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    Back Bay ‘townhouse’ goes on the market for just under $15m

    Need a luxury townhouse with a large music room where famous pianists once performed for well-heeled locals? Then maybe Jonathan Radford may have you covered.

    Radford is a sales associate affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and Coldwell Banker has just announced that Radford has been selected to market a townhouse at 211 Commonwealth Ave. Known as the Mason House, after its original owners, this 11-bedroom townhouse has an asking price of $14.99 million.

    In its 13,400 square feet of living space, the Mason House features more fireplaces than bathrooms. But a chap in need of warm feet and a cold shower presumably will want for neither. The place is thoughtfully accessorized with 12 bathrooms and 15 fireplaces. There is also a grand mahogany staircase and a rooftop terrace.


    Recently renovated, the house was built in 1883, and one of its high points is “an expansive music room with fluted marble columns where some of the world’s greatest musicians and composers performed,” a Coldwell Banker media advisory noted.

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    According to the advisory, musical luminaries who once lit up the premises included Ferruccio Busoni, Egon von Petri, Ingnace Paderewski, and Serge Koussevitzky.

    “This is a unique opportunity to own a residence that is perhaps the greatest example of museum quality renovation of a historic Commonwealth Avenue home,” Radford said in a statement. “The homeowners spared no expense in restoring the rich architectural details of the property. While this home offers plenty of formal living and entertaining spaces reminiscent of a bygone era, it also features a completely redesigned garden level that includes a large open plan kitchen and family room that is ideal for today’s living.”   

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