SOLD! Back Bay single-family home sale has that new car smell
Jan 2011 26

It took a bit of time and a couple of significant price cuts, but an amazing Back Bay single-family townhouse has finally been sold.

The property is located at 128 Commonwealth Avenue. Previously a set of individual condos, it was lovingly restored inside to its historic grandeur. The seller is listed in the public record as Herb Chambers, the car-magnate.

A prominent and historic Commonwealth Avenue mansion, between Clarendon and Dartmouth streets, it is a rare and unique Beaux Arts style single-family residence. An extensive two year renovation brought this historic and grand home back to its original splendor.

The property first came on the market in January 2007. As to be expected for a property of this size and quality, it took quite awhile to find the “one” buyer (a local portfolio manager and minority owner in an investment firm). It was priced at a significantly higher price but was adjusted to a price more in line with the market.

According to the broker’s website, the listing agent was Beth Dickerson, of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

From that site: 128 Commonwealth Ave (more photos and description, there):

Originally designed by famous Boston architect S.D Kelley in 1882, the ornate sandstone façade designed in the Parisian inspired “Ecoles des Beaux-Arts” style was added to both 128 Commonwealth Ave and 130 Commonwealth Ave during a circa 1905 renovation by architect Arthur Bowditch. This Neoclassical Baroque style is one rarely seen in Boston architecture and is a unique feature that establishes 128 Commonwealth Avenue as an exceptional and iconic Boston property.

Additional luxuries of this exclusive property include: – Au pair suite with private entrance onto Commonwealth Avenue – Boston Proper’s finest location – Handsome wood paneled elevator and grand wrapping stairwell connect floors – “No detail overlooked” renovation completed in 2005 – Rich use of exotic materials including onyx and gold leaf – Hand crafted woodwork and built-ins – Hand painted details – Fourteen foot coffered ceilings – Hand made La Cornue range – Butler’s Pantry – Three private decks – Security system – One touch lighting system – Surround sound system – Additional dry storage – Two heated garaged parking spaces – Three heated outdoor parking spaces.

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