Last sold in June 1996 for a paltry $720,000, this 4,778-square-foot townhouse at 385 Beacon Street comes with a wet bar in the library; a penthouse kitchen; (Top Chef, anyone?); an elevator; stellar city and Charles views; and a roof deck from which to watch the peasants below go about their daily chores (no wonder the listing calls it a "Back Bay jewel"). The master bathroom alone was enough to get us excited, complete with a fireplace, bay window, and gorgeous stand-alone tub. There's also a quaint cupboard under the stairs, perfect for Harry Potter fans or any monied clan looking to mistreat an adopted wizarding son.
So! Imagine our wonderment when this 4-BR, 4.5-BA beaut, which had already chopped its price by a quarter-mill in May 2012 and which we lovingly declared "our Downton Abbey townhouse," disappeared from the market in September and reappeared a few days ago for a mere $3,995,000. It looks like it's switched listing agents, too, from Gibson Sotheby's to Coldwell Banker. Why won't somebody buy this thing? — Emma Anquillare
· 385 Beacon Street [Zillow]
· Our Downton Abbey Townhouse Trims Its Tag a Quarter-Mill [Curbed Boston]
· Our PriceChopper archive [Curbed Boston]