Positioned on one of the most remarkable streets in Brookline, this granite Beaux-Arts building is guarded by gray columns leading to a welcoming garden courtyard. Step inside this first-floor unit and into an octagonal reception area that looks down a roughly 45-foot-long gallery of bright oak flooring, nine-foot ceilings, and elaborate, decorative molding, including Corinthian pilasters. Above the doorways running off the gallery are lintels with egg-and-dart molding.
To the right of the entry is a well-appointed bedroom currently used as an office. This elegant space offers a decorative fireplace with a rose-hued marble surround and red walls that really make the intricate cove and picture-frame molding pop. The other two bedrooms have en suite baths and adequate closet space. You can view the courtyard from the bay windows in the master, which has a fir floor, built-in bookshelves flanking a fireplace with a marble and carved-wood surround, and a bath with Carrara marble.
The formal living room is enriched by an exposed-beam ceiling and paneling of mahogany harvested when the building was constructed more than a century ago. A circle-and-triangle design highlights a fireplace mantel of yellow blue-veined marble. There are two large banks of windows, one with views of bustling Beacon Street and the other of the courtyard.
A set of pocket French doors connects to the dining room, where the mahogany craftsmanship continues: three-quarter-height wainscoting topped by a plate rail and a coffered ceiling clad in dentil molding. The fireplace features a dark-marble surround. The room affords access to a full bath with a tub and, through the butler’s pantry, the updated eat-in kitchen, which offers granite counters, a large prep island, and solid-wood dark-stained cabinets.
Also worthy of note are the laundry closet and recessed lighting. The property includes two deeded parking spaces, currently valued at roughly $90,000 each, that can be sold only to other residents.
Listing broker Shari Lyons of Hammond Residential Real Estate in Chestnut Hill will hold an open house on Sunday, March 1, from noon to 2 p.m.
Year built: 1906/converted in 1996
Square feet: 2,300
Baths: 3 full
Taxes: $10,334 (2014)
Fees: $1,461 per month, plus payments toward a capital-improvement project