House of history, pride of place at 4 Pinckney

The classic Beacon Hill image of the red brick townhouse with double-hung windows, black louver shutters, granite foundations and brick sidewalks can be all yours for $2,895,000 at 4 Pinckney St. on — you guessed it — Beacon Hill.

This 3,328-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath single-family home is a Beacon Hill original and a 21st-century townhouse all in one. Historical details and spacious rooms with refinished hardwood floors blend perfectly for classic living for the modern age. Four fireplaces keep the living-dining room, the family room and two of the bedrooms warm with the crackle of a roaring fire. Plantation shutters let you control the light in a tasteful way.

The galley kitchen has been upgraded to gourmet status with granite counters, custom classic cabinetry, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, and even a skylight.

The kitchen opens to one of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill the neighborhood is renowned and revered for. This brick-paved outdoor space has a step-up patio for summertime cocktails, cookouts and morning coffee.

The family room has a marble fireplace of its own, as well as a floor-to-ceiling bookcase and lots of space for an entertainment center, showing how new-age an old house can be.

The luxurious master suite has so much more than the house’s human scale and historic character suggest: a separate fireplaced sitting room, a fully shelved walk-in closet, and a magnificent marble master bath with twin mahogany vanities and a mosaic-tiled floor.

And don’t forget the bonus room on the top floor, which can become your very own home gymnasium, children’s playroom, out-of-the-way reading room, or whatever suits your fancy.

The garden level, too, has a bonus space for a home office, recreation room, workshop or quiet library.

At 4 Pinckney St., you’ll be living in history as well as luxury. Built in 1800, it is one of the oldest houses on Beacon Hill. It was once the home of children’s book author Jacob Abbott, who is famous for the Rollo boy’s adventure series, including Rollo at Work, Rollo at Play and Rollo in Europe. A passionate educator and minister, Abbott founded Boston’s Mount Vernon School for Girls in 1829, Roxbury’s Eliot Congregational Church in 1835, and New York’s Mount Vernon School for Boys in 1845.

Pinckney Street boasts one of the grandest views of the Charles River you’ll ever see on Beacon Hill, as well as a treasure-trove of urban amenities down the hill along Cambridge Street. These include:

For more information on 4 Pinckney St., or to schedule a private showing, contact CondoDomain Agent Todd Ochsner at 781-346-9637 or

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