History and modern living come together on Beacon Hill

BY CINDY BAILEN/CORRESPONDENT
The open living room is the highlight of this home. It has maple paneling all around and a very tall window with a southern exposure.

Located in a neo-gothic building that was originally constructed as the Robinson Memorial Chapel of Boston University’s School of Theology, this condominium home at 27 Chestnut St. is one of a kind. With an incredibly lofty ceiling, an enormous south-facing window and warm maple wainscoting, the unit packs a lot of interest into 1,640 square feet.

“It’s very New York funky,” said Sally Brewster of Brewster & Berkowitz Real Estate. She has the listing and is pricing the home at $1.795 million.

When you step into the entryway, you’re standing on the unit’s top floor, overlooking the voluminous living area. The foyer has a coat closet, textured wall covering, a contemporary round chandelier, and railings made of wood and steel. It’s the balance of modern and traditional that you see all throughout the property.

The master suite is nearby. The bedroom, at the front of the building, has a street-level window with a southern exposure. There’s room for a seating area around the window. Walls are painted a sunny yellow and there’s a ceiling fan. Gleaming oak hardwood flooring coordinates well with the room’s design.

Through a pocket door is the en suite bath, sporting a tub/shower combination and two separate vanities with storage in between. Countertops and floor are gray marble. There is plenty of room for the wardrobe in the walk-in closet and dressing room, which gets some welcome daylight through its own window.

Since the living room is an incredible space, you will want to spend some time there. Everywhere you look there is something interesting to see. The tall window is the focal point and the ceiling is lofty, about 15 feet tall. Tiger maple panels enhance the walls, contrasting with the deep green paint on the upper third. Contemporary sconces serve as spotlights around the space.

Built in at the far end of the room, an eye-catching office area has a desk and shelves to accommodate your business books, plus space for a large external monitor for your computer.

It’s a couple of steps down to the formal dining room. Maple wainscoting and dark green paint ties it to the living room in design, and a boat-shaped chandelier over the table adds a modern touch. Built in glass shelves provide space to display collectibles or wineglasses.

Adjacent to the dining room is the kitchen, which has maple cabinetry and a tumbled marble backsplash. Counters are made of interesting reddish granite. The area behind the Bosch electric cooktop is a tiled mural of fish and produce.

If you’re the next homeowner, you might choose to make a few updates to this kitchen, but you’re sure to appreciate the nice, newer appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers. Right behind the kitchen, in a spacious walk-in pantry, you’ll find the home’s laundry area with a newer stacked Bosch Axxis washer and dryer pair.

Continue your walk around the downstairs level of this unique unit by peeking into the guest room. Think of the sunny space as a second master with plenty of room for a bed and a loveseat, plus a double closet. This bedroom has a full bath with neutral beige stone. White four-by-four tiles give the bathtub/shower surround a clean, contemporary look. The oversized showerhead indicates that this could be a great place to relax.

There is another bedroom at the back of the unit with built-in bookshelves and a tray ceiling. The current homeowners are using its as a family room, furnished with a couch and chair for TV watching. When you look through the room’s sliding doors, what you see is a big surprise: a small patio with a semi-tropical garden. The homeowners have created a very private oasis in a busy part of the city. It’s a beautiful use of a tiny outdoor space.

The condo is part of a 30-unit association and the building offers several amenities. It’s professionally managed with a live in superintendent. There is an elevator, a common roof deck with skyline and river views, a common courtyard, bicycle storage, an exercise room, and private storage. The building has a new roof and HVAC system. It’s pet friendly here, so if you purchase the unit, you can bring your dog. Beacon Hill has a good-sized contingent of working dog walkers.

Aside from the cars parked on Chestnut Street, the street probably looks much like it did in the 1860s with charming brick sidewalks. Unit GB blends architectural history with modern living. It’s a time-tested combination.

Address: 27 Chestnut St., Unit GB, Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Year Built: 1860

Renovated: 2012

Size: 1,640 square feet

Price: $1,795,000

Taxes: $13,857 (for FY 2017, with residential exemption)

Fee: $901

Features of building: Former Robinson Memorial Chapel of Boston University’s School of Theology, now part of 30-unit condominium complex with live-in superintendent and professional management. New roof with common roof deck. Common courtyard, bicycle room, exercise room, and private storage. Pet friendly.

Features of home: Sophisticated condominium home in a former chapel, with classic details and modern amenities. Two story living area with southern exposure and huge window admitting lots of natural light. Formal dining room with maple wainscoting. Kitchen with unusual granite and some recently replaced appliances. Private patio with a garden of semi-tropical plants. Laundry in unit. Air conditioning.

Close by: Restaurants, shops and galleries along Charles Street, the State House, Boston Common and the Public Garden; Louisburg Square; Mass. General Hospital; the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, easy access to MBTA Red, Green and Silver Lines, Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93.

Contact: Sally Brewster, Brewster & Berkowitz Real Estate. Charles Street Meeting House, 121 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, MA, 02108.

Phone: 617-869-3443

E-mail: sallytbrewster@gmail.com

Web: www.brewberk.com

Details for 27 Chestnut St., Unit GB

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