Step up to luxury at its best in this Ritz-Carlton condo
Many people consider the Ritz-Carlton in Midtown to be the epitome of luxury living in Boston, from the iconic brand name to the world-class service the staff provides.
The devil may be in the details, but in this luxurious condo at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Midtown, those details reflect beauty and understated elegance. Switch plate covers and air return covers that match the walls, for example, reflect a thoughtful and thorough approach to the overall design of Unit 23D.
The result is an ambiance that has a calming effect from the moment the door opens to this 23rd-floor residence with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a half bathroom as part of its 1,596 square feet of living space. This home in the Ritz’ South Tower is listed by Brett DeRocker of Compass for $2,100,000.
Crema Marfil tile (it is a natural stone) in the entry is Clue #1 that this home is far from ordinary.
Large enough for a hall table/chest, the foyer also separates public and private spaces. The bedrooms, for example, have their own wing, but the soothing color palette allows visitors (and new owners) to focus on the many thoughtful amenities.
While straight-ahead city views are compelling, the fully remodeled kitchen, which is off to the left on the other side of a pocket door, is well worth the detour.
Form and function - not to mention sleek and sophisticated - are the hallmarks of the galley-like cookery. Flush-mount Arclinea cabinetry in an oaky tone finish with horizontal lines and integrated paneling are on all the appliances that include a Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers and a Gaggenau suite of appliances. Honed granite countertops enhance the overall design aesthetic.
A three-inch-wide band of crown molding (sans any decorative detailing) at the top of the cabinetry has a boat-like vibe. A wide pass-through to the dining area allows the chef to also enjoy the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Recently refinished Brazilian cherry flooring in a herringbone pattern in the living areas (including the bedrooms) is a chic backdrop (as well as a flexible one décor-wise), but the windows - and the views they offer - tend to garner immediate attention. These floor-to-ceiling beauties (with deep sills that can be used for decorative displays and/or seating) frame colorful scenes of the Boston Common, Public Garden and the Charles River. Not only is this the lone unit on this floor with park views from every window, the views get better from room-to-room.
In the primary suite, for example, the vista stretches from the Salt & Pepper Bridge to the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, down the Charles and to the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square.
Sunsets from this west-facing unit are spectacular, of course, but two sets of window shades allow you to control what you see. The solar shades are manual, and the blackout shades are motorized.
Although fabulous, the windows are not the only bragging rights that come with the open-concept living-dining room. The rich cherry floor coloring juxtaposed with the soothing color palette in this well-proportioned space creates a soothing (and inviting) vibe. On the practical side, furniture placement is both easy and flexible.
Two sets of double closets with custom inserts with automatic lighting are in the bedroom suite corridor. All closets, in fact, have custom inserts and lights that go on as soon as the door opens.
Additional convenience includes a stylish half bathroom with Kohler fixtures and a laundry closet with a stackable, full-size Electrolux washer and dryer.
Views from the guest/secondary bedroom make it easy to overlook the spaciousness of this well-sized bedroom. A queen-size bed works, but a Murphy bed setup allows this space to double as an office.
Crema Marfil tile is used in the en suite bathroom with a banjo sink and tub/shower ensemble.
Everything about the king-bed size primary suite is impressive - from the views to the amenities that include two double closets (one is a walk-in).
Of course, the en suite bathroom is an elegant oasis. In addition to a soaking tub, this loo has a step-in shower with a frameless glass door. Here, too, Crema Marfil tile is used for the surround and countertop for the two-sink vanity.
Service in capital letters is the bonus with this home - besides two parking spaces in a heated garage.
When you purchase a home in the Ritz, you can count on panoramic views of Boston, beautiful finishes and superlative services. In fact, the service at the Ritz is legendary. Most of the staff has been there for many years and residents say they almost become a part of your family. They know everyone by name and from the moment you arrive, they anticipate your every need.
Residents have access to 24-hour concierge and doorman services plus room service and direct access to Equinox Sports Club.
Address: 2 Avery St., Unit 23D, Midtown
BR/BA: Two bedrooms; two full bathrooms; one half bathroom
Size: 1,596 square feet
Taxes: $20,960.52 (Tax Year 2021)
Year built: 2000
Number of units: 172
Assn. fee: $2,696 monthly (includes heat, hot water, gas, water, sewer, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, snow removal, refuse removal, valet parking, air conditioning, reserve funds, additional parking space)
Features: “D-line” residence with sensational west-facing views of the Boston Common, Public Garden and Charles River features Gaggenau, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances in the kitchen with Arclinea Italian cabinetry and honed granite countertops. Brazilian cherry flooring in herringbone pattern throughout. Crema Marfil tile in the bathrooms and custom closets with automatic lighting. Custom motorized window shades plus manual solar shades for floor-to-ceiling windows in all major rooms. Digitized lighting. Two-car parking. 24-hour concierge and doorman, Equinox Gym discount membership, 10 percent discounts for Ritz hotel stays worldwide and 15 percent discounts for dining-in service, Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar.
Nearby: Boston Common, Theatre District, Downtown Crossing, Chinatown, State House, Government Center and Beacon Hill; fine dining in the Back Bay; shops on Boylston and Newbury streets; walking trails and bike paths; easy walk to the Financial District; easy access to MBTA Green, Red and Orange lines; convenient access to the Expressway, Massachusetts Turnpike and Storrow Drive
Contact: Brett DeRocker, Compass, 126 Newbury St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116