Updated Back Bay condo loaded with luxury at The Marlborough
There’s an art to combining two units to create one spacious home. When the design is done well, the result can be remarkable.
As you can imagine, there’s more to the process than knocking down walls. It’s essential to consider layout, flow and the best use of every space. And when the combined home is completed, it should seem like it was always meant to look this way.
That’s the case with Unit 607 at The Marlborough, a historic building in the Back Bay constructed in the 1890s and completely updated. The bright, gracious abode on the sixth floor integrates two condos with modern style and period details.
Regina Winslow of William Raveis Real Estate is listing the home at $1,995,000.
“This property is unique, a rarity,” Winslow says. “It has the proportions of a house.”
You would never feel crowded here. Elegant design, high ceilings and a flood of natural light pouring into the rooms through bay and bow windows contribute to a grand sense of spaciousness.
With the first steps into the unit’s formal entry foyer, wonderful details grab your attention. Warm cherry flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. The cove ceiling is beautifully illuminated. This space is an ideal introduction to the home.
The custom gourmet kitchen off the foyer is a home chef’s pride and joy. Cabinets are finished in a maple stain, contrasting well with the dramatic dark granite backsplash and countertops. The appliances will impress any cook. They include a tall Sub-Zero refrigerator, which is paneled to match the cabinetry, a Miele dishwasher, a Wolf induction cooktop and a Thermador wall oven. Storage is plentiful in the separate pantry, which has floor-to-ceiling shelving.
The kitchen opens to a charming dining area with detailed crown molding, tall baseboards, a chair rail that borders painted wainscoting and a triple window seat in the bay. It’s a comfortable place to lounge. Depending on how you furnish the space, it could be a sweet breakfast nook or a formal dining room.
Walk back through the foyer and traverse a set of French doors to the double living room. The crown molding here adds grace and emphasizes the high ceiling. This is a truly glorious place to chill, basking in the natural light that floods into the room through another set of bay windows. It’s also a great place for a big party, if you enjoy entertaining.
Go through a wide, columned archway to the other side of the living room. This space acts as the home’s family room. There’s plenty of space here for an additional seating area and stunning built-ins are awaiting your art collection. If you need a home office, this could be the place for it. Built-ins let you hide your laptop and office supplies when the work day ends.
The first guest bedroom is steps away. Details such as crown molding and a chair rail enhance the room. Currently, the room is staged as a den, although a wall of custom built-ins could act as a headboard arching over and around a bed.
This room has access to the laundry closet where a stacked washer and dryer pair is concealed.
Down the hall is a marble guest bathroom. Brass hardware gives the French-style sink some extra style and the frameless glass doors on the shower make the room feel larger. A built-in linen closet has room for lots of fluffy towels.
The guest bath is convenient to the home’s delightful second bedroom. It’s a sunny and comfortable space with a wall for a double bed and a pair of nightstands. There’s just enough space for a bench at the foot of the bed. It’s a convenient spot to stack throw pillows when you turn down the bed at night.
The home’s primary bedroom suite is at the end of the hall. It’s pretty and private with tight weave carpeting that’s cozy underfoot.
There’s a northwest exposure with three windows in the bow. A view of the Charles River enhances this room, and if you make a habit of coming by in the late afternoon, you’ll catch many a colorful sunset.
Tuck your clothes away in the bedroom’s two big, well-organized closets. There’s even some extra storage built in over one of the closets so you can use it to store out-of-season clothing or anything else you want to put away.
The en suite bath is equipped with a single dark stained wood vanity topped by a stone counter. The frameless glass shower doors reveal an accent of contemporary mosaic tiles. The shower is a retreat in itself with a handheld body spray in addition to the main shower head. A tall window admits excellent light, a boost when you’re getting ready in the morning.
When you leave your unit, you can enjoy the many amenities The Marlborough has to offer. The building has a fulltime door staff and professional management. The building’s fitness center has newer equipment.
There’s additional storage available in the basement, as well as storage for your bicycle. And the city and river views from the common roof deck are nothing short of incredible.
Finally, if you need a parking space near your new place, there’s a garage space available for purchase separately for $125,000.
Address: 416 Marlborough St., Unit 607, Back Bay
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms
Size: 1,976 square feet
Association fee: $1,883/month (Includes heat, hot water, water, sewer, master insurance, 24/7 door staff, professional management, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, fitness room)
Features of building: Historic 71-unit elevator building constructed in 1899 in an ideal location at the corner of Marlborough Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Doorman and professional management. Fitness room for residents. Common roof deck with panoramic views of Boston.
Features of home: Spacious sun-splashed corner condo with tons of natural light and Back Bay views through bay and bow windows. Flexible floor plan. Spacious and luxurious with formal entry foyer, high ceilings, detailed moldings and abundant storage in numerous built-ins. Custom kitchen with maple cabinets and top-of-the-line Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele and Thermador appliances, and dark granite countertops. Additional storage space in a separate pantry. Gleaming hardwood floors, custom lighting throughout and oversized windows with charming Back Bay views. Double living room and three bedrooms, including a sunny primary bedroom suite. Flexible floor plan. Two full bathrooms with glass-enclosed marble showers. In-unit laundry.
Close by: Restaurants and cultural attractions of the Back Bay and downtown Theatre District. Shopping on Newbury Street. A short walk to Charles River Esplanade. Easy access to MBTA Green Line and Orange Line and the Back Bay Commuter Rail Station. Convenient to Storrow Drive and the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Contact: Regina Winslow, William Raveis Real Estate, 16 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116. Phone: 617-429-3141