Modern style & period details meet in this Back Bay beauty

Different textures in the gourmet kitchen contrast beautifully. The wood cabinetry, dark granite counters, shining glass backsplash and stainless steel appliances combine in a great design.

From the street, 347 Commonwealth Ave. in the Back Bay is a beautiful brownstone. Designed by the firm of Allen and Kenway and built in 1899 in the Romanesque tradition, the building sports an arched doorway surrounded by carved acanthus leaves. Columns with ornate capitals flank the front entrance.

Historically, this was home to the American Red Cross, the Massachusetts National Guard and the Catholic Association of Foresters. In 2006, the condominium conversion took place, dividing the interior into five units. This is a 100-percent owner-occupied building.

The palatial parlor level condo is now ready for a new owner. Designed by the leading architectural firm CBT and magnificently executed by distinguished builders Payne Bouchier, the dwelling is a gracious mixture of modern style and period detail.

Manny Sarkis of the Sarkis Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate is listing the property for $3,999,000. He praises the home as “city living with an abundance of space” and notes that every detail is accounted for there.

The foyer offers a striking design that introduces the home. Take a moment to notice the exquisite wall covering, marble floor, frosted glass transoms and chandelier with medallions.

Everywhere you look in this unit, there is something to admire. Enter through the foyer, which is welcoming with a striking design that introduces the home. Take a moment to notice the exquisite wall covering, marble floor, frosted glass transoms and chandelier with medallions. Cove lighting and a decorative wall covering enhance the space.

A powder room to accommodate guests is located off the hallway to the left. Closets are on the right.

Period moldings and a marble mantel look perfectly comfortable in the modern living room. Bow windows let in natural light and city views.

The spacious living room is at the front of the residence. This room is a triumph, made for entertaining. Light and city views flow in through tall bow windows. The soaring ceiling imparts tremendous volume and the chandelier adds drama.

Original to the building are the restored moldings, ceiling medallion and oval plaster tray ceiling. The hardwood flooring that runs through the unit has the original decorative trim. And one of the highlights of the room is a gas fireplace with a detailed marble mantel that is also original to the space.

Walk through the unique French pocket doors enclosing the formal dining room. They let natural light enter from the big bow windows in the living room. The wide stripes on the walls murmur of elegance and add a sense of intimacy to the room.

The dining room is enclosed by two sets of unique French pocket doors. Wide stripes on the walls give the room an intimate feeling.

The chandelier indicates the right spot on which to center the dining table. Finishing touches are egg and dart molding and cove lighting.

The adjacent kitchen is an ideal balance of warm and contemporary design. Custom cabinets in medium-toned wood work nicely with dark granite countertops, especially when breakfast is served on the island. Hardwood floors in this kitchen are classic.

Stainless steel Thermador appliances make meal preparation a delight. The burners on the gas stovetop are shaped to distribute heat evenly. A wall oven is waiting to roast and bake, and the installed microwave warms snacks and leftovers.

The dishwasher is disguised, hidden behind paneling. A tall refrigerator is concealed by panels, too. Next to it, a full-sized wine chiller ensures that every bottle in the collection is served at the right temperature.

Spacious and elegant, the primary bedroom resembles a room in a high-end hotel.

Two restful bedrooms serve the home. The primary bedroom has the ambiance of a sophisticated hotel suite. That bedroom is roomy and well-appointed with a chandelier, crown molding, hardwood flooring and a dielectric TV that becomes a mirror once the TV is turned off.

Each bedroom is equipped with a walk-in cedar closet to store wardrobes and protect woolens.

The walk-in closet is made of cedar to protect woolens from moths. Tailored suits and cashmere sweaters are also safe there.

With a marble double vanity, honed marble floor tile, a wonderful soaking tub and a marble shower, the main en suite bath is all about luxury.

Warm marble and blue-gray walls give the primary en suite bath a coastal feeling. The deep soaking tub and glass-enclosed shower offer two different ways to cleanse.

The second bedroom is bright and serene with soft color on the walls. It has a walk-in cedar closet of its own and a chic en suite bathroom with marble on the vanity, floor tile and in the shower stall.

Loaded with amenities, the residence features a Crestron system and Sonos surround sound, recessed TVs with custom frames, two zones of central air conditioning, four heat zones, in-unit laundry and a water filtration system.

Private storage space and bike stowing is available in the building. The condominium is professionally managed by Lighthouse Realty Management.

In beautiful weather, homeowners can take the elevator up to the large common roof deck. From here, enjoy outstanding city views. The deck has been landscaped for privacy and lighting.

Homeowners can take the elevator to the common roof deck to enjoy the weather and the views. Privacy plantings and lighting make it a delightful place to sit day or night.

One deeded garage parking space is included with the unit. A buyer who owns more than one car might choose to purchase spaces from the current owner, who is separately selling two tandem garage spaces at 345 Commonwealth Ave. and two tandem exterior spots at 321 Commonwealth Ave.

This home is surrounded by nearby parks. There’s the long Commonwealth Avenue Mall almost right outside the front door. Head a short distance to the west and discover Charlesgate Park. Go north and there’s the Charles River and all the greenery that lines the Boston shoreline.

There are plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining out in the area. It’s a short walk to the always-popular Newbury Street area and the Prudential Center.

For longer journeys, the MBTA’s Hynes Convention Center Green Line station is close by. Storrow Drive and the Mass Pike are also within easy access.

The exterior of the brownstone at 347 Commonwealth Avenue shows elaborate detail. Built in 1899 in the Romanesque style, the building was converted to a condominium in 2006.


Address: 347 Commonwealth Ave., Unit B, Back Bay

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

Built: 1899 and converted in 2006

Price: $3,999,000

Size: 2,200 square feet

Taxes: $30,843.77

Association fee: $1,880.90 per month (includes heat, hot water, master insurance, security, elevator, exterior maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, refuse removal, extra storage, garden area)

Building features: Bow front Romanesque brownstone on the sunny side of Commonwealth Avenue, converted to condominiums in 2006 with five residences. Elevator building with shared roof deck. Professional management.

Unit features: One-of-a-kind parlor level floor-through residence with many original architectural details and exceptional finishes. Designed by architectural firm CBT and built by Payne Bouchier with soaring 15-foot ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood floors and gas fireplace with carved marble mantel. Attractive entry foyer, restored moldings and tasteful chandeliers. Living area made for entertaining. Kitchen with wood cabinets, granite counters and high-end Thermador appliances. Bedrooms with cedar closets and en suite marble baths. Surround sound. Two zones of central air conditioning and four heating zones. Laundry in unit. Large common roof deck. One deeded garage parking space and four other parking spaces available for sale nearby.

Close by: Restaurants, stores, cultural attractions of the Back Bay and Downtown Theatre District. Short walks to the Charles River Esplanade and shopping on Newbury Street, at Copley Place and at the Prudential Center. Trader Joe’s, Star Market and Whole Foods Market nearby. Easy access to MBTA Green and Orange lines and Back Bay Commuter Rail Station. Convenient to Storrow Drive, Route 93, and the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Contact: Manny Sarkis of The Sarkis Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 20 Park Plaza, Suite 820, Boston, MA 02116

Phones: 617-267-3500 (office), 781-801-0610 (mobile)


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