Lots to love in this renovated Beacon Hill home on Chestnut Street
Boasting four levels of high-ceilinged French flats and a commercial/retail first floor wrapping around an entire city block, 82 Chestnut St. was unusually large for Beacon Hill when built in 1880 to accommodate a burgeoning population’s demands for denser housing than the Hill’s historically low-scaled townhouses could provide. Yet the stucco cladding, brick trim, oriel windows, clipped gables and woodwork with modillions and brackets lent the building a European medieval mystique that gave it a more human scale, allowing it to blend with the antiquity of its smaller, older neighbors and the antique shops on Charles Street.
This intimate approach to expanded development is echoed in the 1,247-square-foot, second-floor Unit 20, which is small enough to not overwhelm you as you enter, yet roomy enough to accommodate a young family and entertain guests. This was made possible by a four-month 2015 renovation by JW Construction Inc. of Burlington that maximized the modest unit footprint to include an open-concept living-dining-kitchen space with nine-foot ceilings, copious custom cabinetry in the kitchen and an expanded primary bedroom suite with generous closet/drawer storage and a rare private water-closet.
In addition, the foyer, hall and laundry closets were consolidated together to create more storage and utility space in a way that didn’t intrude into the surrounding spaces.
The compact, but convenient foyer with its walk-in closet immediately on the left gives you a strong sense of the renovation’s scope when revealing a full panorama of all space options as you approach: left-hand bedroom entrances and right-hand common areas. The latter begin with the open dining area, handy for sitting right down to dinner when you come home.
Beside this, a paneled square column introduces the open galley kitchen where a parallel duo of granite counters unifies all the Thermador appliances, the Jenn-Air stainless steel refrigerator, Roman-tile backsplashes and the paneled white cabinetry into an efficient culinary workstation. The nine-foot ceiling allows glazed curio cabinets with internal illumination above the cabinetry for both extra storage and an aesthetic display of fine china, glassware, earthenware or sculpture. Defining the wall counter is a four-burner smooth-top electric range, accented by a frame of dark tiles set into the backsplash.
The microwave and dishwasher are conveniently set beside the deep stainless sink behind the raised breakfast bar for after-dinner cleanup convenience. Also equipped with a Marvel beverage cooler, the bar extends toward the living room on three sides, almost as an island, for a fuller accommodation of family and guests.
The kitchen and the living room are illuminated by five windows of corner exposure along Chestnut and River streets. For an evening mood, these are complemented by recessed ceiling lighting, Sonos surround sound and the warm glow of an electric fireplace framed by rough Roman tilework, a classic mantel and built-in bookcases.
The unit is compact enough to put bed, bathing and breakfast a short hallway away from one another, unlike the forever corridors and dispersed layouts that require a long trek to breakfast in larger units.
There’s still room for a sizable nursery in the second bedroom, a hall closet across from it, a common bath complete with a marble vanity and subway-tiled tub/shower combo, the laundry closet with Bosch ventless washer/dryer accessed from the bath, and a palatial primary bedroom suite.
The primary bedroom doubles its value on many levels. Its vast bed wall offers space for not just twin beds or a king-size bed, but also two nightstands plus two bookcases or chests of drawers. Two windows offer southwestern exposure onto River Street. Two double-door closets with two overhead storage compartments accommodate each partner’s wardrobe.
The en suite bath is a marble marvel from floor to twin-sink vanity to glass corner shower. There’s room to spare for the water-closet with a sliding pocket door, plus an unusually large dose of medicine cabinetry and linen-drawer space for a primary bath.
The unit’s window views and the building’s block-long footprint point to an abundance of activities and amenities in many directions. Down Chestnut Street is a passage to the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge to the Esplanade along the Charles River where jogging, biking, rollerblading and sailing are aplenty, not to mention Fourth of July fireworks and concerts at the Hatch Shell.
Down River Street is the Public Garden, where botanical treasures, Swan Boat rides and Nancy Schön’s famed “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture can be enjoyed.
Across Charles Street from the Public Garden is the Boston Common, where Little League baseball, Frog Pond winter skating and summer spray fountains, historical walking tours, outdoor performances and much more abound year-round (not to mention parking underground). Charles Street also offers antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, coffeehouses and gourmet grocery stores galore as well as access to public transit, Massachusetts General Hospital and more shopping and dining at one end and Emerson College and the Theatre District at the other.
Offered at $1,625,000, Unit 20 at 82 Chestnut St. offers big-city benefits in an economical enclave.
For more information, contact Linda Barrett of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 617-686-1007 (mobile), 617-267-3500 (office), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 82 Chestnut St., Unit 20, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms
Size: 1,247 square feet
Housing type: Condominium
Condo fee: $870/month, includes professional offsite management, water, sewer, master insurance and trash removal
Taxes: $12,789 ($1,066/month)
Parking: Rental parking in Boston Common Garage
Year built: 1880, renovated 2015
Number of units: 14
Number of floors: Four residential, one commercial/retail
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, central heating and air conditioning, open floor plan with corner exposure, living room with built-ins flanking fireplace, granite kitchen with electric cooking and stainless appliances, breakfast bar with beverage cooler, primary bedroom suite with wall of closets and en suite bath with marble shower and twin-sink vanity, Sonos surround sound system, security system, in-unit laundry.
Building amenities: Common roof deck, modernized elevator, central fire alarm system, basement storage, pet-friendly.
Close by: Shopping and dining, private and public schools, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Esplanade, public transit, Massachusetts General Hospital, 5-to-10-minute walks to Downtown Crossing, Theatre District and Financial District.
Contact: Linda Barrett of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Phone: 617-686-1007 (mobile), 617-267-3500 (office)