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Boston's Ultra-Luxury Real Estate: Where and How Much

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We told you earlier this week that ex-Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon had listed his Back Bay penthouse for $3.1M. And we told you this morning about the manse at 15 Commonwealth that's been on the market for more than 1,000 days, asking nearly $16M. And Tom Brady's Beacon Street stunner, that's been up for grabs now almost 100 days even at $10.5M.

We knew they had company in the ultra-luxury strata of Boston real estate. We did not realize, however, just how much company: There are currently 49 condos and single-family homes on the Boston market asking at least $3M (Papelbon's is actually the cheapest). What are some of the others? A survey using price points (all data from our pals at Zillow):

$3 million
1 Avery Street, #28B
A 3-BR, 4.5-BA running to 2,667 square feet in a Chinatown high-rise. It's asking $3,295,000.

$4 million
235 Marlborough Street
A renovated townhouse with an elevator, it has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 5,180 square feet and a hefty price-chop from December ($301K). Asking $4,199,000.

$5 million
287 Commonwealth Avenue, #4
This 6-BR, 6-BA, 5,263-square-foot duplex in Back Bay last sold in 1998 for more than $2M less than what it's asking now: $5,300,000.


$6 million
51 Chestnut Street
A 6-BR, 5-BA Beacon Hill townhouse spread over 4,774 square feet and dating from 1830, it's asking $6,375,000.

$7 million
219-223 Columbus Avenue
We've noted this 3-BR, 2.5-BA penthouse in the Albert A. Pope Building before, mostly because it could quite possibly possess Boston's highest greenhouse. Asking? $7,200,000. It last traded in '97 for $450K.

$8 million
2 Avery Street, #29E
A high-floor 5-BR, 4.5-BA in the Ritz spread over 5,594 square feet. Asking $8,990,000, it last sold for $6,750,000 in 2008.

$9 million
410 Beacon Street
A Beacon Hill Back Bay townhouse of sumptuous size (9,107 square feet containing 7 bedrooms and 5 baths), it also has a library, 8 fireplaces, a caterer's kitchen and a separate entrance for the au pair suite. Of course, an au pair suite. Asking $9,650,000.

$10 million
776 Boylston Street, #11B
This 6,111-square-foot Mandarin Oriental condo, on the market since mid-summer for $12,500,000, has 3 bedrooms, 4 full baths (2 partial), 3 fireplaces and 2 deeded parking spaces. It's also got one of the biggest price-chops in living memory. Now asking $10,945,000.

$12 million
3 Louisburg Square
This 6,570-square-foot 5-BR, 5.5-BA Beacon Hill townhouse retains the original entryway dating from the Polk administration. It last sold in 2003 for less than half what it's asking now: $12,500,000.

$14 million and up
74 Beacon Street
There are only three listings beyond this price point: 15 Commonwealth; the Ames-Webster castle at 306 Dartmouth Street (which can also be used commercially); and the 6-BR, 7.5-BA, 8,450-square-foot Benjamin Mansion dating from 1828.

· When Will 15 Commonwealth Settle? [Curbed Boston]
· Jason Papelbon Lists Back Bay PH for $3.1M [Curbed Boston]
· Tom Brady's Back Bay PH Nears 100 Days on the Market [Curbed Boston]

Ames-Webster Mansion

306 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116