Famous for its brick and stone Federal, Greek Revival and Gothic-style architecture, its central location, and its myriad shops and cafes lining picturesque Charles Street, Beacon Hill has long been one of Boston’s most desireable addresses. Its cobblestone streets and iconic gas lamps and proximity to all the services, entertainment, arts and culture of Boston add to the allure, while providing residents with a lifestyle of tranquility and charm.
Amid the boom of ultra high-end, super high-rise condos under construction elsewhere in the city, a look closer to street level reveals some exciting condo projects in Beacon Hill… although in limited supply. Smaller residential buildings, with just a handful of units, are being developed in this neighborhood and offer buyers a more intimate alternative in luxury residential living. Here are some highlights of three noteworthy boutique condo projects new to the market in Beacon Hill:
Maison Vernon: This seven-unit luxury condominium on the corner of Mt. Vernon and Joy is being developed by the Bostonian-Parisian development team of Chevron Partners, with completion expected in December. The collaboration has resulted in the perfect fusion of well-crafted modern European interiors with grand American architecture. For example, there are 24 windows and at least two fireplaces in every unit, the floors are imported from France and the kitchens from Italy, and crème de la crème finishes are throughout. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, a doorman, private outdoor spaces and one valet, garage parking space per unit. Four homes remain for sale with asking prices ranging from $2.995 million for a 1,911-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath ($1,567 per square foot) to $5.65 million for a three-plus bedroom, three-and-a-half bath spanning 2,903 square feet ($1,946 per square foot).
Russell Court: Developed by the prestigious husband-and-wife team of Peter and Elizabeth Georgantas, this boutique residence combines 38 South Russell Street with an adjacent property at 4 Smith Court and includes five magnificent new construction homes. Though one unit was quickly purchased during the first week on the market, four units remain with asking prices between $1.5 and $2.75 million ($1,027 to $1,216 per square foot). Floor plans range from a two-bedroom, two-bath (1,385 square feet) to a 2,260 square-feet penthouse duplex with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a private roof deck and a bonus heated storage room on the ground floor that has been finished and could be used for additional living space. Each of the spacious homes offers an allowance for one rental parking space.
The Whitwell: One of the more anticipated luxury residential conversions in Boston, The Whitwell defines classic luxury with its 14 single-floor homes, gracious layouts, secluded outdoor space, on-site concierge and direct elevator access to a private, deeded parking garage. Fifty percent of the units are already under agreement, but interested buyers have the opportunity to buy one of the eight that remain. Homes range from a 1,936-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath second-floor unit with two garage parking spaces and an asking price of $2.845 million ($1,470 per square foot) to a 6,270-square-foot penthouse priced at $12.75 million ($2,033 per square foot) that come with six bedrooms, an astounding seven full baths (and two half-baths), and four garage parking spaces. A large, exquisitely designed foyer will introduce the residences, and the interiors will be even more remarkable.
Each of these condo developments offers the expected chef’s kitchens with top-of-the line appliances and luxurious finishes in the bath, yet they are distinguished by their custom details and impeccable craftsmanship that is hard to replicate on a larger scale. These homes are comparable to custom pieces of jewelry or a limited-edition car. From a buyer’s perspective, homes that are this distinctive and in such limited supply will always be coveted.
If you’re intrigued by these boutique Beacon Hill beauties and would like more information on a different level of luxury living in Boston, it would be my pleasure to introduce you to these very special residences.