Beacon Hill townhouse offers old-fashioned luxury

For $2.55 million, 22 Joy St. offers 3,974 square feet of space over three full levels of living with generous exposure to the raw materials Olde Beacon Hill is made of: bricks and mortar, woods and finish. Built in 1890, this 4-bedroom, 4-bath single-family townhouse is replete with unpainted surfaces, including hardwood floors, window casings, ceiling beams, and exposed brick walls here and there.

Thus you can the “true grit” of old-time craftsmanship as you live in luxury in Boston’s Brahmin-est neighborhood. A prime example is the living room’s finished woodwork — wainscoting, window casings, pocket shutters, crown molding, fireplace mantel.

The dining room exposes its beams, and its new plantation shutters are finished to blend with the original window surrounds.

The gourmet kitchen’s custom cabinetry is finished to blend with the old woodwork yet contains a wide range of contemporary amenities, including a wine rack, stainless steel appliances and Absolute Black granite countertops. There’s plenty of space for a breakfast table, and the kitchen accesses the brick-walled courtyard patio for morning coffee outside during the warmer months.

The courtyard can be planted with flowers and wall-hung with ivy, clematis or other growing vines to become one of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill.

The master bedroom has its own fireplace, and is wainscoted and window-cased for an old-time New England sleeping experience.

This upstairs bedroom is an example of how exposed building materials — ceiling beams, brick wall with rough fireplace — create a cozy, casual atmosphere.

This bath, too, benefits from ceiling beams, exposed brick and hardwood flooring for an ambiance of Victorian Beacon Hill, and the cast-iron clawfoot tub brings out that era in further relief. The standup shower at left serves contemporary needs, but still exposes the old-time features through its glass wall.

And what a roofdeck — intimate views of surrounding brick walls to give your cocktails and cookouts a more neighborly feel.

Joy Street, one of Beacon Hill’s longest and farthest-reaching, offers exciting neighborhood amenities from start to finish. It begins at the Boston Common, where fitness trails, bike-riding, dog-walking and easy pedestrian access to shopping in Downtown Crossing are aplenty. Along Joy’s way down the hill are the Museum of African American History at the African Meeting House in Smith Court. This is followed by Hill House, Beacon Hill’s community center offering Boston families safe, high quality programs, events and outreach activities.

Joy Street ends at Cambridge Street, where you’ll find, among other things:

For more information on 22 Joy St., to schedule a private showing, contact CondoDomain Real Estate Consultant Joseph Barka at 617-784-8760 or

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