Luxury living at its best in this grand Ritz-Carlton condo

TODD LARSON
CORRESPONENT
Instead of the standard living-room introduction, this 1,573-square-foot unit’s marble-floored foyer leads you straight into the primary bedroom suite, immediately answering your prayers to “show me the way to go home, I’m tired and I want to go to bed.”

Upon first glance, the Ritz-Carlton Towers in Downtown Crossing may look like any other glass-and-steel high-rise going up in Boston today. But step into Residence 26H in The Residences section and you’ll notice so much that’s unique, different and convenient, you may not want to look anywhere else.

For starters, instead of the standard living-room introduction, the 1,573-square-foot unit’s marble-floored foyer leads you straight into the primary bedroom suite, immediately answering your prayers to “show me the way to go home, I’m tired and I want to go to bed.”

What’s more, the suite conveniently begins (or ends, depending on whether you’re retiring or rising) with the bath. It continues the foyer’s marble richness throughout its floor, wainscoting, a soaking tub, shower with a hand-held shower head and twin-sink vanity with cherry-framed mirror and side mirror-door medicine cabinets.

This bathroom has a marble floor, a tub/shower combo and a vanity extending its counter over the commode.

The convenience continues with a double-door closet on the left before the herringbone-patterned cherry floor introduces the bedroom, which is sizable in many respects. The bed wall accommodates nightstands in addition to a king-size bed.

The facing alcove has room enough for a deluxe armoire, bookcase or wide-screen entertainment center. A second double-door closet is handy by the bed.

Southern sun is yours for the asking from the floor-to-ceiling view extending from Washington Street out to the Blue Hills. A long black-granite ledge below the window lets multiple houseplants soak in the sun.

A long black-granite ledge below the window lets multiple houseplants soak in the sun.

The unit’s compact size puts everything close together without feeling cramped. Just down the left-hand hall from the foyer is an elegant powder room with a marble floor, Kohler pedestal sink and cherry-framed mirror. Right beside it is a closeted Maytag stacked washer/dryer.

Across the hall is the second bedroom suite. Large and complete enough to be a primary suite in its own right, it also begins with the bath where marble forms the floor, the tub/shower combo and the vanity extending its counter over the commode.

A walk-in closet precedes the bedroom that can accommodate a king-size bed set, a comprehensive workstation, a large library or a sofa set and wide-screen entertainment center for a media room. It has an even larger window with a black granite ledge.

Next door is the kitchen with a wall phone and the paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator right at the entry for the convenience of room-service calls and midnight-snacking. The refrigerator also initiates the warm, woody tone of the Poggenpohl kitchen’s cabinetry with the Miele dishwasher paneled into it as well.

The longest kitchen counter incorporates a Viking six-burner gas cooktop as the central component of a complete cooking center with a Viking stainless double oven at left and a GE Profile microwave on the right.

Complementing this are two more kitchen rarities: a marble floor and four granite counters with matching backsplashes. One is to the left of the hall entry over a U-Line wine cooler and another is beside the refrigerator under a glassware cabinet, making them handy for preparing drinks or placing food.

The longest counter incorporates a Viking six-burner gas cooktop as the central component of a complete cooking center with a Viking stainless double oven on the left and a GE Profile microwave on the right. The final counter has a deep stainless sink and extends into a raised bar overlooking the dining area for food-service and after-dinner cleanup convenience.

One of the kitchen counters extends into a raised bar overlooking this dining area for food-service and after-dinner cleanup convenience.

The kitchen connects to the contiguous living-dining areas as well, as does the hallway that passes two double-door storage closets before extending its herringbone-patterned cherry floor into the big space.

Eastern and southern window-wall vistas sweeping along Washington Street and extending out to Seaport, the Harbor and the Blue Hills provide a breathtaking backdrop for cocktails, conversations and music from the ceiling surround-sound speakers, especially with the city lights at night.

Unit 26H has plenty of windows, making enjoying the views easy from every room.

“At night, this is like Manhattan,” said listing agent Myrna Rothman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Also special about the space is its L-shape that separates the living and dining areas while flowing them together.

