A treasure of benefits in a winning gem at Trinity Place
Winning the real estate trifecta in Boston - looks, location and up-close views of the city’s most iconic landmarks - is easy if you are the new owner of this luxurious home at Trinity Place. Two garage spots with valet parking are their own daily double.
Still, the living quarters of Unit 404, tucked into the front of the building at 1 Huntington Ave. - complete with a private terrace - are the real prize: two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom and 1,905 square feet of living space listed by David Mackie of Coldwell Banker Realty for $3,750,000.
The house-size foyer does more than set the stage for the stunning living spaces ahead. A long grass-cloth covered wall that is attractive on its own is an excellent backdrop for artwork. There is also a lighted niche to display decorative work. Maple flooring throughout the living spaces works with any decor.
Practicality, of course, was not overlooked. A lighted coat closet is very handy as is the powder room. Style to spare is the story of this gorgeous washroom that has a glass vessel sink in a custom vanity with a burled wood countertop. Tile bump boards (these match the floor) are a fine finishing touch, but the custom glass and wood feature wall is the scene stealer.
The real show, however, begins a step or two beyond the inviting entry and the open concept living areas, all of which share those multi-million-dollar views that include the Trinity Church, 200 Clarendon (the former Hancock Tower) and the amazing detail on Boston Public Library - not to mention the surrounding environs.
Back inside to the living room….
Surrounded by windows on three sides that include full glass sliders to the balcony, the space is huge and easily accommodates several seating pieces (including sofas) and other appropriate accoutrements. A long credenza, for example, is under one of the almost wall-size windows. Another one is below windows on the other side of the room.
The balcony, which has more than enough room for a couple chairs and table, is perfect for sipping morning coffee or aperitifs while overlooking Copley Square and its environs.
Form and function are the essence of the spacious galley kitchen with a freestanding island that has bar-top seating for two people and includes a six-burner Viking electric stovetop.
A stainless steel backsplash, highlighted by under-mount lighting, is juxtaposed against a substantial amount of Poggenpohl cabinetry (including two frosted glass-front uppers that stretch to the ceiling). The result is a sophisticated and chic cookery that will please chefs and non-chefs alike.
The dishwasher is by Miele and the Sub-Zero refrigerator has integrated panels.
For added convenience, a “grand” dining room, albeit one without walls, is next to the kitchen. That it is anchored by a freestanding wall reflects one of many clever uses of space in this home.
In addition to helping define the dining area that can seat at least eight people, the wall is a visual treat as it can display artwork.
An integral architectural feature, this also serves as a regulation wall for the office behind it. On the office side, the “wall” has built-in shelving. Hardly an interior room, the office has an up-close view of Huntington Avenue.
A Shoji-like sliding door leads to a roomy den, complete with built-in shelving that with a Murphy bed, doubles as guest quarters.
Glamour rules in the adjacent full bathroom with a copper-toned tile surround in the tub/shower ensemble. The banjo-shaped countertop maximizes the functionality of tis loo.
Shoji pocket doors are also the gateway to an elegant three-room sanctuary that is the primary suite.
Every aspect of these spaces was planned to create a personal getaway. The bump out in the private den, for example, is a three-window bay with automated shades (these are on every window, too). Built-in floor-to-ceiling wardrobe areas include open shelves for books or decorative displays.
Another matching pocket door opens to the king-bed-size sleeping chamber with a tray ceiling. Wall-to-wall carpet adds a layer of comfort underfoot while a huge customized closet/dressing room with two sets of four-drawer units plus open shelving and dedicated hanging spaces addresses storage needs.
With its floating vanity, glass sink and glass enclosed step-in shower with a hand-held wand and shower head, the en suite bathroom reflects the same serene ambiance found in the den and bedroom. Size, as in big, is another bonus.
Another inside perk is a full-size Miele washer and dryer.
The amenities outside the condo are many, too. The short list of services at Trinity Place include 24-hour concierge, 24-hour valet and porte-cochère parking for added convenience in or out of inclement New England weather plus a well-equipped resident-only fitness center with a massage room, shower and sauna.
Besides being able to greet guests in an elegant rotunda lobby, residents have a private entrance to Sorellina, an in-house Italian restaurant.
Complimentary room service is available as well.
A dedicated service elevator, on-site property management and additional locked storage - on the same floor - are other perks. As mentioned above, this home also has two valet parking spaces in the garage.
Address: Trinity Place, 1 Huntington Ave., Unit 404, Back Bay
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 1,905 square feet
Taxes: $28,030 (Tax Year 2020)
Year built: 1999
Number of units: 98
Association fee: $2,000 monthly (includes water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, snow removal, exercise room, sauna/steam/ extra storage, refuse removal, valet parking).
Unit features: Iconic Boston views including Copley Square, Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library from every room and maple flooring throughout the public living areas. Open concept living-dining room with three exposures. Wide galley kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. Expansive primary suite with seating/office area, closet/dressing room and en suite bathroom. Den/study with built-in wardrobes/bookcases. Two garage parking spots.
Building features: Full-service building with 24/7 concierge, valet and on-site management. Residents only fitness center. Private access to Sorellina Restaurant; room service available.
Nearby: Copley Square, the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church. Shopping at Copley Place, the Prudential Mall, Boylston and Newbury streets. Less than two blocks to fine dining, casual eateries, cafes and coffee shops. Ten minutes to Trader Joe’s and Shaw’s Supermarket. Easy access to public transportation including MBTA subway stations, bus service and the commuter rail at Back Bay station. Storrow Drive and Route 93 are about a 10-minute drive.
Contact: David Mackie of Coldwell Banker Realty-Back Bay, 399 Boylston Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116