Très, très wowza! The Mason House has chopped its price by $1.4 million. When the 14,580-square-foot manse at 211 Commonwealth Avenue hit the market five months ago, we called it "achingly elegant." And justly so: It had not only 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, an au pair suite, an eat-in kitchen, an elevator to every floor, and a five-car garage, it had the sort of provenance that separates the ultra-luxury in this town from the ultra-luxury with a side of crazy. Take its music room (please): It was designed in the 1890s by Rotch & Tilden and built in the back of the existing house; and its marble comes from Carrera, the same Tuscan city where Michelangelo got his.
In keeping with this general theme of superior elegance, the Mason House remains, despite the biggest price-chop in years in Boston, the most expensive home on the market at $16,500,000 (other than the Ames-Webster Mansion, which could go commercial just the same). Also, we should note, a price-chop like this might as well be seen as a prerequisite to a sale. Trends, people, trends.
· Listing: 211 Commonwealth Avenue [Zillow]
· Mason House Hits the Market for $17.9M, Music Room and All [Curbed Boston]
· Back Bay's Ames-Webster Mansion Now $5M Off [Curbed Boston]
· Boston's Luxury Market: Hold the Champagne, Grab the Cava? [Curbed Boston]
· Our PriceChopper archive [Curbed Boston]