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Two homes at 45 Province strike perfect balance

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cabinetry complements the sheen of the stainless steel appliances.


The master suite on the left handily begins with a walk-in closet. The master bedroom is comfortably carpeted and brightly lit. A floor-to-ceiling window offers a breathtaking distant downtown view to make your morning, yet preserves your privacy.


The master bath and the second bath, which is to the right of the great room, each boast a granite vanity with raised oval sink and a tiled tub/shower with rain shower head.


Left of the second bath is the carpeted second bedroom that features a full-wall double-door closet, a single tall window with an eye on Boston and an intimate atmosphere for study or home office use.


The 1,318-square-foot Unit 1204 presents a more snug setting for intimate dining amid city lights at the corner window, cozy cuisine on the Silestone countertops in the kitchen, lounging in the living room and out-of-the-way privacy in the master bedroom.


However, a parting of the sizable second bedroom’s frosted-glass double slider breaks the barrier and expands the entertaining arena, aided by the openness to the living room and the kitchen’s four-burner gas cooktop counter/bar, for quicker food service. The column by the counter can be removed for a more open concept if desired.


The kitchen’s cabinets contrast Italian walnut with metallic frosted glass-covered aluminum for a pleasing polarity between light and dark.


The left-hand hall conveniently starts with a stacked washer/dryer closet and the Italian-tiled second bath and continues to the dedicated master suite. This suite begins with the master bath, which is distinguished with Italian-tile wainscoting with a frosted-glass stringcourse, a granite twin-sink vanity and a standup shower with handheld and rain shower heads.


A walk-in closet precedes the master bedroom, where you wake up to southeast exposure and an impressive view of Boston’s downtown skyscrapers and Old South Meeting House steeple to remind you that you’re in the center of the Hub where history and high-rise intersect.


Yet, these units have enough in common to make the decision between them less easy. Their warm plank bamboo floors offer hardwood appeal and durability in an environmentally sustainable way. Their eight-to-nine-foot ceilings give even the smallest spaces an airy feel.


Their floor-to-ceiling windows, as mentioned, yield optimum light, stunning Boston panoramas and rare up-close views of Downtown/ Financial District skyscrapers for a rare blend of proximity and privacy. You are close to where the action is, yet too remote to be subjected to peeping Toms.


Also making both units special are the ritzy building amenities. The 33rd-floor roof deck lets you take in a big skyline sweep of Boston, Cambridge and beyond from the comforts of the ergonomic plastic easy-chairs, couches, ottomans and rockers.


The Exhale Spa (free to all residents) allows you a full workout with its Life Fitness weight-training stations, Precor treadmills and pedal-pumping stations with TV screens, a 40-foot outdoor heated lap pool, full bath with shower and the furnished lounge with a tea bar for relaxing between iron-pumps, pedal-pumps, power-runs and swims.


Three elevators that automatically take you to your unit with the tap of a fob also descend to the luxurious second-floor resident parlor. Free coffee is available all day upon entering the restaurant-style dining area, set for private rentals such as wedding receptions, corporate luncheons, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, with a caterer’s kitchen next door.


The library lounge has designer furniture, a marble fireplace and built-in shelves full of books of all genres.


The in-house theater is plushly appointed with upholstered stadium seating, drink-holder armrests, patterned carpeting, dimmable house lights and a sizable screen with video/PowerPoint projection.


The abstract art in the lobby, including a sculpture of butterflies behind the marble-paneled 24-hour concierge desk, also adds pride of place to either unit. There’s more pride of place with the surrounding history in the backyard as well as in the neighborhood.


Designed by Bruner/Cott and developed by The Abbey Group in 2009, 45 Province abuts the old granite steps and lanterned cast-iron gateway arch that led to the rear gardens of the street’s namesake, the Province House, home to Massachusetts Bay Colony royal governors from 1716 to 1776.


First built in 1679 as the home of wealthy London emigrant merchant Peter Sergeant, the Province House epitomized the ultimate in luxury of its era the way 45 Province does in ours with an unusually high elevation, roof and cupola offering an expansive view of Boston. (The copper Native American archer weathervane that topped the cupola is on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society).


Renamed the Old Province House Tavern in 1835, it inspired Legends of the Province House, a.k.a. Twice-Told Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who noted the way its grand, spacious rooms were “cut up by partitions and subdivided into little nooks” for lodging (sound familiar?). Following uses as a burlesque theater, rooming houses and tradesman’s shops, the Province House was demolished in 1922 to make way for the Jewelers’ Building on Washington Street. A plaque on the building marks the historic site.


Offered at $1.1 million and $1.425 million respectively, Units 1508 and 1204 at 45 Province strike the perfect balances between openness and intimacy, privacy and sociability, aloofness and activity, history and modernity.


For a private showing, contact Robb Cohen of Engel & Völkers at 617-962-0142 or