Back Bay of the Week: 304 Commonwealth Ave., Unit 1

This stunningly renovated condominium is considered one of Boston's true historic gems.

This extraordinary 118 year-old property is listed on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places and is one of the few limestone mansions in the Back Bay. It was originally designed by acclaimed architect Julius Schweinfurth who became well known for his classic turn-of-the-century mansions and later for his original design of the Wellesley quadrangle. Just four short years ago, this magnificent property was beautifully restored into three condominium units.

Residence 1 is a spacious and well-appointed 3,270 square foot duplex that was renovated to preserve its rich past and enhance those timeless details with state-of-the-art systems, fittings and designs. The parlor level includes a 23 x 17 square foot living room, the perfect setting for both formal and relaxed entertaining. It boasts elevated ceilings, the original baronial fireplace with carved details and a red marble hearth and a set of oversized curved windows that provide spectacular views of the tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The neighboring sun-filled kitchen and butler's pantry are filled with premier ingredients that include stained glass windows, honed Carrara marble, professional Viking appliances and a glass door that leads to a private balcony with a built-in gas line for outdoor grilling. This level also includes a 19 x 19 square foot octagonal formal dining area with a grand quarter-sawn oak and marble fireplace and built-in serving banquette with leaded glass and a luxurious fireplaced master suite with a walk-in closet/dressing room and a large private bath with a jetted tub, dual vanity, seated shower, marble floor and counters and heated towel rack.

The garden level hosts an open 18 x 12 square foot family room, a fully-equipped laundry area, two 22 x 17 and 17 x 17 square foot en-suite bedrooms and access to the private picturesque 44 x 11 square foot landscaped garden.

This stunning property is located in the heart of the Back Bay and when residents are not enjoying the amenities and comforts of home, the excitement and activities of the city are at their doorstep. Opportunities to reside at one of Boston's legendary addresses does not present itself very often as well as the chance to experience a slice of Boston's rich history.


Location: 304 Commonwealth Ave., Unit 1

Price: $3,650,000

Rooms: 7

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 3 full, 1 half

Living Area: 3,270 sq. ft.

Garage Parking: 2 spaces

Listing Agent: Tracy Campion, Campion & Company Fine Homes Real Estate, 617-236-0711


If you are a Realtor or a home owner selling a home and want to be featured in an upcoming Home of the Week, please email Michele Taranto at m.taranto@aol.com.


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