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Sunny Back Bay home available on Marlborough Street

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casings) are extra wide. The bonus is that these allow in ample natural light.

 

Two wide niches that flank the working fireplace are deep enough for armoires or other large pieces of furniture.

 

Beauty is another outstanding aspect of this room. That fireplace has the original marble mantel and the oak floor boards sparkle. Built-in open shelving in a pony wall that separates the living room from the dining room includes space for a flat-screen TV as well as books and/or decorative displays.

 

The dining room has something for everyone. Large enough for dinner parties with at least eight guests, this space adapts readily to more intimate repasts. The half wall that separates it from the living room along with judiciously-placed recessed ceiling lights help create a peaceful ambiance with a sense of privacy.

 

Exposed brick on a narrow section of wall, deep detailed bump boards and the gorgeous flooring give the space added character.

 

The oversized U-shaped chef’s kitchen has an abundance of white cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances and sparkling black granite countertops. Unexpected accents such as the tile backsplash with decorative inserts and a section of countertop with a butcher block top ratchet up the kitchen’s pizzazz. Installing a work island – be it permanent or mobile – is an option. So is setting up space for casual dining for two or three.

 

Mini-French doors open to the spacious guest bedroom that has oak parquet flooring and plantation shutters.

 

A built-in floor-to-ceiling armoire is a period touch; an adjacent eight-shelf slim line bookcase is a practical one. This floor-to-ceiling built-in works well for decorative displays or can be a mini-library. A queen-size bed plus additional furniture fits comfortably in this room.

 

A king-size bed (along with all the prerequisite bedroom furniture) fits easily in the oversized master bedroom with double crown molding and deep bump boards (for that classic look), plus a closet “wall” that includes overhead storage.

 

A Runtal heater is a sleek (and practical) addition, but this room is also light and bright. A pair of one-over- one windows looks out onto the private outdoor space.

 

Marble floor tile and wainscoting are elegant details in the full bathroom. However, a six-inch deep (at least) mosaic accent border of mini-tiles has a modern feel right at home in this contemporary space with a tub/shower ensemble and a rain shower head. A fully customized linen closet is in the bathroom, too.

 

Although the building has its roots in the 19th century, the five homes in it have a decidedly 21st century bent. Laundry facilities, for example, are in the basement, but in-unit hookups are ready to be used. This home also has three distinct heating zones and two extra storage facilities plus bike storage.

 

Convenience is another perk. Along with its enviable location on one of Boston’s most iconic streets, this urban residence is a gardener’s delight. Consider that this home has not one, but two very usable and livable outdoor spaces. One is a roomy street-side garden, tucked behind a classic Back Bay wrought iron fence that is part of the unit.

 

The other is in the back of the home. Full glass pane sliders lead to a large deck and then down to a sizable private brick paver patio within a walled courtyard that has space for additional gardens.