In addition to being one of Boston's most gobsmacking properties, the Benjamin Mansion at 74 Beacon Street is one of the city's more curious. For one thing, the 6-BR townhouse with rooftop lap pool is very likely the most expensive residential rental in Boston history: $40,000 a month. It's also one of the city's longer-lived sales listings: the Benjamin first dropped in February 2010 for $14,950,000. The price has been chopped substantially, but the mansion remains unsold.
Now it's taking fairly drastic action. Per the Herald:
"As we started showing it again after the rental lease ran out, we saw that while the house has everything a person could want, what didn't click for many buyers was that the kitchen was on the garden level," said John Neale of Sprogis & Neale, which is the co-exclusive listing broker for the property along with Tracy Campion of Campion & Co. The 8,450-square-foot six- bedroom townhouse that overlooks the Public Garden had already undergone a three-year gut renovation several years earlier. But Neale convinced local owner/developers Peter and Elizabeth Georgantas of Peg Properties & Design to relocate the kitchen to the first floor, and to convert the former basement kitchen into a family room. Neale will relaunch the mansion when the renovations are completed next month.
It's not entirely clear whether the Benjamin will remain at its price-chopped tag of $13,950,000 post-relaunch. Stay tuned.
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