realty at 617-293-2395 or glenn@oldforgerealty.com for more information on Unit 1 at 10 Walnut St.

Sources:

- “Lot no. 226: Plaque de cheminée en fonte,” La Gazette Drouot, Dec. 4, 2020, www.gazette-drouot.com/lots/10645862

- “Louis XIII,” Wikipedia, last edited December 1, 2020, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIII

- Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS), http://mhc-macris.net/Details.aspx?MhcId=BOS.15214

- “Mercury (mythology),” Wikipedia, last edited November 1, 2020, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_(mythology)

The unit's entry will awe your guests with the ballroom grandeur of the great room's vast white-oak floor, 14-foot ceiling, ornate crown molding and magnificent mantel.

DETAILS:

Address: 10 Walnut St., Unit 1, Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Three bedrooms plus home office, three full bathrooms, one half-bath

Size: 3,940 square feet

Housing type: Duplex condominium

Price: $6.5 million

Condo fee: TBD

Taxes: TBD

Parking: One-year rental parking in Boston Common Garage

Year built: 1810, renovated 2020

Number of units: Three

Features: High ceilings (up to 14 feet), recessed lighting, white oak floors, central heating and air conditioning, two gas fireplaces, marble kitchen with gas cooking and stainless appliances, butler’s pantry with skylight, radiant-heated primary bath, private deck with grill, in-unit laundry, home gym, wine cellar, extra storage closet.

Building amenities: Marble lobby with radiant-heated floor, elevator, professional management.

Close by: Shopping and dining, private schools, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common and the Esplanade, public transit, public library, medical facilities, 5-to-10-minute walks to Downtown Crossing, the Theatre District and the Financial District.

Contact: Glenn Forger of Olde Forge Realty, 109 Mt Vernon St., Unit 1, Boston MA 02108

Phone: 617-293-2395 or 617-227-6600

Email: glenn@oldforgerealty.com

Website: www.10walnut1.com or www.OldeForgeRealty.com

Tour: www.seetheproperty.com/story/367379/b

 

Contemporary expressions of affluence lie in the chef's kitchen, which takes center stage in the space as if ready for royal banquet preparation.

 

The butler's pantry blends classic and modern immaculately with old-fashioned glazed wood slider cabinetry, a blue subway-tile backsplash reaching the ceiling, a skylight and a jet-black mist granite running counter ending in a wet bar.