Elegance and charm galore in this Beacon Hill beauty
Beacon Hill, distinguished with its narrow cobblestone gaslit streets adorned with red brick homes with beautifully crafted doors, antique shops and posh restaurants, is one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in.
In 1955, this area became the first of nine neighborhoods in Boston to be recognized as an historic district. Beacon Hill was designated a National Historic Landmark seven years later.
A handsome 1830 Greek Revival family townhome, boasting a prime location at 53 Chestnut St., features two arched insets in the red-brick façade with an exquisitely crafted Palladian windowed front door (only two others like it in Beacon Hill) and a similarly designed Palladian front window to its left.
This 4,120 square-foot elegant residence showcases a graceful balance of charm, classic architecture and 21st century living spanning five levels; an impeccably landscaped private deck with plenty of room for outdoor dining and entertaining; and one of the most coveted and picturesque “hidden gardens” of Beacon Hill.
Tracy Campion of Campion & Company is promoting this unsullied chic and charming townhome for $5,990,000.
The front door opens on the first level to a delightfully spacious entry hallway with sparkling hardwood flooring that harmonizes with the golden-hued staircase with the original carved wooden Newell post. The light green color of the carpet runner on the stairs plays nicely with the leafy green in the pastel flowered wallpaper.
To the left are stunning and classically scaled living and entertaining rooms. An expansive double parlor living room features high ceilings, elaborate relief work on the period moldings, three ornamental fireplaces (there are nine throughout the home) and a crystal candelabra that dances with the light from that beautiful Palladian window on the front façade.
Two tall built-ins flank the mirrored French doors that lead to a handsome den/study with a fireplace. A nicely-sized closet holds a wet bar, hidden away by a louvered door when not being used. A handy powder room completes this floor.
As is the case with many older homes on Beacon Hill, the bright kitchen and dining room are on the garden level.
The eat-in kitchen is a beauty with light streaming through large multipaned windows, gleaming hardwood flooring that stretches beyond and plenty of storage in white cabinets.
Concealed behind paneling, the refrigerator blends into the kitchen cabinetry. The professional-style range is by Viking and its double ovens will please the cook. French doors open to a landscaped garden where you can enjoy casual meals and fine weather.
The formal dining room is pleasing with peach-colored walls accented with white wainscotting and detailed ceiling moldings. A fireplace is flanked by a pair of arched niches embellished with pilasters. The cabinetry underneath is pretty and practical. A crystal chandelier is ringed by a ceiling medallion.
Relaxing and comfortable, the family room has an over-sized decorative fireplace with two twin sconces above and white open and closed cabinetry on each side as its focal point.
The second floor is dedicated to the primary bedroom suite. This secluded suite is sumptuous, sunny and soothing. The spacious boudoir has an arched nook - perfect for placing a king-sized bed, yet open to the sitting area that features an ornamental fireplace. Two humongous dressing rooms provide lots of storage for clothing and accessories.
The five-piece primary bathroom is outfitted with a deep corner tub flanked by two vanities, another cabinet and a standup shower - all with glitzy gold fixtures.
One floor above, there are two secondary bedrooms; each one has an ornamental fireplace. One bedroom leads out to a private walk-off deck; the other faces Chestnut Street. The two bedrooms share a full bathroom with a lovely clawfoot tub for relaxing.
The two bedrooms on the top floor are unique. One bedroom is a total charmer with trellis wallpaper that creeps up to cover the dormer ceiling. The fireplace has a gorgeous mantel. This gem makes a perfect hideaway for family or guests.
The other bedroom is currently used as an art studio, but can easily be transformed into its original intent. The two rooms here share a full bathroom, albeit small, but very functional with painted clouds on the walls and a red countertop.
Another unique feature of this home is an existing dumb waiter. This space can easily accommodate an elevator to journey the five floors with ease.
The community is extremely walkable with close proximity to shopping and dining on Charles, Cambridge and Beacon streets. The renowned Massachusetts State House, Suffix University, the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, Boston Common and the Public Garden are all nearby. Beacon Hill is well served by public transportation and rental parking is available at the Boston Common Garage.
Address: 53 Chestnut St., Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half bathrooms
Year built: 1830
Size: 4,120 square feet (Gross living area)
Taxes: $43,254 for FY 2022
Home features: Spacious single-family red brick Greek Revival style townhouse with graceful balance of charm, classic architecture and 21st century living on five floors; arched entry door with Palladian window; large windows throughout admitting natural light; garden level spacious eat-in kitchen, elegant formal dining room and relaxing family room; first floor double parlor living room with soaring ceilings and period detail, perfect for entertaining, juxtaposed a handsome den/study with wet bar; luxurious third floor primary suite with sitting area, two expansive dressing rooms and a lush five-piece bath; restful and attractive third and fourth floor bedrooms with shared baths; lovely landscaped patio and private deck provide additional entertaining space; in-home laundry
Close to: Boston Common and Public Garden; numerous shops and restaurants on Charles, Cambridge and Beacon streets; the Massachusetts Statehouse; Mass General Hospital; houses of worship; private and public schools; public transportation on MBTA Red, Green and Blue lines; access by car to Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93
Contact: Tracy Campion, Campion and Company, 172 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116