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Have it all in this gorgeous Back Bay home
The grand-scale (as in 760 square feet) open-flow living-dining room is filled with breathtaking original features. The hardwood flooring is in a striking herringbone pattern with a picture-frame trim. Other exquisite exemplars are the lovely millwork on the window and door casings along with detailed bump boards.

The paneled walls with raised fields and molding with egg-anddart trim are punctuated with fluted pilasters that draw all eyes up to the ceiling. Here, lavish triple-crown (plus) molding surrounds the room and showcases additional decorated molding that creates a unique traylike effect.

Taking center stage of one wall is the fireplace with a beautiful marble surround and delicately carved mantel.

On another wall, adding to the innate elegance of this room are three sets of French doors with custom- designed leaded glass windows that open to a private 18-foot long balcony overlooking the Esplanade  and the Charles River. The views are outstanding at any time of year, but on the Fourth of July…they are incredible.

The two entrances to the kitchen – one off the open living-dining room and the other off the main foyer through a pocket door – make this a versatile space.

A modified galley affair, this kitchen has a long L-shaped swath of  granite-topped counter (and granite backsplash) on one side of the room plus a shorter counter with a Jenn- Air stove and over-the-range Jenn- Air microwave on the other side, with seating for two at the end. Other stainless steel appliances such as the Frigidaire Professional refrigerator/freezer and Bosch dishwasher add to the lustrous character.

The well-planned kitchen has a substantial amount of cabinetry (some is frosted glass-front), including a floor-to-ceiling pantry, built-in open shelving with serving space and built-in desk area, grounded by gleaming cherry floorboards, adding another touch of pizzazz.

House lore has it that the magnificent detailed wood paneling in the library was imported from England. Whether it’s fact or just a fanciful fairytale, what is true is that this room is ultimately stunning.

Built-in bookcases with three shelves each flank an extra-wide fireplace with an intricately woodcarved surround and tile hearth. “Secret” cabinets (complete with a key-hole lock) are also tucked into the paneling. Two more sets of bookcases sit opposite the fireplace.

The southern exposure window “wall” – four full glass pane affairs decorated with custom stained glass pane shutters – is embraced by floorto- ceiling bookcases on each side and rows of bookcases above and below.

The eight-foot-plus high French doors with decorative carvings, quarter- sawn oak floorboards and the intricate frieze work on the triplecrown molding add an extra dimension to the room as well.

While a mini-office sits next to the library, a bathroom with a fully tiled step-in shower and a floor-to-ceiling linen/medicine closet lies between the office and the kitchen.

“Detail” is the essence of the huge sun-filled master suite. The bedroom has a decorative ceiling (a beautiful and dramatic take on traditional ceiling medallions), triple-crown molding and elaborate window and door  casings. The fireplace has a marble surround with fluted columns and an attractive mantel topped by a custom mirror that looks so original you won’t believe it isn’t. Oak flooring is a beautiful backdrop while a large expanse of windows provides a 24-7 view of urban Boston.

While the size of the en-suite master bath is impressive, how it functions is the real appeal. With the continuation of the bedroom oak flooring running throughout, the walk-in dressing room has two double closets with custom inserts, a built-in bureau with 14 drawers and an overhead cabinet plus ample room to move around in. Also sharing this space is a double vanity with two sinks accompanied by a floor-to-ceiling medicine/linen closet. A pocket door opens to a spacious area with a combination whirlpool tub/shower and commode.

A long hallway leads to the huge guest bedroom. This river-view room is filled with original period details including fully paneled walls with raised fields within the picture-frame molding and beautiful oak flooring. A wide curved bay area has twoover- two windows and five-foot high (at least) shutters with custom leaded and stained glass panes. A wall of built-in bookcases works as a minilibrary and/or decorative display.

On the way are three double closets. One closet has additional overhead storage and another is cedar.

An adjacent full bathroom has a tub/shower combination with a tile surround. This large room doubles  as the in-unit laundry room with a full size washer and dryer. Overhead open shelving provides additional storage.

This home also has another remarkable feature. The ceiling in the bedroom wing corridor, which is  lower than the rest of the unit, is essentially the “floor” to an attic that has the same 12-foot height as the main living area. Currently, pulldown steps provide access to an abundance of out-of-sight but in-unit storage with the space running almost the entire length of the residence.

The bonus: the ways to utilize this extra space are many and varied. An alternative to the storage space might be to integrate the area with the home. By fashioning a loft area with its unique purpose, the lower room could be opened up to create a “great room.”

Another option might be to craft “an upstairs paradise” with architecturally designed rooms for “this, that and the other,” as required or desired.