Beacon Hill sanctuary is a stunning showplace

WAYNE BRAVERMAN AND CINDY BAILEN
STAFF WRITERS
A dreamy dining room has one of the gas fireplaces. The high ceiling with a medallion and wainscoting adds visual interest in this grand space.

A stroll through Beacon Hill in the springtime is a delight. Floral scents waft on the breeze from the hidden gardens, and the 18th and 19th brick Federalist style row houses are sure to catch your eye.

As you walk towards 20 Chestnut St., your attention will be drawn to the crimson front door with a semi-circle transom window sitting in an arched alcove. Upon entering, a large black and white marble-floored foyer with an elegant staircase welcomes you.

The brick Federal-style townhouse at 20 Chestnut St. was built in the late 1800s. Over the building's crimson front door is a detailed fan light that illuminates the common foyer.

Up ahead on the right is the entrance to Unit 1 - a gracious and spacious parlor and garden level condo that is on the market for $7,495,000, listed by Haley Cutter and Pamela Cushing of the Live in Luxury Real Estate Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

These spaces were recently gut-renovated and the total transformation is simply amazing! All the modern conveniences have been added while maintaining the historic charm of the property – which exquisitely showcases a meticulously designed 3,640-square-foot duplex plus a separate suite built over the home’s private garage - all overlooking the private courtyard.

The second floor of this state-of-the-art home was created for pure enjoyment and entertainment.

The gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings with custom molding, decorative cabinetry and designer light fixtures add visual and textural interest.

The luminous space is painted the palest of silver gray, affording the new owner a multitude of décor possibilities.

Even the smallest space is fresh and bright. The powder room has a high window, so you get both natural light and privacy. The custom vanity is a demilune in dark lacquer, accented with a brass sink. The black marble countertop has a gold vein running through it that complements the brass.

The elegant living room features stunning hardwood floors reflecting natural light. This space has one of the home's three gas fireplaces and built-in bookcases.

The grand living and dining rooms are separated by a large opening with ornate molding. Each room has an identical gas fireplace with mantels and surrounds and matching ceiling medallions. Wainscoting and beautiful integrated bookcases are other features that add classical details.

Light pours into the dining area through double French doors that overlook the home’s courtyard. You can take in the view from the Juliet balcony.

The gourmet kitchen – previously used as a primary bedroom – is much more than a meal prep zone. It’s a gorgeous room that features an original vaulted domed ceiling and stars a spacious island. A brass and glass candelabra hangs from an oval medallion.

A high domed ceiling graces the home's magnificent kitchen. Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances make cooking a breeze; the granite counters were quarried in Vermont.

A large picture window and cozy bench is flanked by two decorative built-ins – one larger than the other – accommodating the asymmetrical bay-shaped wall.

A neighboring wall is lined with custom-made cabinets and the countertops are created from Darby Olympian White marble that is quarried in Vermont. Brass fixtures are like jewelry for the space. Their living finish will evolve with use, growing more beautiful over time.

The suite of appliances – envy-worthy of those who enjoy cooking – include a 36-inch Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, built-in ovens and a six-burner, 48-inch Wolf range. The custom range hood is unique, embellished with brass strapping and rivets. Dishes will always emerge spotless from the kitchen’s Miele dishwasher.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a butler’s pantry, complete with identical white marble counters, a full-size Sub-Zero wine fridge, a second dishwasher and a sink. The antique finish on the mirror tile behind the glass shelving could make you believe that it was original to the home.

Descending a graceful staircase to the garden level are the intimate spaces – looking out on the private patio – inviting respite and renewal.

The home at 20 Chestnut St. was recently gut-renovated – retaining its historical charm while offering the most modern conveniences for Boston’s most discerning family.

The cheerful and generous primary bedroom is adorned with beautiful millwork and gleaming hardwood floors and features a romantic gas fireplace.

The primary bedroom is airy and flooded with sunlight. The room's gas fireplace is so cozy that on a chilly day, you won't want to get out of bed.

Naturally, a primary bedroom such as this must have a luxurious en suite bathroom. Large scale marble tiles cover the floor. A long Victoria & Albert bathtub invites relaxation. The shower is a marble slab with no grout lines to mar the smooth surface. And storage is plentiful: there’s a linen closet, lots of storage drawers in the long vanity and two mirrored medicine cabinets which sits above the double sinks.

