On the Market: Beacon Hill’s Famed Optical Illusion
This home is one half of the "Scarlett O'Hara House," a fake Greek Revival abode at the end of a private alleyway.
3 Rollins Place, Beacon Hill
Size: 1,795 square feet
With its white wood siding and Ionic columns, this sliver of a Greek Revival house looks oddly out of place at the end of a brick alleyway. It’d be more at home among the grand mansions of the South—rather than in stately Beacon Hill—hence its Gone With the Wind-inspired nickname: the Scarlett O’Hara House.
Yet Boston’s iconic Scarlett O’Hara House is not actually a house. It’s an optical illusion. A few decades ago, the faux facade was built to cover up a brick and concrete wall at the end of Rollins Place, fake shutters and all. Today, the facade’s small porch doesn’t lead into the non-existent white house, but into two separate homes on either side of it. One of those homes, the townhouse at 3 Rollins Place, hit the market this week.
The three-bedroom abode dates back to 1843, offering four levels of living space and several wood-burning fireplaces. The kitchen and dining areas are accented by exposed beams, built-in shelving, and a chandelier, and they open to a private patio. The place is in need of a few upgrades, however. The main staircase could stand to be refinished, while the kitchen and bathrooms might benefit from updated fixtures.
The landmark home asks $1.475 million. It just needs the right owners to complete a careful restoration.
For information, contact the Biega + Kilgore Team • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, coldwellbankerhomes.com.