Elegant like-new condo on Marlborough Street ready for you

BY PAULA VOGLER/CORRESPONDENT
In the living room area, owners and guests can relax around the large gas fireplace or enjoy the delightful views of the brownstone-lined Marlborough Street from the bow window.

Superlatives such as “gorgeous,” “stunning” and “impressive” spring forth when one steps into Unit 1 at 431 Marlborough St. in the Back Bay.

Originally one of eight adjoining single family houses built in 1885 by Chadwick & Stillings, the home was gut renovated in 2014 to create three condominiums. Unit 1 is a bright and beautiful - a 2,536 square-foot luxurious and contemporary pearl.

This parlor duplex showcases a sprawling living-dining room-kitchen with a dazzling, yet very functional layout on the upper level.

The high ceilings with triple-crown moldings, lovely wainscoting and woodwork, and maple hardwood floors that are seen throughout the home are just a few of the elements reflecting the thought that went into its design.

In the living room area, owners and guests can relax around the large gas fireplace with a nicely detailed white surround and enjoy the delightful views of brownstone-lined Marlborough Street from the bow windows.

An elegant globe pendant illuminates the dining area, spacious enough for a large table that seats six-to-eight people, while the raised breakfast bar in the nearby kitchen can seat four or five people for more informal meals and snacks.

As eye catching as it is practical, the stunning U-shaped kitchen has all the components a cook, caterer or chef would want to create a culinary masterpiece, including a six-burner Wolf range, a built-in microwave drawer, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a very quiet, Miele dishwasher. Two glass domes sit above the sink with a goose-neck faucet.

Rounding out the spacious kitchen amenities are a multitude of cabinets – a row of shorter doors with glass-front insert sit above the taller upper cabinets – and soft close drawers plus a decorative diamond shaped backsplash to pair perfectly with the Carrara marble counters.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a bonus space – a perfect place for a breakfast nook. Adding a bookcase and plants would create a ready reading room. A lovely arched French door with side lights leads to a private balcony that has space for a cozy table and chairs and a supply line for a gas grill.

Beyond the kitchen, closed off by a private door, is a spacious bedroom suite. The bedchamber can easily fit a king-sized bed. There is also a nicely-sized built-out closet. The en suite bathroom has a glass shower.

The lower level is equally as impressive as the first floor, and it all begins with a wide grand staircase - reminiscent of homes from days gone by.

The master bedroom is located at the front end of the home. Large and grand, a king-sized bed and two night stands can easily fit in an alcove that is garnished with two pretty wall sconces. The bow windows make a nice space for a sitting area and flood the room with natural light. There are plenty of places to store clothing, footwear and accessories for all seasons: a pocket door slides open to a walk-in closet and there is a full wall of closets, as well.

An en suite marble bathroom has lovely touches, too. A basket weave tile inset matches the basket weave floor in the oversize shower that has a seat and built-in shelf for toiletries. A double vanity with Carrara marble counters has lots of drawers and cabinets for storage.

The third bedroom lies at the back of the home and also offers a full walk-in closet and natural light from the full-sized windows. This flexible space could be used as an office or for some other desired purpose, too.

The hallway that runs between is also filled with amenities:

Behind pocket doors is a multi-purpose room that has a long counter with built-in cabinets and a beverage cooler. A sink sits in the Carrara marble countertop. This flexible space would make an ideal multi-media room, game room, hobby hole or home gym. It could also be used as a home office or children’s play room.

A full bathroom sits beside it accessible via the hallway.

There is also a laundry room - large enough for a full size washer and dryer. The rubberized matted floor makes small spills or hefty messes easy to handle.

There is also an egress that has direct access to two tandem off-street parking spaces – an extra perk where parking in a city is at a premium.

Because the home is located in Back Bay, its proximity to all that Boston is known for is unbeatable. The Charles River Esplanade is close by for the outdoor enthusiast with plenty of paths to bike, walk or jog or take a guided tour, go sailing on the river, listen to concerts and watch movies at the Hatch Shell, and participate in summer fitness programs.

Restaurants such as Cornish Pasty (British), Uni (Sushi Bar), Zuma (Japanese) and Deuxave (modern French) are nearby to satisfy most food cravings and shoppers will be delighted with all the boutiques, galleries and antique shops along Newbury and Boylston streets as well as at the Prudential Center and Copley Place. This home is also within walking distance to Fenway Park.

There are plenty of T stations in the Back Bay that connect to South Station with buses, local trains and commuter trains.

With easy access to Storrow Drive, getting out of the city is easy – just hop on the highway north or south, catch the turnpike west or the road east to Logan Airport – and you’re well on your way to… anywhere.

More than 2,500 square feet of living space, a low condo fee of $595 per month and a location that is nearly perfect - all for $3,395,000 - make Unit 1 at 431 Marlborough St. an excellent choice for anyone looking for an impeccable, welcoming, move-in ready home.

There will be an open house from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

For more information about this home, contact John Neale or Brad Sprogis of Sprogis & Neale Real Estate at 617-308-4610, 617-262-1504 or email johnandbrad@sprogisneale.com.

Address: 431 Marlborough St, #1, Back Bay

BR/BA: Three bedroom/three-and-a-half baths

Size: 2,536 square feet

Price: $3,395,000

Taxes: $30,144 including residential exemption and parking spaces (Tax Year 2020)

Condo fee: $595 per month

Total number of units: Three

Year built: 1885; gut renovated in 2014

Features: Flow through duplex with three exposures; high ceilings with triple-crown molding; hardwood floors; open living/dining/kitchen with gas fireplace, chef’s kitchen with Wolf range vented to the outside, Sub-Zero refrigerator, drawer microwave, Carrara marble counters, soft close drawers, breakfast bar with room for four-to-five stools; breakfast area with French doors to private balcony with gas line hook up for grill; grand staircase to lower level; master suite with walk-in closet and Carrara marble bath; media room with built-in wet bar and beverage cooler; separate laundry room; six Sonos zones; direct access to two tandem parking spaces.

Close by: Multiple restaurants and shops along Newbury and Boylston streets, Prudential Center and Copley Place malls; Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods; Copley Square landmarks; Boston Symphony Hall; Fenway Park; Longwood Medical Area; several colleges and universities; museums and galleries; Charles River/Esplanade, Back Bay Fens, Charlesgate Park connecting the Emerald Necklace; quick access to Storrow Drive; MBTA trains and buses.

Contact: John Neale or Brad Sprogis, Sprogis & Neale Real Estate, 679 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118

Email: johnandbrad@sprogisneale.com

Phone: 617-262-1504 or 617-308-4610

Website: www.sprogisneale.com/real-estate/431-marlborough-street-1-boston-ma-02115/72587111/79499909

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon to 1 p.m.

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