Crown jewel condo in The Lucas is now available
“Elegant,’ “sophisticated” and “contemporary” are three words you might not expect to describe a condo in a former church, but they explain exactly what you can expect to find at The Lucas at 140 Shawmut Ave. in the South End. This former 1874 German Trinity Church was transformed into a 33-unit luxury mid-rise in 2017 and its acclaimed architecture is the perfect combination of historic and present-day.
The condominiums are sleek and stylish and feature amazing views.
Corner Penthouse 8A is ready for a new owner. Ricardo Rodriguez of Coldwell Banker Realty has the listing for this impeccable, fully customized three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath residence with three private outdoor spaces.
Rodriguez is marketing this home for $4,850,000 and praises this elevated unit, saying, “It is one of two penthouses in a very iconic South End building, the most iconic building in the city.”
To see it, take the direct elevator into the unit’s foyer. Turn right and you’re immediately drawn into the space by iconic Back Bay views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The old Hancock building and the gleaming I. M. Pei-designed tower, now known as 200 Clarendon, are framed by panels of glass. The home’s views wrap from Bay Village to Back Bay towards downtown.
To really enjoy the vistas any time of year, step out onto the front-facing private deck on any given day.
Back inside, the living area is brilliant. Lined on two walls with floor-to-ceiling windows, the space shines bright with natural light and spectacular views. The wallcovering is exquisite - deep, with a subtle print. The gas fireplace is very modern and the accent shelves are artfully lit.
The whole expanse is beautifully arranged and it’s versatile as well. Currently, the owner’s dining table is set up between the living area and the kitchen, but it would also work well next to the windows.
Speaking of the kitchen, this one is contemporary, elegant and unique. The appliance package is a dream, featuring a refrigerator, wall ovens, dishwasher and a gas cooktop - all by Sub-Zero and Wolf. A built-in Miele coffeemaker makes the best espresso drinks around. You may never want to visit a coffee shop again.
Glossy white cabinets play perfectly against the soft wood tones of the storage drawers and the panels concealing the refrigerator.
The backsplash, counter and waterfall-edge island showcase a unique cross section of large, polished stones that complement the decor. Five stools fit comfortably at the parallel breakfast bar to seat a group for coffee or cocktails.
Explore the immaculate bedrooms. The primary bedroom is at a corner of the building with two walls of glass and downtown views, also enjoyed from its outdoor space. The walk-in closet is spacious and well organized with shelving and drawers, plus rods for hanging garments.
Step into your personal spa. It is a luminous en suite bathroom with a pair of bright windows outlining downtown views, a custom-built double vanity, floor tiles laid in a herringbone pattern, a wonderful lighting scheme, and an incredible double shower. Multiple shower heads, including rain heads and handhelds, ensure a delightful showering experience every day. You could spend hours in this bathroom just relaxing.
The second bedroom suite is so soothing that it will make overnight guests feel spoiled, as if they were staying in a boutique hotel. A wall of windows captures more city views.
To take care of guests, there’s a beautiful bathroom for them to use. A gray-toned wood vanity topped with warmly colored stone and a soaking tub/shower combo with a frameless glass door and subway tile surround boost the relaxation quotient of the space.
Currently, the other guest bedroom functions as an office and enjoys the incredible city views that the other rooms offer. It is fitted with attractive built-ins that resemble a fixed armoire and there is ample room to add a pull-out couch if you host extra overnight guests. This room has its own full bathroom with a single vanity.
There are many roof decks around Boston, but few are as distinctive as this penthouse’s private rooftop oasis. Enhanced by lush landscaping, the spacious deck is ideal for entertaining or personal indulgence. The Back Bay view is inimitable up here and the city feels close enough to hold in your arms.
This residence is a fully automated smart home that contributes to a luxurious living experience.
Leave your cars in the two heated garage parking spaces reserved for the unit and enjoy everything The Lucas has to offer, including concierge services, a fitness center, lounge, a common courtyard and even a pet spa.
And of course, the building’s location is ideal - close to everything that’s great about the vibrant South End: just around the corner from Whole Foods supermarket and near several specialty shops plus parks, community gardens, galleries, artist’s studios, theatres and farmers markets – and just a hop north to the Downtown/Theater District and the numerous amenities of the Back Bay or a jaunt east to historic South Boston with sweeping views of Boston Harbor.
Address: The Lucas, 140 Shawmut Ave., 8A, South End
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath
Year built: 1874, converted to condominium in 2017
Size: 2,623 square feet
Taxes: $34,273 (Tax Year 2021)
Association fee: $2,158 (includes water, sewer, master insurance, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, recreational facilities, exercise room, clubroom, garden area, reserve funds, management fee)
Building features: 33-unit boutique luxury condominium development in South End. Amenities include a concierge, professional management, fitness center, lounge, a common courtyard, pet spa, and garage parking.
Features of home: Bespoke penthouse unit with direct elevator access, colossal floor-to-ceiling windows, and three private outdoor decks. Sleek designer kitchen with unique stone backsplash and waterfall-edge island, equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and a top-of-the-line built-in Miele coffeemaker. Primary corner bedroom suite with private deck and downtown views and walk-in closet. Bathroom with custom-built vanity, double shower and a flood of natural light. Guest bedrooms with walls of windows and en suite baths. Automatic blinds and custom lighting detail. Garage parking for two cars.
Close by: Fashionable restaurants and popular coffee shops, Whole Foods supermarket, community gardens, galleries, theatres, artist studios, farmers markets, parks and recreation at Peters Park and Rotch Playground, Boston Public Library; public transit on Green and Orange lines, buses, commuter rail and Amtrak; major highway access.
Contact: Ricardo Rodriguez, Coldwell Banker Realty
Address: 399 Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, MA 02116