Back Bay single-family has Boston Brahmin elegance, Bed-and-Breakfast potential

Imagine coming home to a stately stoop with cast-iron grille door, entering a profusely paneled hall with leaded-glass windows, and retiring in a baronial living room with a mahogany-framed fireplace. For $2,999,000, this and more will be at your door at 52 Bay State Road. Moreover, this 4,226-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath single-family home will give you three full floors of freedom to design for living according to your liking.

Built in 1913 from a Georgian Revival design by Murdock Boyle, this Beacon Hill-style brick rowhouse has been diligently restored to its Georgian grace and grandeur. As you go up the front stoop and enter the African mahogany-paneled foyer with its solemn stairwell of leaded-glass windows, you’ll feel like not merely a Boston Brahmin — but a Londoner.

You’ll love the luxury living room with fully restored leaded-glass windows built of bygone craftsmanship, a tiled fireplace with columned mahogany mantel and regally framed mirror, a curving wall of mahogany-paneled wainscoting signifying the house’s prestigious corner location, grand colonial floor-level windows that drench the gleaming floor in sun, and a beamed, coffered ceiling of banquet-hall dignity.

The chef’s kitchen is fully updated with custom cornice-crowned cabinetry, a Palladian cupboard for your finest china and glassware, recessed ceiling and under-cabinet lighting, granite counters, a Viking range and other state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. Dinner parties extraordinaire can be prepped in this hall of haute cuisine and served with pride in the fireplaced formal dining room.


The spacious, versatile family room on the second floor can accommodate a state-of-the-art entertainment center with flat-screen TV, a video projection system, a billiard or Ping-Pong table, a sofa set with coffee table, bookcases, etc. The stairhall is spacious enough to ease your floor-to-floor climb. An in-house laundry is also on this level.

The master bedroom is both roomy and cozy. The curved corner wall creates an intimate sleeping nook, and the double French door provides convenient passage to the master bath with granite-topped dual vanity, Jacuzzi tub and freestanding glass shower. But there’s still plenty of sun at this upper level and plenty of room for a king-size bed.

The rubber-topped roof has great possibilities. Build a deck up here and enjoy cocktails, cookouts and 4th of July fireworks by the classic charm of a balustrade rail.

Turn around and gaze at the breathtaking view of the Charles River across to MIT on the Cambridge side.

And look at what’s in store down below — your own private two-car garage with direct access to the house, and generous storage space to boot!

No. 52 is more than a great home — it’s a great investment. Alternative uses for this plum property could include a bed-and-breakfast, an upscale hotel, a private club, or a scholastic organization. (See your agent for details on city zoning and permitted uses. The buyer must exercise due diligence with the BRA for use conversion, since 52 Bay State Road is in an H-4 zone.)

Located on a beautiful tree-lined English-style street mainly owned and occupied by Boston University, 52 Bay State Road is in the middle of one of Boston’s premier curricular and cultural meccas. Down Commonwealth Avenue is the Tsai Performance Center, where faculty recitals, concerts by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and other exciting performances happen year-round. Also nearby is Fenway Park, where you can root for the Red Sox to win another World Series. At Kenmore Square are three different Green Line trolleys to many other parts of the city and its suburbs, including connections to Amtrak and the Commuter Rail at North Station.

For more information about 52 Bay State Road, or to arrange a private showing, contact CondoDomain Agent Joseph Barka at 617-784-8760 or Joseph@CondoDomain.com.

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