Light, space and charm in this Back Bay gem
Located on the corner of the Back Bay’s Beacon and Exeter streets in a beautifully renovated classical revival 1927 building, Residence 6 at 282 Beacon St. is a home that’s overflowing with light, space and architectural charm.
Sized at an airy 3,200 square feet, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom Back Bay floor-through residence conjures up an instant feeling of style. With views of the Charles River lagoon on one side and a west-facing view from an adjacent window, the afternoon sunsets are breathtaking. More than anything, though, this place has comfortable elegance that makes you want to stay forever plus a location that makes it easy to enjoy all of the fabulous things that the Back Bay has to offer.
Take the direct access elevator from the lobby and step right into the home’s gorgeous entry foyer. The rounded, vaulted ceiling is dramatic. The black and white marble floor is tasteful and the pretty bird toile wallpaper coordinates well with it. The light and the view, illuminated by the arched doorway, invites you to turn right, extending the elegant welcome.
The formal living room is the main entertaining space here. Its large picture window frames a view of the river and the M.I.T. dome on the Cambridge side. A west-facing window seat, anchored by attractive storage, provides another view. The opposite wall has two more windows, so the river vistas seem endless.
The fireplace wall is mirrored, which makes an already large room look enormous in its reflection. The marble surround enhances a tall white mantel. A built-in on one side features books and decorative objects - a look the next owner will surely emulate.
The library is a room you might fall in love with because it looks like a page from a high-end design magazine. The walls and numerous built-ins are painted a vivid coral. The light entering through the windows makes it sing.
The fireplace here has a dark marble surround that creates a sophisticated contrast with the colorful room. This is the place where you and your family and guests will retreat to watch games and movies.
Through a set of French doors off the entry hall and right next to the living room, the formal dining room’s curved mullioned window is the highlight of the space. It functions as a work of art in the room with the view ever-changing according to the season and the weather. The light coming through the windows bounces off the hardwood floor, making it glow like satin.
The dining room has other wonderful details, including another fireplace and good-looking moldings at the ceiling and below the chair rail.
Swing through the door to the butler’s pantry. This pantry offers storage and a bar sink for your serving pleasure.
The bright kitchen is at the center of the home. Natural light flows in through a wall of windows. Appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a stainless steel Thermador gas range. There’s a wine chiller as well.
The cabinetry is creamy white and some of cabinets have glass fronts that echo the panes of the windows. The floor tiles are laid in a herringbone pattern and the countertops are a green solid surface - totally functional, but easy to change out if you prefer a different aesthetic. Seating at the end of the counter provides a spot for a quick breakfast or snack.
All of the bedrooms are located in a private wing on the south side of the residence, opposite the entertaining side.
The main bedroom suite at the corner of the unit is suffused with light through multiple windows. The view is of Beacon Street and the rooftops of the Back Bay. A fireplace contributes a cozy feeling to this generous space and a spacious dressing area off the bedroom is lined with closets, so there is plenty of room for your clothes.
There are two bathrooms - one bath has a walk-in shower and the other sports a soaking tub. The bathroom with the tub is a Jack and Jill, so it could be shared with the appealing yellow bedroom in the opposite corner.
The smallest bedroom is lovely and comfortable, served by a hall bathroom. There’s one more large bedroom, currently being used as an inviting family room. Its hall bathroom is steps away.
A convenient laundry room completes the home. Another great convenience is the direct access service elevator - great for moving furniture and other large items into the residence.
Two outdoor parking spaces are included with this unit as well as a private storage area. The building has a concierge and a resident superintendent to take care of your needs.
Living here puts everything you love about the Back Bay at your feet. Whether it’s a walk to your favorite shops and restaurants on Newbury Street or a visit to the Charles River Esplanade, it’s all close by. And there’s an argument to be made that from this residence, you can choose to stay at home, order in and enjoy the exquisite river views.
Address: 282 Beacon St., Residence 6, Back Bay
BR/BA: Four bedrooms, four full baths
Year built: 1927
Size: 3,200 square feet
Co-op fee: $9,592 (includes real estate taxes and services)
Building features: Beautifully maintained and renovated 10-unit 1927 brick building in a prime Back Bay location overlooking the Charles River. Building has resident superintendent and direct elevator access to the units
Unit features: Four-bedroom, four-bath floor-through co-op with windows on three sides admitting great light and fabulous views; versatile living spaces for entertaining; period details, four fireplaces, many built-ins and hardwood floors; bright butler’s pantry and central kitchen with Sub-Zero and Thermador appliances and plenty of cabinetry; in-unit laundry; central air; two outdoor parking spaces
Close by: The Esplanade and Charles River, Newbury Street’s restaurants and chic stores, galleries and cultural attractions of the Back Bay and downtown Theatre District, easy access to MBTA Green Line and Back Bay Commuter Rail Station, convenient to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93 by car
Contact: Tracy Campion, Campion and Company, 172 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116