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Glitz and glamour fill renovated Beacon Hill home

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Exceptional is the norm in this home. In addition to detailed bump boards, window and door casings, oak flooring with an English walnut stain plus Sonos surround sound throughout the house, every floor has recessed ceiling lights, an intercom and a Nest thermostat. This home also has three fireplaces and even has reclaimed wood from the old famed Filene’s building in Downtown Crossing.

 

Custom cabinetry and lighting plus built-out closets and minimalist Roman shades (in fabrics complementing individual decors) on the classic six-over-six windows are also standard.

 

This home also has two great places to enjoy the outdoors – a back patio and on top of that is another deck. Another nice feature is that there is private and separate access out to Revere Street from the lower floor, making it easier for a nanny or sleep-over guests to come and go.

 

Just inside the front door, a pony wall with half columns establishes a dedicated entry, yet maintains the open concept format for the dining-living room on the main level. As the “wall” also has open cubbies, the space doubles as a mud room, albeit a sophisticated mini-version.

 

A gas fireplace with a substantial mantel is an immediate focal point in the well-proportioned “formal” living-dining space. Floating shelves over the adjacent custom built-in credenza can be used for decorative displays or wine glasses. Interchanging these areas is always an option.

 

A half bathroom with a stunning glass vessel sink and wall mounted faucets is pleasingly placed on this level, too.

 

The second-floor chef’s kitchen takes form and function (plus lots of texture) to new highs. Mini-subway stone tiles in a “rustic” finish - used in the backsplash and on a floor-to-ceiling section of wall - are juxtaposed to custom cabinets with a sleek lacquer finish, many stretching to the nine-foot high ceilings as well.

 

Stainless steel appliances that include a Viking six-burner gas stove with a custom hood and a Sub-Zero glass door refrigerator add extra glitz. So do the dishwasher and the hand-hammered farmer sink in the custom T-bar, two-toned center island that offers comfortable seating for four hungry people.

 

At the back of the kitchen, narrow multi-glass-paned French doors that are almost nine feet high - reminiscent of a Parisian atelier - lead to stairs and a private, classic Beacon Hill enclosed patio.

 

While the flow to the huge family room is seamless in this open concept space, the continuation of beautiful stylings are evident everywhere. The gas fireplace, for example, has a flush mount high lacquer surround (it matches the kitchen cabinetry) and a rustic wood mantel, flanked by built-in cabinets with open and closed shelving.

 

The original wide, three-window bay that overlooks Charles and Revere streets is among several period elements. Other facets include double crown molding that delineates this section and richly detailed window casings that create a timeless “look” that fits any decor.

 

Two bedrooms on the next level are generously sized, but like the rest of this residence, is hardly cookie-cutter. The larger bedroom with three windows has a lit double closet with custom inserts. The fireplace, which definitely adds character, already has a gas line, so installing an insert is a very viable option.

 

The other bedroom has beautiful custom wall sconces (an excellent alternative to nightstand lights) next to the bed. It also has a double closet.

 

Both rooms share a Jack ’n’ Jill bathroom with a fully tiled, step-in shower. The vanity has a marble countertop. For added convenience, a stackable Electrolux washer and dryer are in their own room behind a pocket door.

 

Understated luxury reigns in the full-floor master suite on the top level that easily accommodates a California king-size bed. Suspended lighting over flanking nightstands allows for optimum surface use.

 

A striking wood-framed barn door with a metal insert opens to reveal the spa-worthy en suite bathroom that includes a glass enclosed steam shower with extra jets and a built-in bench. A Duravit sink sits in a high vanity, abutting an extra-long and always desirable counter space with space for a stool.

 

Storage is more than ample. In addition to an old-fashioned built-in bureau (this has three deep drawers) this master suite has an extra-wide double closet with custom inserts. There’s also a single closet near the stairs on this floor. The stairway leading to the master suite has an impressively large skylight to add an extra touch of luxury.

 

The fully-finished lower level combines practical and beautiful elements seamlessly, accented with a dash of Boston history. In the den/office or fourth bedroom, a custom “credenza” is anchored at each end by a large attached desk. The material is the reclaimed wood from Filene’s.

 

Using this as guest quarters works well, too, especially since this room has an oversized double closet and loo facilities are nearby.

 

The adjacent full bathroom has a fully-tiled shower in a glass enclosure. Boston history is alive and well in this room, too: a striking stone vessel sink is on a wood vanity pedestal of more reclaimed Filene’s wood.

 

The fireplace mantel in the living room is another piece, complements of Filene’s.

 

Three storage closets, including one under the stairs, are built-out to maximize use, yet are behind doors with richly detailed casings.