Exceptional Back Bay corner penthouse newly renovated

BARBARA FORSTER
CORRESPONDENT
Furniture placement in the open living room is easy given the size (as in big) of the well-proportioned space.

A down-to-the-studs 2019 renovation is where the transformation of this Back Bay home started. Where it ended, however, is what makes this penthouse the ultimate pied-à-terre!

Listed by Gabrielle Baron of William Raveis for $1,499,500, PH 803 at 285 Columbus Ave. is a one-of-a-kind custom designed condo that comes with 1,011 square feet of living space, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Beyond those numbers is a unique, impeccably move-in ready home guaranteed to generate house envy.

285 Columbus Lofts is a sophisticated boutique building with low condo fees perfectly situated on the Back Bay – South End border. 285 Columbus Lofts dates back to the 1950s and was converted around 2008. There are 63 units on eight floors. 285 Columbus Lofts is pet-friendly.

An intricate Italian marble inlay “rug” in the alcove is an M.C. Escher-inspired pattern. Be sure to look up at the tray ceiling accented with Philip Jeffries 24 kt gold and silver leaf wall coverings.

A “Smart” house in every sense of the word, PH 803 is filled with state-of-the-art technology - all of which can be controlled by a single remote and, of course, your phone. For example, the audio/video system by Creative Systems includes TVs, hard-wired SONOS systems in all rooms with flush mount speakers, in-wall subwoofer and surround sound plus a high-speed internet service by netBlazr with a Eero mesh Wi-Fi system.

285 Columbus Lofts is a sophisticated boutique building with low condo fees perfectly situated on the Back Bay – South End border.

Lutron shades in the living room and bedroom are integrated with the RadioRA2 control system that also controls lighting and the new circuit breaker. The HVAC system has an integrated humidity system controlled by Honeywell integrated Wi-Fi thermostats. That’s the short list and yes, the electrical is all new.

Technophiles may wax ecstatic over these 21st century wonders, but the design conscious will be overjoyed, too. Exquisite finishes enhance the elegant aesthetic that touched every square inch of this gem. PID wood flooring is throughout the main living areas and the primary bedroom suite has lush wool carpeting by Landry & Arcari.

One notable flooring highlight is in the foyer. Here, an intricate Italian marble inlay “rug” is an M.C. Escher-inspired pattern. Be sure to look up at the tray ceiling accented with Philip Jeffries 24 kt gold and silver leaf wall coverings. The penthouse is the only unit in the building with tray ceilings. It adds a lot of style to not only the alcove, but also to the primary bedroom.

In addition to “mud in grille” HVAC vents, new Lemieux, five-panel doors with textured glass inserts have SOSS hidden hinges that create a seamless architectural look. Every closet has custom wood built-ins.

As a corner unit, this home has the advantage of a fourth huge one-over-one window in the open concept living area that allows natural light to flood the space all year long. Remote controlled shades mean you decide when enough is enough.

The windows, which are separated by custom lighted niches - ideal for decorative displays - also receive immediate attention for views of famous Boston landmarks such as the Prudential Center, Hancock tower and the mesmerizing roof-top architecture of Back Bay Station.

Furniture placement in the open living room is easy given the size (as in big) of the well-proportioned space.

A custom banquette by McLaughlin in the dining area is cleverly designed to work comfortably for intimate repasts for two or more social gatherings for six to eight people. The Boston skyline is always on the menu as this space is nestled next to a window.

Every fixture and appliance in the galley kitchen maintain the overall sleek and polished look of the main living area.

Every fixture and appliance in the galley kitchen maintain the overall sleek and polished look of the main living area. Arclinea custom cabinetry, for example, includes upper and lower cupboards that align exactly and match the wall color. Italian marble countertops and Miele appliances, including an induction cooktop and integrated refrigerator, are accented by the single slab marble backsplash sparkles in the glow of under-mount lighting. With a stainless steel kick plate under the cabinets, the sheen continues down to floor level.

The peninsula with a waterfall edge seats three people.

Serenity is a byproduct of the sophisticated and understated elegance of the primary bedroom suite with a soft wool carpeting underfoot and flickering gold leaf wall covering within the second huge tray ceiling.

Serenity is a byproduct of the sophisticated and understated elegance of the primary bedroom suite with a soft wool carpeting underfoot and flickering gold leaf wall covering within the second huge tray ceiling. Views of Boston’s distinctive buildings are an ever-changing visual feast in this chamber - large enough for a designated and comfy seating area.

The massive walk-in closet is a masterful work of organization. Open shelving, dedicated hanging spaces, cubbies and a built-in bureau make it easy to find every item of clothing.

Luxury is the essence of the en suite bathroom with a floating vanity and a huge, fully tiled step-in shower.

Luxury is the essence of the en suite bathroom with a floating vanity and a huge, fully tiled step-in shower. A glass panel splash guard is sleek, but water/temperature controls installed directly opposite the two shower sprays mean you can adjust the flow without getting wet.

Light reflecting off a built-in mirrored niche with four glass shelves creates interesting visuals.

Versatility rules in the secondary bedroom that works as guest space, a den/study or office. The closest that currently has shelving is easily restored to regulation storage space.

Versatility rules in the secondary bedroom that works as guest space, a den/study or office. The closest that currently has shelving is easily restored to regulation storage space. Strictly an interior room (sans windows), this space has quite a bit of natural light because the interior wall is open two feet down from the ceiling that lets in light from the “front” windows. For added privacy, the opening could be glassed in.

A nearby full bathroom has a tub/shower ensemble plus Grohe and Toto fixtures. 

On a practical note, the laundry/utility room has Maytag stackable machines, custom shelving and a pitched waterproof floor with a drain. Custom storm window inserts can be used year-round or seasonally.

For another seasonal treat, Columbus Lofts has a huge roof deck with 360-degree views. Bike storage and concierge service is also part of the package.

There will be an open house from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

Columbus Lofts has a huge roof deck for its residents with 360-degree views of the city.

DETAILS:

Address: 285 Columbus Ave., PH 803, Columbus Lofts, Back Bay

BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms

Size: 1,011 square feet

Price: $1,499,500

Taxes: $11,657 (Tax Year 2021)

Year built: 1924, 2008, completed renovation in 2019

Number of units: 63

Assn. fee: $865 Monthly (including heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, air conditioning, management fee)

Features: SMART home renovated to the studs in 2019. Offers state-of-the art technology including single control audio-video, HVAC and lighting systems plus Lutron shades and high-speed internet service. Intricate marble inlay “rug” in foyer, PID flooring in main living areas and Landry & Arcari wool carpeting in main bedroom suite. Two tray ceilings. Custom Arclinea kitchen with Miele appliances, marble countertops and full-height, single slab marble backsplash. Custom banquette seating in dining area. Grohe and Toto fixtures in the full bathrooms. Common roof deck. Professionally managed elevator building with concierge services, bike storage. Direct access rental parking available.

Nearby: Midway between Dartmouth and Clarendon streets, barely three blocks to Boylston and the heart of Back Bay with countless restaurants, cafes, boutiques and an extensive list of services including hotels and Boston Public Library. Back Bay Station is around the corner and access to Storrow Drive, Route 93 and I-90 are about a 10-minute drive. Also, near many of the best places in the South End, including the SoWa art district and the Southwest Corridor Park.

Contact: Gabby Baron of William Raveis Real Estate, 18 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-447-5350

Email: Gabby.Baron@raveis.com or GabrielleBaron@raveis.com

Website: GabrielleBaron.raveis.com

Open house: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12