Here’s a charming townhouse on a quaint Beacon Hill street
Considering that Beacon Hill was the first designated Historic District in Boston, finding a home in this neighborhood with “unique” features is expected. Finding one that is unique from top to bottom, inside and out (including location) is a completely different story.
Yet, that is the reality of this three-bedroom townhouse at 30 Cedar Lane Way with two full bathrooms, one half bathroom and 1,495 square feet of living space, listed by Sally Brewster of Brewster & Berkowitz for $2,175,000.
This gem is on a two-block long, one-car width street between Chestnut and Pinckney streets and barely a block to Charles Street. The street was originally paved with oak blocks and later covered with more impervious material. Today, Cedar Lane Way is lined with charming homes and brick paver sidewalks about two feet wide.
One of Beacon Hill’s iconic gas lamps is just outside double doors to the covered “outside” vestibule of this 1827 home that was totally renovated in 1995 and meticulously maintained ever since. A new roof was installed in 2015 and the exterior was painted and pointed in 2019.
The foyer with its deep bump boards and sparkling wide pine floor boards (these original beauties are throughout the entire home) may be a classic intro, but surprise time follows.
The “reception" room or study, if you prefer, just off the foyer, is captivating. A diminutive corner fireplace tends to steal the show, but this room also has a handy powder room with a space-saving wall mounted sink. Two closets are practical touches.
While the overall ambiance of the main level living room exudes peace and serenity, many details are wow-worthy, such as the fireplace with a striking marble mantle flanked by built-ins.
Two deep set windows with shutters (this room has four) with built-in cupboards below are other examples. Size, as in large, is equally impressive.
Two rooms (the kitchen and dining room) on the garden level are, however, the stars of this home.
That the dining room takes up almost one half of the entire footprint of the house is hardly surprising inasmuch as this eatery is ensconced in the original kitchen/keeping room. The original brick fireplace has it all, too: hangers, beehive oven, brick hearth, and yes, a Parson’s cupboard.
Horizontal wood wainscoting on three walls is a touch of rustic sophistication.
Built-in open shelving handles decorative items while matching closets that anchor room have more practical uses. One houses the stackable washer/dryer unit, but full-size stacking machines fit easily.
The very attractive adjacent U-shaped kitchen is exceptionally functional. Richly finished knotty pine cabinets (these are not old-fashioned cabin cupboards) are accented by a soapstone farmer’s sink surrounded by granite countertops.
Stainless steel appliances that include a JennAir four-burner gas stove and a Haier French door refrigerator with a freezer drawer speak to the sophisticated planning behind this cookery.
The primary bedroom occupies the entire second floor. In addition to its generous size where a king bed fits comfortably, the sleeping chamber has room for a bureau, chest and/or comfy seating.
Ample closet space is available between the bedroom and private bathroom - we’ll go there in a moment - but bringing in a wardrobe would pay homage to this home’s past.
Five windows allow in a substantial amount of light and one fireplace has a period wood mantle. Yes, there is a second one and, although purely decorative, is quite the conversation starter as it is tucked into a corner and is barely two-feet high.
The primary bathroom across the hall with a fully marble-tiled step-in shower is thoroughly contemporary. The built-in Japanese soaking tub, which is over two-feet deep, adds pizzaz to this loo.
Although the two bedrooms on the third floor each have two windows and a half cove ceiling, distinctive details are standard. For example, one room has a window seat nestled against a fireplace. Delicate carvings showcase the wood mantle engraved with the dates 1817-1901.
The shared full bathroom on this level has a step-in shower.
Just when you thought the surprises have ended, they don’t. A Dutch door leads to a very private and charming brick-paver courtyard. This urban oasis with ample space for seating and eating plus a few container gardens even has its own access to the street - a circular wrought iron staircase.
Address: 30 Cedar Lane Way, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Three bedrooms; two full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 1,495 square feet
Taxes: $19,998.62 (Tax Year 2022)
Year built: 1827
Features: Meticulously maintained four-story 1827 townhome fully renovated in 1995; four fireplaces (some relined); original wide pine flooring throughout; many original features including the fireplace from the original kitchen with hangers, beehive oven and Parson’s cabinet; a new roof installed in 2015; exterior painted and pointed in 2019
Nearby: Public Garden; services, shops and restaurants on Charles Street; MGH T-station and Route 93
Contact: Sally Brewster, Brewster & Berkowitz Real Estate, 121 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, MA 02108