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The Crown Jewel of Historic Boston: The Appleton House

January 21, 2017 |

Boston is one of those unique cities in the country with an abundance of historic, luxury homes where the country’s forefathers once lived. Most of these houses in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill were ultimately subdivided into luxury coops, condos and apartment dwellings with high price tags, given their prime locations. Some of these Boston luxury homes have been meticulously renovated with all new and modern amenities while others have been completely gutted for contemporary flare. It is more and more rare to find a building or house with all original attributes intact and/or restored. The crown jewel of these mansions is without a question 39 Beacon Street on Beacon Hill, overlooking the Boston Common and down the hill from the State Capitol building. A most coveted location in Boston luxury real estate.

Designed by Alexander Parris, this exquisite historic Federal-style Boston luxury home was built with attention to details of decoration and craftsmanship that has been retained and restored throughout the years. The three family house, with 14000+sq feet of living area consists of the grand main residence and 2 (2BR) duplex apartments. The main house, in addition to gorgeous walled-in private garden, huge roof-top terrace, sweeping bullfinch staircase, sprawling entertaining rooms on the park, chef's kitchen/butler's pantry and oversized lacquered mahogany doors, retains an exquisite timeless elegance and period detail of the original mansion. This Boston luxury home also incorporates modern amenities, including an elevator. A gorgeous Mahogany paneled library/media room overlooks the Boston Common and has a full view of the city skyline that spans the width of the building. This Boston luxury real estate property also comes with four gated parking spaces.

This home carries a good deal of history. In the 1800’s, Beacon Hill was the citadel of Boston’s aristocracy and this house, Appleton’s house at Number 39, remained a prominent social center in its own right. Appleton, who had led the development of the New England textile industry and was twice elected a United States Congressman, entertained such literary giants as Edgar Allen Poe. In 1843, his daughter Fanny married Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the second floor reception room in front of numerous, prominent guests.

The historic story-telling homes like this one are such treasures in this country, unlike Europe. This architectural masterpiece is a piece of art/sculpture, one of a kind, a prized possession that is an absolute must-have. Contact me to see this exclusive listing and invest in Boston’s rich history.


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