A gem of a restored old townhouse in one of Boston’s most elegant neighborhoods. At the southern edge of the city, Union Park is laid out around an oval private park with a central fountain. Planned in 1848 and developed into the early 1870s, the South End boasts many restored historic townhouses and is the largest surviving Victorian urban residential area in the United States. One of the area’s most coveted addresses, this home is not only the best single-family home available in Boston right now, it’s the South End’s all-time asking price. Trophy price? $12.5 million, Hannemann Gonzales team with a compass.
Spanning 6,830 square feet and boasting six full and two half baths, the current owners of the five-bedroom home have painstakingly restored the building over the years with a renowned design firm. studio dicusThe unusually wide dimensions and high ceilings of this 24-foot-wide Italian-style townhouse with a classic brick bow front facade create elegant proportions.
A custom mahogany front door leads visitors to the parlor level. Here, original plaster moldings, period door and window trim, and old Italian marble mantelpieces nod strongly to the past. The 30-foot-long living room and formal dining room are separated by an original pocket door with etched wheel-cut glass. The butler’s pantry (actually a small kitchen) includes a stovetop, refrigerator, and dishwasher. There’s also a powder room cleverly hidden behind custom woodwork.
Above the parlor floor, the third floor has been reimagined for contemporary lifestyles as a single open plan area with family room, kitchen and informal dining space. Set against a backdrop of intricate moldings, the modern kitchen features custom woodwork, silver foil embossed cabinets, and a full suite of chef-quality appliances. The family dining area is graced by the home’s bow front windows, while the family room opens to a marble-encased wood-burning fireplace and includes a pantry closet with a wine fridge. A trio of French doors open the family room to a cantilevered deck overlooking the backyard.
The primary suite covers the entire 4th floor. Custom silk-paneled pocket doors lead to a living room with a midnight/morning bar with sink and beverage fridge. With hand-painted wall décor, the bedroom is flooded with light throughout the day and offers beautiful park and fountain views. Ensuite bathrooms are clad in marble and feature custom dual vanities, walk-in showers with dual shower stations, and divine soaking tubs. Next is a large dressing room with custom woodwork.
There are two guest bedrooms on the top floor, each with their own bathroom and dressing area, and two more guest bedrooms on street level. A separate entrance under the stoop means guests can enter and exit without disturbing the host.
A limestone-covered wooden fireplace in the garden-level media room sets the tone for winter evenings, while a row of glass doors opens to perfectly connect the room to the terraced gardens. There are also two full kitchens, wet bars, full bathrooms and laundry facilities. Outside, the manicured gardens are outfitted with mahogany decks, heated flagstones, faux greenery-covered privacy walls, and snazzy custom uprights.
Today, the South End is diverse and community-focused with award-winning restaurants and boutiques, a thriving arts and design community and nearly 30 parks. If you move in town (and out of town), one offsite garage space will move with the townhouse.