The luxurious en suite bathroom is a masterpiece of comfort and joy. Its shower is a marble slab with no grout lines to mar the smooth surface. A long Victoria & Albert bathtub invites relaxation. Large scale marble tiles cover the floor.

The other two bedrooms on this level are also big and bright. One of the bedrooms has two closets. The other has French doors that lead out to the terrace. These flexible spaces can also be used as a family room or home office.

These bedrooms share a full bathroom with a shower, marble flooring, quartz on the countertop and subway tile from Ann Sacks completing the look. The shining hardware is nickel silver.

Next to the bathroom is a laundry room housing a full-size Maytag washer and dryer. It’s especially nice to have the laundry on the bedroom level.

In the interior hallway, there’s a wet bar with appliances, conveniently placed to enjoy your morning coffee or evening nightcap inside as the sparkling sunlight or twinkling stars sweep through large windows/French doors or outside amidst the colorful gardens.

A central feature of this home is the private brick-lined spacious courtyard, providing an elegant and relaxing oasis – the perfect escape from city life. There’s plenty of room to position lounge chairs, tables and a barbecue grill around the peninsula of the building.

The area has been nicely landscaped with evergreen shrubs and shade trees; greenery sprawls along the sides of the perimeter brick walls. The new owners can enjoy personalizing the multiple flower boxes, filling the beds with fragrant flowers that bloom in the spring and summer and colorful plants that will bring delight throughout the year. Perhaps these gardens will become part of the annual tour of the legendary Beacon Hill Garden Club.

A bonus suite – which is located above the home’s single car garage – has unlimited potential. The bright and sunny space has a private entry and is equipped with a kitchenette and full bath. The space would make a great art studio or could be used as an office, gym or homeschool space. You could also use it as a guest cottage or an au pair suite.

A magnificent dream home such as this one is a rare find: It’s so bright, it’s so fresh and it’s so new. It can’t help but bring you joy. It’s also in a great location for work and play, just steps away from top restaurants, shops and parks and minutes from all major highways and public transit.

Residing on Beacon Hill combines the best of the past with luxurious modern living. It’s a time-tested combination.

As Haley Cutter said, "What I love most about 20 Chestnut is its historic charm. Built in the 1880s in the federalist style of Cornelius Coolidge, this home has been gut renovated to offer the most modern conveniences for Boston’s most discerning family."

The brick-lined, landscaped courtyard is spacious, providing an elegant and relaxing oasis. It is the perfect escape from city life.

DETAILS:

Address: 20 Chestnut St., Unit 1, Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one-half bath

Size: 3,640 square feet                      

Year built: 1880; converted 2020

Price: $7,495,000

Taxes: $42,730 (Tax Year 2020)

Association fee: $1,150 per month

Features of home: Gracious down-to-the-studs renovation of a sparkling parlor and garden level unit with gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings with custom molding, decorative cabinetry and designer light fixtures throughout; gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range and Miele dishwasher, custom cabinetry, brass fixtures, marble countertops; butler’s pantry; fireplaced living and dining rooms; attractive bedrooms and luxurious bathrooms, primary bedroom has gas fireplace, primary and secondary bedrooms have French doors opening out to the garden; built-in wet bar between two guest bedrooms; immaculate laundry room; additional suite with kitchenette and full bathroom built over the home’s private garage overlooking the secluded courtyard/patio.

Close by: Restaurants, antique and specialty shops and art galleries along Charles Street; the State House, Boston Common and the Public Garden; Louisburg Square; Mass. General Hospital; the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail; easy access to MBTA Red, Green and Silver lines, Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93.

Contact: Haley Cutter or Pamela Cushing, Live in Luxury Real ETeam at Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Phone: 774-240-9174 (Haley), 978-771-3319 (Pamela)

Email: Haley.Cutter@elliman.com, Pamela.Cushing@elliman.com

Web:https://www.elliman.com/massachusetts/sales/detail/595-l-691-101_72727313/20-chestnut-street-south-slope-boston-ma-02108