Live in peaceful grandeur in Lime Street gem
According to a story written by Harold D. Eberlein in the January 1915 issue of The Architectural Record, there was a small patch of land with stables, blacksmith shops and small dilapidated homes that were ready to be torn down.
In a celebrated effort to shun traditional small scale architecture by altering proportions, especially in regards to increasing light in the interior spaces, acclaimed architect Richard Arnold Fisher purchased the land and designed a home at 32 Lime St. circa 1914 to present “a reassuring dignity of mien that dispels any apprehensive uncertainly as to the possibility of making the small house an architectural factor of importance and interest.”
During this townhouse’s 105-year-history, only three families have lived in this English-inspired creation, including Fisher himself. As you walk around and through this liberally livable gem, you will notice the creative evolution and meticulous maintenance over the years - a tribute to the owners’ dedication and care of this home.
One of the crown jewels of Beacon Hill, this exquisite one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece boasts 5,194 square feet of living delight, complete with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths plus two enchanting outdoor spaces.
The brick façade highlights light-infused, double-height exterior windows clad in copper. Inside, the original six unique fireplaces and gorgeous hardwood floors found throughout the home have been generously restored to honor their historic roots, while the kitchen and bathrooms have been revamped to create comfortable, contemporary spaces.
Stepping through the front door into the large and light foyer is like taking a step back in time when neighbors were invited to drop in at any time, sit by the fireplace in the reception room and enjoy high tea.
Walking into the stunningly beautiful formal dining room stirs the senses. Some of the highlights include a wide fireplace with a white wood surround and mantel flanked by two built-in hutches and a tall tray ceiling with recessed lighting.
The garden level's airy window-walled open space combines a casual living/dining area with the bright gourmet kitchen. Among the high end stainless appliances are two Thermador wall ovens and a Thermador four-burner cooktop with a large griddle, topped by a professional-quality Broan vent.
There’s also a Bosch dishwasher, a sizable Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator and a microwave. The refrigerator and the microwave have been discreetly placed behind two of the cabinetry doors, of which there are plenty of.
The French doors in the casual living/dining area open to a beautiful oasis of natural beauty. This intimate, peaceful and private garden terrace exudes a 19th century feel and generates an aura that makes relaxing easy.
The garden level also has a laundry room large enough for the Maytag side-by-side commercial grade washer and dryer, plenty of storage space and a conveniently placed bathroom.
The most awe-inspiring room in this townhouse is the living/entertaining space that occupies a portion of the second and third floors. You will be hard pressed to find anything like this in the city. This great room rises up to a beamed ceiling (with its original wood) that sits above the jaw-dropping south-facing wall of mullioned windows that admit a flood of light, the magnificent grandeur of the walk-in fireplace bolstered by a stately wood surround, a lofty library wall (shelves are also the original hardwood) and a minstrel’s gallery large enough for a grand piano. This room favors the refinement and feel of a 17th century British manor.
On the third floor above the parlor floor is a seating area and study-office space with front-facing oriel windows.
On the fourth floor are two nicely-sized bedrooms. One bedroom overlooks Lime Street, while the other provides views of several roof gardens. Both bedrooms have a fireplace. In between the two rooms is a full bathroom with a tub-shower.
The fifth floor accommodates the large master bedroom suite. The bedroom has an elegant fireplace and plenty of space for a king-sized bed. This palace has corner windows with magnificent views of the area, including two large church steeples. The master bath offers a double vanity and a large walk-in shower.
Across the sunlit hall are a bathroom and two more bedrooms that could also be used as a sitting room, office or a nursery.
When you take the full stairway up to the magnificent roof deck, you will be treated to a complete 360-degree view of the city, providing a different view to suit any mood. As you look in one direction, you’ll see the Prudential and Hancock centers. Another direction brings the golden dome of the State House into view; turning once again, you will be facing in the direction of the Charles River and Cambridge. You can also see the Church of the Advent - a Victorian Gothic brick building with a 172-foot spire. As you look down, you can admire the many rooftop gardens of Beacon Hill and the Back Bay. The deck is also hooked up to water and electricity and has plenty of room for tables, chairs and lounges.
Another appealing facet that this jewel has to offer is its location. Walking along narrow, tree-lined Lime Street on the Flat of Beacon Hill, it’s easy to forget that this home is in the heart of a large, bustling city. There is a quiet, peaceful, alluring charm to be savored in this neighborhood.
Lime Street is also a short distance of many desirable places to enjoy, such as the historic Boston Common and Public Garden, the walking trails along the Charles River Esplanade, summer concerts and movies at the Hatch Shell, the myriad shops and restaurants on Charles and Newbury streets as well the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Copley Square and the Theatre District are also close by. And catching the T is a breeze at either the nearby Arlington Street or Park Street stations.
32 Lime St. is symbolic of everything that makes this one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Boston. This magnificent home is being offered by Allison Mazer of Compass with a list price of $6,350,000.
Address: 32 Lime St., Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Five bedroom, four-and-a-half baths
Size: 5,194 square feet
Taxes: $45,949 (Tax Year 2019)
Year built: 1914
Number of rooms: Seven
Features: An exquisite city-center residence in an ambiance seeming like a tranquil garden suburb, this one-of-a-kind circa 1914 townhouse by noted architect Richard Arnold Fisher stands on a tree-canopied, block-long street on the Flat of Beacon Hill. Inspired by English traditions, this beautifully livable jewel with six fireplaces has been tastefully restored by its long-time current owners and features enchanting outdoor spaces on the private garden terrace and the full roof deck where 360-degree views take in the gold-domed State House, Back Bay and Downtown. As the showpiece living/entertaining space, the lofty double-storied great room is at once grand and inviting, rising to a beamed ceiling above the luminous window wall, majestic fireplace and library wall with minstrel’s gallery. The garden level’s airy window-walled open space combines the gourmet kitchen and casual living/dining area. The versatile bedroom layout offers the option of creating an expansive full-floor master suite.
Close by: Boston Common, walking trails along the Esplanade, boating on the Charles River, summer concerts at the Hatch Shell, shops and restaurants on Charles Street, Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons; DeLucas Market, Whole Foods; Massachusetts State House, Mass General Hospital; historic sites along the Freedom Trail; public transportation, Storrow Drive and highway access
Contact: Allison Mazer, The Mazer Group, Compass
Phone: 617-905-7379 (mobile)
Website: www.compass.com/listing/32-lime-street-boston-ma-02108/350674797406862257 or www.compass.com/agents/allison-mazer