Elegant living in this spacious Commonwealth Avenue condo

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Bay windows in the living area look out onto the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The ceiling moldings add architectural interest.

A beautiful Back Bay brownstone built in 1881 on Commonwealth Avenue between Exeter and Fairfield streets and converted to condominiums in 1979, 226 Commonwealth Ave. is home to four attractive residences. One of those homes is presently on the market.

Unit 1 is a parlor/garden level duplex with vivid views overlooking the tree-lined Commonwealth Mall across from the new ‘Quin House Club. Gabby Baron of William Raveis - Back Bay has listed this 1,569-square-foot beauty for $2,395,000.

This home is spacious and elegant with a nice balance of contemporary and Victorian styles - ideal for formal entertaining or casual family living.

The parlor level is expansive and open, ideal for entertaining. A wide spiral staircase leads to the lower level family room.

The parlor level features a beautiful open living area billowing with natural light streaming from the three-windowed bay. This charming space showcases 12-foot ornate ceilings and a candelabra chandelier ringed by a medallion.

One section of the wall features a wood-burning fireplace with a crisp white mantel and marble surround. The reflection of the golden fireguard dances on the brick hearth.

Underneath the plantation-shuttered bay windows are interesting carvings. Other details are just as stunning.

The formal living room is loaded with charming details including inlaid hardwood floors, unique ceiling molding, a medallion around the chandelier and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround.

Twin white ornamental moldings that unite the cased opening delineate the living and the dining areas while their thinner twin counterparts define the kitchen/dining area and can be seen along the hallway leading to the private spaces.

The recently redone hardwood floor inlaid with a braided pattern flow seamlessly throughout the home. The versatility of this delightful space allows for a flexible arrangement of furniture.

The dining area, adjacent to the kitchen, seats six people. Notice how the knee wall hides any cooking messes from the guests while sitting at the table.

Adjacent to the dining area is the newly renovated open galley kitchen, lined with an array of fresh white cabinetry and lots of counterspace, complemented by a suite of high-end appliances.

The chef’s kitchen has Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, stone countertops and ample storage in white cabinets.

The cook has access to a Sub-Zero refrigerator that’s concealed behind white panels, a Wolf cooktop and oven, a Viking microwave and a Bosch dishwasher. An under-counter wine fridge keeps beverages at serving temperature.

The stone backsplash and countertops are made of a striking black and white stone and the stainless steel sink is very deep.

The primary bedroom is illuminated by light pouring in through five windows. A decorative fireplace adds character to the room.

Both of the south-facing bedrooms are on the parlor level. The primary bedroom has five windows - two in each corner - and a smaller square window between them, creating a nook for a king-sized bed and night stands.

An ornamental fireplace adds character to the room and a closet and storage cupboards provide lots of space for clothing, luggage and seasonal items.

The bathroom is sleek and contemporary. Gray stone on the vanity coordinates with the white and black stone tiles in the shower and on the floor. Open shelving and a mirror with a lustrous frame finish the tastefully renovated bath. This bathroom can be accessed from the primary bedroom and the hallway.

Exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling built-in open shelves and closed cabinetry highlight the second bedroom. A window streams natural light across the full-sized bed space.

A laundry niche offers a high-end European stacked front load washer and dryer.

A wide spiral staircase connects the upper and lower levels.

The garden level introduces a 25-foot room with high ceilings, three bay windows and an oversized storage closet plus a full bathroom.

The garden level of the duplex highlights a large family room with space for an office in the bay window area.

Currently this space is being used as a family room and office - a natural gathering spot for informal entertaining or getting work done. Furnished with a big comfy sectional or a sofa and a couple of armchairs, it’s the perfect place for watching sports or movies on TV. Adding a desk ensemble in the bay area creates a sunny space to work.

The renovated full bathroom is contemporary and welcoming with a soaking tub and a lovely vanity topped by a stone counter.

This versatile space could very easily be transitioned into a roomy primary or guest suite or used as a third bedroom.

In addition to all the other great features in this residence, the homeowners have access to two parking spaces, one deeded and one rented, located right behind the building as well as deeded storage.

Another outstanding facet of this home is its ideal location. The Commonwealth Avenue Mall is right out the front door and the Charles River Esplanade is nearby - both offering an unforgettable outdoor experience, whether it be one of rest and relaxation amidst the scenic beauty or inspiring programs to invigorate the mind and body.

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square is only four blocks away. A plethora of shopping and eating establishments along with numerous cultural and educational institutions line the streets. This home is also close to the MBTA’s Copley and Hynes Convention Center Green Line stations.

Built in 1881 on Commonwealth Avenue between Exeter and Fairfield streets and converted to condominiums in 1979, 226 Commonwealth Ave. is home to four attractive residences. One of those units is currently on the market.

DETAILS:

Address: 226 Commonwealth Ave., #1, Back Bay

BR/BA: Two bedrooms and two full baths

Built: 1881

Price: $2,395,000

Size: 1,569 square feet

Taxes: $16,409 (Tax Year 2022 - residential exemption not included)

Association fee: $608/monthly (includes hot water, water, heat, master insurance, refuse removal and cleaning of common areas.)

Building features: Handsome Victorian building, originally constructed in 1881, facing Commonwealth Mall; half-round stained glass window above double wooden doors; attractive stained woodwork and period light fixtures in common areas; flowering perennial garden and window boxes in front; pet friendly

Unit features: Renovated parlor and garden level duplex with high ceilings, hardwood floors, attractive moldings, two fireplaces and laundry appliances; the parlor level features an open floorplan - ideal for entertaining - with bay windows in the living-dining area and contemporary galley kitchen equipped with white cabinets, elite appliances, deep stainless steel sink and stone countertop; primary bedroom with five windows and lots of storage space; guest bedroom has an exposed brick wall and floor-to-ceiling built-ins; contemporary bathroom; a wide spiral staircase leads to garden level with large family room and bathroom; two parking spaces - one deeded, one rented - behind the building

Close by: Commonwealth Avenue Mall with the new ‘Quin House Club across the street; restaurants, shopping, galleries and cultural attractions of the Back Bay and downtown Theatre District; easy access to MBTA Green Line, Orange Line and Back Bay Commuter Rail Station; convenient to Storrow Drive, Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike

Contact: Gabrielle Baron, William Raveis Real Estate & Home Services - Back Bay, 18 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-447-5350 (mobile), 617-266-5200 (office)

Email: Gabby.Barron@raveis.com

Websites:https://www.raveis.com/Agent/GabrielleBaron or http://226commave.com/gallery