Delightful penthouse in heart of the Back Bay

The view from the penthouse's private Trex deck is quintessential Back Bay.

Picture a delightful penthouse in the heart of the Back Bay, long on charm and bathed in sunlight with high ceilings, shining hardwood floors, a luxurious marble and stainless kitchen, and its own private deck. You’ve just envisioned 11 Gloucester St., Unit 4.

This captivating two-bedroom, one bathroom floor-through penthouse condo feels welcoming, even without a stick of furniture in the place. The lofty ceiling, plus the flood of natural light, makes it seem larger than its 1,200 square feet, and the style and the layout is just right for a homeowner who enjoys entertaining.

Roberta L. Orlandino of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has priced this property at $1,299,000.

“The sunlight bounces off the Hancock building and it reflects,” Orlandino said. “The light is just tremendous.”

On entering the home, start a tour in the kitchen. The Carrara marble counters there are simply gorgeous, and they make a nice contrast with the dark stained walnut flooring. The white cabinetry is custom made, and the drawers close softly. A double cabinet with a glass front allows the homeowner to show off fine glassware or china.

Stainless steel appliances include a Jenn-Air refrigerator with bottom freezer, a smooth-top Frigidaire Gallery range with a Frigidaire Microwave above it and a Frigidaire dishwasher. Under cabinet lighting and recessed halogen lights keep the kitchen well illuminated for food preparation or cleanup. Three pendant fixtures are suspended over the long marble breakfast bar, which extends into the combination living and dining room.

The living/dining space is impressive: 20 feet long with a super high ceiling and a long wall of windows overlooking the interesting architecture at the corner of Gloucester and Marlborough. Don’t miss the darker wood inlay in the floor, or the beautiful central light fixture that sports Edison light bulbs.

The focal point of the room is a wood-burning fireplace with an attractive marble surround and a white wood mantle. On the opposite wall is another potential focal point: a hookup awaiting a big screen TV.

Guests are obviously welcome in this home. There’s a granite-topped dry bar in the far corner with a built in rack for wine bottles made of dark cherrywood. If a guest is staying overnight, the host can pull a Murphy bed down from a wood built in storage piece.

At the end of the evening, the homeowner can repair to the master bedroom. It’s a generous size with ample room for a big bed, a seating area and a dresser.

A built-in vanity provided a personal corner for the former lady of the house to keep her makeup and jewelry. Anybody could appreciate the space for a little bench and additional storage. Two windows on the side wall let in lots of light and Back Bay views, and the sills are wide enough to serve as window seats.

Wardrobe storage is easy here. A walk-in cedar closet protects clothing and keeps it fresh. A laundry closet across the hall houses a stacked Bosch Axxis washer and dryer.

There’s one bathroom in this unit, and it’s pretty. White marble tiles are arranged in a herringbone pattern on the floor. A tub/shower combination has subway tiles, and double showerheads, along with niches for soaps and shampoos. Plenty of built in storage allows for other necessities here, including a vanity with room in the lower cabinets, a wall of glass shelving and a mirrored medicine cabinet. A small wall-mounted heater keeps things toasty.

Upstairs, there’s a spacious loft area with three skylights. The new homeowner can use this area as a bedroom, and there’s a good closet up here for the inhabitant. If this were your home, you could take advantage of the built-in desk and shelving and make it a home office or study space.

With a wet bar, Danby Silhouette wine chiller and room for an additional small refrigerator, this room is well equipped for entertaining friends on the private 17-foot Trex deck, accessible via a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors. With fabulous Back Bay skyline views, this tucked away deck is ideal for relaxing in warm weather.

“It’s amazing when all the trees blossom around you,” Orlandino said.

The location of this home near the corner of Gloucester and Marlborough streets is beautiful and convenient. In addition to proximity to great shopping and dining from here, it’s an easy walk across the bridge to the Esplanade to enjoy the green space and the Fourth of July concert and fireworks. There is metered parking on the street, and this unit also has access to two rental parking spaces right nearby, each available for $300 per month.

Address: 11 Gloucester St., Unit 4

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bath

Age: 1890; 2014

Price: $1,299,000

Size: 1,200 square feet

Condo fee: $ 446

Taxes: $8,847.55 (FY 2017, with residential exemption)

Features of building: Well-maintained four-unit brick building near the corner of Gloucester Street and Marlborough Street in the Back Bay. Quiet brick 1890s building. Professional managed and pet friendly.

Features of unit: Bright and sunny lofted penthouse unit with Back Bay views from every window. Open living and dining area with a wood burning fireplace, high ceilings with skylights, satiny dark stained hardwood floors, plenty of built-ins, stainless and marble kitchen with custom cabinetry, marble floor in bathroom, upstairs wet bar, and private deck. Central air conditioning. Laundry in unit. Two rental tandem parking spaces available for $300 each/month.

Close by: Restaurants, shops and cultural attractions of the Back Bay, with nearby green space on the Esplanade, Commonwealth Avenue mall and Public Garden. Easy access to the MBTA Green Line at Copley, and the Orange Line and commuter rail at Back Bay Station. Convenient to Storrow Drive and the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Contact: Roberta L. Orlandino, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 137 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-312-1511

Office: 617-266-4430



NOTE: There is an Open House being held on this property on Sunday, April 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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