Great views in iconic Beacon Hill condo at The Tudor
Towering above the Boston Common with the aura of a castle keeping vigil on a French or English countryside, The Tudor at 34½ Beacon St. and Joy Street trumpets its intent as we approach it from the Common: to give its topmost occupants sunny corner exposure and stunning park and city views without their having to climb to the top of Beacon Hill for that privilege. It thereby puts them steps from the city’s recreational, cultural and commercial core.
The Tudor’s developers likely had that in mind when they erected it as an apartment hotel in 1885-1887 from an eclectic design by Samuel J.F. Thayer. It was named for “Ice King” Frederick Tudor, who pioneered ice cutting and insulation techniques for his shipments of ice from Boston-area ponds and the Charles River to the West Indies in the 19th century, and who lived in the house the hotel replaced.
Though dwarfing its neighbors, this nine-story mid-rise unifies a diversity of Beacon Hill and Back Bay styles - brick bowfront, French Second Empire, Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque - into a captivating castle that “fits into the hill perfectly” and “provides an abundance of outlooks, nooks and bays for every apartment,” wrote Donlyn Lyndon in “The City Observed: Boston, a Guide to the Architecture of the Hub.”
This characterizes Unit 6S, a 2,836-square-foot, front-view flat with four exposures from bay, bow, casement and sash windows and French doors. This gives most of its space sumptuous sunlight and city, park and river views.
Elegant classical details also abound, kudos to the 1999 condo renovation by Boston-based architect Patrick Ahearn and developer Todd Finard.
The unit, listed by Lili Banani of Coldwell Banker, begins with a wainscoted horizontal hall accessing all rooms and suites and providing ample art-wall area. On the left, the hallway widens into a foyer with cylindrical bronze lights that dot twin ceiling domes with playful light patterns.
The right-hand primary bedroom suite begins with a barrel-vaulted hallway with walk-in closets. The bedroom is built in with double-door closets, cabinets, drawers and bookcases with a Samsung swivel TV. The bookcases flank a double French door to the morning refreshment of a Juliet balcony.
The en suite marble bath, which continues the unit’s dark-stained oak flooring, features an oval tub with a hand-held “phone cradle” shower in a bow window, giving your bath a gorgeous Charles River–MIT view.
Also here are a twin-sink marble vanity, a water-closet, a closet with automatic light and a deep marble shower with a bench alcove and two shower heads.
By the primary suite entry is the common bath - a full shower bath, not the powder room typically found off the foyer. The bath’s wallcovering of “mod” flower and tree images coolly complements its wildly veiny brown marble vanity and shower.
The second bedroom across the foyer has two closets - one cedar-lined.
A double French door introduces a barrel-vaulted office with a wall-length counter built in with cabinets and bookshelves. The family room/den across the foyer has a longer built-in counter with cabinets, bookcases and a central TV niche, as well as twin built-in shelf niches and twin casement windows.
Here, the foyer introduces the wainscoted living-dining room and contiguous kitchen, which incorporate the front and corner bow and bay windows in an extravaganza of light, space and park/city views, such that each window unit defines a particular space.
The Joy Street-side half bay provides a window seat alcove framing the historic Park Street Church. The front corner bow window grants the living room a swoop of space and light to complement moments by the classic gas fireplace and the Samsung TV with Sonos sound.
The adjacent single window brightens repasts in the dining room, which has an inventive sculptural chandelier of vertical stainless steel rods along a horizontal light strip.
The final bow window provides a benched breakfast space for the eat-in kitchen.
“The kitchen was renovated to bring it out to the front bow for a morning view of the Common,” said Banani.
The window bathes the entire kitchen in light, intensified by the paneled white cabinetry, the white marble backsplash and running counter, and the white-beamed ceiling with recessed lighting.
The central island bar with a Wolf microwave has a darker gray color, but industrial-styled globe lights brighten it.
Along the marble counter is a Wolf six-burner stainless gas range. The counter angles rightward at a window above a Sub-Zero wine cooler, followed by a deep stainless sink, a Bosch dishwasher and a Sub-Zero refrigerator with freezer drawer. The latter two are paneled into the cabinetry.
Rightward from the unit entry, the main hall passes a walk-in closet before terminating at a laundry room with an Electrolux stacked washer-dryer and tilt-up sorting counter.
On the left is the carpeted third bedroom, which could be part of a second primary suite with its sunny view of the Hancock and Prudential towers and the Blue Hills, its en suite marble bath with tub/shower combo, and especially its walk-in closet with a triangular bay window on the Charles where an upholstered bench is handy for putting on socks or stockings.
On the right is the carpeted second office, which has two closets, making it suitable as a gym or guestroom.
And look at what lies in your front yard - the Boston Common is abuzz with all kinds of activity: guided tours, Frog Pond splashes, carousel rides, impromptu performances, sports and recreation, outdoor cafés, public transit and lots more.
Beyond it are Downtown Crossing, Boston’s main concentration of shops, department stores, restaurants and cafés; the Theatre District, where the lights go up on Broadway in Boston; and the Financial District, Boston’s center of commerce and banking.
A block from your door is the State House - the historic seat of the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Offered at $5,650,000, Unit 6S at 34½ Beacon St. will truly make this home your castle for its regal appointments, commanding views and urban convenience.
For more information, contact Lili Banani of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 617-407-0402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 34½ Beacon St., Unit 6S, Beacon Hill
BR/BA: Three bedrooms + two offices, three full bathrooms
Size: 2,836 square feet
Housing type: One-level condominium
Condo fee: TBD
Parking: Valet rental parking in Boston Common Garage
Year built: 1885-1887, renovated 1999
Number of units: 17
Features: High ceilings, recessed lighting, dark-stained oak floors, central heating and air conditioning, living-dining-kitchen space with eight front-facing windows on the Boston Common and a gas fireplace. Updated chef’s kitchen with gas cooking and marble counter and backsplash, family room/den with built-ins, primary bedroom suite with four-piece bath, second bedroom with en suite bath, in-unit laundry, generous closet and built-in storage, extra storage room in basement
Building amenities: 24-hour concierge, resident superintendent, valet parking, elevators, service/fire stairway
Close by: Shopping and dining, private schools, places of worship, public parks including the Boston Common and the Public Garden, public transit, public library, medical facilities, 3-to-5-minute walks to Downtown Crossing, the Theatre District and the Financial District
Contact: Lili Banani of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage