Lots to love in this high-end luxury Union Park townhouse

CINDY BAILEN
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Fabulous windows in the back of the house enhance the architecture and bring natural light into the two-story family room.

Union Park is one of the most beautifully designed green spaces in the South End. It’s lined by trees, gorgeously verdant in the summer and during the winter holiday season, Union Park absolutely sparkles.

The brick rowhouses surrounding the park were constructed in the late 19th century as single-family residences for wealthy Bostonians.

Right now, a stunning bowfront home, originally built for Samuel Stillman Pierce, founder of luxury grocer S.S. Pierce & Company, is on the market at 5 Union Park.

According to Dirty Old Boston (https://www.facebook.com/DirtyOldBoston), “Pierce cut deals with ship captains, exchanging his stuff for the goodies they would bring to Boston from elsewhere. Pierce's grocery business thrived, due in part to 'celebrity' customers; John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster and Oliver Wendell Holmes.”

The exterior of 5 Union Park is handsome with a high stoop, the original Rinceau railings and solid, welcoming double doors. The interior is as amazing as what’s outside.

Starting in 2008, Payne Bouchier Fine Builders executed an ambitious renovation, converting the building from condos to the six-floor single family home it is today. Brown Fenollosa Architects created the design.

Tracy Campion of Campion and Company is listing this superlative four-bedroom house for $9,950.000.

“They paid great respect to the architectural integrity of the home and infused it with contemporary design,” she says.

Beginning at the parlor level, every aspect of the home has been made to reach the highest standard. The living room at the front of the home faces the park and natural light pours in through the oversized windows. High ceilings convey a feeling of volume and the wide plank oak floors glow. The walls are a pale, warm neutral - imparting European flair.

The living area at the front of the home has a verdant view. Its carved marble wood-burning fireplace is original to the house.

Brightly colored shelving fills a niche, ideal for supporting books and art objects. An ornately carved wood-burning marble fireplace is the centerpiece, and it is original to the home.

Adjacent to the living area, the open kitchen is timeless with white custom cabinetry, open shelving and exquisite blue-gray Pietra Cardosa granite countertops.

The open kitchen is timeless with white custom cabinetry, open shelving and exquisite blue-gray Pietra Cardosa granite countertops.

A large island offers seating and additional storage, and it is illuminated by three industrial pendant lamps.

Stainless steel appliances are of the highest quality, featuring a wide gas range and a tall side-by-side refrigerator. A working wood pizza oven is wonderful for family meals and fun parties.

The open dining area has plenty of room for a long table. It overlooks a suspended Ipe wood deck with a view of the private garden.

The home’s dining room is large with space for a long table. Its dramatic wall of windows overlooks a suspended Ipe wood deck - the perfect spot for outdoor dining on summer evenings.

Down a fabulous steel and wooden staircase, one of the highlights of the home is its bright two-story family room with a view of a lush, landscaped private garden through transom windows and tall glass doors.

Exposed brick, concrete flooring and that vast wall of glass contribute to the extraordinary design. Custom cabinetry adds function and beauty and a fireplace accentuates the room’s charm.

Producers have clamored to use this area in movies and TV shows.

The open space here is used efficiently. A full bathroom and a workshop are adjacent. A mezzanine above is set up as a library.

The home’s mudroom is past the mezzanine and a full guest or au pair suite with a separate entrance to the outside is just beyond the library.

Owners’ quarters are on the home’s fourth floor, accessed via a stunning one-of-a-kind staircase. The primary bedroom’s three big windows face out to Union Park, flowing light and a beautiful view into the room.

Features of the sumptuous suite include a dressing room for two that provides plentiful storage, along with two additional closets in the bedroom. These accoutrements offer ample room for a couple of wardrobes.

The well-appointed main bathroom comes complete with a double vanity, soaking tub, walk-in steam shower and linen closet. The floor is warmed on demand by radiant heating. A domed ceiling has hidden lighting.

A laundry room on this level is equipped with a Whirlpool washer/dryer pair, cabinetry and a sink - suitable for hand washing the most fragile garments and pre-treating stains.

The next floor is the family level with two spacious bedrooms and attractive an en suite bath for each room - similar to the others in the house. The bedrooms connect to a sitting and media room where the illumination emanates from a skylight located on the roof.

Versatile and voluminous, the office level is currently used as a workspace, gym and sitting area.

Offices are not uncommon in modern homes, but the one in this house is a remarkable space with exposed bricks and beams plus a full bath. To call it a mere bonus room would be underestimating its versatility. It is an expanse that could be purposed as an additional living area, a home gym or a family pajama lounge­ – anything the new owner can envision.

The home's outdoor spaces include a lush private garden - a refuge from city life.

In addition to everything that is available inside, the home’s private outdoor space is massive for any city house. The fenced and landscaped garden is a delightful place to relax and leave the worries of the world behind. In addition, the private roof deck is an extraordinary refuge that offers cool breezes and views of iconic Back Bay skyscrapers.

The private roof deck is an extraordinary refuge that offers cool breezes and views of iconic Back Bay skyscrapers.

This residence offers literally everything in a superlative location that embraces history and 21st century living.

The South End is a vibrant place with plenty to do. It’s an extraordinary spot for art lovers and foodies with some of the best arts happenings and restaurants in the Boston area.

Often declared as Boston’s best food neighborhood, the vibrant South End is packed with a plethora of tantalizing and trendy restaurants and family-friendly bistros.

The award-winning SoWa Open Market, Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music, is open every Sunday from May to October.

And for those times when leaving the city for the Cape or the mountains is a must, a garage parking space for one car is right nearby at Wilkes Passage.

A brick bowfront townhouse built in 1900 on beautiful Union Park is the ideal combination of historic and contemporary.

DETAILS:

Address: 5 Union Park, South End

BR/BA: Four bedrooms, six full bathrooms and a half bathroom

Year built: 1900, with a tremendous renovation performed between 2008 and 2010

Price:  $9,950,000

Size: 6,836 square feet

Taxes: $50,561 per year

Features of home: Exceptional bowfront townhouse in a premier South End location on Union Park. Historical architecture is perfectly enhanced with contemporary design. Views of Union Square from the elegant living room. Dining room overlooking a suspended Ipe wood deck. Chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances, custom cabinetry and shelving, gray granite countertops, and a lengthy island provides seating and storage. Stunning open concept layout with two-story family room and oversized windows and doors. Four fireplaces. Luxurious contemporary bathrooms. In-home laundry on primary suite level. Outdoor spaces include a private, tranquil backyard and a roof deck with Boston skyline views. One garage parking space at Wilkes Passage.

Close by: Chic restaurants, bars, numerous cafes, specialty shops, galleries, farmer’s markets and cultural attractions of the South End. Easy access to MBTA Orange, Green  and Silver lines, Storrow Drive, Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 93.

Contact: Tracy Campion, Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate, 172 Newbury St., Boston, MA  02116

Phone: 617-236-0711

Email: TCampion@campionre.com

Web: https://www.campionre.com