This sunny Beacon Hill condo has plenty of open space

Exposed brick, high ceilings and sunny bay windows give this home charm. Place the dining table in the bay to enjoy treetop views.

Square footage doesn’t tell you everything about how large a home feels. An open floorplan, ample natural light, architectural interest and high ceilings can add a great sense of volume to a place and help it live large.

Unit 5 at 26 Hancock St. on Beacon Hill offers all of the above and although it is under 1,000 square feet, it makes a very spacious impression. The long living space, tall bay windows, exposed brick walls and ceilings that reach past 10 feet tall give this handsome residence charm and plenty of room.

Eliott Levine of Olde Forge Realty has listed the home at $998,000. He praises the turnkey living this residence allows and calls the building and its location phenomenal.

Come up to the building’s third floor to view Unit 5. The main door opens to a delightful and spacious living area, ideal for entertaining. Picture the open living-dining space filled with friends. It’s a wonderful room that features a high ceiling with installed speakers and a ceiling fan, two sides of exposed brick walls, a sunny bay window and oak hardwood flooring. You can hang up your jacket in one of the two nearby closets.

The open space is quite versatile, allowing you to arrange it in any style that suits the way you choose to live. You might want to mount a TV on the wall and place the sofa opposite it, as the current owner has. A dining table fits nicely into the bay or you might prefer to put a loveseat or a comfy armchair there.

The kitchen provides so much storage in its warmly stained maple cabinets. A Sub-Zero refrigerator is hidden behind paneling and a wine fridge is installed under the breakfast bar.

Nestled into the corner, the open kitchen is not only functional, it’s part of the décor, visible from anywhere in the living space and complementing the brick walls beautifully. Cabinetry in a warm maple finish rise to the ceiling, providing ample storage. Frosted glass panels in some of the doors adds subtle shine.

The mosaic tile backsplash picks up all the colors in the wood and brick. Shining dark granite on the counter and breakfast bar adds some gravitas. And there’s a wine fridge installed beneath the two-seat breakfast bar so your favorite bottles are always held at the right temperature.

Stainless steel appliances include a dishwasher, oven and built-in microwave. Cookery takes place on a smooth electric cooktop. And the big surprise: there’s a tall Sub-Zero refrigerator concealed behind paneling, making it the crowning glory of the kitchen.

A full modern bathroom makes the most of the space with a pedestal sink. The combination tub and shower is enclosed by glass doors.

Take the short hallway to the home’s bathroom on the left. It’s cool and modern with a pedestal sink, matching toilet and a tub/shower combo with glass doors. Traveling down the hallway, you’ll find a linen closet and a walk-in closet on opposite sides, offering plenty of storage space for your belongings.

The primary bedroom is very long with a tall window. The different colors of brick tell the story of the 1880 construction of the home.

At the end of the hallway are two bedrooms. The primary bedroom is to the left, and it’s a big space - 15 feet long with a high ceiling - and a right-sized closet. You might want to face the bed toward the brick wall - it’s endlessly fascinating to gaze at the different colors of brick and speculate on how the different types were used to build the home in 1880. The bedroom window admits warm light.

To the right is the second bedroom - almost identical, just slightly narrower. This room also has a larger closet. The exposed brick that enhances most of the home is in this room as well. Whether you utilize this room for overnight guests, a family member or a comfortable home office, you will appreciate having the extra space.

A laundry closet rounds out the home, so you can clean your clothes any time of the day or night.

There are many reasons to choose this home. With summer on the way, Beacon Hill is primed for walking enjoyment. Shady trees catch breezes. Historic brick rowhouses beautify many of the local streets. You’ll probably smell flowers, even though you might not see them. They’re growing in the famed hidden gardens of a number of the older homes.

If it’s green space you’re looking for, Boston Common and the Public Garden are nearby. The golden dome of the Statehouse glows, adding to the neighborhood ambiance.

Your local grocery store is a Whole Foods, a half block away from 26 Hancock St. There are loads of restaurants in the neighborhood, including the elegant No. 9 Park for dinner or artisanal cocktails. Casual stops at bakeries or gelato shops will add pleasure to your day. Trendy shops on Charles Street will entice you to come in and look around.

Although this is one of the oldest areas of Boston, the feeling on the street is energetic. Parents push babies in strollers, dog walkers corral their charges and you can take care of your errands on foot. It’s a delightful place to live.

There will be an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 14.

Unit 5 at 26 Hancock St. on Beacon Hill offers all of the above, and although it is under 1,000 square feet, it makes a very spacious impression.


Address: 26 Hancock St., Unit 5, Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, one full bathroom

Size: 914 square feet

Price: $998,000

Year built: 1880, converted to condominium in 1979 and numerous updates were added over the years

Association fee: $442 monthly (includes heat, hot water, water, sewer, master insurance, laundry facilities, exterior maintenance, snow removal, reserve funds, management fee)

Taxes: $8,248.00 (FY 2020)

Features of home: Sunny third floor condo residence with open kitchen and living/dining space that is excellent for entertaining. Exposed brick walls, double-pane bay windows and high ceilings with installed speakers. Corner kitchen with warm maple cabinets, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a wine refrigerator, stainless steel dishwasher, built-in ovens, electric cooktop, granite counters, and a breakfast bar. Modern bathroom with pedestal sink and tub/shower combination with glass doors. Two long bedrooms with exposed brick walls and tall windows. Six storage closets. Laundry in unit.

Features of building: Handsome brick rowhouse constructed in 1880, located on a quiet tree-lined Beacon Hill street. East-west exposures. New double-pane bay windows capture sunlight. Professional management. Attractive common areas. On-street parking.

Close by: Fine restaurants, shopping, Whole Foods supermarket, parks and green space including Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Esplanade, the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, Massachusetts General Hospital, garage parking at 100 Cambridge St. Walking distance to Downtown Crossing, Theatre District, and Financial District. Easy access to MBTA Red, Blue, and Green Lines, Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike, and Route 93.

Contact: Eliott Levine, Olde Forge Realty, 109 Mt. Vernon St., Suite #1, Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-227-6600 (office), Mobile: 401-663-8049 (mobile)



Open house: 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 14

With east and west exposures, a large living and dining area, and two long bedrooms, this home lives larger than its 914 square feet.