Stunning residence with complete update on Beacon Hill
Undecided between the historical allure of Victorian Beacon Hill and the efficient elegance of Roaring ’20s New York? A blend of both awaits you at 10 Otis Place.
Unit 4B consolidates the contents of a Beacon Hill townhouse into a one floor-through flat with a Manhattan apartment’s classic moldings, vast hardwood floors, multiple exposures and two means of stair/elevator egress.
But instead of a bustling city block, you egress out to a quiet cul-de-sac within a close-knit neighborhood of brick rowhouses, tree-lined brick sidewalks, colonial gas lamps and flocks of schoolchildren.
Built c.1925 from a design by Bigelow, Wadsworth, Hubbard & Smith in the midrise brick-and-limestone Colonial Revival style of period New York apartment buildings, 10 Otis Place stretches the width of two 1870s rowhouses on the Flat of Beacon Hill. This, coupled with its steel construction, grants Unit 4B a 2,418-square-foot, one-story floor plan featuring three large bedrooms with en suite baths and sizable closets, spacious living-dining and kitchen-family rooms, three gas fireplaces and three exposures from 21 sound-insulated thermal windows. None of them peer into neighbors’ windows, ensuring as much privacy as light.
Plus, the unit’s just-completed renovation by Pauli & Uribe Architects of Beacon Hill and Moughan Contracting of Newton lets you venture into virgin territory with the clean lines that are truly clean.
The adventure begins with a sunken courtyard garden from which twin glass doors with refurbished cast-iron grillwork open to a small, but inviting lobby. The paneled vintage elevator lands right beside Unit 4B’s entrance.
Its foyer presents a most unusual layout: the bedroom suites precede the living-dining-entertaining areas. This lets you go home and jump right into bed and allows you a comfortable distance between party time and bedtime.
Just left of the double-width coat closet is one of the bedroom suites that begins with a bath featuring a herringbone-patterned marble floor, a marble sink and a tub/shower combo. The bedroom has double-window northwestern sunset exposure onto the Esplanade and the Charles River. One window accesses a fire escape.
Past an interstitial space with artwork lighting and rear stair/elevator access is a full laundry center with cabinetry, open shelving and a side-by-side Electrolux washer and dryer under a sorting counter with a sink and retractable gooseneck faucet.
The next bedroom suite also begins with the bath, which has a marble shower with fixed and hand-held shower heads and a marble vanity and floor.
In the bedroom, a broad alcove for a dresser or wide-screen entertainment center faces the king-size bed wall. A river view window offers northeastern sunrise exposure.
In the primary bedroom suite across the hall, a central entrance hall accesses the marble bath and walk-in closet on the left and the bedroom on the right. The L-shaped bath equals efficiency. Along its longer leg are a benched shower with fixed, hand-held and rain shower heads on the left and a twin-sink vanity on the right.
By the oversized window is an oblong soaking tub with a waterfall spout and a freestanding faucet with hand-held shower wand. This shorter leg of the bath ends in a niched Toto Washlet commode/bidet with radiant-heated seat and automatic lift-up lid that the other two en suite baths also have.
The galley-style walk-in closet with an end window is built in with custom glazed cabinets with internal lighting, slanting shoe-shelves and cubbies where coatracks can be custom-installed according to individual wardrobe requirements.
The primary bedroom boasts a gas fireplace with water stones, framed in marble and a classic mantel with fluted Doric columns and a bead-bordered panel. Slender chrome sconces with elongated shades are above.
Three large windows provide good northwestern sun and sparkling river and park views extending into Cambridge.
Across the hall by the second bedroom suite is a powder room featuring a marble vanity with a hand-hammered chrome sink and chrome gooseneck faucet, a marble-framed mirror and torch-like sconces - a fitting introduction to the elegance of the common areas.
The hall directly introduces the living-dining room where the gas fireplace’s antique mantel with tapered rope-molded pilasters, Ionic capitals, bead-bordered panel and egg-and-dart molding makes an attractive conversation piece at parties.
Guests will also love the light pouring in from three corners over five windows, including two corner exposures on the beautiful blue Charles River and Cambridge skies, stretching all the way from the Longfellow Bridge to the Back Bay’s John Hancock Tower with a spot-on view of the Hatch Shell and its Fourth of July concerts and fireworks.
The dining area has a vertical niche of glass shelves with internal lighting for displaying fancy glassware or objets d’art.
The hallway also right-angles into the open-concept kitchen-family room space that conveniently begins with a corner counter with glass-tile backsplash and a 54-inch-wide Thermador refrigerator. Then an L-shaped quartz counter encompasses a Thermador six-burner gas range with a glass-tile backsplash flanked by spice shelves and an appliance garage, a Thermador dishwasher and a deep stainless-steel sink with a retractable gooseneck faucet by the window.
Beside this is a window-bench with storage.
A central island bar with seating for four people incorporates a Thermador convection/microwave/speed oven and a pullout trash/recycling receptacle.
A Thermador dual-zone wine-cooler tower supplies a seamless transition from the kitchen to cocktails in the family room, where an angling trio of windows form a sunny river-view sitting area near the marble-surrounded gas fireplace. A tray ceiling with cove lighting creates an evening mood.
Offered at $3.65 million, Unit 4B at 10 Otis Place is “very unique for the neighborhood,” said listing agent Eliott Levine of Olde Forge Realty, who may be reached at 401-663-8049 (cell), 617-227-6600 (office), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 10 Otis Place, Unit 4B, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath
Size: 2,418 square feet
Housing type: Condominium
Price: $3.65 million
Association fee: $945/month
Taxes: $17,723 (Tax Year 2021)
Parking: 24-hour parking in front of building as available; rental parking in three garages
Year built: c.1925, renovated 2020-2021
Number of units: Nine
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood floors, two-zone eco-friendly heat-pump heating and cooling, three-zone Sonos surround-sound, three gas fireplaces, four exposures over 21 custom insulated windows, Charles River views, chef’s kitchen with gas cooking and island seating for four, three large bedrooms with en suite baths, primary bedroom suite with custom walk-in closet and marble bath with soaking tub, dedicated laundry room.
Building amenities: Additional deeded storage and bike storage, two elevators and stairs, trash/recycling pickup service on every floor, pet-friendly, 100 percent owner-occupied.
Close by: Shopping and dining, private and public schools, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Esplanade, public transit, Massachusetts General Hospital, 5-to-10-minute walks to Downtown Crossing, Theatre District and Financial District.
Contact: Eliott Levine of Olde Forge Realty
Phone: 401-663-8049 (cell), 617-227-6600 (office)
- “10 Otis Place,” Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS), Inventory No. BOS.15854, https://mhc-macris.net/Details.aspx?MhcId=BOS.15854
- Grover, Kathryn, and Neil Larson, “10 Otis Place,” Massachusetts Historical Commission Inventory Form B, Form No. 15854, file://localhost/Users/toddlarson/Documents/ BUSINESS/The Writer/BOSTON HOMES/98. 10 Otis Place %234B, Beacon Hill/bos_15854.pdf