Prime location for this Marlborough Street condo

TODD LARSON
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The open-concept living-dining room is a warm, inviting space. The fireplace is flanked by an alcove for a bookcase or highboy on the right and a cabinet with a display shelf on the left. Above the fireplace is a Samsung wide-screen TV.

In Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting singled out 17 Marlborough St. for having “one of the most ingenious and original façades of the entire period.”

And no wonder: the 1865 French Academic brownstone bucked the norm of its neighbors (and possibly the building restrictions of its neighborhood) with the welcoming gestures of a stooped center entrance with a Roman-arched, Tuscan-columned portico on the main entry level and rusticated arched windows and separate entrance on the garden level, as if preparing it for the elegant unit it contains today.

Indeed, Unit G, being offered by Cam Chesley of the CS Luxury Group at Keller Williams Realty, adds to the ingenuity and originality by deviating from its own kind with spaces and features rare in a garden-level unit. These include nine-foot-high ceilings, a sunken office, two full bathrooms and two sizable bedrooms with full-sized windows on a roomy terrace.

The unit even finds bonus room for more office/lounge space - kudos to ingeniously well-optimized space planning throughout the 1,425-square-foot floor-through layout.

This is readily apparent upon entering it from its private mahogany door and sunken forecourt, directly accessed from the sunny side of Marlborough Street.

The open-concept living-dining room with a fireplace warmly welcomes you. To your immediate left, a herringbone-tiled inlay in a faux slate floor serves as a welcome mat to the step-down office - convenient for getting right down to work when you come home.

Just as convenient for coming home to relax is the Samsung wide-screen TV above the fireplace, flanked by an alcove for a bookcase or highboy on the right and a cabinet with a display shelf on the left. Arched windows lighten this corner in a classic way.

A Restoration Hardware chandelier of fluted cylinder lights, standing like candles on a contemporary metal framework, defines the dining area. Its full-height mirror, flanked by fluted pilasters, gives the illusion of expanded space and light.

In a contemporary way, a Restoration Hardware chandelier of fluted cylinder lights, standing like candles on a contemporary metal framework, defines the dining area. Its full-height mirror, flanked by fluted pilasters, gives the illusion of expanded space and light, enriched by a view of Marlborough Street’s Victorian architecture from an arched window.

“It reminds the seller a lot of London,” said listing agent Cam Chesley of CS Luxury Group. “When you go out, the buildings give that London appeal.”

The kitchen has dark granite running counters with subway-tie backsplashes to define the convenient layout.

Handily to the left is more European appeal in the form of an open-ended galley kitchen that compacts all counters, cabinets and stainless appliances into a space-saver for more living-room allowance, but remains fully functional.

Setting off the kitchen from the living room is an oblong wall with curved ends - another rarity in a garden-level unit. This wall and the main kitchen wall allow parallel dark granite running counters with subway-tie backsplashes to define the convenient layout. One counter contains a wide sink with a fancy chrome faucet, overlooking the living room through a wall opening to a raised breakfast bar. Twin cylinder pendant lights illuminate the bar and sink.

To the right of this is a Viking refrigerator with a freezer drawer. The main-wall counter incorporates a Viking five-burner smooth-top electric range with a self-venting Zephyr hood. To the left of this is a Viking microwave built into the paneled white cabinetry.

The kitchen’s other end is open to a bonus sitting room, suitable for informal dining, office or lounge use. This accesses a guest bath via a laundry closet with a Whirlpool stacked washer/dryer.

Shaped in uncommon right-angle zigzags, the bath contains a subway-tiled tub/shower combo, a classic pedestal sink and commode, and Victorian-style wallcovering of scrolled leaf, stalk and flower patterns.

The primary bedroom boasts its own fireplace with an LG TV screen above for movie nights in bed. They are flanked by paneled cabinet/drawer built-ins for an expanding wardrobe, which a sizable closet also allows for.

The sitting room introduces both bedrooms side-by-side. The primary bedroom boasts its own fireplace with an LG TV screen above for movie nights in bed. They are flanked by paneled cabinet/drawer built-ins for an expanding wardrobe, which a sizable closet also allows for. An unusually large window for a garden unit provides a sunny terrace view to wake to.

The en suite bath features a double vanity with twin gooseneck faucets sharing one long sink that slopes down to its central drain on either side. An alcove shower tiled in dark gray faux slate provides a serene ambiance for your daily cleansing.

A sliding door opens to a transitional space with linen/medicine cabinets and a wall-mounted granite makeup vanity. This introduces the en suite bath, which features a rare double vanity with twin gooseneck faucets sharing one long sink that slopes down to its central drain on either side.

An alcove shower tiled in dark gray faux slate provides a serene ambiance for your daily cleansing.

This home has an en suite office, built in with a dark-stained wood bookcase/cabinet unit with matching crown molding.

An en suite office, built in with a dark-stained wood bookcase/cabinet unit with matching crown molding, accesses the terrace through a double French door. The terrace begins with an integrated shed, followed by storage in the trellis enclosure under a stairway to a neighbor’s deck.

The terrace gives you a choice between open-air or sheltered relaxation.

The terrace gives you a choice between open-air or sheltered relaxation. Another neighbor’s rear bay shelters an intimate corner of the terrace as an “outdoor room” for an outdoor living-room set. Two ledges are available for planters.

A staircase ascends to the wood-plank fence’s gate to the rear alley - handy as a direct primary bedroom entrance for coming home and jumping right into bed.

The second bedroom has a painted brick wall that can be stripped for an exposed-brick aesthetic, and a closet with unusually high-ceilinged overhead storage.

The transom-topped French door is closed off as a full-height window, offering great northwestern exposure onto the terrace.

Offered at $1.92 million, Unit G at 17 Marlborough St. in the Back Bay soars, stretches and swells the garden level to an ingenious garden of delights that’ll help you keep your sunny side up for sure.

For more information, contact Cam Chesley at 617-869-1750 or cam@csluxurygroup.com.

In Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting singled out 17 Marlborough St. for having “one of the most ingenious and original façades of the entire period.”

DETAILS:

Address: 17 Marlborough St., Unit G, Back Bay

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Size: 1,425 square feet

Housing type: One-level condominium

Price: $1.92 million

Condo fee: $335/month, includes water, sewer, master insurance, landscaping snow removal

Taxes: $14,911/year (excluding $3,153 residential exemption)

Parking: Off-street, rented

Year built: 1865; painting, window replacement, fire-escape repair and rear brick repointing done within the last three years

Total number of units: Six

Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting and dining-room chandelier with dimmer switches, oak and tile floors, floor-through layout, oversized windows, central heat pump, central air, open-concept living-dining room with fireplace, chef’s kitchen with gas cooking and breakfast bar, den/office/wine cellar with custom built-ins, primary bedroom suite with fireplace and study, brick terrace, in-unit laundry, intercom

Building amenities: Front and rear French drains; professional maintenance, including scraping and repainting the unit’s front stair after every winter; package delivery to main lobby; five owner-occupied units; pets allowed with association approval

Close by: Houses of worship; private and public schools; shopping and dining; Boston Public Library; parks on the Public Garden, Copley Square and Esplanade; boating on the Charles River; medical facility; public transit on the MBTA’s Green and Orange lines, buses, commuter rail and Amtrak; highway access

Contact: Cam Chesley of CS Luxury Group at Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro | Back Bay

Phone: 617-869-1750

Email: cam@csluxurygroup.com

Website: https://www.csluxurygroup.com/real-estate/17-marlborough-st-g-boston-ma-02116/72986736/124261056

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