Grand views and plenty of luxury in this Midtown condo
“The Grandview” is more than a sign on a building. It’s a sign of what you’re in for when you enter that building, take the elevator to Unit 501, venture into the living room and enjoy the truly grand view of the Boston Common and surrounding neighborhoods, fittingly framed by a large bay window.
But that’s just part of the picture. You’re in for another grand view as you navigate this 2,053-square-foot, one-level unit and feast your eyes on its art-gallery foyer, open-concept living-dining room with a designer bar, light and airy chef’s kitchen, expansive primary bedroom with marble bath, fully appointed home office with a built-in desk and bookcases, generous storage and much more.
Developed in 2003 by Norman Radow in a classic-contemporary hybrid design by Jung|Brannen Associates, The Grandview at 165 Tremont St. bespeaks its name immediately as you enter its soaring atrium lobby. You’ll see its circular central bench, circular mezzanine overlook rail, marble 24-hour concierge desk and rich artwork, including a wall display of silvery-chrome “globule” sculptures and a cluster of glass globe lights dangling in the atrium space.
The roomy mezzanine lounge and dining area overlooking the lobby boast just as grand a view of the Boston Common and vicinity as your unit will offer.
Unit 501’s foyer mirrors the lobby’s grandeur on a domestic level as the art walls of its track-lit entry hall culminate in a temple-like space with a tray ceiling and a ceiling light resembling an inverted glass bowl. There’s room for an upright piano, workstation, a sofa or credenza for a buffet.
For the latter, the newly refurbished kitchen is handily located on the right, expressing its streamlined efficiency with a clean-lined sheen of functional beauty unifying white quartz counterspace, light gray cabinetry and stainless steel appliances - all still under warranty. These include a Wolf double wall oven with heat settings programmable by smartphone, a Bosch induction-heating cooktop, a sink with sliding soap/sponge/scouring-pad holder and a gooseneck hot water/filtered water spigot. There’s also a Thermador dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Sub-Zero wine cooler.
For a bit of aesthetic variety, a wood-top peninsular bar with a single glass-pane “leg” allows seating for three people between the kitchen and dining room.
Contiguous with the living room, the dining room is defined by a contemporary chandelier of “drinking glass” lights extending downward from a horizontal glass pane hanging from the ceiling. The dining room and kitchen receive additional light from the building’s internal lightwell with a skylight and front window - a rare instance of side exposure in a building abutted by others.
The living room makes the unit worthy of its building’s moniker with its grand bay-window view of the entire Boston Common, sweeping from the Theatre District to along Beacon Hill to the Park Street Church.
“It’s such a nice nook to read a book and enjoy the view,” said listing agent Allison Mazer of Compass. “You have western light, it’s very bright, and a good view of the State House when lit at night.”
For full enjoyment of these sights over cocktails, a bar with a kidney-shaped glass top and mirror-backed shelves is handy.
Another “grand view” of sorts is present in the powder room off the bedroom hall with a mural of an opened half-moon window with a “view” of a swan boat going under the iconic suspension footbridge in the Public Garden. A newly installed Scavolini blue-glass, wall-mount designer vanity adds more class.
Down the hallway is a bedroom/office with a wall-length built-in oaken unit of bookshelves, cabinets and a long desk. Two bookcases and an upholstered storage bench surround a window on the lightwell.
Further down are a double-door coat closet and a laundry closet with a stacked LG washer/dryer and side shelves.
The end of the hall presents a pair of bedroom suites. On the left, the vast carpeted primary bedroom boasts above-average amenities for a space of its type. Designer bronze swivel sconces with marble-like frosted-glass “shades” mark the king-size bed area.
Facing this is a sitting alcove with a large window on the building’s central light court. Beside that is an alcove (with a full-height window) for use as an office, gym, etc.
The walk-in closet is fully built-in with multiple linen-shoe shelves and coatracks, but ample dressing room remains.
In the spa-like bath, marble enriches everything: the Kohler water-jet soaking tub with waterfall and regular faucets, the deluxe shower with fixed and hand-held shower heads and the twin-sink vanity with swivel makeup mirrors.
On the right, the second bedroom contrasts bright yellow walls with dark olive carpeting and a woodgrain laminate storage unit, for the ultimate feeling of sunny security. The walk-in closet is built in with California Closets.
The en suite bath features a pedestal sink and a white-tiled tub/shower combo.
The Grandview has an even grander view on the shared roof deck where you can enjoy far-reaching city vistas, captivating sunsets and dazzling July 4 fireworks with your neighbors.
But grandest of all is the central location in Boston’s most vibrant neighborhood where recreation unlimited on the Boston Common, movies at the AMC Boston Common 19 multiplex down the block, stage and comedy shows at Emerson College and in the Theatre District, shopping and dining in Downtown Crossing, and Freedom Trail tours of historic Boston landmarks and sites are all just steps away. For more intimate moments, the Thinking Cup coffeehouse is next door.
Offered at $2,350,000, Unit 501 at The Grandview fully lives up to the name of its address, inside and out.
There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 14.
For more information, contact Allison Mazer at 617-905-7379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: The Grandview at 165 Tremont St., Unit 501, Midtown/Downtown
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath
Size: 2,053 square feet
Housing type: High-rise one-level condominium
Association fee: $1,725/month, includes heat, hot water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, extra storage
Taxes: $1,628/month, $19,536/year
Parking: One deeded garage parking space, one valet parking space
Year built: 2003, renovated 2018, 2020 and 2021
Total number of residences: 61
Features: High ceilings, recessed and track lighting, four-zone central heating and air, hardwood floors, Boston Common views from windows with custom screens and motorized window coverings, open floor plan, updated custom kitchen with induction cooking and stainless appliances, full bar, carpeted primary bedroom with sitting alcove and gym/office alcove, marble primary bath, bedroom with office built-ins, extra storage unit
Building amenities: Fob-operated dual elevator service, atrium lobby with mezzanine lounge, roof deck, 24-hour concierge and doorman, on-site maintenance, dry-cleaning delivery service, pet-friendly association
Close by: Shopping and dining, schools and universities, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common and the Esplanade, public transit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Theatre District, Financial District
Contact: Allison Mazer, Senior Vice President, Compass
Phone: 617-905-7379 (cell)
Open house: 11 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Nov. 14