Three units combine to create a Four Seasons grand palace
When dedicated in 1985, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston at 220 Boylston St. in the Back Bay made history on multiple fronts. It was Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ first hotel with residential units, thus one of Boston’s first hotel-condo hybrids. And it contained Boylston Street’s first residences on the Public Garden since Park Square became a business district in the mid-to-late 1800s.
Unit 1205/07/09 at the Four Seasons Residences now makes history on the home front with numerous rarities for a condo. The Lagassé Group of Boston and Hopkinton merged three units into one floor plan stretching along the building’s frontage on the Public Garden and Boston Common. All of the rooms in this home offer green-carpet panorama views of Boston with radiant northwestern exposure.
The presidential primary bedroom suite feels like a unit in itself with its library-office and a rare tripartite marble bath containing two showers, two commodes, three vanities and a soaking tub.
Venetian-plastered walls, white-oak flooring and cove-lit circular tray ceilings intensify the sun from the broad, high window banks to create a pearly-white paradise throughout the unit.
Rarest of all are the hotel amenities. Room service. Indoor swimming. Steam/sauna relaxation. Workouts. Massages. Valet parking. The doorman ushering you from the sheltered vehicle drive into the lounge lobby with 24-hour concierge and art displays. Elevators crowned with carved twig reliefs escort you to your floor’s elevator lobby, redesigned by BOMA with crown moldings and beveled mirror panels. A ritzy corridor guides you to your unit door at 1209.
Its foyer extends the greeting by presenting a choice of space options.
On the left are a Siena marble powder room and a bedroom wing with two boudoirs and two full baths.
Around the right-hand corner are a laundry/utility closet with an Electrolux stacked washer/dryer and then the kitchen. The corridor to both is formed by a freestanding wall with maple-paneled display shelves in its rounded ends. One end introduces the double living room straight ahead.
This home has a rarity for this type of unit: a good old-fashioned wood burning fireplace. A tray ceiling of three merged circles honors the three-unit harmony.
Each of two window banks has facing side mirrors giving “infinite” reflections that complement the grand sweeps of space in the room and greenspace below.
The living room flows into the dining room, set off by a circular tray ceiling and another maple wall with a rounded-end peninsular marble counter, hovered over by floating glass display shelves suspended on vertical stainless-steel rods.
By the dining room is the kitchen’s wine-cooler, flanked by a choice between a dry bar with fridge on the left and a wet bar with Scotsman ice-maker on the right with Calacatta marble counters and mirror backsplashes.
The kitchen’s glossy white cabinetry gleams in the living-room sun. It contains automatic drawers and integrates advanced Miele appliances.
Beside the wet bar is a large sink in a wide marble counter with a mirror backsplash. A pullout trash-bin and a dishwasher are below. Perpendicular to the double wall oven is a pullout pantry beside a refrigerator with two freezer drawers.
The kitchen’s maple wall initiates a peninsular marble bar with seating for three people and, for instant breakfast service, an induction-heating cooktop in which a magnetic current heats food and boils liquids faster than conventional smooth-top cooktops or coil burners. For more fast heating, a Wolf Gourmet microwave drawer is below.
Initiating the bedroom wing are two sizable closets, one for coats. The common bath features a Calacatta marble floor, a glass-partitioned tub/shower combo and a long Siena marble vanity. The storage/boiler closet has a Utilator slop sink for children’s arts and crafts and other cleaning-up projects.
From the facing park-view bedroom, a hall of facing double-door closets accesses an en suite shower bath as well dressed in Calacatta and Siena marble as the other baths.
The abutting park-view bedroom is smaller, but fits a king-size bed and a full office workstation.
The primary bedroom suite’s frosted-glass double French door ensures both light and privacy from the living and dining rooms. The suite’s park-view library/office has a bookcase wall, a circular tray ceiling dangling a concentric circle “space age” light fixture and a generous workstation space. The roomy walk-in closet contains a triple-mirror-slider sub-closet, a window illuminating your dressing, custom shoe and linen shelves, and tie-racks.
The palatial marble spa bath is unprecedented in its bathing and dressing options for two or three people at once. The grand central vanity/soaking tub section connects to a bathing unit with a glassed-in water-closet, makeup vanity, sink vanity and marble-benched shower. That’s followed by a walk-in closet with a “saucer” ceiling light and a mirrored door providing a second means of egress to the common corridor (Unit 1205’s old entrance; the 1207 entry is closed off).
To the right of the soaking tub is a bathing unit containing a deep-benched shower with variegated tile floor. Both bathing units have fixed, hand-held and rain shower heads and TOTO auto-flush commodes with motion-activated lids.
The primary bedroom has a family-room feel, boasting a marble-surrounded wood burning fireplace, overmantel TV-screen space, flanking bookcase units and a broad green-view window – one of the few bedrooms you can entertain in!
Unit 1205/07/09 at the Four Seasons Residences is offered at $18 million. For a showing of this presidential palace, stylishly staged by Casa Design Group of Boston, contact Michael Carucci of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-901-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: Four Seasons Residences, 220 Boylston St., Unit 1205/07/09, Back Bay
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath
Size: 3,363 square feet
Housing type: Triple-unit condominium
Price: $18 million
Condo fee: $8,997.05/month
Taxes: $79,634.84 (Tax Year 2022)
Parking: Two garage parking spaces with valet service
Year built: 1985, renovated 2018-2022
Number of units: 87 residential units
Features: High tray ceilings, hardwood floors, broad window banks with side mirrors, forced air heating, central air conditioning, wood burning fireplaces, chef’s kitchen with induction cooking, primary bedroom suite with private office and walk-in closets, tripartite marble primary bath with two commodes and two showers, in-unit laundry, two private deeded storage units
Building amenities: Elevator service from lobby, 24/7 concierge, doorman, room service, full-size indoor swimming pool, steam/sauna, gym, spa with massage service, access to hotel amenities
Close by: Houses of worship; shopping and dining; Boston Public Library; Public Garden and Boston Common parks; Theatre District; public transit on Green and Orange lines, buses, commuter rail and Amtrak
Contact: Michael Carucci, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty