39 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02116

9 Beds 8 Baths 14,000+ sq. ft. $17,000,000 Taxes: $54,639.75
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Property Overview

Many of the fine mansions and great architecture in the history of Boston were built between 1805-1840 in what marks the city’s premier locations. Alexander Parris designed 39 Beacon on the incline of fashionable Beacon Hill for Nathan Appleton with the wealth of Lowell Mills. The light-filled Greek revival interiors provided a spectacular space for Appleton to entertain such literary giants as Edgar Allen Poe. Appleton's daughter, Fanny, was married to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the second floor reception room. Later, an extension was added to the rear of the house overlooking the garden, and in 1888 a fourth story was added to the property.

This elegant residence was extensively and meticulously renovated after it was occupied by the Woman’s City Club of Boston, while retaining the exquisite elegance and period detail of the one-of-a-kind mansion.

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Unit Highlights

Entry Foyer, First Floor
  • Double door opens into the elegant foyer and reception parlor with fireplace overlooking Boston Common (which is now part of a duplex apartment)
  • Drawing room and an elevator servicing all floors
  • Most spectacular circular staircase with a vaulted dome
  • Gardening room leading to a manicured walled-in garden
Second Floor
  • Stunning Bullfinch circular staircase up to a grand living room with adjoining music room with floor to ceiling windows on the park, both with marble fireplace, and extra high ceiling height that adds to the volume and elegance of the entertaining space
  • Massive curved lacquered mahogany sliding doors separate the living room from equally imposing formal dining room with period wall paper
  • Large double doors separating the Butler’s pantry and wet bar lead to a large chef’s kitchen with custom-built cabinetry, commercial stove and large, wide island
  • Kitchen opens into a large family room/den
  • Large powder room
  • •Amazing plaster moldings and medallions in the ceilings, rarely found in a residence
Third Floor
  • Exceptionally grand master bedroom suite with large south facing bow-front windows with views of the Boston Common and city skyline, gorgeous fireplace and built-ins, walk-in his & hers closets, marble master bath, Jacuzzi and separate shower
  • Second exceptionally large bedroom with ornate fireplaces facing the Boston Common
  • Additional bedroom
  • Full bathroom
Fourth Floor
  • Richly paneled oversize mahogany library/den with a gorgeous fireplace and wall of windows overlooking the Common
  • Home office
  • Two additional bedrooms with en-suite baths
  • Staircase to the most spectacular roof terrace with panoramic views of the city and the park
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