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Beacon Street town house across from Boston Common sold for more than $28 million

The townhouse at 56 Beacon St. sold in February for more than $28 million. Neighbors say they don't know who the buyer is.Daniel Kool/Globe Staff

A Beacon Street brownstone sold for more than $28 million last month — more than any home in the state fetched in 2022.

Although the town house fell about $7 million short of being the most expensive property sale in Boston history — a 13,000-square-foot penthouse in Millennium Tower sold for $35 million in 2016 — it sold for more than twice the listed prices of some neighboring Beacon Hill properties.

The property at 56 Beacon St. is just across from Boston Common and has six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, and more than 9,500 square feet of interior space, according to property listings from its previous sale in 2015. An anonymous buyer closed on the home Feb. 15 through a limited liability company, Nominee Trust Services, for $28,250,000, according to state property records.


The private sale was orchestrated by Shelagh Brennan, executive vice president at Cabot & Company, who said the buyer wanted to remain anonymous.

The sale was first reported by the Boston Business Journal.

“I don’t think it’s a shock. It is an iconic location, and it is across from the nation’s first park,” said Leslie Singleton Adam, a realtor with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, who often handles Beacon Hill listings but was not involved in this sale. “What’s Boston, what do we see? We see images of the parks.”

Adam said there are few properties similar to the Beacon Hill home because of its size and proximity to the Common.

Homes up and down the street have recently sold for closer to $10 million, but properties with historic value can fetch even more — the former headquarters of the Women’s City Club of Boston sold for $15.3 million in 2017.

“It wasn’t on the market,” Adam said. “Somebody knew of it and wanted it.”


The home, sitting on a parcel just under 30 feet wide, also features a shaded back courtyard outside a glassed-in sunroom.

Thomas and Mary Folliard bought the home in 2015 for $11.5 million, according to the property deed. The couple could not be reached for comment.

No one answered the door at the home on Tuesday morning. The home’s first-floor dining room, which overlooks the Common through bay windows, was largely unadorned.

The Business Journal reported last month that construction crews were bustling in and out of the home after the sale.

A resident next door said he had not heard any details about the sale or who purchased the home. Speaking through an intercom, a woman living at 55 Beacon St. said the same.

About a mile away, a condo near the top of One Dalton, a Back Bay property operated by Four Seasons Private Residences, is set to hit the market at $38 million.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that no realtor was involved in the home sale.

The town house at 56 Beacon St. sold in February for more than $28 million. Neighbors say they don't know who the buyer is.Daniel Kool/Globe Staff

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