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Stately home on Beacon Street is a dream come true
year-round activities along the Esplanade; enjoy a whimsical ride on the Public Garden Swan Boats and make figure eights on the Frog Pond skating rink. Copley Square and the Prudential Center offer plenty of up-scale shopping while chic boutiques line Newbury Street. Whether you’re looking for funky, quirky and fun faire, international cuisine, or fancy fixings, the city caters to every palate, pocketbook and panorama.

One of the fascinating aspects of living in the Back Bay – Beacon Hill area is that many of the homes have interesting histories. 480 Beacon is no exception.

According to Back Bay Houses (, this house was designed by Cabot, Everett and Mead architects and built by W. A. & H. A. Root in 1892-1893 for Lucy Ellis. Miss Ellis, an aspiring artist, lived at 114 Boylston St. with her brother, Dr. Calvin Ellis, a physician and Dean of the Harvard Medical School, who died in December 1883. Miss Ellis moved to 480 Beacon and lived there until her death in June 1899. She left her home to Harvard University.

Edward Burlingame Hill and his wife Mary Alison (Bixby) Hill bought the home from Harvard in 1901. Hill was a music teacher and composer of orchestral and choral works, attaining a professorship of music at Harvard.

In later years 480 Beacon St. was transformed into the Allen School of Costume Designing (1939) and Kingsley School for children with learning disabilities (1941); repurposed into apartments (1945); and morphed into a MIT frat house (1961).

In April 2003, the property was converted into Beacon Riverview Condominium, hosting two totally renovated deluxe residences with a private garage.

Depicted by the eye-catching Greek key patterned banding between the first and second floors of the bay-front brick fa├žade, the historic detail is symbolic of the Back Bay’s golden age of design. This pure splendor of yesteryear continues to shine inside the impressive lobby and beyond.

Stunning hardwood floors with dark border inlay plus striking panel and crown molding on the walls and ceilings that so often engender a 19th century feeling blend seamlessly with the state-of-the-art conveniences of central air conditioning, a security alarm, an expansive sound system and direct elevator access - some of the pre-requisites for 21st century living.

The main floor living-entertaining areas open to the spacious foyer and stair landing. Recently refreshed and stunningly attractive, the central kitchen will inspire – and please.

White cabinetry with light blue and frosted accents and honed granite countertops with a white tile backsplash complement the highend stainless steel appliances.

While the chef creates a culinary masterpiece of sizzling flavors, textures, colors and aromas using the Thermador professional-grade sixburner range, paired with a large Broan vent fan, the baker can complete the affair with some fresh baked aromatic bread and mouthwatering desserts.

The Sub-Zero refrigerator with bottom freezer will preserve plenty of food at just the right temperature. To aid in clean up, there’s an integrated Gaggenau dish machine and KitchenAid trash compactor.

A pass-through with breakfast bar opens up to the sophisticated living room that spans the entire width of the building with a striking wall of windows that provide impressive views.

On an adjacent wall, an attractive oversized marble fireplace with an ornate white mantled-surround takes center stage. Family and friends will enjoy gathering around the crackling fire on cold winter nights.

On the backside of the kitchen, a few steps from the foyer, is a distinguished study. Preserved wood paneling with intricate details adorn the lower portions of the walls culminating in a timeless masterpiece showcasing a magnificent almostto- the-ceiling fireplace surround.

The upper floor comprises two exclusive bedrooms at either end of the floor, accentuating decorative fireplaces and bay windows. The en suites enjoy four closets plus a fifth that holds a washer and dryer and opulent bathrooms.

The master bath is a luxurious oasis, created just for you. Take a long, soothing bubble bath in the relaxing jetted tub or let the pressurized spray of the separate steam shower pulse away tension, relieving any knots from a hard day of work/play. Add some aroma candles and calming music for added benefits. And when you’re ready, the double vanity awaits you for all the finishing touches while the radiant heated floor keeps your feet warm when the temperature drops.

The garden level entertains two unique rooms, ideal for an additional bedroom or two with the pre-requisite closets, an office/study/library, a family room or hobby hole.

The front room had some recent modifications. When the two windows in the bay area were enlarged for natural light flow, a new damp proof wall was installed. Shelf niches were added to showcase treasures. As an extra bonus – radiant heated floors.

A tub-showered bathroom and a side-by-side washer and dryer nook sit between the two rooms. A long line of closets span the opposite wall.

The rear room features the fifth and final fireplace. Two doors lead to a hidden outdoor retreat – a rare find in the heart of Back Bay. A pergola adds visual interest to the generous landscaped private patio. An efficient drip irrigation system keeps the colorful gardens thriving, while the climbing roses on the eastern wall add an additional touch of beauty and fragrance. A spiral staircase leads to yet another treasure – a sizeable private deck that sits on top of the garage – creating a place for more outdoor living, dining and entertaining.

Two deeded tandem parking spaces in the detached garage ensure availability and ease of parking plus safety of the vehicles.