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It Started With a Basement Flood. Now, $1 Million Later, They’re Leaving Their Boston Townhouse Behind.

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In Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, known for its cobbled streets and Federal-style townhouses, homes have sometimes been in the same family for generations. He experienced the trend firsthand when he bought a townhouse in his neighborhood.

Mr. Walton and his current wife, Kendra Walton, were renting just a few doors when the home hit the market in 2015 for $1.995 million. They jumped at the chance, bought it for about $1.7 million, and got engaged in their living room, Walton said. They spent his three years and his over $1 million in a major renovation of a nearly 2,000-square-foot, four-bedroom townhouse. The townhouse has a specially designed skylight that slides open to access the roof, Walton said.

However, construction took longer than expected due to the pandemic. Walton, 37, founder of Massachusetts-based consulting firm Sachem Strategies, said the Waltons, who now have two children, eventually moved to the suburbs and sold the house for $3.499 million. It is said to be on sale.

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Beacon Hill is known for its cobbled streets and Federal-style townhouses. Getty Images/iStockphoto (2)


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Beacon Hill is a historic district and one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, according to Century 21 Cityside listing agent Colin Bray. The area was inhabited by prominent Bostonians. Secretary of State John Kerry Abolitionist Eliza Gardner, who owned the Walton home in the early 1900s, according to property records.

The home underwent a largely decorative renovation in the 1990s, Walton said, but needed a new roof, electrical system and plumbing. A poor drainage system caused the basement to flood after heavy rains. Outside, the brick facade had to be cut out and rearranged.

New custom windows required approval from the Beacon Hill Building Commission.


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The Waltons initially did minor repairs, but after a major basement flood in 2019, they decided to tear down the home and rebuild it into a more structurally sound home. According to Walton, it was a long process. Walton said they ultimately revised the plan dozens of times before proceeding with the roof work. They also required approval for new windows that had to be custom-made to match the neighborhood’s aesthetics, with a total cost of about $75,000. To install the roof deck, Walton said he got signatures from his neighbors to get the committee’s approval.

In all, the exterior renovations totaled about $255,000, he said.

When the Walton family moved in, the basement had ceilings less than seven feet high and was used primarily as a warehouse. They raised the ceiling height by about a foot and transformed it into a living space with new hardwood floors, kitchenette, laundry room and full his bathroom. To do that, he first had to support the foundation on three fronts, at a cost of about $60,000, Walton said. They also built a retaining wall around the basement door and spent about $50,000 digging five feet into his backyard to install a drainage system. The kitchenette costs about $25,000 and the laundry room about $20,000. A bathroom with a walk-in shower and underfloor heating costs about $30,000.

The Waltons spent about $100,000 upgrading the home’s air conditioning, heating, water, and electrical systems. On the upper floors, the wooden floors have been refinished and the stair railings have been renewed, Walton said. They also brought in a structural engineer to reposition a ceiling joist that cost about $25,000, he said. We were able to raise the ceiling height on part of the 4th floor of

They also excavated and rebuilt the house’s three fireplaces, converting them to gas at a total cost of $75,000, he said.

The first floor of the home features a library with built-in bookshelves and a half bath with new marble countertops, underfloor tile and custom cabinetry. Walton said all his five bathrooms in the house were demolished and rebuilt, costing him more than $150,000 in total.

Upstairs, the nearly $200,000 new open-concept kitchen is what Walton calls the home’s masterpiece, with 10-foot-tall ceilings, white cabinets, and a custom marble backsplash.

Balance sheet

  • Roof deck: $100,000
  • New windows: $75,000
  • Fireplace Modification: $75,000
  • Kitchen: $200,000
  • Primary bathroom: $70,000
  • Skylight: $40,000

Walton said the third-floor remodel, which includes a main suite with two closets, a fireplace and a bathroom, cost about $70,000. In addition to installing new tile and fixtures in the bathroom, we redesigned the plumbing and electrical and raised the ceiling. The shower floor was also rebuilt without shower curbs, he said.

According to Walton, there are two bedrooms and one bathroom. “The actual parapet wall supporting the roof was a single piece of plywood,” he said.

A staircase leads to the roof deck, which is accessed through a custom-built skylight worth about $40,000, Walton said. The cube-shaped skylight is opened and closed by a remote control built into the wall.

Nate Walton
Nate Walton

The Waltons spent about $100,000 on the roof deck, but the skylight had to be lifted onto the roof with a crane. Nate Walton


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The Waltons planned to live in the house once it was completed, but the pandemic delayed construction and took about three years to complete the renovation. Walton said he will have his second child in 2021 and bought another house in the suburbs. Although he is sad to let go of the house, he hopes it will be taken over by another family.

“We love this house,” he said. “My wife prepared for our wedding here. We raised our first baby here.”

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