New owner for charmed-filled South End home

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
A cluster of glass domes – one of the many unique lighting fixtures – hang above the informal dining area with seating for four-to-six people.

All the telltale signs indicate this is a classic 19th century South End townhouse: wrought iron gate, granite steps, ornate hooded entry and a two-window bow front on all levels.

However, one detail at 11 Rutland Square – Yves Klein Blue double front doors – hints that there are other special, yet non-conforming qualities beyond the entry.

One detail at 11 Rutland Square – Yves Klein Blue double front doors – hints that something special is beyond the entry of this five-story home featuring 4,339 square-feet of luxurious living space, including five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a powder room.

The wait for one fortunate buyer for this five-story, fully-renovated 4,339 square-foot single-family residence with the innate elegance of this 1860 gem infused with a contemporary aesthetic designed for every aspect of city living, formal entertaining and today’s lifestyles is now over.  

This amazing home sold on April 20 for $6,225,000. It was originally listed by Allison Mazer of Compass and was bought with McKenzie Howarth of Coldwell Banker Realty.

While chic and sophisticated, the design addresses daily needs with flair and fun in a comfortable and inviting environment. Outstanding amenities, both inside and out, are a bonus.

“Push-button” technology is one, thanks to a Savant Home Automation control system that includes programmed Savant motorized shades. Three of the bedrooms have two-option sheer and blackout modes. Pressing a button opens the front door and the garage door, turns off the lights on every floor and controls the six-zone heating/cooling system.

All of the controls can be handled by phone, including the locks and garage doors. Controlling indoor and outdoor audio anywhere throughout this home is just as easy with the Savant AV integrated system.

Technology, convenience and the unexpected co-exist wonderfully in the elevator that goes to all floors. The glass door and interior side panels reveal the building’s innards as it travels from floor-to-floor.

This bright room features a gas fireplace and space for a large TV. Views of the city’s skyline can be enjoyed from the large windows.

The gleaming seven-inch wide expresso-toned white oak flooring streaming throughout the home is a dramatic, seamless backdrop that complements the overall clean line design and showcases the glamorous floating glass staircase and gallery-like spaces.

The bow front with two curved and arched windows anchor the open-concept first floor that encompasses a wide living room that accommodates seating in various configurations.

The chef’s kitchen is spectacular in looks as well as function. An abundance of white high gloss Leicht cabinetry and quartz countertops with under-mount lighting is accented with a symphony of stainless-steel appliances.

The chef’s kitchen is equally spectacular in looks as well as function. An abundance of white high gloss Leicht cabinetry and quartz countertops with under-mount lighting is accented with a symphony of stainless-steel appliances. This work of art is comprised of a Gaggenau five-burner gas cooktop and three ovens (including a micro-steam convention oven and convection microwave oven), a dishwasher, an integrated panel-front Sub-Zero refrigerator, a 55-bottle Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and beverage drawers.

The center island is a magnificent example of skilled craftsmanship. The marble countertop in a seamless waterfall edge was custom made and imported from Turkey. This oversized prep/breakfast bar seats five people comfortably. The design/decor was not overlooked either: the base under the marble top matches the blue on the front door. Likewise, every floor has touches of that same color.

Here’s a nice space to enjoy a casual meal or snack. An adjacent wall of full glass doors opens to a private deck with a grilling station.

An informal dining area for four-to-six people is adjacent to a wall of full glass sliders that open to a private deck with sufficient space for a bistro table, chairs and a grilling station. Permanent planters have their own irrigation system.

In many ways, the multi-purpose garden level – suitable for guests, in-laws or an au pair – reflects the overall design philosophy for this home: luxurious, modern, stylish and most of all, functional. The front bedroom suite has a pocket door to a large closet.

The marble en suite bathroom features a floating vanity and glass-enclosed shower. Even the mudroom has an elegant look with more than four feet of almost floor-to-ceiling, flush-mounted Leicht cabinetry in a white glossy finish similar to the kitchen cabinetry. A built-in bench is handy. Laundry facilities are directly opposite.

In addition to the utility room that also has the expresso flooring, regulation basement space is available as is direct access to the garage.

The two-car heated garage that can handle SUVs is attractive, too. The floor is painted and natural light flows in through frosted glass “windows” in the door. The driveway, with space for two more vehicles, has a snow melt system.

