Renovated beauty on Beacon Hill loaded with luxury
In 2013, two townhouses dating back to 1935 on a quiet courtyard in Beacon Hill were transformed into an unforgettable 30-foot wide, four-story single-family residence. The quality of this gut renovation that included installing six steel beams between the floors is above and beyond.
So are the amenities that include a bluestone paver double wide patio and private two-car parking. The property, which is one of three homes on this street, also has a Tesla charger.
Beth Dickerson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has listed this 3,500-square-foot home at 5-7 Spruce Court with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two powder rooms for $6,000,000.
The design aesthetic of this residence, in part per the expertise, creativity and passion of Bill Barr, designer with Surroundings Home, is an appealing blend of classic and modern with a touch of European flair juxtaposed with occasional unexpected details interspersed judiciously with fine finishes. The result is a timeless and elegant vibe.
Form, function and fascination are throughout this gracious residence. Walnut flooring and custom plantation shutters featured throughout the home are sophisticated yet warm. Custom finishes that gleam pop out in many unexpected places. Full glass panels in the central staircase are surprising, yet very functional – allowing natural light to flow almost seamlessly within the interior.
The fully open and airy kitchen-dining area emphasizes exceptional examples as well. Flush-mount white cabinetry with integrated stainless steel appliances creates clean overall lines. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher are accented with a Wolf five-burner gas range and architectural hood plus the glass-front Sub-Zero beverage refrigerator (with fridge drawers below). Mini-marble subway tile in a mother-of-pearl finish glistens in the glow of under-cabinet lighting.
For a touch of whimsy, nevertheless still in the practical column, a six-foot high chalkboard is on the side of the refrigerator on the way to the pantry/laundry room via a pocket door.
A second Sub-Zero stainless steel refrigerator and another sink are in here along with a full-size Electrolux washer and dryer. A built-in credenza (with storage) on one long wall can be a server, extra prep space or even a handy spot to fold laundry.
The marble-topped center island that seats three is directly across from full glass pane French doors with full screens that allow for natural air flow during the summer sans pesky insects. It has a Thermador oven and storage drawers. The doors lead to the front patio with a natural gas hookup for a grill.
Eight, 10 or more are accommodated easily in the spacious dining area at the other end of the room. A long built-in cushioned bench with a rounded end and three drawers sits under two large windows, reminiscent of a chaise lounge.
On a more practical note, a pocket door (across the room) opens to a mudroom area with all the essentials: a built-in bench with a drawer and overhead cubbies with custom containers to keep the space neat and tidy.
More storage space is around the corner under the stairs. Two low built-in shelves are ideal for boots and shoes.
A powder room with a Kohler commode also has a ceramic vessel sink and wall-mounted hardware.
Slate tile used on the surround and hearth of the flush mount gas fireplace in the expansive second-floor living room is understated and calm, yet eye-catching. Mirrored shutters with an iridescent finish over the fireplace add visual interest while concealing a large flat-screen television.
Sparkling details continues in the adjacent wet bar with a round hammered stainless steel sink and Sub-Zero beverage cooler flanked by open shelving next to a window.
A generous den (it also works well as a family room, bedroom or guest space) on this floor has a double closet with automatic lighting. Plantation shutters provide ample privacy.
The nearby powder room with a Toto commode and contemporary pedestal sink is another convenience.
The master suite, which encompasses the entire third floor, is a comfortable, yet chic getaway. A soffit with up-lighting in the king-bed size sleeping chamber adds a layer of subdued light while making a design statement. Electric blackout shades (also in the closet/dressing room) assist with a good night of sleep while providing privacy.
The massive walk-in closet/dressing room has a built-in bureau with eight drawers on one side; five and a hamper on the other. The walnut countertop that matches the flooring reflects the incredible attention to detail found throughout the residence.
Walls of specialized hanging spaces ring the room that also has open shelving and a built-in bench – a handy spot to aid in dressing. This “seat” even has built-in storage for bulkier items such as purses. Let’s not forget the cedar closet and drawers plus a built-in ironing board.
The en suite bathroom is enhanced with luxurious finishes. A long vanity (with dramatic under-vanity lighting) and trough sink boasts sleek quartz countertop. The backsplash has striking marble as does the surround for the extra deep soaking tub.
For style and performance, the full marble tiled walk-in shower with multiple body sprays has a frosted-glass swinging door. Another frosted-glass swinging door conceals the commode for privacy. The radiant heated floor adds comfort all year long.
A private home office on this floor includes thoughtful elements. A 10-foot long (at least) built-in desk is under a window flanked by an abundance of built-in cabinets, cubbies and drawers – including an outfitted drawer for a printer.
A second laundry facility is on this level, too. In addition to a sink, this well-planned space has hanging areas. A quartz countertop over the full-size Electrolux washer and dryer doubles as a folding table.
Of the three spacious bedrooms on the third floor (all have double closets with automatic lighting) one has an en suite bathroom with large step-in shower. A frosted glass enclosure (complete with a swinging “door”) comes with extra pizzazz: a sparkling glass tile surround with a product niche.
The other two bedrooms have custom built-in desks. Their shared bathroom has a tub/shower combination. The slate-like tile floor has a modern vibe but it’s an old-fashioned feature that steals the show. A laundry chute extends from this floor to a third-floor “closet” near the laundry facilities.
A full-size stairwell lined with bead board leads to a huge and private 360-degree walk-around roof deck. In addition to ample space for various seating and/or dining configurations, this outdoor space has water plus electricity and is pre-plumbed for an emergency generator hook-up. Yes, there is a storage closet on this level, too.
Address: 5-7 Spruce Court, Beacon Hill, Boston
BR/BA: Five bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths
Size: 3,500 square feet
Taxes: $32,951 (2018)
Year built: 1935, renovated in 2013
Features: Full gut renovation townhouse that transformed two single, side-by-side family homes into one 30-foot-wide residence on a quiet courtyard in Beacon Hill with two-car parking. Custom-designed kitchen/dining area includes large pantry with prep sink, second refrigerator plus in-unit laundry facilities. Second floor living room with gas fireplace, full wet bar and den/family room with built-in cabinetry. Third floor master suite includes custom walk-in closet and custom built-in office along with additional laundry facilities and en suite bathroom. Fourth floor has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and stairwell to a huge private roof deck with water and electric. Property has Tesla charger.
Nearby: Equidistant between Beacon and Chestnut streets in the heart of Beacon Hill and less than three blocks to the Boston Common as well as Charles Street with a plethora of boutiques, cafes, eateries, and services that range from the post office and banks to dry cleaners and druggists. Storrow Drive and access to Route 93 is less than 10 minutes away.
Contact: Beth Dickerson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 277 Dartmouth Street, 2nd floor, Boston
Phone: 617-510-8565 or 617-375-6900