Haven of joy in Beacon Hill luxury triplex gets new owner

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
Two large windows in the bow front area provide plenty of light and great views and a large fireplace makes the dining-living space homier.

Another of the dazzling new collection of nine boutique condos on Joy Street, found on the northern slope of prestigious Beacon Hill, now has a new owner.

Originally offered by Mark Doherty of Campion & Co. Fine Homes Real Estate, Joy Beacon Hill is a haven of luxury, located less than a block from Boston Common.

The penthouse at 4 Joy St. recently sold for $5,800,000 through The Bushari Team of Compass.

The dwellings on Joy Street were once the headquarters for the Appalachian Mountain Club from 1922 until 2017 – a group of trailblazing outdoor enthusiasts essential to the establishment of the Appalachian Trail. While the AMC continues to promote the conservation and enjoyment of the great outdoors at their new location in Charlestown, their legacy continues to flourish within the walls of Joy Beacon Hill.

The Grassi Design Group worked with Insight Partners and Campion & Company to redesign and upgrade the three former AMC buildings into something very special.

According to Campion & Co., “The residences, located at 3, 4 and 5 Joy Street, are set within thoughtfully restored Federal Era townhouses designed to offer a classic, yet contemporary Beacon Hill home. They have been reinterpreted for today’s lifestyles with stately and modern interiors that flow seamlessly to unparalleled private outdoor gardens and terraces, a true rarity on Beacon Hill.” 

Each building offers three luxury residences: a garden duplex, a terrace floor-through and a penthouse triplex with a private elevator.

The three-story penthouse treasure is in the middle building at 4 Joy St.

As with the penthouses at 3 and 5 Joy St., this luxurious triplex occupies the top three levels, starting on the third floor.

There are plenty of features to bring lots of joy for the new residents on each floor of this 3,622-square-foot home that includes four bedrooms, a library and a fun-filled game room as well as three-and-a-half bathrooms.

The joy begins with a private elevator that is accessible on each floor of the penthouse – or catch the AMC spirit and climb the stairs to each level.

Among the many features of the sparkling U-shaped chef’s kitchen are a 36-inch oven and Wolf gas cook top with a Gaggenau hood and a super quiet Bosch dishwasher with custom panels to match the refined millwork.

The first floor is dedicated to the shared living and entertaining areas. Among the many features of the sparkling U-shaped chef’s kitchen are a 36-inch oven and Wolf gas cook top with a Gaggenau hood and a super quiet Bosch dishwasher with custom panels to match the refined millwork. There’s plenty of space for food in the large white-paneled Sub-Zero French-door refrigerator. The peninsula offers a sink, work space and seating for three people to enjoy a delicious meal.

The large family room features a fireplace, made more beautiful by its black marble surround. Above, there’s plenty of space for a TV.

The kitchen opens to the large family room that features a fireplace, made more beautiful by its black marble surround. Above, there’s plenty of space for a jumbo TV. Just to the right of the peninsula seating from the kitchen is a built-in to admire your decorative displays.

A door opens to a mammoth (15.8 by 26.9-foot) terrace where the new owners can take in the Old World charm of the Beacon Hill area as well as the modern delights of the Hancock and Prudential centers.

Not only does the first floor of this home include an open dining-living room, but also another special treat – a library-office alcove done in dark mahogany paneling with plenty of shelving on two walls.

At the other end of this long floor is the open dining-living room as well as another special treat – a library-office alcove done in dark mahogany paneling with plenty of shelving on two walls.

This flexible area offers lots of room for seating and dining options and fitting in a large dining room table is easy to do.

While the two large windows in the bow area provide plenty of light and great views, another large fireplace makes the dining-living space homier. This flexible area offers lots of room for seating and dining options and expands the entertaining arena to include a wet bar with a hammered sink, which is handily placed between the family room and living-dining room.

There is also a conveniently placed half bath with a marble pedestal sink with gold fixtures.

The primary bedroom suite is large enough to easily fit a king size bed with nightstand along with a sitting area. As an extra treat, you can take a step up into the “window box,” where you can enjoy the three-sided views of the neighborhood.

The middle floor is devoted to the intimate spaces. The primary bedroom suite takes up more than half the overall space on this level. The bedroom can easily fit a king size bed with nightstand along with a sitting area. As an extra treat, you can take a step up into the “window box” – another unique feature honoring AMC – where the new residents can enjoy the three-sided views of the neighborhood.

