A perfect treasure of luxurious delight on Beacon Hill
When you’re looking to buy a home, you usually have to use your imagination to figure out how you would put your own stamp on the property. But every once in a while, a place comes on the market that is so perfect that you can’t imagine making a single design change.
Such is the case with Unit 6 at 95 Beacon St. on Beacon Hill. This is a massive second story home with 2,552 square feet of perfect living space.
The current homeowner, an interior designer, knew exactly what to do to make this spacious condo elegant, bright, comfortable and filled with surprises.
Some examples: she took one of the bedrooms and made it into a glorious cove-ceilinged kitchen. She also had custom drapery hardware fabricated that would not affect the detail on the great room cornices.
And the amazing central dining room was created out of what was once the building’s second-floor lobby. Now, it is a gracious oval-shaped space with a bow of three high windows and a direct access elevator between two sconces.
And that’s just a taste of what you’ll find in this brilliant home.
“It’s one of the brightest units I’ve seen on Beacon Hill,” says Frank Celeste of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. He is listing the property for $6,495,000.
Celeste says that the house once belonged to J. P. Morgan’s nephew. In those days, the room that is now the primary bedroom was the ladies' salon. The great room was the library and gentlemen’s parlor.
Today, everybody can hang out together in the great room. Bow windows illuminate the space and bring in Charles River views.
The period fireplace is flanked by built-ins with a library ladder. There is a secret panel to the left of the fireplace to store firewood. A concealed wet bar is an unexpected and very welcome feature.
The light fixture, a Quatrefoil Nickel pendant by Global Views, is magnificent. Every detail in the room is perfect, from the grass cloth in the panels to the drapery hardware, which was fabricated to preserve the integrity of the ornate cornice moldings.
The kitchen is a showplace with an amazing coffered ceiling and a hammered pewter farm sink distinguishing it from any kitchen you’re likely to see. Countertops are quartzite. Every appliance is top-of-the-line.
The enormous refrigerator is a Sub-Zero, an induction range is from JennAir, a Miele dishwasher makes post-meal cleanup a breeze, and the microwave offers German engineering by Bosch. The wine fridge in the island is great for entertaining, ensuring that every pour is at the right temperature.
Cabinetry is custom, as are all the pulls and handles. A pair of tall, dark cabinets mark the transition from the kitchen to the living area.
Meals served in the spectacular formal dining room are enhanced by the beauty of the room’s curved walls and oversized bow windows. The walls were treated to a shimmer coat that conveys a feeling of opulence. Once the second-floor lobby, the room connects what were once two units into one space. A direct access elevator opens behind a door.
The bedrooms in this home are luxurious. One bedroom suite is a generous size and is graced with architectural features including a fireplace and transom windows. Storage is hidden behind panels.
The en suite bathroom is very pretty with a subtle wall covering in pale lilac and the glassed-in shower has dimensional subway tiles.
Stunning and uplifting in light blue with a yellow wallpapered accent wall, the primary suite has sight lines to the Public Garden and all the way down Arlington Street. Each window has 18 panes, admitting light and a view of garden greenery. The fireplace is ornately detailed - a delight to the eye.
The walk-in closet is a substantial dressing room with beautifully organized space. And in the unlikely event that there isn’t enough room for all your things, there is lofted storage lined in cedar to keep your luggage and other bulky items secure.
The primary bathroom is breathtaking, open and immaculate. Although the windows are right in front of the glassed-in shower, privacy is enhanced by adjusting the window treatments from the bottom up.
A cozy blue den is a wonderful place to take a nap or to binge-watch favorite TV shows. The room would work equally well as a private home office.
The home is a dream, a haven from the bustling world. Celeste says,” You can tell everything was done to the highest degree, but it feels so comfortable. It’s built for comfort and enjoyment.”
And the buyer can take comfort in the fact that there’s a rental parking space available at the Brimmer Street Garage and the current owners will transfer the lease to the new owner.
Address: 95 Beacon St., #6, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Two bedrooms plus den and three bathrooms
Year built: 1880
Size: 2,552 square feet
Association fee: $1,532 per month
Taxes: $33,153 (Tax Year 2022 - includes residential exemption)
Home features: Elegant totally renovated and professionally designed floor-through residence on the second level of a Beacon Hill mansion facing the Public Garden; dark-stained tiger oak flooring; amazing cove ceiling in kitchen with quartzite counters, hammered pewter sink, Sub-Zero refrigeration, Miele dishwasher, and induction cooking by JennAir; Great room with fabulous paneled walls, period fireplace, built-ins with library ladder, wet bar and tall bow windows with elaborate cornice moldings; astounding formal dining room with curved walls and oversized bow windows; two bedrooms with tons of storage and exquisite en suite baths; den/office; in-unit laundry
Close by: The Public Garden, Boston Common, restaurants, antique and specialty shops and art galleries along Charles Street, the State House, Mass. General Brigham Hospital, the Freedom Trail, the Women’s Heritage Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, easy access to MBTA Red, Green and Silver lines and by car to Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93
Contact: Frank Celeste, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 20 City Square, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: Office - 617-242-4222; Cell - 617-872-3227