At the turn of the 19th century, the Mount Vernon Proprietors conceived Beacon Hill as an upscale community of freestanding mansions with spacious common rooms and multiple windows. But rising property values forced them to develop the hill as a thickly settled district of abutting rowhouses on smaller footprints, which often meant cramped, dark quarters inside.
However, contemporary rehabs of some of these rowhouses are making good on the Proprietors’ promise of large living spaces — and Unit 3 at 69 Myrtle St. is a prime example. Offered at below-mansion value — $695,000 — this 995-square-foot, 2-bedroom corner unit boasts three sides of exposure, a fully updated chef’s kitchen and marble bath, and especially a great room with the expansive space, fireplace and corner exposure of a Proprietor’s dream home.
Generously illuminated by eight of the 15 windows — including all three front ones — the great room stretches all the way from a roomy living area to a dining alcove that connects directly to the kitchen and the hall to the bedrooms, for floor-through light and free reign in furniture arrangement. The fireplace is flanked by built-in bookcases in proper Beacon Hill style.
The kitchen has been freshly renovated with black granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and cream-colored classic cabinetry, maintaining a high Beacon Hill standard.
The master bedroom’s high ceiling with recessed lighting, white walls and large windows create a bright, airy atmosphere that assures you ample light for reading in bed, luxurious sleep and generous morning sun.
The master bath’s water-jet soaking tub and multi-jet massage shower are handsomely dressed in marble. Other luxurious appointments include an oval sink that extends over the cabinet below.
The central location of 69 Myrtle St. gives the buyer of Unit 3 a wide choice of neighborhood amenities, including:
*Myrtle Street Playground;
*grocery shopping at White Hen Pantry and Whole Foods Market;
*pharmacies at CVS and Rite-Aid;
*Massachusetts General Hospital;
*fitness at the Beacon Hill Athletic Club;
*Historic New England’s Harrison Gray Otis House museum;
*First-class restaurants and cafes, including the Clink restaurant at the Liberty Hotel and the Kinsale in Center Plaza;
*Red Line subway service at the Charles/MGH station;
*Green Line trolley service at Government Center;
*Blue Line subway service to Logan Airport from Government Center.