352 Beacon St #5, Back Bay
Size: 1,835 square feet
A stately front door and manicured gardens welcome you home to this Beacon Street brownstone—and that is just a taste of the elegance the residence has to offer. Call on the elevator to carry you upstairs, or absorb the building’s glamor in full by walking up the carpeted staircase, lined by dark wood banisters.
Built in 1899, the five rooms of this turn-of-the-century condo fuse refreshing simplicity and sophisticated furnishings with regal elements that honor its antiquity. Take the foyer as an example: A Baroque wallpaper accent wall employs a modern color scheme, a traditional gold light fixture hangs from the ceiling, and chic mirrored French doors enclose the vestibule. Crown molding and a duo of marble-framed fireplaces are original, while several custom built-in shelves added in recent years integrate so smoothly that they look authentic to the unit.
The kitchen displays another pitch-perfect blend of classic meets contemporary: A large, arched mirror acts as the sink backsplash, reflecting the glow from a line of sleek recessed lights, while deep tones adorn the wooden chessboard floor. Though the home’s light and dark duality permeates many of the rooms, the overall ambiance is decidedly bright and crisp.
Let even more fresh air into the high-ceilinged home by opening one of the many wide windows–or step onto the balcony and look out to the other brick-clad beauties of Back Bay on one side, and the Charles River Esplanade on the other. When the Fourth of July rolls around, you’ll pull up a seat here for a view of the fireworks that beats all the rest.
For information, contact Brian Dougherty, Compass, compass.com
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