The prince of penthouses in Boston’s Back Bay

With the top two levels all your own, you’ll live like a prince in the 4,144-square-foot penthouse duplex in the fine 1880 brick-and-sandstone rowhouse at 171 Commonwealth Ave. For $5,699,000, this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath unit will give you single-family space and solitude plus condo commodities and convenience.

The living room combines the formality of fine details with the informality of a relax-before-the-fire atmosphere. Paneled wainscoting and wall-height bookcases mingle with a cool gray wall treatment and floor-to-ceiling views of Commonwealth Avenue and its tree-lined mall.

The formal dining room also has a fireplace and wainscoting, along with built-in china cabinetry and silverware storage shelves with a serving shelf.

The gourmet kitchen boasts Absolute Black granite counters, including a central island, as well as frosted-glass custom cabinets, an exotic stone backsplash, state-of-the-art appliances and a tray ceiling. The kitchen opens up into a fabulous family room with a double tray ceiling and sumptuous sun.

On the top level are the bedrooms, including the wall-to-wall carpeted master bedroom with its own fireplace and bookcases, ample space for a king-size bed and a substantial sitting area by the windows, and luxurious en suite bath.

Also up here is your very own media/exercise room, where the overmantel space above the fireplace can accommodate a flat-screen TV you can watch while exercising, a skylight lightens the strain of your routine, and the bookcases provide material for a reading break from your workout. And don’t forget the fitness trails along Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Esplanade!

But wait ’til you get up on the roof, gaze at the pristine skyline views all around you, and gawk at the amenities up here: flower planters, a hot tub, even an outdoor kitchen! Cocktails and cookouts will never be the same again!

And those views mean proximity to the best of Boston: 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 171 Commonwealth Ave.’s penthouse duplex, or to schedule a private showing, contact CondoDomain agent Jeanne Boucher at 510-205-5857 or

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