Step up to refined living in this Beacon Hill townhouse

WAYNE BRAVERMAN
STAFF WRITER
The living room is filled with an atmosphere of elegance, enriched by the French wall moldings and three tall windows looking out onto the charm of Mt. Vernon Street. It will be a pleasure to sit in front of the large fireplace on the upcoming cold nights and relax.

Space, grace and charm await the next owner of a lovely townhouse at 146 Mt. Vernon St. on the flat of Beacon Hill.

With 2,768 square feet of space, including five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, brimming with exquisite architectural details, it’s easy to raise a large family here. And inviting family and friends to stay for extended visits could be very appealing.

This gem is being offered by Joe Govern of Street & Company for $3,495,000.

Like many of the refined homes on Beacon Hill, this federalist-style dwelling is seasoned with history. According to current resident Tristram Dammin, this is one of four twin homes the famed Ginn family had built in 1911: two on Mt. Vernon Street and two on Lime Street.  

The family patriarch was Edwin Ginn, who was founder of Ginn & Company and the Atheneum Press, which was one of the country’s top textbook publishers. Later, the company was known as Ginn and Heath.

In his 50s, Ginn turned his attention to philanthropy, focusing on the American peace movement. Through a $1 million endowment in 1910, he founded the International School of Peace in Boston. This later became the World Peace Foundation which is currently affiliated with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

According to Dammin, 146 Mt. Vernon St. has had only three owners – two of which are Harvard graduates. Among the residents were the Cabots – descendants of the “first families of Boston” – who rented this home in the 1960s.

The street-level, light-filled vestibule opens to the spacious and bright marble-tiled foyer.

The street-level, light-filled vestibule opens to the spacious and bright marble-tiled foyer. Here, you will find a convenient coat closet and a practical powder room. Passing by more storage and a pointed archway, a set of French doors open to the den-library-family room. There, you will find one of the home’s three fireplaces along with a wall of built-in bookcases and a wet bar - a perfect place to relax by the hearth and enjoy a good read.

The den-library-family room has one of the home’s three fireplaces, along with a wall of built-in bookcases and a wet bar.

Off the library is a handy enclosed patio, one of three outdoor spaces that come with this home. This space has a half wall and an egress where you can enjoy pleasant conversations with your backyard neighbors or meditative moments of solitude.

Another interesting feature on this level is a long, secluded passage way along the main portion of the house, which has its own entryway from Mt. Vernon Street. At one time, it was used to receive deliveries without disturbing the home’s residents. It’s currently used for the home’s mechanical operation and the laundry area. This space can also be accessed from the foyer and the patio.

Returning one’s attention to the foyer, a gracefully curved staircase winds its way to the upper floors. Before ascending, notice how the black diamonds in the white marble flooring accentuate the dark stairs with a golden-hued runner and the two twin sconces with black lampshades and gold embellishments in the foyer.

The second level features the living room, dining room and kitchen.

The living room is filled with an atmosphere of elegance, enriched by the French wall moldings and three tall windows looking out onto the charm of Mt. Vernon Street. This inviting room is the perfect place to relax by the fireplace on cold New England nights. Perhaps the new residents will want to grab a book to read or admire a collection of art that would look great placed on the tall shelves that sit on either side of the hearth with a prettily carved mantle.

The formal dining room creates another old world feeling with more French wall moldings, gleaming hardwood flooring (found throughout the home), and an elegant chandelier mounted on the high ceiling. A large south-facing picture window overlooks the patio below.

The formal dining room creates another old world feeling with more French wall moldings, gleaming hardwood flooring (found throughout the home), and an elegant chandelier mounted on the high ceiling. A large south-facing window set in the middle of two narrower windows overlook the patio below.

The beautifully renovated, sunny, modern kitchen, which shares space with the butler’s pantry, is equipped to handle the creation of many delectable meals. The glass-enclosed cabinets and the open shelving offer plenty of space to display fine china. There is plenty of closed cabinetry above and below the long marble-topped counters for other items as well.

The beautifully renovated, sunny modern kitchen, which shares space with the butler’s pantry, is equipped to handle the creation of many delectable meals.

The high-end appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking gas range and oven (with a solid slab of marble backsplash) and a Jenn Air microwave. The KitchenAid dishwasher and two sinks will help make prepping for and cleaning up after mealtimes easy.

There’s plenty of sleeping space in this home at 146 Mt. Vernon St., which comes with five bedrooms.

The primary bedroom, on the third floor, boasts another large fireplace and three windows looking out onto Mt. Vernon Street and the stately Church of the Advent, which is right across the street from this home. This bedroom showcases two double-door closets, a smaller closet and a large walk-in storage area.

The second bedroom with a long closet on this level is ideal to use as an office. For those moments when a break from work is needed, the window looks out onto the back garden area. And when the weather is optimal, you can do more than just look out a window – you can also step out the door onto a large deck for longer periods of relaxation while taking in the views of the neighborhood.

The shared bathroom that sits between these two bedrooms at the top of the stairway has a tub-shower and a marble-topped vanity. A linen closet sits nearby.

This sunny fourth-floor bedroom is a nice place for the children.

Three more bedrooms are on the fourth floor, along with two more full baths, separated by a deep walk-in closet.

The largest of the bedrooms has black hardwood flooring and a double closet. The smaller bedrooms, each with a nicely-sized closet, are on the Mt. Vernon Street side of the house, where you can enjoy the views of the church from a different vantage point.

One of the bathrooms has a skylight and a claw-foot tub along with a custom one-piece vanity.

The scenes from this large roof deck are awe-inspiring. There’s a distinct European flavor to the remarkable views of the Beacon Hill rooftops and beyond from here.

A skylight brightens the stairway that opens to a large roof deck, equipped with a view to remember. Adding a table and chairs and other outdoor furniture enlarges the home’s entertaining and/or relaxing arena. As you look at the remarkable views of the Beacon Hill rooftops and beyond, there is a distinct and pleasing European flavor. Since there is a clear view of the Hatch Shell, you and your guests can avoid the crowds of the Esplanade and banks of the Charles River by watching the fourth of July fireworks from here.

The Flat of the Hill location is also ideal for enjoying the best of life in Boston. In addition to being close to the Boston Common, Public Garden, the Charles River and the Theater District, residents can enjoy the many chic boutiques, unique eateries, historic homes and many other cultural venues, as well.

For more information about 146 Mt. Vernon St., contact Joe Govern at 857-222-5235.

This is one of four twin homes the famed Ginn family had built in 1911. This is one of the two built on Mt. Vernon Street. The other two are on Lime Street.

DETAILS:

Address: 146 Mount Vernon St., Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Five bedrooms; three full bathrooms, one half bath

Size: 2,768 square feet

Price: $3,495,000

Taxes: $30,497.06 (Tax Year 2021)

Year built: 1911

Number of rooms: Nine

Number of fireplaces: Three

Number of levels: Four plus a roof deck

Features: Lovely single-family townhouse on the flat of Beacon Hill. Marble tiled entry foyer leads to a family room with a gas fireplace and built-in bookcases, overlooking a patio. Curved stairway leads to the living room, formal dining room and kitchen. Living room has three elegant windows, a fireplace, high ceilings, built-in bookcases and wood floor. Butler’s pantry with sink and storage leads to the renovated modern kitchen. Third floor has a large main bedroom with three windows, a fireplace and plenty of closet space. Guest bedroom/study with access to a charming deck. Top floor has three bedrooms, two baths. Stairway leads to small work area and large deck. Original elegant details.

Close by: Boston Common, Public Garden and the Charles River Esplanade. Within walking distance to Myrtle Street Playground; Boston Athenaeum; Congregational Library & Archives; Hill House Community Center; Massachusetts State House; Nichols House Museum; Otis House Museum; Prescott House; Museum of African American History; Old West Church; and The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture. Walking distance to Chinatown, Theater District and Government Center. Fine dining on Beacon Hill and in the Back Bay. Easy access to MBTA Green and Red subway lines. Convenient access by car to Storrow Drive and the Mass Pike.

Contact: Joe Govern, Street & Company, 78 Charles St. #1, Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 857-222-5235

Email: joe@streetandcompany.com

Website:https://www.streetandcompany.com