Rare Back Bay single-family home is large and comfortable
Built c.1869 as one of eight contiguous French Academic brick townhouses, 427 Beacon St. is less identical to its contemporaries than it appears. Spared the condoization that befell so many of them, this one has remained single-family for most of its lifespan.
That allows it extra space for many more Back Bay rarities. For starters: five full levels of living, entertaining and storage; six gas fireplaces; three powder rooms and two laundries. There are also two outdoor spaces, a full-floor primary bedroom suite with a deluxe dressing room, and an au pair/in-law suite with a living room plus full and half baths, thanks largely to a 2009-2010 renovation.
“The rooms are now more efficiently laid out and the house provides ease of entertaining, but also more livable space for a family,” said Maureen O’Hara of Coldwell Banker Realty, who is offering the 3,998-square-foot, three-bedroom home for $5.75 million.
You get a first impression of this spatial expanse and variety upon entering the foyer from which the stairway ascends to the parlor and bedroom levels and the floor-through layout opens into the dining room and retreats to the sunny kitchen.
The front office/library boasts a Carrara marble mantel framing a gas fireplace, built-in bookcase, a half bay window, bright green wall treatment and a powder room with basketweave-patterned marble tile flooring.
Below the stairway, an arched “Harry Potter closet” door reveals a bulletin board. Square columns introduce the dining room, formalized with a ceiling medallion of leaf reliefs dangling a scrolled chandelier with bronze spherules and mirror pendants.
A soapstone pass-through counter below a two-way china cabinet facilitates food service from the eat-in kitchen and retrieval of tableware from either space. A pantry closet abuts the counter; a Sub-Zero wine cooler is below it on the kitchen side.
The kitchen has black soapstone counters and paneled white cabinetry. There is also a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Shaw’s original white porcelain farmer’s sink in the island and industrial chrome-braced dome lights above it. Also included are a stainless Wolf four-burner gas range and a white subway tile backsplash, giving the kitchen a clean vintage look that complements the mosaic-tiled decorative mantel. The island also contains a Bosch dishwasher and a Wolf microwave.
Another stairway descends to the au pair/in-law suite. Its bedroom has a half bay window for a workstation, swivel lampshade sconces for a bed and three closets with walk-in storage. There is also a kitchenette with a granite sink counter, KitchenAid smooth-top electric cooktop, Sharp microwave, a fridge and frosted-glass cabinets.
The marble bath has a tub/shower combo and a frosted-glass cabinet vanity with a Siena marble counter and zigzag tumbled-tile belt course.
A powder room with a corner sink introduces the suite’s versatile living room. It accesses a laundry center with a Whirlpool washer and dryer, placed side-by-side for sorting-counter space.
A knee-wall for a sofa set creates a mudroom corridor with coat hooks opening to the rear patio garden. This brick-paved, brick-walled oasis recalls the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill, growing ivy, bamboo and white perennials. A brick stairway accesses the two deeded parking spaces.
The main stairway, introduced by a paneled multifaceted newel post with glass ball-top, lands at a spacious hall leading to the front living room and rear family room with classic parlor grandeur.
The hall is equipped for party guests with a wet bar with a green granite counter, wine cooler and glassware cabinetry, plus a powder room boasting an onyx-like bowl sink on a granite vanity in an octagonal niche of mirrors.
Each room boasts a ceiling more than 10 feet high, deep crown molding, a gas-retrofit marble fireplace and a scrolled brass chandelier hanging from a leafy ceiling medallion encircled by a torus molding.
The living room fireplace is flanked by bookcases with display shelves on top and a bay window brings in the Back Bay's majesty. Flanking the family-room entry are an angled closet and an entertainment center with a Panasonic TV. Plantation-shuttered windows offer a patio view.
The stairway continues to the floor-through primary bedroom suite. The bedroom’s decorative marble mantel frames an arched cast-iron inset with rope molding and flower/leaf reliefs.
East and west intermingle in the onyx-like bowl ceiling light with Greek key belt course and Egyptian-inspired bronze framework.
The double-door closet has a built-in secretary with drawers, shelves and cubbies - handy for a home office. The bay window brings in northwestern exposure.
A long galley bath interconnects the bedroom and dressing room, lining up all fixtures along the left-hand wall, reflected in right-hand mirrors over subway-tile wainscoting for a greater sense of space. A subway-tiled shower with a honeycomb-tiled marble floor and fold-down bench handily faces a chrome towel-warming rack.
Beside the shower is a Carrara marble twin-sink vanity, followed by a frosted-glass water-closet. A Carrara marble floor with a Greek key-framed honeycomb-tile mosaic finishes the finesse.
The dressing room is well-suited for a growing wardrobe with a wall of built-in coatracks, shelves and shoe racks. There is also a central island of drawers with a sorting counter and hamper.
More shelves line the opposite wall and a glazed cabinet sits between the rear windows that provide generous sunlight for “suiting up.” The space is further suited up with a crystal chandelier and another decorative marble mantel with an arched cast-iron inset.
The upstairs bedrooms share a hall bath with a subway-tiled tub/shower combo and marble twin-sink vanity - both accented with variegated mosaic tilework.
A laundry-closet with a Bosch stacked washer/dryer introduces the rear bedroom, which a contemporary chrome chandelier and a rooftop sky view assure ample light.
The larger front bedroom has two double-door closets, one with built-in shelves, and a bay window with workstation space.
The roof deck surrounds summer sunning, al fresco dining or evening cocktails with a panorama of Back Bay architecture historic and iconic, from Victorian buildings to the John Hancock and Prudential towers to the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square.
For more information on 427 Beacon St., contact Maureen O’Hara at 617-733-4377 or Maureen.Ohara@nemoves.com.
Address: 427 Beacon St., Back Bay
BR/BA: Four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, three half baths
Size: 3,998 square feet
Housing type: Single-family townhouse
Price: $5.75 million
Taxes: $43,569.22 (TY 2021)
Parking: Two deeded parking spaces in rear alley
Year built: c.1869, renovated 1962, 1984 and 2009-2010
Number of floors: Five plus roof deck
Features: High ceilings, oak floors, central air and heating, large windows, office/library with fireplace, double parlor living room with wet bar and powder room, updated kitchen with gas cooking stainless appliances, full-level primary bedroom suite with galley bath connecting to large dressing room, private roof deck, private patio garden with access to parking, au pair/in-law suite with family room and private kitchen and bath, two in-unit laundries, generous closet storage
Close by: Houses of worship; shopping and dining; Boston Public Library; parks on Copley Square and Esplanade; Charles River boating; public transit on Green and Orange lines, buses, commuter rail and Amtrak
Contact: Maureen O’Hara of Coldwell Banker Realty