Luxurious living awaits you in this Beacon Hill gem
Space and light abound in a Beacon Hill home that is as perfect for entertaining as it is for family life.
With tall columns and arched windows, the exterior of this Greek Revival townhouse at 31 Chestnut St. has been impressing Beacon Hill denizens since the early 19th century. The black and white marble tile floor in the entryway proves that a classic look remains stylish across the generations.
Inside, this home strikes the ideal balance between its traditional construction and modern amenities.
With nine bedrooms, six-and-one-half bathrooms, and a floor plan that is ideal for living on a grand scale, Tracy Campion of Campion and Company is listing this magnificent palace for $9,950,000.
Every space is filled with extraordinary architectural features. The grand curved staircase is dramatic – the place to take holiday pictures over the years.
However, walking up and down the stairs is optional. An elevator stops on every floor so moving heavy packages or luggage will never be an issue.
To the left of the stairway is the voluminous living room. Party guests will feel very welcome here, captivated by the tasteful period details, especially the large fireplace with its carved mantel and the fabulous crown molding around the high ceiling. By day, light streams in through two mullioned windows that overlook Chestnut Street.
Walk through to the tasteful dining room, beautifully trimmed out from the medallion surrounding the chandelier to the chair rail around the walls. Painted a deep historic green, the room’s lovely ambience transports visitors to another era.
The big fireplace is similar to its counterpart in the living room and the crown molding is deep and ornate. Light enters through a tall window in the back, creating a glow that rises from the hardwood floors. The current owners have hosted dinners for large groups of friends and family in this spacious dining room.
A powder room serves this part of the home. It was once a closet and was transformed to take care of this necessary function.
Adjacent to the dining room is a continental gourmet kitchen. It’s a galley, though wider than most. The homeowners adore their La Cornue range - a French model famous for its exceptional quality. A Beko refrigerator, also European, keeps the groceries cool and the dishwasher is a high-end Bosch. Custom glass-fronted cabinetry and stone countertops finish the room.
Also on the first floor is the wonderful family room – the most popular space in the house.
“We spend 90 percent of our time there,” the current homeowner says. “It’s so bright.”
Look straight up at the vast, spoked cupola/skylight in the center of the ceiling. It allows that flood of natural light to illuminate the room. The effect is unique and breathtaking.
This room is also enhanced by graceful arched built-ins that can show off a collection of fine china and glassware. Bookcases store favorite volumes. An interesting fireplace mantel and bay windows make the space even more attractive.
A pair of French doors lead out to the home’s brilliantly sunny terrace. If the next homeowners are gardening fans, they will delight in putting their own touches on landscaping this patio. Every summer meal will be more enjoyable when consumed out on this terrace and great conversations will take place between family and friends on warm evenings.
The entire second floor is the home’s primary suite. In addition to a sizeable bedroom with a pair of tall windows overlooking Chestnut Street, this level has two offices, one for each spouse. Each office is suffused with natural light. Two bathrooms, one with a walk-in shower and one with a clawfoot tub, accommodate the owners. A large walk-in closet easily stores wardrobes for two people.
Each of the upper two floors has three bedrooms that could belong to children or extended family members.
The third floor also has two bathrooms and the home’s laundry room, which holds a Bosch washer and dryer.
The fourth floor has a bathroom with a double vanity to take care of its occupants.
More bedroom space is available along with another full bathroom down on the garden level in a separate au pair suite. A spacious open living and dining area and a full kitchen make it a comfortable place to stay.
Additional storage rooms and a wine cellar round out the garden level.
This property is grand and one-of-a-kind.
“We’ve loved living here,” the homeowner says. She praises the house’s special charm and warmth. “It’s a wonderful family home.”
And the location is just as wonderful. Beacon Hill, Boston’s oldest neighborhood, is rich in history. Residents and visitors alike look forward to the famed annual Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour and the annual Beacon Hill Art Walk. The community feels magical around the holidays, all decked out with twinkling white lights and red ribbon bows and brimming with lots of good cheer. It is extremely walkable with close proximity to shopping and dining and Charles Street, Cambridge Street and Beacon Street.
The Statehouse, Boston Common and the Public Garden are all nearby. It’s also a short walk to the Theatre District and Downtown Crossing. Parking is fine on the street with a permit and rental parking is available at the Boston Common Garage.
Address: 31 Chestnut St., Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Nine bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bathroom
Year built: 1805
Size: 8,979 square feet
Features of home: Spacious, gracious and bright Greek Revival townhouse on Beacon Hill offers an exquisite balance of charm, classic architecture and 21st century amenities. Arched entry doors have leaded glass windows. Nine bedrooms and six-and-one-half bathrooms can accommodate a large family or a couple with frequent guests. Living and dining room are excellent for entertaining. Family room has an enormous cupola/skylight that admits floods of natural light and French doors lead to stone patio. Elevator stops on every level. European kitchen features gourmet appliances. Second floor primary suite includes a large bedroom, walk-in closet, two bathrooms and two offices. Laundry room is on third floor. Au pair apartment with open layout is located on the garden level. Central air.
Close by: Boston Common and Public Garden; shops and restaurants of Charles Street, Cambridge Street and Beacon Street; the Statehouse; Massachusetts General Hospital. Parking at the Common Garage. Public transportation, with MBTA Red Line, Green Line and Blue Line. Easy access by car to Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93.
Contact: Tracy Campion, Campion and Company, 172 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116