Adding to the charisma of this suite is a copious (10 x 11.8-foot) dressing room, complete with plenty of hanging rods, shelves and soft-close drawers to handle the largest of wardrobes and accessories.

The marble-floored primary suite bathroom has a double vanity, walk-in shower and a large, inviting tub. The water closet is enclosed for extra privacy.

The marble-floored bathroom has a double vanity, walk-in shower and a large, inviting tub. The water closet is enclosed for extra privacy.

The second bedroom, which is large enough to be the primary bedroom in many other homes, also has two bow windows plus a long closet.

This bedroom could also be used as a large office. It overlooks the Massachusetts State House, which is just a short walk away.

A smaller third bedroom could also be used as a large office. This space, as with the second bedroom, overlooks the Massachusetts State House, which is just a short walk away.

The shared bath includes an oversized walk-in shower and a long vanity with a single sink.

A centrally-located laundry closet is big enough for side-by-side or stackable washers and dryers.

The top floor offers plenty of joyful possibilities along with memories of more than a century worth of history.

This room used to house the AMC’s collection that included the first copy of Appalachia from 1876, glass lantern slides holding decades worth of pamphlets and a few vintage wooden pack boards from AMC huts. Each item told a piece of the organization's 140-plus-year story.

Currently, this space has been redesigned to incorporate a jumbo game room. To make entertaining easier, this space comes with a sink and mini-fridge. There’s also a bedroom with another window box seating area (another tribute to AMC); a bath with a walk-in shower (accessible from the game room) and a closet that also opens to unfinished attic space for additional storage.

This level can be used as an au pair or guest suite.

The views from this floor are spectacular. Not only can you see the State House golden dome as well as the Pru and Hancock towers, you can also look out over to the beauty of the Charles River.

Location counts when considering buying a home and for people who love what Boston has to offer, this condo is perfect. The neighborhood is filled with appreciated amenities.

The past and the present blend together effortlessly on Beacon Hill. At the doorstep, the new residents can delight in the great lawns of Boston Common, the splendor of the Public Garden and the stateliness of iconic Louisburg Square. Just around the corner is the West End Museum, offering a plethora of local history and culture.

More history, art and culture can be found in historic Downtown Boston. The Theater District offers an array of theater, art, music and film, while the city’s many “Revolutionary spaces” offer lectures, performances and tours.

Contact Mark Doherty to learn about other homes available on Joy Street. He can be reached at 617-936-3500 (office), 617-645-5888 (cell) or by email at Mdoherty@CampionRE.com.

For more information about The Bushari Team of Compass, phone 617-245-8200 or email hello@bushari.com.

The wet bar with a hammered sink is handily located between the family room and living-dining room.

DETAILS:

Address: 4 Joy St., PH, Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms

Size: 3,622 square feet

Housing type: Penthouse triplex, brownstone

Closing price: $5,800,000

Year built: Circa 1900, converted to condos in 2019

Number of units: Three

3-5 Joy Street overview: Joy Beacon Hill presents the newest boutique collection of nine luxury residences set within three thoughtfully-restored Federal Era townhouses designed to offer a classic, yet contemporary home. Each building, less than one block from Boston Common, offers three luxury residences: a garden duplex, a terrace floor-through and a penthouse triplex.

Unit features: The penthouse at 4 Joy comprises the upper three levels with a private elevator providing direct access to each floor. Opulently scaled living and entertaining rooms include the bow-front formal living and dining room open to a sun-filled library. A wet bar connects to the kitchen and family room whose oversized terrace provides an opportunity to enjoy indoor/outdoor Beacon Hill living. Chef’s kitchen includes a 36-inch Wolf gas cooktop with Gaggenau hood and Bosch dishwasher with custom panels to match millwork. In addition to four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, including the primary bedroom suite, the penthouse features a spacious, top-floor game room and large windows showcasing views of the Charles River.

Nearby: Easy access to the Boston Common and Public Garden. Near the Theater District, Downtown Crossing and Copley Square. Unique restaurants and shops in the Newbury-Charles streets areas. MBTA at the Park Street or Arlington Street stations.

Contact: Mark Doherty, Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate, 172 Newbury St., 4th Floor, Boston

Phone: 617-936-3500 (office), 617-645-5888 (cell)

Email: Mdoherty@CampionRE.com

Website: www.MarkDohertyRealEstate.com and www.joybeaconhill.com