Sunny Beacon Hill condo has open space and a new owner

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
Exposed brick, high ceilings and sunny bay windows give this home charm. Place the dining table in the bay to enjoy treetop views.

Square footage is only one facet that indicates how large a home feels. Features such as an open floorplan, ample natural light, architectural interest and high ceilings can add a phenomenal sense of volume to a place and help it live large.

Unit 5 on the third floor at 26 Hancock St. on Beacon Hill offers all of the above and now it has a new owner. Originally listed by Eliott Levine of Olde Forge Realty, this appealing abode closed recently for $950,000 through the Kaufman Realty Team of Keller Williams Realty.

Although this home is under 1,000 square feet, it makes a very spacious impression. The long living and intimate spaces, tall windows, exposed brick walls and ceilings that reach past 10 feet tall give this handsome residence charm and plenty of room.

Unit 5 at 26 Hancock St. on Beacon Hill, although under 1,000 square feet, makes a very spacious impression as well as an architectural statement.

The main door opens to a delightful and spacious living area that is ideal for entertaining. Two large closets are nearby, offering storage for outer wear and other items.

The open living-dining space features a high ceiling with installed speakers and a ceiling fan, two sides of exposed brick walls, a sunny bay with three large windows and oak hardwood flooring.

The open space is quite versatile, allowing the new residents to arrange it in any style that suits their fancy. They could mirror the previous occupants and mount a TV on one wall and place the sofa opposite it.

A dining table fits nicely into the bay as does a loveseat or a comfy armchair.

The kitchen provides so much storage in its warmly stained maple cabinets. A Sub-Zero refrigerator is hidden behind paneling and a wine fridge is installed under the breakfast bar.

Nestled into the corner at the opposite end of the bay is the open kitchen. Not only functional, it’s part of the décor - visible from anywhere in the living space and cleverly complements the brick walls beautifully.

Cabinetry in a warm maple finish rise to the ceiling, providing lots of storage. Frosted glass panels in some of the doors add an appealing subtle shine. The mosaic tile backsplash picks up all the colors in the wood and brick while the shining dark granite on the counter and breakfast bar adds some gravitas.  

A wine fridge installed beneath the two-seat breakfast bar lit by two glass domes will keep all their favorite bottles held at the right temperature.

Stainless steel appliances include a dishwasher, oven and built-in microwave. Cookery takes place on a smooth electric cooktop. A tall Sub-Zero refrigerator, concealed behind paneling, makes it the crowning glory of the kitchen.

A short hall opens to a spacious foyer. On the left side is the bathroom. This modern gem has a pedestal sink, matching toilet and a tub/shower combo with glass doors. On the right side is a linen closet and a walk-in closet, offering lots more storage space for their belongings.

The primary bedroom is very long with a tall window. The different colors of brick tell the story of the 1880 construction of the home.

At the end of this foyer are the sleeping quarters. The primary bedroom is to the left. It’s a big space – 15 feet long with a high ceiling – and a right-sized closet. The new owner could face the bed towards the brick wall to enjoying gazing at the different colors of brick and speculate on how the different types were used to build the home in 1880. The tall window admits warm light.

To the right is the second bedroom – almost identical, just slightly narrower. This room has a larger closet and a tall window. The exposed brick that enriches the other areas of the home is in this room as well. Whether the new owner utilizes this room for a family member, overnight guests or a comfortable home office, having the extra space will be appreciated.

A laundry closet rounds out the home so clothes can be conveniently cleaned any time of the day or night.

A full modern bathroom makes the most of the space with a pedestal sink. The combination tub and shower is enclosed by glass doors.

Among the many reasons to have chosen this home is the location – another valuable asset. Historic brick rowhouses beautify many of the local streets. In the spring and summer, fragrant flowers growing in the famed hidden gardens of a number of the older homes waft in the air for passers-by to enjoy and shady flowering trees catch the cool breezes. The iconic gilded dome of the Statehouse that glimmers in the light adds to the neighborhood character.

If it’s green space the new residents are looking for, the Boston Common and Public Garden, the Commonwealth Mall and the Esplanade are all nearby, offering solitude at times and activity – such as the holiday tree lighting festivities and the Shakespeare on the Commons Festival, winter skating and summer sailing, swan boat and carousel rides, fitness programs, guided tours and concerts.

The local grocery store – Whole Foods – is a half block away from 26 Hancock St. There is a plethora of restaurants in the neighborhood, including the elegant No. 9 Park specializing in Italian cuisine and artisanal cocktails. Casual stops at bakeries or gelato shops will add pleasure to the day, and trendy shops on Charles Street will entice you to come in and look around.

Beacon Hill is also near the Theatre District, offering a variety of world-class performances. There are also several nearby museums and other cultural venues.

Although this is one of the oldest areas of Boston, the feeling on the street is energetic. Beacon Hill is primed for walking enjoyment anytime of year. Parents push babies in strollers, dog walkers corral their charges, and residents can take care of their errands on foot. Beacons Hill is a most delightful place to live.

With east and west exposures, a large living and dining area, and two long bedrooms, this home lives larger than its 914 square feet. Courtesy photo/Olde Forge Realty


Address: 26 Hancock St., Unit 5, Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom

Size: 914 square feet

Closing price: $950,000

Year built: 1880, converted to condominium in 1979 and numerous updates were added over the years

Features of home: Sunny third-floor condo residence with open kitchen and living/dining space that is excellent for entertaining. Exposed brick walls, double-pane bay windows and high ceilings with installed speakers. Corner kitchen with warm maple cabinets, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a wine refrigerator, stainless steel dishwasher, built-in ovens, electric cooktop, granite counters, and a breakfast bar. Modern bathroom with pedestal sink and tub/shower combination with glass doors. Two long bedrooms with exposed brick walls and tall windows. Six storage closets. Laundry in unit.

Features of building: Handsome brick rowhouse constructed in 1880, located on a quiet tree-lined Beacon Hill street. East-west exposures. New double-pane bay windows capture sunlight. Professional management. Attractive common areas. On-street parking.

Close by: Fine restaurants, shopping, Whole Foods supermarket, parks and green space including Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Esplanade, the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, Massachusetts General Hospital, garage parking at 100 Cambridge St. Walking distance to Downtown Crossing, Theatre District and Financial District. Easy access to MBTA Red, Blue and Green ines, Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93.

Contact for Eliott Levin: Eliott Levine, Olde Forge Realty, 109 Mt. Vernon St., Suite #1, Boston, MA 02114; 617-227-6600 (office), Mobile: 401-663-8049 (mobile);;

Contact for Kaufman Realty Team of Keller Williams Realty: Gary Kaufman, 617-721-0785;;