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A Back Bay home that offers refined beauty and space

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One of the two entrances is on Beacon Street; the other on Back Street.

 

Dark stained quarter-sawn oak flooring throughout the residence creates a cohesive and timeless look. Juxtaposed to white/cream lavishly detailed millwork – window and door casings, triple crown molding and deep detailed bump boards – the contrast is simultaneously striking and classic.

 

The expansive formal foyer that is open to the formal living room is an excellent introduction to this luxurious home. The large archway includes multi-glass pane “walls” that create a unique look while allowing an ample amount of natural light into what would normally be considered a windowless space. “Light” is also a hallmark of almost every room in this home.

 

Three massive windows (two are six-over-nine and one is 10-over-20) are instant focal points in the gigantic living room with a direct view of the Charles River. The marble fireplace with its finely-crafted, but subtle finishing details, would be easy to overlook given the countless wonderful features in this room - including the view. But the surround of “golden” marble under the exquisitely-carved mantel is another unforgettable feature.

 

The fully-paneled mahogany library, which is on the other side of a three-foot deep archway (off one end of the living room), is flat out handsome. Built-in bookcases include closed cabinetry and a media station.

 

Elegant paneling over the beautifully- veined marble fireplace is surrounded by richly detailed millwork. But it’s the incredible amount of natural light via three almost floor-to-ceiling windows that transforms this spacious room into an inviting retreat.

 

A pass-through, lined with floor-to- ceiling bookcases, leads back to the “main” corridor, creating a circular traffic layout that is convenient and conducive when entertaining.

 

The archway (on the other side of the living room) into the formal dining room has pocket doors and a nice secret - four hidden cabinets (two on each side) that are excellent spots to store trays and/or large serving platters. The exuberantly decorative ceiling medallion, however, is a more readily noticeable highlight in this stately room where 10-plus people can dine comfortably.

 

Mini-French doors open to a roomy galley-like kitchen where modern form and function are right at home in a traditional setting. A square ceramic farmer’s sink, for example, which is in one of two peninsulas, is across from an open butler’s pantry/bar with a mahogany countertop. Overhead glass-front cabinets that wrap “around” the entry have under mount lighting.

 

Honed stone countertops are understated accents to stainless steel appliances that include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, two Bosch dishwashers and a six-burner Gaggenau gas stove with a sleek stainless steel hood.

 

Additional cabinetry with glass-and closed-front cupboards is in a large dining nook with banquette seating that accommodates six easily.

 

Of course this classic residence has a pantry – it’s opposite a large laundry closet.

 

A chic powder room with bead board wainscoting and double crown molding is nearby, too. This loo has a “period” Cesame pedestal sink.

 

The master wing – yes, wing – is an amenity-filled bastion of beauty and elegance balanced masterfully (no pun intended) with practicality.

 

Double crown molding and deep bump boards line the corridor to this personal oasis.

 

In addition to an extra-large fireplace with a good-looking mantel, the king bed-sized sleeping chamber has gorgeous ceiling molding. Window shutters add character in this huge room with an appropriately sized walk-in closet.

 

That no detail was overlooked in this residence is evident in the en suite bathroom that has shadow-box paneling (as in the rest of the home) and space-saving pocket doors. One opens to the “main” bathroom with a soaking tub that has lavishly decorated claw feet. Another one leads to the commode-shower room and a fully tiled step-in shower in a frameless glass enclosure. Bead board wainscoting is on two walls.

 

In addition to size – as in substantial – the guest suite has multiple personalities. A wall of open cubbies that stretch to the ceiling (be it for decorative displays, books and/or paraphernalia), a large closet and overhead storage are exceptionally practical elements in the huge sleeping chamber.

 

Multi-glass pane French doors open to a bonus space with two more closets. Complete with views overlooking Beacon Street, this extra-large room could be utilized as an in-home gym or office.

 

Double crown molding and 12- inch square tile wainscoting are eye-catchers in the en suite bathroom. A fully-tiled (including the ceiling) step-in shower with a frameless glass door is another. The large linen closet is a plus.

 

Although the smallest, the third bedroom is as well-planned and attractive as its larger counterparts. Multi-glass pane French doors that open to the room fall into the good looks category. A wall of built-in cubbies over an eight-drawer credenza is also very useful.

 

This Back Bay home that lives as “large” as any suburban single-family abode also has a separate two-room, 483-square-foot studio unit with a full bathroom. This space could be used as a fitness/exercise studio, a very private home office, an au pair or a separate guest suite. One-car deeded parking (with available rental options), a large roof deck featuring fantastic city views and three exclusive storage rooms are part of the deal, too.