Plantation shutters are on two large windows in the sizable dining area on the entry level that is open to a spacious U-shaped kitchen. Quartz countertops complement the Blanco extra-large ceramic farmer's sink and the “rustic” style subway tile used in the backsplash.
Meticulously renovated/restored in 2016, this beautiful five-story townhouse on Beacon Hill combines classic architectural details and contemporary finishes within a flexible floor plan that works for formal or casual lifestyles.
One bonus with this “Flat of the Hill” residence at 32 River St. that dates back to 1900 is its location – only moments to the Public Gardens, the Esplanade and Charles Street. Another is not one, but two unique outdoor spaces.
The rest of this classy five-bedroom home with 3,517 square feet of living space, four full bathrooms and a powder room is equally impressive. This gem is listed by the Moran Group (Mark Ruane and Michael Moran) of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,750,000.
Plantation shutters are on two large windows in the sizable dining area on the entry level that is open to a spacious U-shaped kitchen. Quartz countertops complement the Blanco extra-large ceramic farmer’s sink and the “rustic” style subway tile used in the backsplash.
Stainless steel appliances that include a Wolf six-burner gas stove, Bosch dishwasher and Sub-Zero wine fridge are glittering contrasts to the dark stained oak flooring that is throughout the residence.
A Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers has integrated panels that blend seamlessly into a “pantry” wall of floor-to-ceiling white cabinetry. The center island that seats two hungry people has a Wolf drawer microwave oven.
Plantation shutters on a wide bay window area over the sink at the other end of this level establish a cohesive look. A half bathroom is also on this level.
Richly detailed wainscoting in the stairwell (it starts in the vestibule and continues on several floors) is comfortably juxtaposed to prettily turned wrought iron balusters in the staircase railing. Here, and in the rest of the house, classic and modern live happily side by side.
That combination is especially evident on the second floor in the front-facing living room. A striking flush mount gas fireplace with a sleek stone mantle enclosure is directly opposite a wall of almost traditional built-ins with open shelving ready for decorative displays and an ample amount of closed cabinetry for storage. All windows (these are one-over-one), including three in a large bump out, have plantation shutters.
A full glass pane door with sidelights topped by a stationary transom is an elegant entry into a spacious office (or not) at the other end of this level. Built-in three-door cabinetry/wardrobes, accented by Triple Crown molding and deep detailed bump boards, handle storage of all kinds. A three-window bay has an extra-wide middle, one-over-one window.
An en suite bathroom maximizes the flexibility of this space that could double as a guest suite. This loo has a step-in shower with a beveled subway tile surround with mini skinny mosaic inserts.
The entire third floor is dedicated to the master suite. Old-fashioned picture rail trim and detailed bump boards that encircle the sleeping chamber may be a nod to this home’s past, but everything else is strictly modern. A king bed fits easily in this room that has a large walk-in closet with numerous custom inserts that include drawers, open shelving and specialized hanging spaces and is on the way to the en suite bathroom.
The marble spa-like bathroom includes a deep freestanding oval American Standard soaking tub in a wide bay area. An oversized frameless glass enclosed shower has a full tile surround, a body spray, shower head and a two-shelf product niche.
The master suite also has a walk-through dressing area between the bedroom and the bathroom.
Triple Crown molding and detailed bump boards are only two highlights in the two bedrooms on the fourth floor. The front bedroom, which is nicely sized, has two windows (these are two-over-two) and a customized single closet.
A three-window bay with one-over-one-windows includes an extra-wide middle window in the spacious back bedroom. This chamber also has a single closet with custom inserts.
The shared bathroom has a tub/shower ensemble with a pretty tile surround. Laundry facilities with a full size stackable ASKO washer and dryer are tucked behind a door.
Two decks – one is a roof-top getaway with sweeping views – are (no pun intended) the icing on the cake. These outdoor spaces on the top floor are separated by a huge front-to-back finished and carpeted room that works as a family room and/or kids play space.
Although the gigantic roof window is very practical, allowing in an abundance of natural light, this architectural beauty is an eye-catching feature all on its own.
A full glass pane door leads to a rear walk-out deck overlooking the Flat of the Hill and the Back Bay skyline. This outdoor getaway is ready for a gas grill.
The roof deck, which is at the top of a full-size staircase, is large enough for a settee, table, chairs, etc. Still, it’s the panoramic view that includes the Hancock and Prudential buildings, the capitol on Beacon Hill – well, everything that is the Boston skyline that makes this oasis unforgettable.
Fully finished with a large bedroom suite that includes a full bathroom and an even larger open room, the lower level has a multitude of uses. Suitable for guests, this works well as an au pair suite, too. Private office and/or gym space are other options. Laundry facilities are a practical feature.