Duplex in Boston’s Back Bay has three bedrooms
Location, style, and size are an enticing real estate package. Add two prudent fiscal notes, and the result is a grand slam opportunity. For example, this Back Bay condominium at 295 Beacon St. is the only three-plus-bedroom duplex in the Back Bay for less than $1 million.
Tim Marsh of Marsh Properties has listed Unit 2 at $850,000.
An elegant gallery-like foyer leads to architectural columns that grace the entry to the open flow living-dining room, which comprises nearly the entire length of the unit.
A corner wood-burning fireplace has a marble surround and hearth plus a mantel with half fluted columns and bull’s eye molding. A bas-relief framed panel adds architectural interest to the large area above the mantel. Nine-foot ceilings with crown molding and recessed lighting are throughout the first floor.
Deep-set windows that are almost floor-to-ceiling provide lots of natural light in the living room and dining room, and interior shutters on the bottom halves offer privacy. An open display niche next to the fireplace allows natural light to flow into the foyer corridor.
A large pass-through between the kitchen and dining room makes it easy to serve dinner to six or more.
A multi-paned swinging door with heavy-duty brass hinges opens into the kitchen. Above the door is an old-fashioned element – a red, gold, and green leaded stained glass transom.
The kitchen is spacious, featuring crisp clean lines accented with Corian countertops, a white tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances – a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Bosch dishwasher and a Thermador electric range with a stainless steel hood vent. The cabinetry layout includes open shelving.
A cafe table and chairs fit comfortably next to an extra wide window with a wide sill and interior shutters.
Contemporary chrome finished Kohler faucets in the spacious half bath are attractively juxtaposed with a period tin ceiling with crown molding. A pedestal sink is another early 20th century touch.
A multi-paned glass door that opens to a study/office at the end of the foyer has excellent ceiling height. This room also has crown molding with dentil detail.
In addition, this is home office central. Although not gigantic, this room handles a desk, bookcases, etc., effortlessly.
A full size staircase lit by an attractive chandelier leads to the home’s private quarters on the lower level. The destination includes a well-sized landing with a chair rail. A hall table or two fits neatly in these wide corridors.
Recessed ceiling lighting and hardwood flooring are also the norm on this level.
French doors open to the king-size bed master suite with two good-sized deep-set windows. The bright sleeping chamber has not one but several closets. One, which is strictly storage and extends deep into the wall, has a gently sloping ceiling and a working light. Despite the ceiling angle, this closet is big, big, big.
Another double closet fulfills the ongoing clamor for more storage. But the most impressive closet space is the custom-designed walk-in closet where there is a substantial amount of hanging space on one wall but more shelving could be added.
A Jacuzzi tub with a marble surround and a display ledge is one highlight in the en suite bath, but the glass-enclosed walk-in shower with the same marble tiles is attractive, too. Two deep-set windows with privacy shades are above the tub.
This room also has a Kohler sink with chrome hardware set into a banjo-style countertop.
The two other bedrooms are good-sized and have excellent closet space. One has a double closet, and the other has a huge storage area that awaits a customized buildout. Both rooms have great natural lighting via deep-set windows.
The shared bathroom is another bright spacious spot. This has a period-like flush-mount medicine cabinet plus a tub/shower combination surrounded by white 6-inch square tiles accented by a thin row of cobalt blue tiles. The fixtures and sparkling chrome hardware are by Kohler.
A full size washer and dryer fit comfortably in the spacious laundry room, which also has a large storage closet with built-in shelving. The flooring is tiled.
A linen closet is also on this level.
The bedrooms also reveal an interesting historical tidbit about the building. A condo today, the entire building, which dates to 1900, was originally designed for apartment living. That includes the lower level, which was always set up for daily life right up to excellent ceiling height.
A private storage closet is also in the basement along with bike and trash rooms. Additional washers and dryers are here, too, and rental parking is available.
When it’s time to heed the siren call to the great outdoors, go up – to a sensational common roof deck and a million- dollar nearly 360-degree view of the Esplanade, the Charles River, Cambridge and Boston. Kenmore Square, the Museum of Science, and the Custom House tower are within sight too.
For more earthbound travels, this home’s central location means that all of Back Bay’s pleasures and treasures are within walking distance along with an astounding choice of eateries.
Address: 295 Beacon St., Unit 2, Back Bay
BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths
Size: 1,652 square feet
Taxes: $9,661 (FY 2012 with residential exemption)
Condo fee: $805 per month
Age: 1900; 1974; recent updates
Features of building: Brick apartment hotel converted to 28 condominiums in 1974; common roof deck with spectacular views; available rental parking.
Features of unit: Spacious duplex with high ceilings, hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace in living room and compact study; renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.
Close by: Restaurants and shops along Newbury and Boylston streets, Copley Place and Shops at the Prudential; Charles River Esplanade, Public Garden; easy access to MBTA Green Line at Copley Station and Orange Line, commuter rail and Amtrak at Back Bay station; Storrow Drive, Route 90.
Contact: Tim Marsh, Marsh Properties, 306 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116. Phone: 617-716-0240. Email: info@BostonLuxuryRealEstate.com
This property may be seen by appointment.