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The Ames Mansion Restoration

Ames Mansion Boston Exterior

The Ames Mansion, at 306 Dartmouth Street, stands as a shining tribute to the splendor of Boston's Gilded Age. Unparalleled in detail, scale and prestige, the Back Bay mansion is now being restored, updated and transformed into luxury condominium residences with a private underground parking garage. Master artisans have been called upon the restoration of the home's magnificent historic details, including the rare mosaic tile adorning the entryway, intricately hand-carved woodwork throughout, stained glass skylights and window panels by John La Farge, and museum-quality murals by renown French Orientalist painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant. Learn more about the Ames Mansion's transformation in the clip featured on Chronicle below.

The brand new residences within offer an inspiring blend of traditional opulence and every imaginable modern comfort and luxury. This painstaking endeavor overseen by Hamady Architects builds upon the original architecture and legacy of both Peabody & Stearns and John Hubbard Sturgis and is finally restoring an architectural treasure to Boston. 

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Luxury Penthouse Living on Boston's Waterfront

There is no other private residence in Boston that surpasses the luxury of Penthouse 6 at 10 Rowes Wharf. Located in the heart of Boston directly on the water, Rowes Wharf is the waterfront’s most celebrated luxury address. Rowes Wharf is a mix-used development completed in 1987, but its history dates back as far as the 1630s. Rowes Wharf’s iconic architecture has been referred to as a gateway to Boston and has left an undeniable mark on Boston’s skyline.

Rowes Wharf features a marina as well as the Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel. The Hotel offers Penthouse 6’s residents a white-glove living experience unmatched by any other. The private residential lobby at 10 Rowes Wharf is beautifully appointed and staffed with 24-hour concierge.

Penthouse 6 hasn’t been available since Rowes Wharf’s construction in 1987. You don’t want to pass on its three level, 7200 square feet of living space with sweeping views of the Harbor, Greenway, and city skyline. Penthouse 6’s living spaces were exceptionally designed by Buzz (Robert) Brannen of Jung/Brannen Associates, Boston. The main living space opens to the double-height foyer that features 23-foot ceilings.

The formal living space features a curved wall of windows that draws the eye to the stunning waterfront vista. The living room is centered around a contemporary fireplace and has a cleverly hidden bar which creates a pass-through to the gorgeously wood-paneled library when opened.

Living Room - Penthouse 6 10 Rowes Wharf

The dining room features windows on two exposures, creating a beautiful Downtown backdrop for any dining experience. The kitchen, which is adjacent to the dining room, features high-end appliances and an abundance of cabinet and counter space as well as a spacious area for informal dining.

The master suite features a private deck, an expansive walk-in wardrobe, and two separate en-suite bathrooms clad in marble. The larger of the two en-suites features a luxurious soaking tub set beneath a large picture window that frames stunning harbor views.

Master En-Suite - Penthouse 6 10 Rowes Wharf

The cherry on top for this distinguished home is the reception room that features 27-foot ceilings and stunning oversized windows. Residents of Penthouse 6 also enjoy three private decks, including one on the middle level that wraps around the curved windows, as well as two valet parking spaces. You can learn more about 10 Rowes Wharf Penthouse 6 by visiting its listing page. 

Reception Room - Penthouse 6 10 Rowes Wharf

 

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Preparing To List Your Home

Ready to sell your home? Preparing for sale will help boost the value of your home, as well as capture the attention of potential buyers. As a seller, it is important to see your home through the eyes of the buyer.

Declutter & CleanSelling Your Home in Boston

Make sure your home is tidy and organized! You want to present your home at its best during showings. This is also a good opportunity to go through items you may no longer want or need. Clearing out clutter can be an intimidating task, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get things in order and packed up.

Paint Touch-Up

A dramatic paint color or wallpaper could throw off potential buyers. You want to focus to be on the room itself and bold colors can throw people off. Taking the time to repaint your walls a neutral color, such as beige or light gray. If you had frames on the walls, fill in the nail holes to increase appeal.

Upgrade Curb Appeal

First impressions matter! From the outside to the inside, buyers are looking to be drawn in. This could include painting your home, or even replacing an old roof. If your home has a yard, maintain the lawn and garden. If not, small improvements to the front steps and door can make the curb appeal of your home more inviting. This includes painting the door, having a welcome mat, plants next to the door, etc.

Renovations

Renovations, big or small, will add value to your home. The kitchen and bathrooms are a huge focus for buyers. Replacing outdated appliances, adding new tiling, installing modern fixtures will attract buyers and give your home a new, sleek look. New windows are also appealing since they can help save on heating/cooling costs.

Preparing for Showings

Consider Staging

Keeping the decor neutral will give you an advantage when showing your home. This allows the buyers to imagine their personal belongings in each space and what it would be like to live there. Staging is a great way to bring simplistic design and an updated look.

Natural Beauty

Bring in some natural elements to your home will be inviting and give the impression that rooms are bigger. Opening windows, curtains, and blinds will bring in sunlight and potted plants and flowers will add a beautiful touch. Just be sure the flowers aren't too pungent and the plants are healthy.

 

For all of your selling needs in Boston, contact Campion & Company. Our team has the marketing expertise and real estate knowledge to assist you through the process and successfully sell your home.

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    Boston Neighborhood Map breaks down the Top 10 Countries of Birth for Foreign-Born Population

    The cradle of American independence, Boston has become a city rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. Boston's international real estate market reflects the city's character, with increasing numbers of foreign buyers taking advantage of opportunities to invest in this global hub.

