Rise up in the Back Bay to this beautifully renovated Clarendon home
Residence 24E at The Clarendon at 400 Stuart St. in the Back Bay not only feels delightfully larger than it is, but also compacts the contents of a bigger unit into all of 1,957 square feet, kudos to a happy attraction of opposites: munificence and economy.
The munificence came from architect Robert A.M. Stern, who designed the 2009 high-rise as a 33-story, 103-unit luxury condominium building with full-height windows offering insurmountable city views and common in-house amenities that run the gamut of a city’s common offerings from the boardroom to bistro, library to lounge and parking to post office.
The economy came from interior designer Elizabeth Benedict of Chestnut Hill and architectural woodworkers Herrick & White of Cumberland, R.I., who in 2018 economized so much space by fitting so many Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, cabinets, California Closets and extras into so many tight spaces, you may never want to expand or downsize.
These reconciled differences yield three full bedroom suites, a complete chef’s kitchen, a deluxe wine cooler, an in-unit laundry, generous storage, unbeatable cityscapes and more when you tap the fob to your floor and turn the key to your unit.
This turnkey unit’s diminutive footprint has another advantage: a foyer small enough to offer instant access to your choice of destination – the bedroom suite on the left, the open-concept living-dining room and kitchen straight ahead and the bedroom/office and primary suite on the right. It brings the first two options closer to you so the sunlight and views welcome you in.
Spread before you as you enter the living room is a breathtaking panorama spanning the South End, Roxbury, the Blue Hills, the Prudential and Hancock towers and Trinity Church as well as Cambridge and MIT across the Charles River where events such as sunset, the Charles Regatta and the Fourth of July fireworks can be lapped up to the limit.
To maximize guests’ enjoyment of this sight - day or night - a 168-bottle refrigerated wine closet is built into the entertainment center/bookcase unit – ready for cocktails.
A custom corner banquette with navy-blue tufted upholstery and brass studs, negotiable in the unit’s sale, lets guests enjoy the up-high corner exposure in the dining area over drinks before dinner. Lighting up their repast is a Muriel Cloud chandelier of clear-cast resin bubbles.
Extending the entertainment towards the kitchen is a Neolith faux marble waterfall island with bar seating for four people, brass saucer pendant lights, a deep sink with slide-across rack and a built-in dishwasher.
A Neolith wall counter incorporates a four-burner, induction-heating cooktop with a vent hood over an oven and beside an espresso machine and microwave by the right-hand window.
Hidden in the cabinetry on the left is a Sub-Zero refrigerator with freezer drawers, followed by three push-latch double-door cabinets with doors that slide into pockets to turn your cabinets into open shelves.
The initial bedroom suite begins with a full bath with a brown marble vanity and tub/shower combo. The bedroom’s window-wall offers stunning sunsets over the Blue Hills and the Charles, enriched by a muted gold ceiling. Twin closets offer coatracks in one and built-in shelves in the other for proper wardrobe organization.
The right-hand hall off the foyer leads to another bedroom suite. Its bath is like the other – except with a step-in shower.
The bedroom, also suitable as an office, has two full-height windows with the living room view for the effect of working in an office building. A built-in shelf/cabinet unit folds down to reveal a hidden pullout Murphy bed, which transforms the room into a guestroom without taking up too much space.
Across the hall is another visual deception: an apparent closet door opening to a powder room with black and white marble flooring and a square black marble vanity. Then, another surprise: a double closet door revealing a laundry center with a Miele stacked washer/dryer and generous shelving.
Then follows the primary bedroom suite, introduced by a walk-in closet comprising a row of coatracks and drawers bookended by chests of drawers and built-in shelves for shoes on the left and for miscellany on the right.
Past a closet with an automatic light is a Carrara/Siena marble bath with a twin-sink vanity, a soaking tub with waterfall and regular faucets and hand-held shower head, a shower with fixed and hand-held shower heads, and that same glorious view down Clarendon Street from Trinity Church out to Cambridge.
The primary bedroom also offers that view, in addition to a serene muted gray-green wall treatment and a wall of push-latch cabinets.
The common amenities make the unit feel even bigger. The vast oak-paneled lobby has a 24-hour concierge, geometric abstract art and a black marble gas fireplace defining a sitting area. Off this is the Assouline Culture Lounge, conceived by Parisian publisher Assouline’s co-founder Prosper Assouline as an elegant domed library for residents to read bookcase-displayed Assouline publications on architecture, art, style, travel, etc., by another marble gas fireplace. The carpet woven in letters and numbers continues into a business center for corporate meetings and other private events, complete with a conference table, Samsung TV screen, Wi-Fi and complimentary coffee and tea.
Your fob gives you elevator access to sixth-floor amenities galore. These include a weathered-wood sun terrace with native grasses, outdoor furniture and beautiful city views.
The Clarendon Club Room has a caterer’s kitchen, a marble gas fireplace, a Samsung TV, a complete dining facility and deck access for summer parties.
While the adults party, the kids can play in a playfully painted playroom with computers, crafts sink, fridge and wave-topped cubbies of books and toys.
The fitness center’s wide range of equipment includes a Peloton bike offering classes from world-class instructors on its video screen. The Clarendon block includes the Post 390 tavern/restaurant and a post office.
Offered at $4.45 million, Residence 24E at The Clarendon is a city-within-a-condo.
For more information, contact Julie Harrison or Mary Conner at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty at 617-413-6332 (Julie), 617-861-7434 (Mary), Julie.Harrison@SothebysRealty.com, or Mary.Conner@SothebysRealty.com.
Address: 400 Stuart St. (The Clarendon), Residence 24E, Back Bay
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three full marble bathrooms, one half-bath
Size: 1,957 square feet
Housing type: One-level condominium
Condo fee: $2,250/month, includes heat, hot water, water and sewer, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, exercise room and clubroom.
Taxes: $33,835 (Tax Year 2020)
Parking: One valet garage parking space
Year built: 2009, renovated 2018
Total number of units: 103
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood floors, one-level living, central air and heating, floor-to-ceiling window views of the city, corner exposure, automatic top-mounted shades and black-out (bedroom) shades on all windows, Savant control system for HVAC, shades and Sonos surround-sound system, stainless Miele and Sub-Zero appliances and induction-heat cooking in chef’s kitchen with Neolith waterfall island and espresso machine, three bedroom suites, walk-in closet in primary bedroom suite, generous closet/cabinet storage with California Closets built-ins, in-unit laundry, option to purchase some existing furniture, deeded storage unit.
Building amenities: Renovated elevator, heated brick driveway to garage, common sixth-floor landscaped terrace, children’s play area, fitness center, dining/reception area and caterer’s kitchen, elevator service, 24-hour concierge, on-site management and maintenance, common first-floor Assouline Culture Lounge library and business center, on-site restaurant and post office.
Close by: Houses of worship; shopping and dining; Boston Public Library; parks on Copley Square and Esplanade; boating on the Charles River; public transit on Green and Orange lines, buses, commuter rail and Amtrak.
Contact: Julie Harrison and Mary Conner at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
Phone: 617-413-6332 (Julie) or 617-861-7434 (Mary)
Email: Julie.Harrison@SothebysRealty.com or Mary.Conner@SothebysRealty.com
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