Boston Neighborhoods

Beacon Hill Townhouse Spotlight

Offered exclusively by Campion and Company for $6,500,000, 90 Chestnut Street is one of Boston's rarest architectural treasures. View the Listing

Built in 1898 and extensively remodeled in 1926 on one of The Flat of Beacon Hills most desirable streets, 90 Chestnut Street is a 5-story townhouse of true historic distinction. The Federal Revival style home was built as the residence of Henry Davis sleeper, America’s first interior designer. This fashionable purveyor of taste has garnered much fame for homes he did for clients, such as Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks and the Vanderbilts, but also for one of his own homes, Beauport, the Gloucester Harbor mansion that is now a national historic landmark. To this day, and in thanks to subsequent owners who have faithfully renovated, restored and maintained the magnificent property, 90 Chestnut remains full of decorative flourishes chosen specifically by the nationally noted antiquarian, collector, and interior decorator.

The entire 6,576 square foot house is a historic treasure, yet remains timeless in its ability to cater to modern lifestyles. The gracious floor plan splendidly incorporates formal and informal living and entertaining areas and offers 5 sun-filled bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, all enhanced by a private elevator and spacious roof deck. Cleverly built-in storage and displays fill every nook and cranny of the home so that every inch serves an aesthetic and functional purpose. The floor plan also brings with it wonderful flexibility to be used as a single residence or two separate units—one a first and garden floor duplex, the other a 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor elevator triplex.

One step in the door and it is apparent that this Flat of the Hill home was constructed and finished in the finest manner. A gorgeous mahogany paneled reception room with a leaded glass curios cabinet offers a glorious first impression as to what the rest of the home has to offer. Take the elevator or climb the stairs to the living room floor and you step right into the heart of the home that is absolute elegance. This approximately 21’ by 39’ entertaining space is paneled floor-to-ceiling and features finely detailed carved pilasters and classical door casings. Built-ins abound, including bookcases, collectibles vitrines and a complete wet bar. A carefully lit oval skylight and corner fireplace finish this fine, perfectly symmetrical room.

Just beyond this living room is a home office or media suite complete with a bay-windowed seating area facing the hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. This space has its own half bath and a variegated marble fireplace depicting an Aesop’s Fable, the Wolf and the Crane, in carved relief, a fine example of how the home’s design evokes literary, as well as, historical themes.  

Up one flight of the curving staircase is the spacious family room and kitchen. The family room is a large, 20' by 21' space with additional skylights, a grand mantelpiece and graceful Adam-style detailing. The kitchen is accessed through a wonderful original butler’s pantry with zinc-lined sink, unique backlit windowed display case and a warm, hearth tile floor that continues into the kitchen. The eat-in kitchen features a beamed ceiling, antiqued pickled pine cabinetry, triple windows facing Chestnut Street at treetop level and direct elevator access. On the opposite end of this floor is another suite consisting of a fireplaced bedroom, bay windowed dressing area facing the gardens and a full bath.

On the fourth floor rests the master bedroom suite, which has a large mirrored bath with oversized Jacuzzi tub set beneath a skylight and exceptional closet storage offered by a large walk-in, additional closets and custom built-ins. The huge master bedroom with beautifully detailed fireplace and Juliet balcony is set below an oversized skylight with electronically controlled shades. Another bedroom suite with full bath on this level is currently used as a sun-filled home gym.

The home’s massive, private roof deck with wonderful city views is one level above and is easily accessible via a full, sky-lit staircase. It has been newly renovated by the current owners and is equipped with water, gas and electric.

The duplex suite on the first and garden levels is also enchanting, featuring an octagonal shaped entry foyer leading into a large living room. Currently in use as a formal dining room, it boasts beautiful garden-facing windows and countless architectural flourishes.

Adjoining this space is a bedroom suite that Henry Davis sleeper used for his own quarters. Downstairs is a large oval-shaped room detailed in a High Victorian Gothic style, off of which is a comfortable glass-ceilinged conservatory and bedroom with a full bath. The kitchen on this lower level includes a breakfast room set beneath glass block skylights to Chestnut Street that were completely and painstakingly restored to their original design.

This one-of-a-kind townhouse is complete with a parking space at the Brimmer street Garage.

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Architectural Treasures of Boston

Boston's streets are lined with countless properties of historical and architectural significance. In Beacon Hill, perhaps Boston's most historic neighborhood, 32 Lime Street is one such architectural treasure, featuring a second-floor great room of exceptional size and scale. The great room takes influence from 17th-century English design and includes a double height beamed ceiling, grand fireplace and large mullioned windows that admit a flood of light. The property is currently offered for sale by Campion and Company.

The Great Room at 32 Lime Street

Great Room double height window detail

 

More about 32 Lime Street and its architect: 

The house was built ca. 1914 by architect Richard Arnold Fisher, an architect responsible for many homes and apartment houses throughout Boston and New England. The house is a wonderful example of a simple re-working of older Adamesque Georgian motifs common to the Hill, as well a celebrated effort to eschew traditional scale. Perhaps inspired by the enthusiasm for the Arts and Crafts movement in Boston and the Bohemian artists’ colony thriving on the Flat of Beacon Hill, the work of Fisher and his contemporaries sanctioned more freedom in altering older buildings’ proportions, especially in regards to increasing light to the interior. Among Fisher’s best-known works were his residences on Beacon Hill. Primarily constructed during 1902 to 1915, the period in which he practiced alone, these homes included 36, 34, and his own residence, 32 Lime Street. Today the townhouse is owned by just the third owners since it was built.