     

     

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    Beacon Hill Times Featured Townhouse for Sale: 75 Hancock Street

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    Featured Property: 75 Hancock Street, Beacon Hill

    Expertly renovated with meticulous attention to detail, this one-of-a-kind townhouse with elevator offers the most luxurious family living directly across form the Statehouse on Beacon Hill. Six levels of superbly designed space have 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half bathrooms, including an au pair suite. The state of the art kitchen with butler's pantry opens to the family room and private landscaped garden, all directly accessible from Hancock Street. The gracious parlor level above is designed for ease of entertaining, with a full wet bar and additional outdoor deck. Other features of this spectacular home include luxurious marble baths, restored fireplaces, full laundry room, and top level entertaining room with lofted ceilings and additional wet bar. Finished with the highest quality of design, craftsmanship and materials.

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    Developer: Boston Real Estate Collaborative LLC

    Designer: Schranghamer Design Group

    Architect and General Contractor: Haycon, Inc.

    Exclusive Sales: Tracy Campion | Campion and Company


     

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    One of five contiguous Greek Revival row houses constructed in the 1830s, 75 Hancock Street sits directly across from the beautiful Renaissance-style Brigham addition of the State House. While the home's initial construction pre-dates this extension of the capitol by approximately 60 years, the 5 bedroom, 5-full and 3-half bathroom property has just been fully renovated, masterfully incorporating state-of-the-art mechanicals and amenities, including elevator, audio/video pre-wiring, intercom and security systems and high efficiency heating and cooling systems remotely controllable via smart phone.

    The building's classic Greek Revival façade--enlivened by beautifully restored cast iron fencing, railings, and balcony exhibiting alternating lotus and anthemion motifs--has been retained and restored to its former gloryThe interior of the building has been completely rebuilt incorporating classic elements of the original architecture and historic fabric, including moldings, paneling and original mantles, to preserve the timeless elegance of the property. The result is a splendid, 6,351-square-foot family home with all the conveniences Beacon Hill has to offer.

    The main entry is comprised of refurbished double doors that open to a beautiful foyer boasting contrasting marble floors in a diamond pattern. The home has a side hall plan, and the winding staircase with curved handrail resides at the left of the entry. This gracious, historically replicated stairwell connects all levels, while the central elevator serves all but the uppermost floor.

    As the main formal entertaining area of the home, this level is laid out with a double parlor floor plan, with classically proportioned front and rear living and entertaining rooms served by a central paneled vestibule with closet, powder room and walnut wet bar with hammered nickel sink and concealed under-counter Sub Zero refrigerator and U-line ice maker. Both parlors feature gas fireplaces and audio/video wiring. The rear parlor extends the full width of the home and includes three sets of French doors with transoms. Not only do these glass doors provide light and views into the home's rear garden, but they also open to a Juliet balcony connected to a 120-square-foot ell roof deck--a perfect layout for entertaining.

    In addition to the home's elegant parlor entry, a separate door leads from Hancock Street to the garden level. The true heart of the home, the level has been thoughtfully designed with the needs of any family in mind. A spacious foyer and mudroom with hardwood floors and paneled walls connects to a closet and powder room, beyond which is the family room and kitchen. The wainscoted family room has been pre-wired for surround sound audio/video. The eat-in kitchen has also been wired for audio/video and incorporates top-of-the-line appliances, including Wolf six-burner gas range with pot filler, Sub Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher with custom paneling matching the crisp white cabinetry. Cararra marble island, countertops and backsplash add to the room's timeless elegance, as does the classically inspired gas fireplace. Through the kitchen is the butler's pantry with farmhouse sink and additional Bosch dishwasher, followed by the au pair suite with marble en-suite bathroom and direct views of the landscaped garden.

    From the kitchen, a folding door system creates an expansive opening to the private rear lawn and bluestone terrace, seamlessly providing for indoor/outdoor living. This enclosed, 385-square-foot space is lit by handmade brass wall lanterns and is also wired for audio/video. Down one more level is the finished basement with full-height ceiling and abundant storage space.

    Private quarters make up levels two and three. The second floor includes the master suite with dressing hall, two particularly generous walk-in closets, and luxurious en-suite with double sinks, large soaking tub, walk-in rain shower and separate water closet with linen cabinet. This five-piece bathroom is finished in Cararra marble and its hex mosaic patterned floors are radiant heated. The bedroom itself is centered on a gas fireplace and has two windows overlooking the home's patio and garden. The front bedroom on this level features an original fireplace with fully restored mantel and its own walk-in closet and bathroom with shower/tub combination. This bedroom makes for an ideal nursery or could easily be incorporated into the master suite as an office or sitting room.

    Two spacious family bedrooms and laundry room comprise the third level. Both bedrooms are centered on original fireplaces and offer walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms. The central laundry room holds a stacked washer and dryer, deep sink and plenty of storage, which is supplemented by two nearby hall closets.

    The top level of the home, with its roof pitched to a significant height, features an open and versatile layout. Designed as a family room/den and entertainment room, this level features audio/video wiring, a powder room and hidden wet bar with Cararra counter and under-counter Sub Zero refrigerator and ice marker combo. Stained solid oak ceiling beams add a loft-like element to this space, which is also highlighted by white painted exposed brick, built-in bookcases at the knee-walls and a 5'x10' decorative skylight with chandelier centered above the stair.

    From top to bottom, inside and out, this home has been completely rebuilt with all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, an entirely repointed exterior, new gutters, new roof, restored entrance entablature and historically accurate windows with new lintels and sills. Rental parking is also available a short walk away at both the Boston Common Garage and the 100 Cambridge Garage.


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