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Luxury Home of the Week: A Prohibition-era speakeasy-turned-home for nearly $2.2 million

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52 Piedmont St. Dining Room 2
The town house at 52 Piedmont St. started off as a carriage house before it was transformed into a speakeasy. Glick Creative Group

Elton John, Judy Garland, and Liberace are rumored to have spent time at the former Napoleon Club, a storied Boston piano bar-turned-town home now on the market.

The Bay Village town house at 52 Piedmont St. started off as a carriage house before it was transformed into a speakeasy during Prohibition and then into the club. It became a private residence in the early 2000s.

“The history of the property is what strikes me the most,” said one of the listing agents, Sherif Abdel-Ghaffar of Boston Bayside Properties. “When someone’s looking at it, they’re probably going to be looking at it for the lifestyle and the history and the charm of the place.”

Some features look out of “The Great Gatsby,” while others (such as the custom bamboo closets) are more modern. The space is also equipped with smart-home technology.

Intricate tiling can be found around the home, chandeliers drip from its ceilings, and there’s even a wet bar with red countertops.

“There’s just so much to it. It’s not basic in any way,” Abdel-Ghaffar said. “There are so many things I still am learning about the house myself.”

The lower level showcases an Arabian theme, Abdel-Ghaffar said, complete with detailed flooring and textured walls.

An intricately designed balustrade directs one from the foyer to the living room, which is capped by 20-foot ceilings and covered in expansive windows.

The master bathroom has a mosaic-tiled shower and an elevated soaking tub.

The property’s private roof deck offers gorgeous views of Boston.

“It’s definitely great in terms of having, you know, a piece of Boston history,” Abdel-Ghaffar said. “I don’t think you could really put a price on that.”

The four-level home has two bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 2,400 square feet of living space. Abdel-Ghaffar and James Harrison of Boston Bayside Properties have listed it for $2,195,000. They will host open houses from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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