Grand Beacon Hill home perfect for family and entertaining

A beautiful paneled library with a southern exposure features a handsome fireplace, flanked by built-in shelving for books and objets d'art.

A luxurious Beacon Hill residence at 40 Beacon St. overlooking Boston Common offers a spectacular interior design with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and a spacious deck off an open family room/kitchen. The recently completed total renovation has created a grand home with understated elegance, ideal for family living and for entertaining.

Tracy Campion of Campion Fine Real Estate has listed this home, which includes two garage parking spaces, at $10,750,000.

The Davis Companies developed this property with the Grassi Design Group serving as architect and the Metric Corporation as the general contractor.

The property has a rich, historic history. The site was once part of artist John Singleton Copley’s expansive farm.

About 200 years ago, Nathaniel Appleton, a highly successful textile manufacturer with mills in Lawrence and Lowell, built the double bow front house at 39-40 Beacon St., designed by Alexander Parris. Years later, Appleton’s daughter, Frances (Fanny) Elizabeth, married the famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at this house.

Today, the brick exterior of 40 Beacon St. retains its original glory. A pair of Ionic columns above granite stairs frames the entrance, which has beautifully leaded glass sidelights and a transom. Beyond the front door is a stunning reception hall with ornate moldings, black and white marble square flooring and a gracious curved staircase that ascends to the top floor and is a signature of a Parris-designed home.

At the far end of the hall is an elevator that provides direct access into Unit 4. A large double-door closet in the foyer is adjacent to a large dining room that is the central location of the condo.

Before reaching two of the main living areas via a short hallway, one must pass a stunning onyx wet bar with a hammered chrome sink and an under-counter refrigerator. The backsplash also is onyx, and above are custom-designed high-gloss cabinets, one of which is for stemware. It is mirrored and has a glass front.

A large powder room with crown molding and wainscoting is adjacent to the wet bar. The hall spreads opens into a magnificent living area with two six-over-six bow windows that look out to the country’s oldest city park. The ceiling height soars, and the room is rimmed with crown molding. Picture molding and wainscoting add to the subtle grandeur and the oak flooring is laid in a chevron pattern, like that in the foyer.

Opposite a black stone fireplace is a wide entry with pocket doors to the glossy, high-paneled library. Two large six-over-six windows with deep sills fill this room with abundant natural light, further enhanced by recessed lighting. At the far end of the room, built-in bookshelves flank another handsomely carved black stone fireplace.

Returning to the dining room, opposite the short passageway, one finds a set of stairs that descends to a capacious family room with a third fireplace with a white wood mantelpiece opposite a wall of glass and a wide door that opens onto a good-sized terrace that includes a built-in three-burner gas grill.

The family room easily flows into the gourmet kitchen, equipped with top-of-the line appliances – a double-door Sub-Zero refrigerator on one wall and a stainless steel Bosch wall oven and an accompanying Sharp microwave on the opposite wall. There is counter space galore with a long polished quartz-topped two-level center island that holds a deep sink and a Bosch dishwasher. The upper level can serve as a breakfast bar with seating for three. Opposite the sink is a Wolf six-burner gas cooktop with a grill and abundant cabinetry. Pantry cabinets have been built next to the wall ovens.

Beyond the kitchen is another hallway that leads to three bedrooms, including the master suite. Before the hallway takes a right angle and ascends three steps, one finds a large bedroom with a double-door closet and an en suite bath with a tiled glass-enclosed shower and a single vanity. This bath has a second doorway that opens into the hall, allowing access for the smaller bedroom that boasts windows on two walls.

The hallway also contains a laundry room with a sink, storage cabinets and a full-size, side-by-side Electrolux washer and dryer.

Past the smaller bedroom is the spacious master suite that includes two large walk-in closets/dressing rooms and a sumptuous master bath. A deep soaking tub sits beneath a window in a corner, leaving plenty of space for a double vanity topped with honed gray and white Calacatta stone and a huge glass-enclosed steam shower. The Toto dual-flush toilet has its own room.

This condominium has a fourth bedroom and is a guest suite, located off the foyer. In addition to its two windows, it features a large double-door closet and an en suite bath with a glass-enclosed shower and a single vanity.

Parking in the property’s underground garage is accessed from an alley off Walnut Street, and inside the garage is a large turntable that makes parking a breeze. A storage unit for the condo is on this level as well.

Address: 40 Beacon St., Unit 4, Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths

Size: 4,352 square feet

Year built: Circa 1818; mid-1990s; 2019

Price: $10,750,000

Taxes: To be determined

Condo fee: $2,921 per month (includes gas)

Features of building: Listed in 1977 on the National Register of Historic Places, this property was home to Nathan Appleton, who served as a state representative and Congressman in addition to his mercantile businesses. From 1913 to 1992, was the site of the Women’s City Club, a civic and social organization that provided charity to worthy causes. In the mid-1990s, 39-40 Beacon St. was subdivided and converted to condos; in 2019 four of the five units were totally renovated. Central heat and air conditioning; elevator.

Features of unit: Completely modern condo with historic architectural details like high ceilings, crown and picture moldings, three fireplaces, oak floors, state-of-the-art kitchen and luxurious baths, plus an outdoor terrace with built-in grill, and two garage parking spaces.

Close by: State House, Boston Common and Public Garden; antique shops, restaurants and galleries along Charles Street; Mass. General Hospital; easy access to Park Street MBTA Red, Green and Silver Lines, Storrow Drive, Route 90.

Contact: Tracy Campion, Campion and Company Fine Real Estate, 172 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116.

Phone: 617-236-7011.



This property may be seen by appointment.