Boston condo in grand Back Bay landmark is a spectacular sale

A stunning 4,382-square-foot Back Bay residence in the prized Burrage Mansion at 314 Commonwealth Ave. was sold Oct. 26 for $4.3 million.
Beth Dickerson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was both the listing and selling broker for this home with
three-plus bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and two deeded parking spaces in the ground-level garage.
Just four condominiums lie within this Gilded Age building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. (The first-floor and garden-level units are combined.)


Built in 1899 for Albert Cameron Burrage, a lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and horticulturist, the extravagant home, modeled after a 16th century French chateau, was meant to set a high standard for residences in the new Back Bay as it was being filled and expanded.
Even today, the condominiums within this palace are exquisite, and the Boston Landmarks Commission has protected the ornate interior lobby and grand marble staircase, common areas, from any radical change.
The entrance to Unit 1 reflects the grandeur of the lobby and opens into an anteroom with rich mahogany paneling and an original mosaic-tiled floor.
Beyond is a huge living room, 30 feet long and 19 feet wide; a 14-foot-high cove ceiling is rimmed with a carved frieze. One mahogany-paneled wall boasts a grand marble fireplace.
To the left is a beautiful dining room with a white marble fireplace. An ornate frieze with cupids edges the sky blue ceiling, and a pair of columns frames the doorway to the stunning conservatory. This room now serves as the kitchen and family room and is a chef’s delight with a granite-topped center island, custom-built cabinetry, high-end appliances and more granite workspace.
The master bedroom suite occupies one wing and includes a large dressing room with closets and a sumptuous en suite marble-tiled bath. Another wing holds two more bedrooms, a laundry room and a bath.
One of the bedrooms, which is at the front of the home, was the original library and the vaulted cove ceiling features cherubs holding tablets with the names of Emerson and Hawthorne and other literary figures. Like the master bedroom, this room has a three-window bay with stained glass transoms.
The lower level has a spacious home office, paneled with quarter-sawn oak. One wall is lined with built-in bookcases. A full bath and a separate egress and space to add a kitchen present an opportunity to create an au pair suite.