Beacon Hill condo for sale includes famous neighbors
Jan 2011 11

A Beacon Hill condominium home has hit the market. Its location, in Louisburg Square, means the new owner will have some famous and interesting neighbors.

The condo, located at 1 Louisburg Square, #5, is a one-bedroom, one and ½-bathroom, ~683-square foot home, priced at $925,000.

Louisburg Square is one of Boston’s most-historic addresses, home to the city’s hoi-polloi since the 17th-century. Current residents include US Senator John Kerry and wife, Teresa Heinz, and past-gubernatorial candidate, successful businessman, and all-around good guy Chris Gabrieli, among others.

Much has been made of the exclusivity of the Square; it’s actually a private way, meaning the street surrounding the square, as well as the Square itself, is private property. Parking is prohibited except to abutting residents; the new owner at #1 Louisburg will get to enjoy a space, according to the real estate listing.

The Boston Herald had a long article about Louisburg Square just the other day, with the reporter and nearby residents bemoaning the fact (fact) that the Square is off-limits to those who live nearby.

My take? So what? There are plenty of private places in the city and anyone who’s ever had a backyard can comprehend the concept of “private property”.

If you’re interested in seeing the condo, I’d be happy to show it to you. Be forewarned, however; it looks to be in need of a rehab. The listing included no photos and the description reads, “Come customize this into into a perfect pied-a-terre,” leading me to think you might need to bring a hammer and some nails to the closing.

Above, the exterior of 1 Louisburg Square, #1, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts. Brad Rowell of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is the listing agent.

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