Royal residence in the Back Bay

“Another important aspect of apartment design was that it should achieve parity with the single house in finish and detail as well as in privacy and spaciousness.”

— Douglass Shand-Tucci, Built in Boston

The Hotel Royal at 295-297 Beacon St., built in 1885 in Queen Anne style as Back Bay Beacon Street’s first residential apartment hotel, was no exception. Today, as 29 hardwood-floored luxury condominiums with elevator service, the bay-windowed brick building lives up to the standards of finish, detail, privacy, spaciousness, luminosity and convenience its architect, Samuel D. Kelley, had set for it.

Now for sale here at $895,000 is a 1,262-square-foot, 2-bed, 2-bath corner unit that not only meets these standards to a T, but also feels like a single-family home on one floor.

The Royal’s distinctive corner bow window gives Unit 41‘s living room a fantastic in-the-round city view, as well as a bright but intimate niche in which to enjoy the vista over morning coffee or drinks before dinner. A classic woodburning fireplace is at hand to warm up the occasion.

Tuscan columns regally flank the passage from the living room to the dining room, creating the open floor plan that is in so much demand today in a condominium. A bay window expands the dining space to banquet size and sheds more light on your dinner conversations.

The barrel-vaulted gallery-style hallway has recessed niches for artwork displays, designer artwork lighting and horizontal paneled wainscoting, giving your dinner-party guests an artful introduction to the dining room.

The galley kitchen has been updated with classic and contemporary finishes: black granite counters, custom cherry cabinetry with china cupboards and wine rack, and contrasting stainless steel appliances. The kitchen’s logical layout, putting the china cupboards over the sink counter, is handy for post-dinner wash-up and put-away time.

The master bedroom parallels the living and dining rooms in nook-and-cranny privacy and bay-window brightness. The bookcase built-in bed area is off in its own windowed alcove as a cozy place to sleep and to read in bed. The bay-windowed main area is perfect for a workstation or makeup vanity, or a luxury lounge, courtesy of the tiled woodburning fireplace.


The master bath features a twin-sink vanity with cherry cabinetry and granite counter, accompanied by twin beveled-mirror-door medicine cabinets.

The separate commode/shower component with water-jet soaking tub and body-level sprays is elegantly tiled in Sienna marble, infusing the space with the spa grandeur of ancient Roman baths.

Unit 41 also contains an in-house washer/dryer, an abundance of closets, and additional basement storage.

The unit’s $609/month association fee includes heat, hot water, master insurance and elevator service.

Not to be missed is the Royal’s common roofdeck, which takes in an entire Boston panorama, down to Kenmore Square, along Beacon Street, across the Charles River to the Longfellow Bridge, and all the way up to Beacon Hill and the State House’s gleaming gold dome. Royal residents can revel in one of the greatest views of the Esplanade’s July 4 fireworks up here.

Also worth reveling about are the fit-for-a-king neighborhood amenities:

  • fitness trails, biking, dog-walking, and free concerts at the Hatch Shell (including the July 4 Boston Pops gala) on the Esplanade;
  • sailing along the Charles River;
  • shopping and dining at The Shops at Prudential Center (including Legal Sea Foods), at Copley Place and along Boylston Street;
  • art galleries and boutiques on Newbury Street;
  • the Boston Public Library in Copley Square;
  • Green Line subway service at Hynes Convention Center;
  • bus service to Symphony Hall, MIT and Harvard.

For more information on Unit 41 at 295-297 Beacon St., or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit

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