Upscale contemporary elegance in this Back Bay Victorian
The Charles River is a pleasing sight in the summer with an unmatched shade of blue gray that reflects the skies over Boston. A view of the Charles is a coveted feature of some of the finest homes in the Back Bay.
The duplex penthouse at 210 Beacon St. is one of those homes with outstanding water vistas. The home is in a prime location and it’s on the market now, listed by Betsy Herald of The Charles Realty for $3,499,000.
“This home was really designed for fans of entertaining,” she says.
In addition to amazing views, the fresh, airy residence offers everything modern buyers are seeking. The unit was stripped to the studs, beautifully re-created over the course of two years and enhanced with lavish finishes and eco-friendly features.
It’s a home on a generous scale with an excellent layout and a private roof deck.
Upon entering on the living level, which is immaculately staged, the central kitchen attracts immediate attention. It’s a shining example of a contemporary kitchen that fulfills a home chef’s cooking space dreams.
The glossy cabinetry was handmade of birchwood by a local craftsman, with soft close drawers and doors. Countertops are Calacatta Arno polished quartz.
Appliances here are of the finest quality, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator plus a dishwasher, two ovens and a speedy, energy efficient induction cooktop - all by Miele. A hidden exhaust fan vents cooking smells to the outside.
The long kitchen island is illuminated by three copper pendants that descend from a tray ceiling to add color and sparkle. And a catering peninsula features a wine fridge and a bar sink, convenient for serving at parties. Both the island and the peninsula were created to be gathering spots.
Guests will also want to gather near the home’s big windows to admire the views of the river on one side and the iconic Back Bay skyscrapers on the other.
With ample room for a table that can seat a dozen people for a gourmet meal, the dining space looks toward the Prudential Center, which twinkles with lights at night. After dinner, guests can adjourn for drinks to the après-dinner lounge, which is highlighted by an antique marble mantel. It doesn’t surround a working fireplace, but it does bring authentic architectural interest to the room.
Meanwhile, a flush EcoSmart fireplace flickers in the living area. It burns clean bioethanol, and the fire closely resembles a gas flame without requiring a chimney or utility connection. The living space is wired for a flatscreen TV - perfect for hosting movie nights or watching sports.
A powder room on this floor is smartly located to accommodates guest.
Constructed of stainless steel and oak, the duplex’s main staircase climbs to the bedroom level, where the main suite occupies the entire southern wing.
The primary bedroom is a peaceful sanctuary, suffused with natural light. This space is large and neutral enough to welcome any style of décor the new owner brings. The way the room is staged, with the bed on the wall opposite the EcoSmart fireplace and TV connection, works optimally. Practical as well as comfortable, the room features a walk-in closet and an additional “gentleman’s” closet, so there are no concerns about wardrobe storage.
The en suite bathroom is beyond luxurious. Double sinks rest in a white quartz countertop and the drawers are a high gloss white. Matte brass accents the Calacatta Gold tiles.
Behind glass doors, the walk-in shower has a pair of sprays for a delightful bathing experience.
Two guest bedrooms are on the opposite side of the second floor, boasting river views.
The rooms are approximately the same size and each can fit a queen bed. The next owner might choose to use one as an office and the other for family or overnight visitors.
These bedrooms are served by a hall bathroom with a double vanity and Atmosphere tile. An extra deep tub is the place to take a relaxing soak. And pet owners will be especially grateful for the dog washing fixture, which makes it much less effort to clean up your best friend’s muddy paws.
The laundry room is steps away and equipped with a General Electric washer and dryer.
Finally, the home’s spectacular private roof deck is the best place to spend summer evenings and weekends. Enjoy the amazing 360-degree views.
The roof deck is a pleasure to access since there’s a full set of stairs and a head house, meaning no bending or stooping is needed to reach this city oasis.
The deck’s construction is sturdy with steel framing and composite decking. Water and electricity are installed there so you can entertain with ease.
Architect Joanna Reck and designer Abby Woodman have created an elegant contemporary home within a Victorian era building. And what you don’t notice is as important as what you do. The home has been very well insulated in the floors and walls. The result is a year-round comfortable temperature and virtual silence within the residence.
Parking for one car is included at the corner of Beacon and Clarendon.
There will be an open house from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 11.
Address: 210 Beacon St., PH, Back Bay
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a half bath
Built: 1865, totally renovated in 2021
Size: 2,184 square feet
Association fee: $497 per month, including water, sewer, hot water, hallway cleaning, trash removal, garden maintenance, common area electricity
Taxes: $26,994 (not including residential exemption)
Features of building: Four units, all owner occupied, in a brownstone building constructed in the late 1800s and converted to condominium in 1979
Features of home: Elegant, brand new renovation of a bright, open, penthouse condominium unit with wonderful city and water views through large windows. Ideal for entertaining. Chef’s kitchen showcasing top-of-the-line appliances, artisan-built cabinets, quartz counters, an oversized island with breakfast bar, and an entertaining peninsula with beverage fridge and bar sink. Primary bedroom has walk-in closet and an additional closet. Its en suite bath has honed brass accents and marble tiles, double sinks, and a shower with two sprays. Two guest bedrooms enjoy river views and share a hallway bathroom. A full stairway and headhouse lead to the private roof deck, offering panoramic vistas of Boston skyscrapers and the Charles River. One parking space near the corner of Beacon and Clarendon streets
Nearby: Shops, restaurants and cultural attractions of the Back Bay, houses of worship, The Esplanade, Charles River, MBTA Green Line, Orange Line and commuter Rail at Back Bay station, easy access to Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93
Contact: Betsy Herald, The Charles Realty, 257 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 11