On the Market: A Whimsical Manor on Commonwealth Avenue

An average exterior conceals an offbeat dwelling within.

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

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257 Commonwealth Avenue #3, Back Bay
Price: $11,250,000
Size: 5,930 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3

Built in 1886 for prominent chemical manufacturer Alexander Cochrane, this rowhouse at 257 Commonwealth Avenue looks like many of the other residences overlooking the mall. From the outside, the home seems to blend in with its neighbors—but its average exterior conceals an offbeat dwelling within.

The almost 6,000-square-foot condo boasts a slew of luxurious—and unusual—details. Anchored by a 40-foot great hall, the whimsical manor has several formal entertaining rooms, including a drawing room, living room, library, formal dining room, and a salon.

The two-level home is connected by a grand elliptical staircase. Original details like pocket doors and seven ornate fireplaces remain, but it’s the whimsical paint jobs and colorful built-ins that make the place shine.

For information, contact Cheryl and Tim Marsh, Marsh Properties, Inc., bostonluxuryrealestate.com.

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo by Boston Virtual Imaging

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo by Boston Virtual Imaging

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo by Boston Virtual Imaging

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo by Boston Virtual Imaging

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo by Boston Virtual Imaging

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo by Boston Virtual Imaging

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Marsh Properties, Inc.

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