Enjoy luxurious living at The Frederick

BY TODD LARSON/CORRESPONDENT
Enjoy the best of luxury living in the condos being offered at The Frederick.

The luxury condo transformation of 1240 Beacon St. in Brookline is befittingly named for the man who transformed that street from a rustic country road into a tree-lined residential boulevard in 1886: Frederick Law Olmsted, architect of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, New York’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds and many other renowned landscapes.

Indeed, The Frederick mirrors Olmsted’s proficiency in fashioning a diamond out of the rough. Architect Richard Streetman of Newton Highlands and contractor/developer Haycon Inc. of Boston carved eight floor-through units, each pair mirror-imaging one another, out of the 1910 gray brick four-level rowhouse with twin triple-window bowfronts.

Ranging from 1,118 to 1,268 square feet, each unit’s layout suggests Olmsted’s “Orchestration of Use” design principle, “The composition should artfully insert a variety of uses into logical precincts, ensuring the best possible site for each use and preventing competition between uses.” (Olmsted.org)

This allows each unit “an ideal amount of room separation” among its entertaining, sleeping and bathing spaces for “the embodiment of urban living in style,” according to The Frederick’s promotional brochure.

Furthermore, Streetman and Haycon took full advantage of the jogged setbacks with perpendicular windows along the building’s sides to give the kitchens rear-window light and air, the rear bedrooms corner exposure, and the entire complex one parking space per unit. This follows Olmsted’s “Genius of Place” principle: “The design should take advantage of unique characteristics of the site [and] be developed and refined with intimate knowledge of the site.”

Now the building’s rough stone trim, projecting cornice with modillions and dentil moldings, and new front gardens of boxwoods, magnolias and flowers pay homage to Olmsted’s legacy of beauty and denote the luxurious living inside each unit.

Each unit is unified with satin-finished red-oak flooring, a light gray/white palette and a clean-lined look for fluid, versatile space throughout. It follows Olmsted’s “Unified Composition” principle to make all design elements “subordinate to an overarching design purpose,” avoiding excess decorative treatment so our experience in the space “will ring organic and true.”

But ringing in the ears is unlikely at The Frederick, kudos to not only the original sound-insulating firewall between each pair of units, but also the new ROXUL SAFE™ fire/sound insulation under the floors.

“An acoustical engineer was hired to mitigate the sound between the floors,” said listing agent Manuel L. Davis of Advisors Living.

Each unit begins with a coat closet and an open-concept living-dining-kitchen area that benefits from the bowfront’s oversized windows for bright, airy space, aided by recessed lighting. “Recessed lighting was selected because it’s quieter,” said Davis. “Its housing doesn’t go as far into the ceiling as a traditional light can, and recessed lighting is acoustically tested to perform better.”

A peninsular SoapStone Mist quartz counter/bar, lit by dangling filament bulbs in glass cylinders, seats four on the dining-room side and provides the chef’s kitchen with a stainless steel sink, gooseneck faucet, under-counter Jenn-Air microwave and copious cabinetry.

More custom paneled white cabinetry by Appleton Kitchens of Westwood surrounds the white-backed glass subway tile backsplash and stainless appliances: Jenn-Air programmable four-burner gas range, Jenn-Air dishwasher, Liebherr refrigerator with icemaker.

“Liebherr was chosen because you open it up and see how useful it is inside,” said Davis. “Its use of cubic feet is incredible.” The window over the quartz wall counter brightens and ventilates the kitchen.

Each unit’s corridor from the great room to the bedrooms has recessed lighting and generous wall space for comprehensive art/photo displays.

In most units, first along the hall is the master suite, where the master bedroom is carefully configured with a walk-in closet and an en suite bath for optimal spatial comfort.

The bath affects a clean, sanitary image with a marbleized white tile floor, a soapstone-gray quartz-topped white vanity by Appleton, and a roomy standup shower with Calacatta marble walls, honeycomb-tiled floor and herringbone-tiled soap/shampoo recess.

Each second bedroom has a double-door closet and, as mentioned, corner exposure. All but one unit have second baths, each with a marble-like quartz vanity, subway-tiled tub/shower and wavy grey tile floor.

Beside this are a storage closet and a laundry closet with stacked LG washers/dryers in the upper six units, which have rear balconies with Trex decking, paneled white semi-walls with mahogany ledges, and light fixtures for summer evening entertainment.

The lower-level units deviate from the rest. Residence 1 has one common full bath just off the hall for everyone’s convenience.

In Residence 2, each bedroom has an en suite bath and the master suite is in the rear. A walk-in dressing closet is conveniently placed between the master bedroom and bath that features a twin-sink gray quartz vanity and a Calacatta marble corner shower.

All units access a carpeted rear egress stair, which preserves its bead board wainscoting, grooved rod balusters, and central cast-iron column with an interesting pattern of alternating curves sandwiched between bars. The shared glass vestibule that preserves the original Tuscan porch columns, contains the unit buzzers and mailboxes, a faux woodgrain tile floor, and a built-in bench that lifts up for common storage.

The $560-$635/month condo fees include common-area cleaning and maintenance, exterior maintenance, master insurance, water and sewer, snow and trash removal, and professional management.

Unit 4 recently sold and the rest of the units will be launched during the first week of September.

Offered from $979,000 to $1,575,000, The Frederick shows how its namesake’s landscape design principles can be applied in a residential context for a living experience as renewing as a walk in the park.

For a private showing, contact Manuel L. Davis, Kristy Ganong and Dave Costello of Advisors Living at 617-850-9629 (office), 617-417-9237 (cell), or advisorsliving@bradvisors.com (email).

Sources:

- “Boston Realty’s Advisors Living Tapped to Market Luxury Condos ‘The Frederick,’ ” The Real Reporter, July 29, 2019, https://therealreporter.com/briefs/4176

- “The Design Principles of Frederick Law Olmsted,” National Association for Olmsted Parks, http://www.olmsted.org/the-olmsted-legacy/olmsted-theory-and-design-principles/design-principles

- “The Frederick,” Bldup.com, 2019, https://www.bldup.com/projects/1240-beacon-st

- The Frederick promotional brochure, http://www.advisorsliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/1240Beacon_Brochure.pdf

Address: The Frederick, 1240 Beacon St., Brookline

Total number of units: Eight

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms (seven units); two bedrooms, one full bathroom (Residence 1)

Sizes: 1,118 to 1,268 square feet

Prices: $979,000 to $1,575,000

Condo fees: $560 to $635/month

Taxes: TBD

Configuration: Condominium

Year built: 1910, renovated 2019

Features: High ceilings, satin-finished red-oak floors, hydro-air heating, forced-air cooling, tankless hot water, new Pella Architect Series windows, stainless appliances and gas cooking in all kitchens, Nuheat radiant-heat floors in all baths, all rooms wired for Cat 6 and coaxial cable for TV, intercom, sprinkler system and hard-wired smoke/carbon monoxide detectors throughout building, acoustic and fire-retardant insulation between units, rubber membrane roof, one parking space per unit

Close by: Houses of worship; public schools; post office; shopping and dining in Coolidge Corner; movies at Coolidge Corner Theatre; Coolidge Corner Branch Library; parks and recreation at Amory Playground, Hall’s Pond Sanctuary, Longwood Playground and the Emerald Necklace; Longwood Medical Area; public transit by trolley and bus

Contact: Manuel L. Davis, Kristy Ganong and Dave Costello of Advisors Living

Phone: 617-850-9629 (office), 617-417-9237 (cell)

Email: advisorsliving@bradvisors.com

Websites: http://www.1240beacon.com or http://www.advisorsliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/1240Beacon_Brochure.pdf

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