Make your dreams come true in a large Myrtle Street house
Beacon Hill is a neighborhood rich with history and adorned with homes with roots that go back to the days of horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets and oil lamps. For those with hopes of moving into one of those exceptional time-honored homes and turning it into their dream palace, consider 83 Myrtle St.
This four-story mid-19th century townhouse has been in the same family for many years and it’s now on the market through Sally Brewster of Brewster & Berkowitz R. E. for $2,850,000.
This stately home is nestled among the many other stately brownstones on a charmingly quiet, tree-lined section of Beacon Hill - perched in an ideal location.
Spread out over 2,938 square feet on a quartet of floors, this home fashions four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, a spacious living room, formal dining room, a large kitchen with a separate pantry and a study.
Lovely architectural details such as hardwood flooring and high ceilings with crown molding, four woodburning fireplaces and lots of storage adorn the rooms. The finished basement, roof deck and a garden terrace are additional spaces to enjoy as well.
This home has strong bones and lots of potential and is waiting for someone with a vision to turn it into a masterpiece. This is a prime opportunity to mix the historic refinement of the past with the modern comforts of today and create the perfect dream home. Bring your creativity and imagination with you as we take a look at these rooms with a view.
Through the Myrtle Street entrance, we’ll take a left turn down the hallway into the 9x18-foot dining room. It’s easy to imagine a family dressed for dinner back in the 19th century enjoying a fine meal illuminated by oil lamps and the glow of the fire. This room features structurally sound hardwood flooring and stately wood wainscoting. Whether you’re looking for traditional or contemporary, a beautiful chandelier or chic pendant lighting hanging over a large dining room table would add to the ambiance while entertaining family and friends.
A walk-through pantry was conveniently placed between the dining room and kitchen. This space has lots of lower cabinets and upper glass-front closets and open shelving along with a sink.
At 15x11 feet, there’s plenty of room in the eat-in kitchen that is lined with a lot more cabinets and counters. Two big windows look out onto the enclosed brick garden-patio area on the Revere Street side of this home. The garden has plenty of perennials and being enclosed ensures privacy for quiet outdoor interludes.
Now imagine creating a gourmet kitchen – with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, a large island/breakfast bar and complementing backsplashes – designed to meet the family chef’s needs and family desires. Another door returns you to the hallway (creating a circular pathway throughout this level) welcoming you at the stairway.
Heading upstairs to the second floor, you’ll be greeted by a large closet off the hallway. To the right of this storage area is a 15x16-foot living room. High ceilings (here and throughout this home) add an extra dimension of sophistication and space. A large functioning, wood-burning fireplace is flanked by a set of built-in shelves that can display a collection of books and décor. Two tall windows overlooking the garden fill the room with natural light.
At the other end of the hallway is a pretty built-out seating nook embraced by three windows providing a 90-degree view of Myrtle Street. An adjacent door opens to the study-home office. The window in this room also overlooks this tree-lined area. It’s a pretty secluded and peaceful area to get a lot of work done. This room comes with an en suite half bath.
The third floor shares space with two nicely sized bedrooms, each with a closet and showcasing a large woodburning fireplace and built-in shelves. These rooms are separated by a full bathroom that has a pedestal sink and a tub-shower.
The top floor has two more sizeable bedrooms. The largest of the two sleeping chambers neighbors a spacious walk-in closet with a utility area. The sloping ceiling, two windows inset into a partially sloping wall and a small recessed bookcase add character. This room is at the back of the home overlooking the garden. The front bedroom on the Myrtle Street side includes three sets of built-in shelves and a closet.
The shared bathroom has been updated with a Kohler tub and shower. A skylight splashes the space with the brilliant rays of sun.
Back in the hallway, another set of stairs lead to a clear bubble hatch that opens to an inviting roof deck. The roof deck floor is in excellent condition and has plenty of space for tables, chairs and a barbecue grill. This is a great place to enjoy seasonal days and nights relaxing and taking in the views of the area.
This home also comes with a finished basement that is sectioned off with three distinct spaces: a laundry/utility/storage room; a full bathroom; and a room with a fireplace, kitchenette and a door to the garden patio. Currently, this space is being used as studio rental apartment. This flexible space has a lot of potential. The new owners could continue using it for rental income; it could also be used as an au pair or guest suite. Or the new owners could transform this space into a family room, entertainment center, gym, home office or kids’ playroom. What else can your imagination inspire?
Additional features of the home include central air conditioning and heated gutters.
Myrtle Street is steeped in history. Perhaps its most famous resident was Lysander Spooner, who lived at 109 Myrtle St. during the 1800s. Known as an “American individualist anarchist,” Spooner was an abolitionist, entrepreneur, essayist, writer and political philosopher.
Myrtle Street is surrounded by the Black Heritage Trail and is located near the Boston campus of the Museum of African American History.
There are plenty of other interesting places to visit in this area, such as the Boston Athenaeum, the Congregational Library & Archives, the Hill House Community Center, the Massachusetts State House, Old West Church, Nichols House Museum, Otis House Museum, Prescott House and The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, each one offering tours and events year-round.
Families with young children will love visiting the Myrtle Street Playground. Renovated in 2011, this play area offers a permanent playhouse as well as plenty of swings, climbing fun and ride-on toys. It’s cared for by the Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground, who provide free summer programs and other seasonal events.
Beacon Hill is also dotted with a variety of eateries and is close to the West End, Theater District, Chinatown, Government Center and the Back Bay. There’s lots to explore and experience on the Boston Common and the Charles River Esplanade as well.
Address: 83 Myrtle St., Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bathroom
Year built: Circa 1850
Size: 2,938 square feet
Taxes: $25,544 (Tax Year 2021)
Features of home: This four-story mid-19th century townhouse is situated on lovely Myrtle Street amongst many other brownstone homes on Beacon Hill. The house lends itself well to family living with four bedrooms, a spacious living room, a study, a formal dining room, a basement for storage, a roof deck, heated gutters and central a/c. An au pair apartment with a separate entrance overlooks the garden.
Close by: Myrtle Street Playground, Boston Common, the Charles River Esplanade. Within walking distance are the Boston Athenaeum, Congregational Library & Archives, Hill House Community Center, Massachusetts State House, Nichols House Museum, Otis House Museum, Prescott House, Old West Church, Museum of African American History and The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture. Myrtle Street is also surrounded by the Black Heritage Trail. Chinatown, Theater District and Government Center. Fine dining on Beacon Hill and in the Back Bay. Convenient access by car to Storrow Drive and the Mass Pike. Easy access to MBTA Green and Red subway lines
Contact: Sally T. Brewster, Brewster & Berkowitz Real Estate, 121 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, MA, 02108.
Phone: 617-367-0505 or 617-869-3443 (mobile)