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Pristine townhouse loaded with luxury on Beacon Hill

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Millwork, which includes double crown molding, wide detailed bump boards as well as window and doorframes on every level and in every room, is stunning. Marble tile bathrooms (be they full or half) are the norm as are dramatically high ceilings and graciously spacious rooms with multi-paneled wood doors.

 

Details, however, take this residence from the ranks of beautiful to exceptional. For example, chandeliers underscore period-accurate ceiling medallions while rooms (large or small from the butler’s pantry to the top level family room) with oak floorboards accentuate mahogany inlays.

 

Colorful leaded glass windows (some have a sunburst design) are installed as transoms over French doors and/or inserted into walls above several interior doors to promote the flow of natural light captured by a large rooftop skylight over the four-story open stairwell.

 

The ground-level “motor court” (a.k.a. five-car garage) behind the unassuming façade featuring paneled wainscoting and a concrete floor (immaculate) adjacent to brick in a herringbone pattern is another unexpected visual treat. So is the hotel-quality (that means fast and quiet) elevator with a bronze and walnut paneled cab that has access to all five levels.

 

The 21st century is well represented, too, especially on the garden level just below the garage. Besides a wall of mahogany built-in bookcases, the huge multi-media theater/ gallery has a 100-inch pull-down screen. Fine finishes such as double crown molding and a marble tile floor continue in a nearby powder room with an oval stainless steel sink.

 

All this (and so much more) shines in this south-facing home with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and three powder rooms located on the classic tree-lined Chestnut Street.

 

An unobtrusive front door that leads to a spacious entry is the first clue that this home is far from ordinary. The vestibule, which is open to the garage, has a chandelier that sparkles over a black and white marble floor. For added convenience a powder room is down here, too.

 

The main living level is accessible via a multi-level open staircase or the elevator that opens into a gallery-like formal foyer.

 

Intricately patterned single-panel wrought iron gates “frame” the step-down living room. A gas fireplace with a marble surround and triple-crown molding are visual extras in this grand room that spans the width of the building. French door windows with brass hardware open to Juliet balconies.

 

In the eat-in kitchen that also envelopes the width of the building, glazed maple cabinets with undermount lighting that line one long wall are complemented by a tile floor, granite counters and stainless steel appliances - including a six-burner gas stove.

 

The center island with storage all around has an under-mount stainless steel sink and seating. A built-in “cookbook” bookcase is next to the refrigerator.

 

More maple cabinets (glass- and closed-front) and granite counters are in the amply-sized Butler’s pantry.

 

A beautiful French crystal chandelier is one focal point in the adjacent grand-sized dining room. Built-in open bookcases are another.

 

A spacious office with a window overlooking the stairwell also has access via French doors to the master suite – located in the rear of the house on the next level – where the back wall of the king bed-sized sleeping chamber is almost all windows.

 

Walls of closets line the “hall” to the elegant en suite marble and mahogany bathroom. Sunlight streams through the roof window over the jetted tub and cascades into the fully tiled walk-in shower. A heated towel rack is another luxurious touch in this spa-like room.

 

Large, bright and overlooking Chestnut Street, the two front bedrooms on this level also have French door windows (mini versions of those in the living room) as well as double crown molding and double closets.

 

Marble accents (vanity countertop and tile floor) complement mahogany cabinetry in the shared bathroom that also has a roof window over the jetted tub. A heated towel rack is another treat.

 

Laundry facilities on this floor include a stackable washer and dryer plus a sink topped with a granite counter.

 

The vaulted glass window ceiling gives the main room on the top level of the house a very Parisian atelier look. The “family” room (or not) is bright, airy and big with hardwood flooring. However, an au pair or in-law suite is another option as the elevator stops here as well.

 

This level also has a large bedroom with grand-sized windows and sliders to a private terrace. Two double closets and a bookcase (with open- and closed shelving) provide storage and/or display space. A 14-foot ceiling (at least) is in the full bathroom with a marble tiled shower.

 

Although Storrow Drive and Route 93 are almost around the corner, escape from the hustle and bustle of the city is even closer: a massive roof deck, complete with plumbing, gas and electricity, adds to the excitement of the property as well as the location.

 

This outdoor oasis with spectacular views of some of the famed landmarks such as Trinity Church, the Prudential and Hancock towers in Copley Square, plus the iconic 1965 Citgo sign in Kenmore Square, not to mention the stunning vistas of the New England seasons passing by, offers more than the rooftop scenery.

 

This private patio is great for entertaining almost any time of the year. Enjoy the Fourth of July festivities up close and personal, for example, as you and your guests savor the flavor of festive foods, tap your toes to the Boston Pops concert (with additional performances throughout the season) and celebrate the sights and sounds of the fireworks display over the Charles River.