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This elegant Back Bay home is perfect in all seasons

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has listed this well-appointed, wonderfully detailed and utterly comfortable residence, which she is marketing at $2,775,000.

 

“It feels like a single family,” she says. “For all the elegant details, it doesn’t feel stuffy. It just feels like a loving home.”

 

Anywhere you start a tour of this home, you’ll see something wonderful - and, on this tour, the parlor (middle) floor is a stellar place to begin.

 

The 23-foot family-dining room is filled with architectural beauty - from the coffered ceiling to the shining white pilasters flanking the granite fireplace. Storage spaces are cleverly hidden behind some of the panels on the walls.

 

Currently, a dining table is placed in the transom bow window alcove on the south side of the room and cozy seating has been placed around the fire place. As an alternative, you could utilize this lovely area as a spacious formal dining room, exemplar for throwing big dinner parties. Just place a long table under the ornate crystal chandelier and let the fire-side dining begin. There is plenty of room to add more furniture, such as a buffet/server or china cabinet as well.

 

The cook’s kitchen is steps away - a renovated room with arched doorways, wood and glass cabinets and granite countertops. The shining stainless appliances will delight those who enjoy cooking and baking. Both the cooktop and oven are made by Wolf, and the refrigerator is a tall Sub-Zero. The post-meal cleanup is a breeze because the dishwasher is a quiet Bosch.

 

A substantial granite-topped island sits in the light-filled back bow-windowed alcove, offering a place to enjoy breakfast and other casual meals.

 

A private deck sits off the kitchen. You can leave the interior door open to let breezes flow through the screen door. Large enough for lounge chairs, a picnic table and a grill, it’s a great way to relax while soaking up the summer rays or watching the colors of the seasons change and to enjoy year-round barbecuing and el fresco dining during nice weather.

 

The upper floor showcases a formal living room that looks out onto the famed and familiar Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Another fabulous space for entertaining, this room has soaring ceilings, a bow-windowed nook and huge windows that flood the area with natural light.

 

An arched brick fireplace, surrounded by glossy built-ins perfect for books and art objects, sits along one wall.

 

A wet bar on the opposite side of the room features a lighted integrated china cabinet for storing your glassware and space for mixing cocktails. And, taking a cue from the current owners - you can outfit a cozy reading nook conveniently placed next to it.

 

Your guests will appreciate the full bathroom next to the living room. Don’t be surprised if a group gathers there during a party to marvel at the four-wall hand-painted mural of the public garden. The greens of the trees and lawns are set off by shiny white ceramic tiles below the chair rail. There is even a shower available for pre- or post-party preparations.

 

At the end of the evening, you’ll be happy to retreat to the master bedroom suite on this level - and what a retreat it is!

 

The bedroom details include crown moldings, tall baseboards and shiny wood floors. A marble fireplace with a classically carved mantel adds extra ambiance. The bay windows let in the morning sunlight. On the practical side, there’s a well-organized walk-in closet for clothing and accessories, as well.

 

The marble master bath is all about pampering. This spa-like room has a roomy steam shower for cleansing and relaxing, a very long vanity with double sinks, and a state-of-the-art Toto washlet. With a bidet and heated seat, that Japanese fixture is the most coveted toilet in the world.

 

When laundry day comes, you’ll be able to gather up your things and carry them down the hall to the laundry room outfitted with a stacked Bosch washer and dryer. There’s also a granite counter for folding, a sink for hand-washables, lots of storage space and a rack to hang the clothes.

 

This beautiful home also has two bedrooms for family members or overnight guests on the garden (lower) level. While taking the attractive stairway downstairs to see them, you’ll be surprised at the ceiling height, which is almost nine feet tall.

 

The larger bedroom is part of a second master suite with an attractive full en suite bath. The tub/shower combination has stylish glass doors while the walk-in closet has plenty of room to store the occupant’s clothes. Your in-laws might want to move in.

 

The second bedroom offers bay windows with city views. The closet has a charming angled door. A full bath with shower is across the hall and is highlighted by a hand-painted mural of jungle animals. Seriously, any child and many adults would be completely enchanted by it.

 

The home also has a walk out private patio. You’ll pass through it every morning since it has gated access to the unit’s two deeded parking spaces. And at the end of the day, you’ll be excited to return home to one of the most welcoming homes in the Back Bay.