Magnificent penthouse is loaded with comfort and space
Upon its dedication in 2000, Trinity Place at 1 Huntington Ave. marked the new millennium with a fresh definition of the luxury condominium - one going beyond its fitness center, marble-floored lobbies and 24-hour concierge to offer white-glove services akin to those at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel down Copley Square.
To that end, Trinity’s doormen, valets, concierges and maintenance staff were trained by a bona fide hotelier. The late Sigi Brauer drew on his decades of running Boston’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel (now The Newbury Boston) and operating 20 Ritz hotels worldwide to make sure Trinity’s 12-strong crew gave residents the ritziest assistance in door-opening, valet parking, dog-walking, party planning and even room service from the in-house restaurant.
The buyer of Unit PH1802 can enjoy this luxury today and then some. Trinity’s hotel aura permeates the 2,864-square-foot penthouse’s gallery foyer and presidential primary bedroom suite with deluxe dressing room and spa bath as well as in the chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry and extended island bar/table. There are also 12-foot ceilings, multiple corner exposures with stunning city views and much more.
The hospitality begins as the concierge greets you in the rotunda lobby with a central circular couch, classical bronze chandelier and framed sketches of Boston architecture. You can also feel the hospitality as the doorman ushers you into the other lobby from the parking drive off Blagden Street.
Elevators with keyed access to the 18th floor let you off at an Italian Renaissance lobby (co-owned by the two penthouse residents) where a Siena marble wall with scalloped fountain basins preludes the unit.
A marble-trimmed arched doorway introduces the foyer where archways, a crown-molded tray ceiling, art walls, paneled wainscoting and a herringbone-patterned stained oak floor continue the classical elegance as it escorts you to all main points in a cruciform layout.
Ahead is the far-reaching living-dining room that capitalizes on its location at the building’s “nose” to offer breathtaking Back Bay, Blue Hills, Charles River and Cambridge views, one from a private balcony.
A curvy chandelier of frosted-glass “blossom” lights extending from brass branches adds a touch of contemporary whimsy.
The “family” section, set off by a tray ceiling, has a wall of cabinets with a TV-screen niche.
Off of this is the Seimatic eat-in kitchen, also foyer-accessible via a butler’s pantry with a veined black faux-marble dry bar and a vertical Sub-Zero wine cooler. The kitchen’s waterfall island bar with a Wolf induction-heating cooktop has a solid wood table extension, offering space for bar seating for three or four people and dining-table seating for up to seven people for room service catering of Italian cuisine from the first-floor Sorellina restaurant.
The veined black running counter contains a sink with a sliding soap/sponge rack. All drawers are custom-built, one with silverware compartments.
Other appliances include a Wolf double wall oven, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and two Miele dishwashers for that extra-large load of tableware from a dinner-party.
Off the living room’s initial section is a corner bedroom/office with a tray ceiling and a wall of cabinetry with TV niche. Its en suite bath boasts a wall-mount vanity with a chrome corner towel-rack and cantilevered lower shelf, and a shower with randomized mosaic-tiled floor.
The primary bedroom suite to the foyer’s right begins with a sizable sitting room where an art wall and a wall of display shelves form a corner for a comfy couch for cocktails, movie nights or reading.
When bedtime beckons, pocket doors open to the bedroom where a gray patterned fabric wall with a tufted dark gray headboard awaits a king-size bed and twin polygon pendant lights of textured dark glass mark spots for nightstands. Facing this are push-latch cabinets paneled in white acrylic appliqué wave reliefs. The window presents a gorgeous Charles River view to wake to.
A frosted French door opens to a humongous dressing room, dressed up with a chandelier of “lollipop” lights on branches, facing drawer units with niches for clothes-hanging or makeup mirrors and lazy-Susan rotating shelf stacks. These symmetrically introduce a wide walk-in closet with an area for a makeup table or an office workstation - courtesy of a louver-door closet for a printer, photocopier and/or fax machine.
The dressing room ascends to a spa-like bath where a bather in the Victoria & Albert oval soaking tub can soak up sunny sights from the window while cleaning. Gray faux-stone walls of square reliefs cover the rest of the bath.
Hanging on facing walls are twin faux-granite vanities, mirrors with integrated frame lighting and bubbly cylinder side-lights. One wall continues into the corner glass shower with a bench and randomized mosaic-tiled floor.
The shower and a row of linen/medicine cabinets form a corridor to the water-closet which has its own vanity and mirror - an unusual instance of a powder room within a full bath. A towel-warming rack is by the tub.
Left of the foyer, a well-trimmed corridor passes a coat closet, a powder room with marble vanity, and a laundry closet with LG stacked washer/dryer and Siena marble sorting counter en route to the guest suite. The bedroom has corner exposure from two Chicago windows and a built-in drawer/shelf unit with TV niche. The shower bath features a polished marble floor.
Offered at $7,895,000, Unit PH1802 at Trinity Place lets you put on the Ritz year-round, upstairs and down.
For more information, contact Beth Dickerson of Gibson | Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-510-8565 or email@example.com.
Address: Trinity Place, 1 Huntington Ave., Unit PH1802, Back Bay
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath
Size: 2,864 square feet
Housing type: Penthouse condominium
Condo fee: $4,998/month, includes heat, water and sewer, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow and refuse removal, fitness center, sauna/steam, extra storage, valet parking, management
Taxes: $46,188 (Tax Year 2021)
Parking: Two deeded valet garage parking spaces
Total number of floors: 18
Total number of units: 104
Year built: 1999-2000, renovated 2021
Features: 12-foot ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood and marble floors, forced air heating and central air conditioning from all-new Whalen HVAC units; arched foyer, oversized windows with three exposures and automatic shades and private balcony off living room; Seimatic kitchen with two dishwashers and induction-heated cooking, butler’s pantry with 120-bottle Sub-Zero wine cooler; primary bedroom with sitting room and spa-like bath with radiant-heated floor and oval soaking tub, en suite baths for all bedrooms; in-unit laundry, surround sound, extra storage
Building amenities: Elevator, 24-hour concierge, doorman, fitness center, steam sauna, rubber roof, in-house restaurant (Sorellina), pet-friendly
Close by: Public library, public transit, shopping, dining, parks, fitness trails, medical facilities, highway access, houses of worship, public and private schools, universities, concert halls, museums
Contact: Beth Dickerson, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty