Historic elegance & modern luxury living at The Signet

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
The classic detailed crown moldings and wainscoting in the living room at The Woodward have been expertly restored to their full historic grandeur, complimented by beautiful white oak flooring with a Jacabean stain. Centered on the back wall is a large gas fireplace with a stunning black marble surround.

History, Opulence, Modernity, Eminence and Splendor characterize the collection of new ultra-luxury homes at The Signet Residences - Beacon Hill’s newest development, located at 63 Mount Vernon St.

In 1794 when Harrison Otis arranged the purchase of land for the new state capital, he and a group of friends formed the Mount Vernon Proprietors and purchased 18.5 acres of adjoining pasture on the south slope of Beacon Hill from painter John Singleton Copley. Over the next 30 years this corporation (the original members – Harrison Otis, Jonathan Mason, Charles Apthorp and Joseph Woodward – along with Charles Bulfinch, Henry Jackson and the socialite heiress, Hepzibah Swan, among others) built freestanding mansions for their themselves and beautiful town houses for their families and other elitists surrounded by formal gardens and stables sited along gas-lighted cobblestone roads.

63 Mount Vernon St. was originally part of a trio of identically-rendered town houses built in 1837 on the site of Sen. Jonathan Mason's opulent Bulfinch-designed mansion that was demolished after his death.

Perhaps the most distinguished resident at 63 Mount Vernon was Massachusetts Governor and Boston University co-founder William Claflin, who owned number 63 by 1870. A tunnel running from the basement to the nearby State House provided a quick and easy way for the governor to get to work without trudging through the myriad elements. Although you will not be able to visit the governor and legislature today via that tunnel (it’s been filled in), it is certainly an interesting historic talking point when guests drop by to visit you in your celebrated home.

The classic detailed crown moldings and wainscoting have been expertly restored to their full historic grandeur at The Signet Residences.

Today, the understated façade of 63 Mount Vernon St. harbors seven magnificent homes – ranging from one, two and two-plus-bedroom luxury residences to a grand multi-level penthouse – each named for the esteemed Mount Vernon Proprietors.

Elaine Dolley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate is the listing agent for these seven new condos. She called the project, “a labor of love,” noting that this is “true luxury living on Beacon Hill.”

Each home at the Signet Residences has its own distinct design and flavor, crafted with meticulous attention to historic detail and contemporary luxury lifestyles, offering the best of two worlds. From the sweeping staircase, Corinthian columns and lovely carved moldings, the grandeur of its historic past will surround you at The Signet.

Prices for the luxury floor-through residences range from $1,250,00 to $5,100,000. The tri-level penthouse, which offers 4,745 square feet of living with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and three half baths as well as a magnificent private roof deck, a seventh level sky lounge, library, billiard room and four gas fireplaces, is on the market for 18,750,000.

From the sweeping staircase, Corinthian columns and lovely carved moldings, the grandeur of its historic past will surround you at The Signet.

Like the other nearby town houses, 63 is set back 30 feet from the street, facing an ample front manicured yard. As part of the complete renovation of the building, the ornate black wrought-iron railing was refurbished to its original form.

As you walk into the foyer, you will be greeted by the sparkling marble floors and the beautifully restored crown moldings, proclaiming that this is a very special building.

One of the condos currently on the market – The Woodward – is available for $5,100,000.

Formerly used as the Governor’s ballroom, this 2,172-square-foot, second-floor space has been beautifully transformed into a fabulous home featuring a kitchen, a living-dining room, two bedrooms, a study, two-and-a-half baths and a balcony. The ceilings are an awe-inspiring 14 feet tall.  

The home’s culinary desires center around the spacious kitchen – a dream for any chef. The back wall is lined with new high-end appliances and a large L-shaped island, complete with a large sink and a Bosch 24-inch dishwasher, takes center-stage.

Among the smile-inducing kitchen goodies are a 42-inch Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator with an internal water dispenser, a Wolf 30-inch E Series wall oven, a black five-burner induction cooktop topped with a 36-inch Zephyr range hood and a microwave.

Adonis white granite adorn the counters and there are plenty of new soft-close cabinets and drawers.

Off the kitchen is a handy walk-in pantry that offers more storage space. There’s also an enclosed laundry area that touts a side-by-side GE washer and dryer.

Large pocket doors separate the living room from the kitchen area. This space used to be the Governor’s Ballroom. Its grandeur has been tastefully restored.

On the opposite end of the kitchen, two mammoth, dark wood pocket doors open to the stately 19-by-28-foot living room with its two large bow windows that overlook Mount Vernon Street. The classic detailed crown moldings and wainscoting have been expertly restored to their full historic grandeur, complimented by beautiful white oak flooring with a Jacabean stain. Centered on the back wall is a large gas fireplace with a stunning black marble surround.

The living room at The Woodward is enhanced with its two large bow windows that overlook Mount Vernon Street.

Completing the front end of the home is a suite containing a large bedroom and closet, a full bathroom with walk-in shower and a large window with an entry way onto a Juliet balcony where you can enjoy the view of the Mount Vernon Street area. During the fall and winter when the leaves are gone from the trees, you can look down Walnut Street and take in views of the Boston Common’s famed Frog Pond. These views can also be enjoyed from the living room’s bow windows or when sitting out on your new front steps.

Completing the front end of The Woodward is a suite containing a large bedroom and closet, a full bathroom with walk-in shower and a large window with an entry way onto a Juliet balcony where you can enjoy the view of the Mount Vernon Street area.

On your journey down the long corridor to the back end of this home, just past the kitchen, is a coat closet, a powder room and the quiet study.

The study has a recessed niche with decorative wood that resembles the large pocket doors in between the kitchen and living room.

The primary bedroom suite is at the end of the hallway. The crown molding adds a high level of panache to this restful haven and two large windows bring in plenty of natural light. There’s no problem fitting in any size bed you want here – there’s plenty of space.

The crown molding in the primary bedroom suite at The Woodward adds a high level of panache to this restful haven and two large windows bring in plenty of natural light. There’s no problem fitting in any size bed you want here – there’s plenty of space.

The large en suite area accommodates a large walk-in closet on one side and the bathroom on the other side. The large Carrera white granite double vanity has two large raised sinks. You’ll have the option of soaking in the tub or jumping into the glass-enclosed shower. Three windows add lots of natural light. The water closet is also enclosed for extra privacy.

Other deluxe amenities offered at the Signet Residences for all residents include concierge and valet services and each home comes with individual storage units and bike storage. The fitness center is outfitted with a Peloton bike, treadmill, Tonal strength system and weights. A Wi-Fi and a TV can keep the residents company while working out.

And for added convenience – there is elevator access to each unit and residents have access to Pickney Street via the garden level.

Elaine Dolley can be contacted at 617-331-0243 (mobile), 617-227-6070 (office) or Elaine.Dolley@elliman.com.

The Signet Residences at 63 Mount Vernon Street is Beacon Hill’s newest development. Each of the seven homes here have their own distinct design and flavor, crafted with meticulous attention to historic detail and contemporary luxury lifestyles.

BUILDING DETAILS:

Address: Signet Residences, 63 Mount Vernon St., Beacon Hill

Number of units: Seven

BR/BA: One to two-plus bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half baths; the multi-level grand penthouse has three bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths  

Building levels: Seven

Year built: 1837, complete renovation in 2021

Price range: Prices start at $1,250,000

Building features: Seven-story bow-front brick building with decorative black wrought-iron railing and manicured front lawn; sparkling marble floors and the beautifully restored crown moldings in foyer; concierge and valet services; individual storage units and bike storage; fitness center outfitted with Peloton bike, treadmill, Tonal strength system, weights, Wi-Fi and TV; elevator access to each unit; access to Pickney Street via the garden level

Common unit features: Floor-through units, high ceilings, White Oak flooring with Jacabean Stain, elite kitchen appliances, Adonic White Granite and Carrera Marble counters, in-unit laundry, abundant storage, HVAC, most with gas fireplace(s)

Assoc. fee: Includes elevator, master insurance, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, extra storage, exercise room, garden area, reserve funds, management fee

Close by: Boston Common, Public Garden and the Charles River Esplanade. Within walking distance to Myrtle Street Playground; Boston Athenaeum; Congregational Library & Archives; Hill House Community Center; Massachusetts State House; Nichols House Museum; Otis House Museum; Prescott House; Museum of African American History; Old West Church; and The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture. Walking distance to Chinatown, Theater District and Government Center. Fine dining on Beacon Hill and in the Back Bay. Easy access to MBTA Green and Red subway lines. Convenient access by car to Storrow Drive and the Mass Pike.

Contact: Elaine Dolley, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Phone: 617-331-0243 (mobile), 617-227-6070 (office) 

Email: Elaine.Dolley@elliman.com

Website: https://www.signetresidences.com

THE WOODWARD UNIT DETAILS:

BR/BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath

Size: 2,172 square feet

Price: $5,100,000

Unit features: The former Governor’s Grand Ballroom on the second floor features 14-foot ceilings, a study, pantry, in-unit laundry, a fireplace and a balcony