It’s a small piece of San Francisco in Boston’s South End. Where the city by the bay has the “painted ladies,” Rutland Square has a smattering of Venetian Gothic town homes with rounded lancet windows, elaborate archways, and polychromatic exteriors that stand out among its neighbors.
The distinctive look continues inside this four-story, single-family home, where the first of several white marble fireplace mantels grace the sun-splashed dining room on the first floor.
To the rear of the first floor is the kitchen, wholly 21st century, with a six-burner gas stove, high-end stainless-steel appliances, a granite-topped prep island, and extensive maple cabinetry. A set of French doors leads to a small patio that looks out to the alley.
Between the dining room and kitchen are closets and extensive built-in book shelves.
The visually dramatic center stairwell leads to a second floor with two living rooms. The one at the rear of the house features a large, arched window and a narrow balcony. The front living room has a white marble mantel and rounded lancet windows.
The third floor is the owner’s refuge. In the front is a master bedroom with ample sleeping space. Plus, there’s a private bath featuring a double-sided mirror separating facing vanities, and a multi-headed shower.
The uppermost floor has two equally sized bedrooms. The one at the rear of the house has the best view in this home — the view is of the ever-changing skyline of the Back Bay and downtown and a few neighboring roof decks.
The second bedroom on this floor draws lots of natural light from a set of bow windows. There’s plenty of closet space in both bedrooms. The full bath has a shower and a skylight.
The lower level is a studio-style in-law suite with a kitchenette, a full bath, and direct access to the alley. The rear wall is mostly windows, making this ground level space quite sunny.
There is a small elevator with a graceful wooden interior that travels from the lowest level to the top floor. The property includes two deeded parking spaces in the rear alley.
Ricardo Rodriguez of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on Newbury Street in Boston is the listing broker.
Style: Town house
Year built: 1860
Square feet: 3,837
Total rooms: 10
Bathrooms: 3 full, 2 half
Taxes: $39,699 (2016)
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