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The Return of Back Bay's 198 Commonwealth Avenue

At the end of February 2013, the 7,599-square-foot manse at 198 Commonwealth Avenue hit the sales market for $8,900,000. Even amid many titanic listings that winter, it stood out: Six bedrooms; seven bathrooms, including five full; a large, brick patio out back; tons of Victorian-era flourishes. The townhouse seemed, at a relative bargain of $1,171 a square foot, too good a listing to last. Then, in September, 198 Commonwealth disappeared from the market.

As of Tuesday, it's back, again listed through Campion & Co., but with a serious twist: The townhouse now wants $9,500,000, or about $1,250 a foot. That easily makes it one of Boston's 10 most expensive listings right now. As to why it disappeared for five months, the always-discreet Curbed Boston Tipline is wide open.
· Boston's Luxury Market Going Out w/ a Bang in February [Curbed Boston]
· Our Mansion Watch archive [Curbed Boston]