On the second floor, barn door sliders reveal a step-down media/family room with built-in wrap-around seating and a Bowers and Wilkins surround-sound system. A flush-mount linear gas fireplace under a television provides indoor visuals while full glass sliders to a balcony offer outdoor vistas. Permanent planters add dashes of color.

Another wing on this level hosts a spacious bow-windowed bedroom suite with a walk-in California closet. The Jack ’n Jill bathroom features a floating vanity, tub/shower ensemble and glass barn door sliders.

The colossal primary bedroom offers a peaceful oasis while the en suite bathroom is pure luxury.

Encompassing the entire third-floor is the primary suite – an exceptional space accompanied by dual wardrobe rooms, accessorized with custom MisuraEmme Italian fittings that take the phrase “a place for everything” to whole new levels. A nearby laundry closet is conveniently placed to keep clothes and linens clean and fresh.

The bow front sitting area in the colossal sleeping chamber is a peaceful oasis while the spa-inspired en suite bathroom is pure luxury.

This free-standing slipper soaking tub is an ideal place to relax after a long day.

The massive steam shower in a glass enclosure has five shower heads (one is mounted on the ceiling) and a built-in bench. Radiant heated flooring is certainly a most-appreciated sensuous amenity; windows with automatic (touch of a button) privacy glass over the free-standing slipper soaking tub are a practical one. Floating dual vanities and the separate Toto water closet allow for personal space.

The top floor also reflects the emphasis on functional living spaces that meet today’s needs and desires, albeit with style.

Two bedrooms with lighted custom closets (one is a double and the other a single) and charming hooded and arched windows share a full bathroom with a step-in shower in a frameless glass enclosure and radiant-heated floors. The blue tile surround is an attractive nod to those great front doors. These rooms could be used as an office, gym, hobby room or nursery.

A striking gas fireplace is an indoor focal point in the spacious family room while views of Back Bay via almost floor-to-ceiling windows are outdoor attractions.

A spacious family room shares this level, too. The built-in wet bar highlights a square sink in a marble counter with a waterfall edge and Leicht cabinetry. A striking gas fireplace is an indoor focal point while views of Back Bay via almost floor-to-ceiling windows are outdoor attractions.

A full staircase leads to an exceptionally functional roof deck. In addition to a hard-piped, built-in gas grill, this urban escape has an outdoor kitchen that includes a refrigerator and prep sink. Permanent planters have their own irrigation system. The views of the Boston skyline are phenomenal.

For information about more fine homes, contact Allison Mazer of Compass at 617-905-7379 or McKenzie Howarth of Coldwell Banker Realty can be reached at 917-658-4643 or

The private deck offers sufficient space for a bistro table, chairs and a grill. The permanent planters have their own irrigation system.


Address: 11 Rutland Square, South End

BR/BA: Five bedrooms; four full bathrooms; one-half bathroom

Size: 4,339 square feet

Closing date: April 20

Closing price: $6,225,000

Year built: 1860, recent updates  

Features: Fully renovated 19th century single-family, bow front home with an elevator to all floors, arched windows, a floating staircase, high gloss expresso-stained white oak flooring, three gas fireplaces, gallery-like spaces to display artwork collections; custom kitchen with Leicht high gloss cabinetry, seamless marble countertop with waterfall edge imported from Turkey, Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances; floor-thru primary suite with Italian MisuraEmme custom closets and en suite bathroom with steam shower and automatic privacy windows; Savant home automation system; six-zone heating/cooling system; Bowers and Wilkins AV integration; three decks with permanent planters and irrigation systems including roof deck with outdoor kitchen; two-car heated garage and two-vehicle heated driveway; TVs in the living room, guest bedroom and primary bedroom suite.

Nearby: In the heart of the South End neighborhood only a block from Tremont Street and a myriad of shops, cafes, restaurants, services and entrainment, including the Calderwood Pavilion; playgrounds such as Titus Sparrow Park and O’Day adjacent to Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street respectively are about a four or five equidistant-block trip; Storrow Drive and Route 93 are less than a 10-minute drive.

Allison Mazer contact: Allison Mazer, The Mazer Group, Compass, 617-905-7379,,

McKenzie Howarth contact: McKenzie Howarth, Coldwell Banker Realty, 917-658-4643,,