Back Bay townhouse has luxury on every level

At 7 Exeter St., luxury living is all yours on all floors. Offered at $8.5 million, this four-level, 5,653-square-foot home has five grand bedrooms, four lavish baths, CEO- style office/study space, a sprawling roofdeck, private elevator and parking, and much more, thanks to the high standards that built this brick rowhouse in 1872 from a French Second Empire design by Peabody & Stearns.

The advantages of 7 Exeter‘s high ceilings, elaborate details and spacious floor-through floor plan are readily apparent in the formal living room, a palatial entertaining arena that will strike your guests with awe and admiration. The front bay window carves out a sunny sitting area with attractive neighborhood views.

The dining room’s octagonal shape, detailed ceiling, marble fireplace and radiant hardwood floor craft a formal but intimate round-table space conducive to dinner-party conversation. The garden- level kitchen below has all the appointments for such occasions: granite backsplash and counters, central island breakfast bar, high-end appliances, classic custom cabinetry.

The kitchen opens out to a private garden court spacious enough for outdoor summer dining as well as cocktails and cookouts.

Also on the garden level is a cozy family room with paneled wainscoting and generous room for a state-of-the-art entertainment center.

The upstairs library retains its original beamed ceiling and is generously built in with bookcases, benches and cabinets. The bay window creates a sunny reading alcove.

The house has the added advantage of two home offices: one for your business, the other for your children’s studies. Both are built in with wall-length computer-ready workstations and lots of bookcases and cabinets.

Any of these bedrooms could be the master, for each has one or more special features that raise it above the average: a king-size bed alcove and bay-window sitting area...

...a raised ceiling with a fresco of clouds and sky...

...a Juliet balcony...

...or an overhead row of decorative curio shelves.

The skylit spiral staircase takes you up to a vast private roofdeck, where city views are all yours all around.

The Back Bay’s back alley system, conceived to conceal the delivery and utility necessities from the picturesque parks and streets, comes in handy today for private garage and covered parking spaces for 7 Exeter.

Beyond this are neighborhood amenities unprecedented: Kingsley Montessori Elementary School right on Exeter Street, Shops at Prudential Center (including Legal Sea Foods), the Boston Public Library, more shopping and dining at Copley Place and along Boylston Street, Green Line subway service from Copley Square to downtown Boston, Symphony Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts and beyond, and lots more.

For more information about 7 Exeter St., or to schedule a private showing, contact CondoDomain agent Jeanne Boucher at 510-205-5857 or

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