 

Two full stories of copper- edged windows centrally aligned on the front facade of 32 Lime Street uniquely provide light to the neighboring row house, also designed by Fisher. 

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Over-Ask in 2017: Back Bay

Back Bay remains one of Boston's most desirable residential neighborhoods, as evidenced by the number of transactions that take place at or above a property's asking price.

On average in Back Bay during 2017....

  • All studios traded 2.3% above asking price
  • All 1-bed condos traded 0.5% above asking price
  • All 2-bed condos traded 0.5% below asking price
  • All 3-bed condos traded 2.5% below asking price
  • All 4-plus-bed condos traded 6.1% below asking price

   By price point...

  • Condos that closed between $500,000 and $1,000,000 traded 0.9% above asking price
  • Condos that closed between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 traded 1% below asking price
  • Condos that closed between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000 traded 2.6% below asking price
  • Condos that closed between $3,000,000 and $4,000,000 traded 2.6% below asking price
  • Condos that closed between $4,000,000 and $5,000,000 traded 4.8% below asking price
  • Condos that closed above $5,000,000 traded 5.6% below asking price

All condo types in Back Bay sold for 99.5% of asking price in an average of 48 days. In 2016, for comparison, condos sold for 98.5% of asking price in an average of 59 days.

Multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars are likely to remain a common occurrence for those looking to purchase in Back Bay, particularly for properties in or below the $1M - $2M range. 

Source: MLS

 

416 Marlborough Street, Unit 3. Sold over asking price by Campion and Company.

416 Marlborough Street, Unit 3. Sold over asking price by Campion and Company.

New Construction Luxury Developments in Boston

Campion and Company is Boston's Leading Luxury Sales Office, and the Exclusive Listing Agent for numerous developers throughout the City. 

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One Dalton: Renderings

Four Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston

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Campion and Company is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Four Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston. Contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a private showing.

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Spectacular Sales: Back Bay Townhouse

An Elegant Home from Top to Bottom

Boston Homes feature by Marilyn Jackson

When the developers purchased the Back Bay townhouse at 197 Marlborough St. in April 2015, they planned to convert the lodging house to two luxurious condominiums.

However, those plans changed about seven months ago when a buyer decided it would be an ideal single-family home that would reflect understated elegance. The $12,000,000 purchase was completed Sept. 9.

Bill Gehan of Campion and Company Real Estate was the listing broker for this property, and Tracy Campion, who heads the firm, was the selling broker.


Read more: Custom-designed Boston townhouse is top single-family sale

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Featured Property: Beacon Hill Townhouse with Hidden Garden

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This ideal single family home on Chestnut St. exudes Beacon Hill charm. Built in 1824 by Cornelius Coolidge, this property has been completely modernized with the utmost attention to detail. The gracious floor plan features an open gourmet kitchen and family room connected to the formal dining room, magnificent double parlor with oversized pocket doors and full wet bar, gracious master suite with three closets and 5 additional family bedrooms, all connected by a sweeping elliptical staircase. Beautiful period details include stunning original fireplaces, antique hardware and elegant crown molding. The garden level features an enchanting landscaped patio and separate entrance to a large one-bedroom apartment/guest suite.

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DETAILS

Address: 4 Chestnut St., Beacon Hill

BR/BA: Six bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, plus one bedroom, one bath on the garden level

Size: 5,342 square feet

Age: 1824; many recent updates

Price: $4,495,000

Taxes: $36,427

Features of home: Elegant townhouse with period details combined with modern amenities; formal dining room, living room and library; newly renovated gourmet kitchen and family room; crown molding and hardwood flooring; three-story oriel; eight decorative fireplaces; surround sound; updated forced hot air heating and air conditioning systems with three new air handlers and condensers; state-of-the-art Nest thermostat that can be adjusted remotely through an iPhone or an iPad; in-law apartment; landscaped courtyard.

Close by: The State House, restaurants, shops and galleries along Charles Street; Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Esplanade; easy access to MBTA Red and Green Lines, Storrow Drive, Route 90.

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Experience Boston with FlipKey's New Virtual Walking Tour

FlipKey, a vacation rental marketplace acquired by TripAdvisor, recently launched virtual tour where travelers can experience the sites and feel of destinations prior to their actual visits. The first guide features Boston. Click the image below for the interactive experience.

 

FlipKey Boston Virtual Tour

 

More than just a visual tour, these guides provides brief histories and other useful information about the city landmarks.

Boston Parks Ranked 3rd Nationally

The Trust for Public Land just released its 2014 ParkScore Index, rating the park systems of 60 of the largest cities in the U.S.. Boston--and its nearly 5000 acres of park space--took home third place, just behind Minneapolis and New York (and tied with San Francisco and Portland).

 

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Boston Public Garden

 

"Boston's open spaces have always been a priority for our neighborhoods," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  "I'm pleased with our ranking and I know we will continue to strive to have the nation's number one park system.  I'm proud that we are a leader in access to parks, with 97 percent of residents living within 10 minutes of a park, allowing Bostonians the opportunity to easily enjoy our public open spaces."

ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); park size, which is based on a city's median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.

Boston Park Facts from ParkScore Index:

  • Park acreage: 4,916 acres
  • People served per park acre: 129
  • Oldest park: Boston Common, est. 1634
  • Largest park: Franklin Park393acres
  • Most-visited park: Boston Common

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