Grand luxury and great views at the Carlton House

BY WAYNE BRAVERMAN/STAFF WRITER
The palatial corner living room offers 180-degree views that are simply stunning.

Combining luxury on its grandest scale with a terrific location in a building filled with a distinguished and fascinating history, 2 Commonwealth Ave., Residence 11H is a must-see.

Known as the Carlton House, this highly desirable building of upscale homes sits right across from the entrance to the Boston Public Garden in between Commonwealth Avenue and Newbury Street.

Cheryl Marsh of Marsh Properties has listed Resident 11H, a chic rarely available corner duplex, for $5,995,000.

The Carlton House was constructed on the site of five original townhouses at 2-4-6-8-10

According to Back Bay Houses (backbayhouses.com), William S. Whitwell, treasurer of the Boston Water Power Company, and attorney Peleg Whitman Chandler purchased the land at 2 Commonwealth Ave. from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1858, a prime location for real estate development, and subsequently sold the land to other interested parties (check the link for notable names).

8-10 Commonwealth Ave. was bought on Nov. 6, 1945 by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company of Boston. It was operated by Edward N. Wyner, who had built the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 1926-1927. The Ritz-Arlington Trust, formed by Edward Wyner, bought 2-4-6 Commonwealth on Feb. 24, 1954. The houses were razed in the early 1960s and the lot remained vacant while various plans for its development were pursued in the 1960s and 1970s.

Back Bay Houses says, “The Carlton House was the third in a series of efforts by owners of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to construct a new building on the site.”

The Carlton House, also known as the “Old Ritz,” was converted into 53 luxury residential units in 1981. Owners have continued to transform these upscale homes throughout the years, keeping up with the latest trends.

Like the famed Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Carlton House has a long tradition of offering residents and guests the highest level of service. Since 1927 when the Ritz Carlton opened in Boston, it has been one of the longest continually operated buildings in the city.

The Carlton House today at 2 Commonwealth Ave. is Boston’s first Tier-1 doorman building.

No one will ever feel crowded in Residence 11H, certainly not with 2,517 square feet of living space. There are seven rooms spread out over two floors. This home offers two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

The large foyer is welcoming with its sparkling marble floor. There is a sizable coat closet and a nearby half-bath – perfect for washing up before enjoying a grand meal or taking care of last minute touches before leaving the residence.

The tasteful open kitchen makes it easy to prepare delicious meals, especially when using the select GE stainless steel appliances. The kitchen has plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage.

The living room – dining room area is spacious and engaging. There are plenty of large windows to let the sunlight in. The palatial corner living room offers 180-degrees of simply stunning four-season landscapes of the Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, Beacon Hill and the State House. You will savor the bird’s eye view of the long expanse of the gardens and monuments that enrich the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Charles River area. And there’s the grand delight of beholding the Back Bay, complete with a breathtaking backdrop of the brownstones and steeples of varying styles that line the streets and the all-encompassing skyline that accentuates the Hancock and Prudential towers.

Not only do residents get to admire these resplendent vistas in the privacy of their lofty home, but all of these features are within reach, either by foot or via the MBTA with the Arlington Street, Copley Square, Boylston Street and Park Street Green Line stations close by.

Enhancing the refined beauty of the living room – dining room area are the lustrous hardwood floors and the eye-catching built-ins. Among the handy features are drapes that open and close remotely.

The airy dining area makes sharing meals a joy. The large bump-out windows offer more of those postcard-perfect pictures of the outside world.

There is additional space off the living room that can be used as a wet bar, an office or a third bedroom. Intensifying the ambiance of the room is the large wall mirror that catches the reflections of the outdoor scenery from the windows.

The bedrooms are found on the floor below the living area. In addition to accessing the bedrooms for a good night of sleep from the full set of stairs, you can also enter the bedroom level from a foyer door on the 10th floor. It makes bringing luggage back from a trip easier.

The master bedroom suite is a haven for relaxation and comfort. The large sitting area has a mini dry bar and paneled refrigerator, and the windows capture the same type of captivating 180-degree bird’s eye views as the living area.

The suite also has a couple of added built-in conveniences. The handy wall phone makes reaching the building staff easy while the wiring for the television is fittingly positioned for viewing in bed. The easily-accessible and sizable dressing area offers privacy as well as lots of storage space and mirrors.

The large en suite bath has a gorgeous black top sink-vanity. The glass walk-in shower is inviting, especially with a seat to add an extra element of comfort, convenience and care.

The second bedroom receives plenty of natural light from the southwest-facing windows. There is plenty of space for storage and, like the master suite bath, has its own granite bathroom with shower.

This home has central air and a washer and dryer.

The adjacent Taj Hotel services the residences at Carlton House. This includes 24-hour concierge service, room service, housekeeping and valet garage parking. Boston’s renowned Newbury Street, where residents can find some of the most popular shops and restaurants in the city, are only steps away from your front door.

This home is available for viewing by appointment. Contact Cheryl Marsh at 617-797-5781 or via email at Cheryl@BostonLuxuryRealEstate.com.

Address: Carlton House, 2 Commonwealth Ave., Residence 11H, Back Bay

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms

Size: 2,517 square feet

Price: $5,995,000

Association fee: $4,604 per month

Taxes: $40,739.34 (Tax Year 2018)

Year built/converted: Originally built in 1864, converted in 1982

Features: Large entry foyer with marble floor, guest closet and powder room. Palatial corner living room boasts 180-degree postcard views of the Public Garden, Boston Common, Beacon Hill, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Back Bay skyline. Large study/bar or third bedroom. Open kitchen with adjacent dining/family room. Full staircase to the bedroom level. Spacious master bedroom with corner exposure, Back Bay views, sumptuous master bath en suite, tremendous storage and large dressing room. Large second bedroom with spacious full bath en-suite. Central air, washer and dryer and hardwood floors.

Close by: Shops, cafes and restaurants on Newbury and Boylston streets as well as at Copley Place. Within walking distance to the Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, the Esplanade, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Downtown Crossing, the Theatre District, the Boston Public Library and the Charles River. Easy access to the MBTA’s Green Line stations at Arlington Street, Park Street, Boylston Street and Copley Square.

Contact: Cheryl Marsh, Marsh Properties – Boston Luxury RE

Phone: 617-797-5781

Email: Cheryl@BostonLuxuryRealEstate.com

Website: BostonLuxuryRealEstate.com

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