“It’s nice to have separate spots for dining as opposed to making the living and dining the same room,” said Rothman.

The dramatic living room is a comfortable place to relax and watch TV or enjoy the views enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows to capture glorious morning sunrise, beaming afternoon light and nighttime lights of the city from the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

The dramatic living room is a comfortable place to relax and watch TV or enjoy the enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows to capture glorious morning sunrise, beaming afternoon light and night time lights of the city from the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Just as nice is the separate entrance at 2 Avery St. – exclusively for The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Towers. This means you won’t have to snake through crowds of hotel guests to get to your unit. In fact, you’re also treated to your own lobby, complete with the hotel-quality services of a doorman, 24-hour concierge and fob-operated mahogany and onyx paneled elevators in addition to valet garage parking for one car and 60 hours of free guest parking per month.

“We’re the only building in the city to have free guest parking,” said Rothman.

Also, the unit’s around-the-corner convenience to its baths and kitchen is paralleled at The Residences entrance, which is steps from Washington Street’s famed corridor of shops, department stores, restaurants, cafés, theaters and medical centers, the AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Tremont Street, and recreation and dog-walking unlimited on the historic Boston Common.

The specials don’t stop there. Residents at The Residences can receive discounted memberships in the hotel’s 114,000-square-foot Equinox Sports Club that includes comprehensive fitness-training, basketball, squash, swimming, kickboxing, spinning, aerobics, Zumba Fitness, Pilates, yoga, and massage and facials at The Spa.

“It’s the biggest sports club in the city,” said Rothman.

Residents also receive dry-cleaning at Press It Clean, discounts at the hotel’s three restaurants including Blu Café by the sports club, and discounts for stays at Ritz hotels worldwide.

“Once you’ve lived at the Ritz, it’s very hard to leave,” said Rothman, who is offering Residence 26H at 2 Avery St. at $1,595,000.

For more information on this one-of-a-kind unit, contact her at 617-828-9622 (mobile), 617-267-3500 (office) or myrna.rothman@elliman.com.

This bedroom alcove has room enough for a deluxe armoire, bookcase or wide-screen entertainment center.

DETAILS:

Address: 2 Avery St., Unit 26H, The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Towers, Downtown/Midtown

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath

Size: 1,573 square feet

Housing type: High-rise one-level condominium

Price: $1,595,000

Association fee: $2,409/month

Taxes: $1,838/month, $22,061/year, not including residential exemption

Parking: Valet garage parking for one car, 60 free guest-parking hours per month

Year built: 2001

Number of units: 309

Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, hot water baseboard by gas heating, central air conditioning, marble and cherry floors, open floor plan in living-dining room with panoramic Boston views, surround-sound speakers, Poggenpohl granite/marble kitchen with stainless appliances and gas cooking, marble baths, multiple closets, in-unit laundry.

Building amenities: Fob-operated elevator service, paid basement storage, 24-hour concierge and doorman, Equinox Gym discount membership, 10 percent discounts for Ritz hotel stays worldwide, and 15 percent discounts for dining-in service, Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar, pet-friendly and no-smoking building.

Close by: Shopping and dining, schools and universities, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common and the Esplanade, public transit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Theatre District, Financial District.

Contact: Myrna Rothman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Phone: 617-828-9622 (mobile), 617-267-3500 (office)

Email: myrna.rothman@elliman.com

Website: https://www.elliman.com/newyork/sales/detail/595-l-658-101_72754751/2-avery-street-midtown-boston-ma-02111

Sources:

-       Campbell, Robert, “The New Urbanism Comes to the City,” The Boston Globe, July 14, 2002, https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.bpl.org/bostonglobe/docview/405479996/49AB8C7F5FB04641PQ/11?accountid=9675

-       “Fitness Center,” The Ritz-Carlton Boston, 2019, https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/boston/spa/fitness-center

-       “The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Towers, Boston Common,” The Ritz-Carlton Boston, 2019, https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/residences/boston-common