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Beacon Hill home mixes glorious past, modern comforts

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feet of living space with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms.

 

In the entry, where hardwood flooring begins and continues throughout, a lighted and very long closet addresses the 21st century’s desire for abundant storage while the wooden staircase remains true to the its heritage. Curved detailed bump boards are accented with a grass cloth covered wall.

 

The elegant dining room is another example of mixing and mingling the old with the new. This room showcases plantation shutters, detailed bump boards and space to spare. Three panache pendants hang over the dining table with seating for six, eight or more.

 

The adjacent kitchen, however, falls into the outstanding category. Featuring Poggenpohl cabinetry that includes a built-in pantry, with white quartz countertops and backsplash plus undermount lighting, this sizable room is purely contemporary, yet has timeless ambiance that is warm and inviting. Stainless steel Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances with a four-burner gas stove are beautiful accents as well as chef-worthy tools. A large peninsula provides extra prep space and seats four.

 

A half bathroom on this level features Kohler fixtures with a marble topped vanity.

 

A front-to-back living/family room on the second floor is spacious enough to easily entertain a grand piano with ample seating. Six windows on three exposures provide plenty of natural light.

 

Double crown molding is another period touch. While a gas fireplace with a marble surround is a striking focal point, built-in bookcases flank the doorway to a mini-kitchen. Officially a “kitchenette,” this well-planned space is gigantic in terms of function. Gaggenau appliances that include a four-burner gas stove are a highlight in this space with pretty cabinetry. The available counter space works well when entertaining or unwinding.

 

A double storage closet and another half bathroom, complete with a contemporary take on the traditional chair rail, reflect the modernity of this home.

 

Each of the spacious second and third bedrooms that share the entire third floor has two exposures, one with delightful view of Lime Street. Each room has lighted double closets.

 

Beautiful in function and form, the shared bathroom has a tub/shower ensemble with a subway tile surround. Black-and-white floor tile summon a retro vibe. The vanity, with an attractive marble countertop and the window shutters, however, are strictly 21st century. Full glass frosted shutters allow in ample natural light while providing privacy.

 

A Bloomberg full-size washer and dryer are conveniently located in the sizable utility room on this level.

 

At the apex of the house, the master suite is an oasis, period. Increasing the charm factor, this front-to-back haven takes full advantage of the peaked roofline as well as its southern and western exposures via three large windows.

 

An interior wall and doorway (to the stairwell) with a peaked transom that complements the ceiling lines has frosted glass panels to welcome additional light.

 

Admittedly, bead board paneled walls in this very private space are an appealing nod to the past, yet the old-fashioned finish enhances the getaway ambiance. With four large and deep step-in closets tucked into each corner of the room, function is not overlooked.

 

The en suite bathroom, which has two windows, has a large step-in shower with a subway tile surround in a glass enclosure.

 

Charming bead board walls line the stairwell (under a skylight) leading to the finished garden level. A versatile area, thoughtfully planned to match the rest of the house, works as a guest suite, family room, media center or additional bedroom. There is also a large office on this floor.

 

Moreover, “amenities to spare” is the rule. The full marble bathroom has a step-in shower with a subway tile surround. A massive walk-in closet classifies as a small room, and a second utility room has a full-size stackable washer and dryer. While there is gleaming hardwood flooring, plenty of windows on two sides flood the area with natural light.

 

Access to the home’s private patio just a few steps down from the kitchen provides more than urban outdoor space. In addition to being a back door for the residence, this area is great for games and grub. It’s also a suitable spot for storing bikes and strollers. Plus the patio leads to a private pathway that goes directly to River Street, which makes carrying parcels to and fro the home easier.

 

On another practical note, all of the systems in this home have been updated to include multiple zones of central heat and air conditioning.