Enjoy single-family living in the heart of Beacon Hill
The low rooflines and tight footprints of historic Beacon Hill rowhouses tend to cramp many units in some of the condo-converted ones, depriving their occupants of the full Beacon Hill townhouse living experience the neighborhood’s 19th-century dwellers enjoyed.
Enter 104 Revere St., renovated to preserve its single-family status in a style compatible with its c.1840 Greek Revival design. This offers 2,351 square feet over five levels of living, including three bedrooms, three full baths and rarities in larger homes: two powder rooms, two outdoor spaces and two potential bedroom/office combos.
This space-grace is readily apparent upon entrance, which immediately introduces the contiguous formal dining and living rooms and the upward stairway, so you can sit right down to dinner or go straight up to bed.
Paneled wainscoting, dentil crown moldings and muted blue walls grace the space with memories of times past. Paneled wall-posts introduce the living room, distinguished by a marble wood burning fireplace and a classic mantel with fluted pilasters and ribboned wreath/festoon reliefs.
The living room accesses a powder room with a honeycomb-tiled floor, a white bowl sink with a gooseneck faucet on a marble corner shelf and a frosted hemisphere pendant light over the sink. Also off the living room is the stairway to the lower level, which Beacon Hill’s slope down to Charles Street allows a full-height au pair suite with a separate Revere Street entrance.
The suite’s carpeted studio space accommodates a small living-room set, a workstation and a bed. Shaded sconces mark the bed area.
The space segues into an open kitchenette with room for a breakfast table, tastefully treated with wood panels from crates for international wines. The refrigerator, wine cooler, sink and shelf with a paper-towel roll holder are organized around an L-shaped white laminate counter and cabinet set. (There is no oven, cooktop or dishwasher; the occupant would need to bring a microwave, hotplate and/or portable electric coil stove and wash the dishes in the sink.)
The corner bath compacts a honeycomb tile floor, a small pedestal sink and a subway-tiled shower in a small space.
The carpeted stairway from the main entry ascends to a handsomely old-school family room, paneled all over in knotty pine. The fireplace is framed by Toile tiles, appointed with pokers, tongs and an ash brush. It’s topped by a dentil-framed beveled mirror and flanked by wax-candle sconces and built-in pine bookcases. Tall 9-over-9 windows ooverlooking historic Beacon Hill complete the colonial library ambiance.
A green granite pass-through counter links the family room to a breakfast room, contrasting blue walls with white moldings and illuminated by a pewter-like stainless steel chandelier. A double French door opens to a patio garden hidden by neighboring brick walls for the ultimate in cozy private al fresco dining or cocktails. Wall-mounted sculptures - a copper ship and a scrolled cast-iron semicircular ornament - make good conversation pieces.
A hall with a coat closet and the second powder room leads to the main kitchen where a C-shaped green granite counter and laminate maple-finish cabinetry organize the Viking Professional refrigerator, the window-side double sink with a retractable faucet, the Bosch dishwasher, a Viking four-burner gas range with a Hito silent wall clock and the corner lazy Susan in an efficient arrangement for all culinary pursuits. Also on hand is a GE microwave.
The bedroom level above begins with a hall of coat and linen closets and a closeted Bosch stacked washer/dryer. At the end, a double French door opens to an L-shaped patio balcony overlooking the garden - handy as a family outdoor lounge.
Pocket doors open to a small red-orange bedroom with its own double French-door exit to the patio balcony. The bedroom also accesses a Jack-and-Jill bath shared with a larger bedroom, which could transform this axial trio of spaces into a primary bedroom suite with an office, nursery or sitting area.
Adorned with white and pale-yellow subway tiles, egg-and-dart beltcourses and a honeycomb tile floor, the bath contains two individual alcoved pedestal sinks and a full tub/shower combo with water jets for soaking and handles for safely getting in and out of the tub.
The muted blue-walled larger bedroom boasts two windows looking out onto Revere Street and a sophisticated built-in for two growing wardrobes: a central double closet flanked by paneled, brass-knobbed drawers and upper closets with coatracks. This bedroom also connects to the hall.
The roof’s gable and dormers lend quirky character to the two-room top floor, enhanced by horizontal beadboard paneling, pine flooring, skylights with crank-operated blinds, and under-gable closets and drawers, reminiscent of old ship cabins.
Far from a garret, this floor can be another bedroom/office combo; a double pocket French door interconnects the rooms. Folding beadboard doors introduce a shared bath, where a honeycomb tile floor, a pedestal sink and a subway-tiled shower are neatly nestled in a small space.
Just as neat is 104 Revere St.’s two-door distance from Charles Street’s boutiques, restaurants, cafés, garage parking for sale or rent, and access to public transit, hospitals and more shopping and dining in one direction and the Boston Common, Public Garden, Theatre District, Downtown Crossing and the Back Bay in the other.
Offered at $2.45 million, 104 Revere St. won’t cramp your style, but will let you live in style. For more information, contact Julie Harrison (617-413-6332, Julie.Harrison@SothebysRealty.com) or Mary Conner (617-861-7434, Mary.Conner@SothebysRealty.com), both of Gibson-Sotheby’s International Realty.
There will be an open house from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 25.
Address: 104 Revere St., Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Three-plus bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half baths
Size: 2,351 square feet
Housing type: Single-family townhouse
Price: $2.45 million
Taxes: $22,898 (Tax Year 2020)
Parking: Spaces available for sale or rental in the Charles Street Garage
Year built: c.1840, renovated 1998 and 2018
Number of stories: Five
Features: High ceilings, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, heat-pump central heating, one-zone central air conditioning, three-year-old hot water tank and HVAC system, two wood burning fireplaces, granite/stainless kitchen with gas cooking and radiant-heated floor, in-house laundry, two outdoor waterproof patios, carpeted au pair studio suite with separate Revere Street entrance, Aiphone video-screen intercoms
Close by: Shopping and dining; private and public schools; places of worship; public parks including the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Esplanade; public transit; hospitals; 5-to-10-minute walks to Downtown Crossing, Theatre District and Financial District
Contact: Julie Harrison or Mary Conner of Gibson-Sotheby’s International Realty
Phone: 617-413-6332 (Julie), 617-861-7434 (Mary)
Email: Julie.Harrison@SothebysRealty.com, Mary.Conner@SothebysRealty.com
Open house: 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 25