This one-bedroom beauty is a great Back Bay bargain
“Living large” and beautiful is both the lifestyle and reality that comes with this Back Bay beauty in a classic brownstone at 457 Beacon St.
Living space - 1,188 square feet of it - within the Unit 5 duplex sets the stage, but that’s only the beginning of the story of this one-plus bedroom home with two full bathrooms, listed by Roberta Orlandino of Coldwell Banker Realty for $995,000.
According to backbayhouses.org, “457 Beacon was designed by architect John H. Besarick and built ca. 1886 by building contractor Asa Harden Caton for speculative sale, one of four contiguous houses (455-457 Beacon built in 1886-1887 and 459-461 Beacon built in 1887-1888).”
On March 23, 1981, the building was converted into five condominium units called the 457 Beacon Street Condominium.
That good looks and elbow room to spare are facts happens as soon as the front door of this parlor level-entrance townhome opens to reveal a “real” foyer: one that is single-family home-big with more than ample space for a hall table/chest and a gloriously long hallway ready for artwork. And yes, like any proper entry, this one has a good-sized coat closet and, this is also where the mellow sheen of cherry-stained hardwood flooring, which is throughout the main level, catches everyone’s eye. Deep cove molding is truly the icing on the cake.
The full bathroom off the foyer is another statement-making space. An arched doorway with a matching four-panel door is the entrance. Inside an arched alcove is a cozy setting for a tub/shower combination with glass sliders.
Then it gets even better.
The massive living room (it’s over 22-feet long and almost 15-feet wide) exudes understated elegance and then some. A wood-burning fireplace with the original ceramic tile surround and classic mantel would be “the” focal point in the room were it not for soaring ceilings that are some 12-feet high and rimmed with double crown molding that demand attention.
In the extra-wide bay area, paneled wainscoting is below three windows that are way more than five feet high.
Although this roomy area could accommodate a sizable dining area (and what a lovely spot for a dinner party), this home already has a designated eating area that is open to both the living room and the kitchen. Here, a huge window is cleverly placed several feet above the floor (remember the high ceilings) to allow in a substantial amount of natural light while offering maximum privacy for diners. Incidentally, four, six or more people can be seated comfortably in this area.
Like everything in this home, the L-shaped kitchen has all the right stuff: a goodly amount of cabinetry for storage and substantial counter space for prepping food and/or using as a server when entertaining. Even better, this layout makes the kitchen a comfortable space to work.
The level at the bottom of the circular staircase is unexpected and outstanding. The amount of space is the first surprise as it’s almost as large as the main floor.
The room-size hallway-like space outside the primary bedroom, for example, is an excellent spot for an office complete with a desk, chair, printer, etc. Use the closet for supplies and/or additional storage.
The main event, however, is the primary bedroom. Practically as large as the living room above, this king-bed size plus all-the-extras-you want (such as seating) chamber has it all. Another wood-burning fireplace with a brick hearth does double duty by creating a cozy getaway vibe and is a lovely focal point.
Three double closets with custom inserts, on the other hand, are an urban dwellers fantasy come true. Given the amount of potential storage, having the usual bedroom furniture is strictly optional.
A broad bay window area, similar to the one upstairs, is a second focal point and yet another surprise as it leads to a delightfully private outdoor space. Two oversized windows flank a full door to a chic and spacious bluestone courtyard with water and electricity.
The full washroom on this level is just as impressive with its crisp, clean-looking tile wainscoting and fully tile tub/shower ensemble. In keeping with the emphasis on good planning, the banjo-shaped countertop over the sink extends the usable space without taking up extra room.
Access to laundry facilities is convenient, too.
Address: 457 Beacon St., Unit 5, Back Bay
BR/BA: One-plus bedroom; two full bathrooms
Size: 1,188 square feet
Taxes: $683 (Tax Year 2022)
Year built: 1886/1981
Number of units: Five
Assn. fee: $263 monthly (includes heat, hot water)
Features: Parlor level duplex with soaring ceilings, two fireplaces (one with original tile surround), custom-built-ins, gigantic windows including two bay areas, lustrous hardwood flooring, modern kitchen with separate dining area, lower level carpeted bedroom suite, private courtyard/patio, laundry facilities, common storage area, parking available for fee
Nearby: Newbury and Boylston streets, Copley Mall, Kenmore Square, Commonwealth Mall and Esplanade; Green Line at Kenmore Square, Storrow Drive, and Routes 90 and 93
Contact: Roberta Orlandino of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Boston, 137 Newbury St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02116