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Spectacular beauties sell in Back Bay and South End
BY WAYNE BRAVERMAN
STAFF WRITER

For our latest look at spectacular sales, we visit the Back Bay and the South End. 197 Marlborough St. in the Back Bay sold recently for $12,265,547.

This showcase townhouse with a colossal amount of space – 7,575 square feet – boasts 12 incredible rooms in the heart of Back Bay.

Newly renovated and professionally designed, this is an amazingly exquisite singlefamily home on sunny-side Marlborough Street. It offers every 21st century comfort imaginable, including private elevator to all six levels, smart home technology and a twocar garage with three additional outdoor parking spaces. There is also a beautiful walk out terrace and rear garden.

This deluxe home also has all of the architectural appeal of historic Back Bay with beautiful moldings, seven gas fireplaces, dark hardwood floors and three bay windows overlooking one of Boston’s most charming residential streets.

The new owners will enjoy the grandly scaled entertaining rooms with dramatic details, the open kitchen and family room, floor-through master bedroom suite, a spacious study, au-pair suite/gym, and a great room.

The elegantly appointed parlor level offers the very best in luxury formal living, dining and entertaining while the more casual heart of the home is the open-concept family room, chef’s kitchen and informal dining room on the second level.

Its five-plus bedrooms and five-full and two-half bathrooms include the luxurious master suite on a private level plus a separate garden suite.

Additional features of this exceptional home include a mudroom and suburbansized laundry room. It is complete with a lovely private roof deck directly off the skylit media room with a wet bar that offers a relaxing hot tub, gas grill and incredible city views.

The new owners are going to enjoy the beauty of the Back Bay and all the luxury treats in this astounding Victorian single-family home.

The listing agent was Tracy Campion of Campion & Company and the buyer’s agent was Joshua Golden, Luxury Residential Group, LLC.

Living in the Back Bay has plenty of benefits. Residents are within walking distance of many places people like to visit. There’s fine shopping on Newbury Street, the Boston Public Library’s main branch in Copley Square, the Farmer’s Market and Prudential Center as well as plenty of parks and restaurants. Public transportation is easy to reach and the Boston Common and Public Garden is nearby. For those who drive, the highway(s) and Storrow Drive are accessible.

5 Worcester Sq., South End A beautiful home in the South End now has a new owner. 5 Worcester Sq. sold on Dec. 1 for $3,800,000.

This large 15-room home has 4,863 square feet of luxurious living space. Built in 1859, this home’s location is perfect, overlooking the fountain in historic Worcester Square.

According to the South End Business Alliance, Worcester Square was created in 1851, along with Chester Square (on Massachusetts Avenue) and Union Park.

“These garden squares were designed to enhance the beauty of the South End and attract middle and upper class residents, so they would not leave Boston for the new suburbs.” To learn more, visit http://www.sebaboston.com.

With six levels and a width of 24 feet, this Union Park-size magnificent townhouse is filled with beautifully restored original detail throughout. Greek Revival moldings and detail set off the living and dining rooms as well as the elegant library. High ceilings up to 11 1/2 feet add depth.

The new owners will keep warm and cozy this winter with seven marble fireplaces enriched with gorgeous mantels.

Five large bedrooms, three offices, three full baths and five half-baths can accommodate almost any family and guests as well. The spacious rooms with beautiful hardwood floors make this the perfect home for entertaining. The huge kitchen with its beautiful period cabinetwork, soapstone counters and professional appliances are an incredible joy.

The previous owners created this look for the television program, “America’s Test Kitchen.”

A dumbwaiter connects the kitchen to the pleasing dining room above, and the kitchen itself can also accommodate a large family for an elaborate dinner.

There’s no need to stuff things under chairs or leave them hanging around on the floor here. This home is loaded with plenty of storage. And, unlike the residents in the 19th century when this house was built, the new owners will keep cool and comfortable on hot summer days. That’s thanks to the central AC. Being outdoors will be a true joy on pleasant days and evenings with an attractive patio and garden area.

There’s no need to drive around looking for places to park. This home comes with three full brick-paved parking spaces.

There is plenty to enjoy in the South End. There are several parks to relax in and a lot of restaurants, shops and galleries to experience. It is also home to one of the city’s most thriving artist communities.

The South End branch of the Boston Public Library is a very short walk down the street. Copley Square is also easily reachable by foot.

The listing agents were John Neale and Bradford Sprogis of Sprogis & Neale Real Estate and the buyer’s agent was Terry Stangel of Coldwell Banker - The Hammond Group.