Beacon Street gem offers space, luxury and jaw-dropping views
Located on the corner of Clarendon and Beacon streets on the side closest to the Charles River, 180 Beacon St. is a full-service concierge high-rise building that stands a block away from the Public Garden.
Built in Manhattan style, this 18-story structure in the Back Bay has 110 units and was among the first condo conversions in the city of Boston way back in 1971.
Fast forward 50 years and one of the finest units in the building is on the market. Designed with unique details, big windows revealing optimal views of Boston and two private outdoor spaces, Unit 17AB is priced at $3,950,000.
Michael Tammaro of Related Beal LLC has the listing and he says, “To be in a high rise this close to the river is very unusual.”
Encompassing the entire Beacon Street side of the 17th floor, the views from everywhere in the home are jaw-dropping. Early risers can take in the sunrise and evening cocktails can be served as the sun sets over the Charles River to the west. The floor-to-ceiling windows reveal it all.
Traverse the foyer to enter the living space. The open living and dining rooms are detailed with round soffit ceilings and custom lighting.
These spaces are extraordinary from top to bottom. Ceilings sparkle with the creative lighting scheme and the Brazilian cherry flooring glows warmly underfoot. Each room is about 20 feet long - spacious enough for serious entertaining.
Turn the living room couch to face the windows so guests can admire the vistas to the south across the Back Bay and all the way over to the Blue Hills. In good weather, the two balconies are the best places to relax.
Beautiful meals are a pleasure to prepare in the chef’s kitchen, which was redone in the past few years. Cooks will love using these luxury appliances, which include a tall Sub-Zero refrigerator and a huge commercial-grade Wolf gas range. When it’s time to clean up, the Miele dishwasher does an immaculate job.
The circular motifs from the living and dining room ceilings are repeated in this room, creating continuity between the spaces. Wooden cabinets by Premier provide room to stash everything from dishes and glassware to non-perishable food items.
The kitchen countertops are a combination of quartz on the main counter and, for contemporary flair, an eating area was created from a glass slab that is lit from within. The color scheme for the glass portion can be changed electronically according to the owner’s mood. There’s room to seat five people there.
Located off the kitchen is a wet bar area with a sink and a wine refrigerator - ideal for preparing drinks when friends or relatives drop by.
The home is set up with a pair of bedroom suites. The guest suite on the side closer to the kitchen could be the right place for kids or out-of-town visitors with a large bedroom and a den that could be used as an additional bedroom. Carpeting is friendly for bare feet.
Two full bathrooms with marble finishes serve the suite and seven closets offer ample room for wardrobes.
The primary bedroom suite is situated on the opposite side of the home. The main bedroom has two windows, one with a view of the iconic Back Bay skyscrapers and the other gazing straight down Beacon Street to the Charles River.
The second bedroom on this side is versatile. It could function as a sleeping space, an office or a TV lounge. It has an entire wall of closets.
The full bathroom is expansive with earth-toned marble finishes. It’s in excellent shape, though the next owner might choose to update it for a more modern aesthetic. A delightful feature of this bath is a makeup area with its own vanity and sink and a window that looks east down to the Statehouse.
Every convenience is in this residence. It is one of a very few units in the building with a private laundry room. (Other apartments have to share the laundry area on each floor.)
The laundry room in this place even features an under-counter fridge to hold snacks and beverages to consume while running a wash load. It’s a little extra touch of extravagance in an unexpected spot.
Living is easy in this luxury building and residents tend to stay for a long time. Perks include a concierge/doorman here 24 hours a day, professional on-site management, a fitness center and a community room. Pets are welcome here and owners with dogs can bring them up in the service elevator after a walk. Parking for two cars in the valet garage is included for an extra $400 per month.
Take off for the Cape on weekends or stay in town and enjoy all that the Back Bay has to offer with great restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Do some shopping on Newbury Street or go for a run on the Charles River Esplanade. It’s all within walking distance. Or indulge in the temptation to sit out on the home’s private balcony and take it in from 17 stories above the street.
Address: 180 Beacon St., 17AB, Back Bay
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms
Built: 1968, extensively restored in 2010 and 2012
Size: 2,556 square feet
Association fee: $3,914 (Includes heat, air conditioning, hot water, water and sewer, master insurance, professional on-site management, landscaping, exterior and common area maintenance, elevator and fitness room)
Taxes: $30,520 for FY 2021, not including residential exemption
Building features: Luxurious high-rise elevator building with 24-hour concierge, professional on-site management, fitness room, community room, valet parking, additional storage areas
Features of unit: Grand contemporary condo with Back Bay, Charles River and Beacon Hill views through large windows; two private balconies; plenty of closets; chef’s kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Miele appliances, unique countertops and wood cabinetry; Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring in the living room, dining room, and main bedroom suite; carpeting in the guest suite; three marble bathrooms; laundry in unit; plentiful storage including two separate areas for this residence elsewhere in the building; two valet parking spaces in the garage with a monthly parking fee of $200 per space
Close by: Shops and restaurants of the Back Bay, The Esplanade, Charles River, Public Garden and Boston Common; MBTA Green Line, Orange Line and commuter rail at Back Bay station; easy access by car to Storrow Drive, the Massachusetts Turnpike, and Route 93
Contact: Michael Tammaro, Related Beal LLC, 177 Milk St., Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-399-9523 (office), 617-794-0976 (mobile)