Historic Back Bay home loaded with luxury

BY WAYNE BRAVERMAN/STAFF WRITER
This dining room is large enough to accommodate a dining table that comfortably seats 14 people.

There is a grand home in a great neighborhood waiting for new owners in the Back Bay.

150 Beacon St., Unit 3 is being offered by Duncan Donahue of Keller Williams Realty – Donahue Realty Group for $7,495,000.

Located in a highly desirable neighborhood with many gorgeous residences lining the famed streets known for their classic brownstones, this home stands out for extraordinary reasons.

150 Beacon St. dovetails with Boston’s legacy, a city beaming with history. The home was originally built in 1860. A new home at 150 Beacon was designed by architect Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow, Jr. and constructed in 1904-1905 by Frank L. Whitcomb. On Oct. 5, 1909, 150 Beacon was engulfed in a major fire that destroyed the entire interior, leaving only the outside walls intact. The house was rebuilt under the direction of the original architect and builder.

Many interesting people have lived at 150 Beacon St., including prominent business leaders such as textile mill owner and abolitionist Andrew Robeson, Jr. and Stop and Shop grocery stores vice president Norman Saul Rabb and two former governors (Eben Sumner Draper and Alvan Tufts Fuller). John L. Gardner, Jr., and his wife, Isabella (Stewart) Gardner, lived there in the late 19th century. Emerson College also owned this building, using it as dormitory and dining quarters.

The magnificent transformation of this palatial double-width home joins classic 19th century Beaux-Arts architecture with sophisticated state-of-the-art features, brimming with all the finest touches that makes coming home a delight.

This three-plus-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home has direct elevator access to third level and single-floor living with 3,543 square feet of well-appointed space spread out over nine spacious rooms.

Enter directly into this home from the elevator and admire the grand classic formal dining room – a tribute to an era from long ago. This spacious room with pendant lighting and beautiful hardwood flooring designed in a herringbone pattern can accommodate a dining table that comfortably seats 14 people.

The dining room connects the open and flexible floor plan, ideal for both casual living and grand entertaining.

The gourmet kitchen is filled with an abundance of cabinets and drawers. Meal preparation is easy, especially on the island that also includes additional storage space.

The family chef will appreciate the Thermador double wall oven and Gaggenau four-burner gas stove-oven-grill. Other upper-end appliances include a large paneled two-door Sub-Zero refrigerator and a two-drawer freezer. There’s also a Franke water filtration system.

For less formal dining, there is a four-person breakfast bar that separates the kitchen from a family room on the riverside of this home. The family room has a gas fireplace with a television mounted above the magnificent black marble surround and mantel. This room has plenty of white maple cabinets and shelves as well as a built-in desk. Two large windows make it easy to take in the beauty of the Charles River, the Salt and Pepper Bridge and the Esplanade.

An added benefit in this home is the level at which it stands – high enough up to look above the surrounding homes, whether on the river side or Beacon Street side – providing unobstructed views.

For an even better treat, step out onto the deck. This is a perfect place to admire the beautiful sunsets over the river. It’s also a great place to enjoy the grand July 4th fireworks without having to find space among the thousands of people who crowd in for this annual event. The deck is piped for gas and wired for speakers, making it a great spot for listening to music while enjoying a BBQ.

The living room is refined and classic in design and comfort. One wall has a gas fireplace with a beautiful dark marble surround enveloped by custom dark cherry wood shelves and cabinets. This room has beautiful crown moldings, custom millwork and recessed lighting, as do most of the other rooms. The full wet bar has a marble counter and glass-front cabinets.

The tall south-facing windows not only bring plenty of natural light into this extra-large room; looking out those large sound-proof windows gives people an eclectic view of Beacon Street and the surrounding area, including the Hancock and Prudential towers.

Off the living room is a pretty sitting room that backs up to one of the bedrooms. With a little ingenuity, it could become part of that bedroom.

The waterside master bedroom complex is gigantic in terms of both space and comfort. There will be no problem fitting a king-sized bed in this suite. The third fireplace (wood burning) has a marble surround. A television installed above the hearth makes it easy to enjoy late night shows in bed.

Among the unique features in this suite are the large his and her opulent bathrooms and dressing rooms with customized closets, each offering individualized design, privacy and comfort.

The two large front-facing bedrooms each have their own private baths.

The master suite has its own heating and air conditioning zone, as does the area for the other two suites.

The laundry room is large enough for a side-by-side washer and dryer and is loaded with storage space.

The lower floor has supplementary storage for residents along with a trash room.

Whether by foot, bike or the T, getting around town is easy from this home. The Arlington Street and Copley Square MBTA Green Line stations are both within a very short walk away. Nearby are plenty of excellent places to dine and shop, all within walking distance. Newbury, Boylston and Arlington streets are handy to reach as is Copley Square. For enjoying nature, the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common are nearby as is the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Esplanade.

It will also be nice to just sit at your own home, too. In the wonderfully designed front yard are two beautiful Japanese Magnolia trees.

Those with cars will love living here, too. The home comes with three deeded parking spaces, two of which are in the street-level garage. A third space is on the quiet riverside of the building. One of the great things about the parking situation is that you can easily get onto either side of Storrow Drive with the way the street sets up – something most residents in the Back Bay don’t get to enjoy.

Address: 150 Beacon St., Unit 3, Back Bay

BR/BA: Three bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath

Size: 3,543 square feet

Year built: Originally built in 1860, rebuilt in 1904 and 1909

Price: $7,495,000

Features: Direct elevator access to the third level in this single-floor home on the coveted riverside Beacon Street.

Tall south-facing windows lighten an extra-large living room with crown moldings, stately millwork, a gas fireplace and a wet bar. A fabulous gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar for four adjoins to a spacious family room with a gas fireplace and a private walk-out deck with river views. A formal dining room connects the open and expansive floor plan.

The waterside master bedroom suite with a fireplace is complete with two lavish en suite baths and two dressing rooms. The two guest suites each have their own private baths. A laundry room, a private storage room and two tandem garage parking spaces and one outside parking complete this exceptional residence.

Close by: Enjoy Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue. The MBTA’s Green Line is nearby in Copley Square and on Arlington Street – easy to reach by foot. The Public Garden, the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, Back Bay restaurants, shops and galleries; Boston Public Library and Copley Square are all within walking distance. Storrow Drive and connecting highways are nearby.

Contact: Duncan Donahue, Keller Williams Realty – Donahue Realty Group, 607 Boylston St., Suite 500

Phone: 617-967-6666

Email: duncandonahue@kw.com

Website: www.150BeaconSt3.com

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