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Luxury Home of the Week: For $10.6m, a Back Bay brownstone crowned with coffered ceilings

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305 Commonwealth Ave Apt 2 Boston exterior
305 Commonwealth Ave., Unit 2, underwent an extensive renovation. Jack Vatcher

This week’s luxury home pick is a condo right on Commonwealth Avenue in a converted Peabody and Stearns mansion. Here, the elegance is a cut above — literally.

Unit 2 at 305 Commonwealth Ave. measures 4,253 square feet, with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and stunning coffered ceilings. Beth Dickerson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has listed the unit for $10,600,000. 

The condo is part of what was once a single-family home designed in the late 19th century by acclaimed architectural firm Peabody and Stearns. The design pair crafted a number of Back Bay residences and Boston commercial buildings around that time, including the Custom House Tower. The Commonwealth Avenue property was converted into four condominiums a few years ago, and this unit underwent an extensive renovation. 

Its first floor boasts elaborate crown molding and three restored fireplace mantels. The level is home to living and dining rooms, a kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. The living room features a large bow window, while the dining room shows off a coffered ceiling. 

Following the stark white of those two spaces, the woodwork in the kitchen feels especially warm. That rich brown wood makes another appearance upstairs in the primary bedroom, which has its own fireplace, bow window, chandelier, and adjoining study facing Commonwealth Avenue. The primary suite also includes a dressing room and a marble bathroom with a double vanity and freestanding tub. 

Down the hall, there are two more bedrooms with a shared marble bathroom, as well as a laundry room and access to a private roof deck. Additionally, an elevator provides access to two tandem garage parking spots. 

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