Ultra-luxurious Beacon Street penthouse honors heritage
First built in 1860 by Standish & Woodbury as one of a pair of carved brownstone rowhouses in its Back Bay neighborhood’s French Academic style, 142 Beacon St. was sadly turned into a banal flat brick apartment house in 1937 in keeping with the French-flat modernization trends of the times.
However, Mainsail Management and Grassi Design Group of Boston rescued it from its plight, newly detailing its frontage with cornice lintels, casings, stringcourses, arched dormers with paneled pilasters and scalloped slate roof tiles to blend it with its historic neighbors once again, as part of its 2019 three-unit condominium conversion.
Now the new façade promotes the refinement of the units as described on Mainsail’s website: “A modern take on classic revival style combines use of the highest quality materials, state of the art design and the professional experience of upholding classic architecture.”
Unit PH (the penthouse), listed by Michael Carucci and Devin Singleton of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, epitomizes these qualities. Crown moldings, wall moldings, casings and baseboards merge the relief millwork of Neoclassical with the crisp lines of Art Deco. Oak and marble floors are laid in herringbone, chevron and wing patterns. Fine woods and marble enrich the kitchen. An all-white palette intensifies the sun from the windows and skylights for a clean, fresh, stylish ambiance all around.
And that’s not all. The 3,908-square-foot triplex’s rare regiment of twosomes, threesomes and foursomes – two living rooms, two kitchen sinks, two wet bars, two powder rooms, two offices, two decks, two garage parking spaces, three full levels of living, three gas fireplaces, four bedrooms, four full baths – makes it feel like the single-family 142 Beacon originally was.
Add the stunning city and river views and direct elevator access to each floor, and Unit PH is as complete as a condo can be.
Yet another bonus is the placement of the main common areas on the top floor, letting your family and/or dinner-party guests soak up the sun to the fullest. The elevator lets them off right at the dining room, inviting them to come in and chow down. A fireplace framed in veined gray marble warms the occasion in colder months.
For apéritifs or digestifs, off the dining room is a deluxe wet bar with oaken cabinetry, an L-shaped veined black marble counter and backsplash, hammered-metal sink, mirror-backed shelves for your finest glassware, and a Sub-Zero wine cooler, icemaker and fridge.
Beside the wet bar is a powder room with a marble tile floor laid in a pattern of wings and kites and a veined black marble vanity on tapered fluted spindle-legs.
The dining room flows into the chef’s kitchen. A block of walnut proudly tops an island with a sink and Wolf Gourmet microwave. Poplar and pine distinguish a wall of cabinets embedding a Wolf double oven and concealing a Sub-Zero refrigerator. This warmly contrasts the glossy white cabinetry and the shimmering Calacatta marble backsplash, running counter with a sink and Wolf six-burner gas cooktop, and a peninsular four-person breakfast bar with globe pendant lighting. The white cabinetry conceals a Miele Future Crystal dishwasher.
The kitchen’s open layout allows it generous sunlight from the living room, which is sun-drenched with a large skylight with retractable shade and warmed by a gray marble-framed fireplace. Varnished oak frames the TV niche above.
A windowed door extends the entertainment out to a deck with unbeatable Esplanade and Charles River views. A DCS grill lets you sizzle the night away to Fourth of July festivities with the Hatch Shell in earshot and the fireworks in full view.
A skylit staircase with a glass-paned banister and wood railing descends to the middle and lower levels and down to egress to the building’s common stairway.
The middle level begins with the primary bedroom suite. The spacious bedroom wakes you to a Charles River view and accesses a roomy walk-in closet and a palatial marble bath with a twin-sink vanity, soaking tub, separate walk-in steam shower and a water closet.
Down the corridor, a hall of facing double-door closets introduces a powder room with a brass-legged black marble vanity and a marble floor tiled in a pattern of black wings and white kites.
The hallway ends at the second living room, dressed in style with clean-lined wall moldings and a classically refined fireplace with intricate millwork on its mantel.
A double pocket door opens to an executive-style office with a built-in bookcase. Each space has an arched dormer window.
The lower level begins with a bedroom with a rarity: a full wet bar where an L-shaped veined black marble counter, a deep sink, mirror-backed glassware shelving and a Sub-Zero wine cooler and fridge are ready to serve an overflow of guests.
Also handy is an en suite bath boasting a white marble floor tiled in chevrons and a white marble shower with a floor tiled in a pattern of 3-D cubes.
Past a walk-in closet, a green frosted-glass slider door introduces a home gym with a wall mirror.
The following bath has a tub/shower combo with fixed and hand-held shower heads.
This hallway ends at two more bedrooms, both with Beacon Street views - one with an en suite marble bath, the other with a walk-in closet.
Offered at $10.9 million, Unit PH at 142 Beacon St. is a townhouse in a condo that not only upholds classic architecture but also honors its building’s formerly abandoned heritage.
For more information, contact Michael Carucci at 617-901-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Devin Singleton at 617-519-1862 or email@example.com, both of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.
Address: 142 Beacon St., Unit PH, Back Bay
BR/BA: Four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths
Configuration: Triplex penthouse condominium
Size: 3,908 square feet
Price: $10.9 million
Condo fee: $2,183.33/month
Taxes: $99,508.09/year (FY 2022)
Parking: Two garage parking spaces
Total number of units: Three
Year built: 1859-1860, renovated 1937 and 2019
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood and marble floors, forced air central heating, central air conditioning, three gas fireplaces, wet bars off dining room and in one bedroom, marble and wood kitchen with gas cooking and island, office with pocket doors, primary bedroom suite with walk-in closet and marble bath with soaking tub and separate walk-in steam shower, two private roof decks, in-unit laundry, wiring for sound, ABB video intercom, direct elevator access
Building amenities: Elevator, lobby, onsite management
Close by: Houses of worship; shopping and dining; Boston Public Library; parks on Copley Square and Esplanade; boating on the Charles River; public transit on the MBTA’s Green and Orange subway lines, buses, commuter rail and Amtrak
Contact: Michael Carucci or Devin Singleton, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
Phone: 617-901-7600 (Michael), 617-519-1862 (Devin)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com