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Boston's Most Spectacular Townhouses of 2015: a Gallery

Our regular Tuesday Townhouse feature afforded us the opportunity to peel back the curtain on some of the region's choicest townhouses. Some were choicer than others. Herein are some of the more spectacular townhouses either listed, re-listed or sold during the year now dwindling to a close. We begin with one boasting that particular bragging right of the Boston townhouse: the private rooftop with awesome views. The South End's 10-room, 3,981-square-foot 185 West Brookline Street hit the sales market in August. It came with the above roof deck with its expansive city views as well as with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar and a home theater with surround sound. Asking $4,495,000, 185 West Brookline went for $4,300,000 right before Thanksgiving.


Beacon Hill's 60 Chestnut Street last traded in March 2013 for $3,315,000 after massive price-chops. The new owner redid the Federalist townhouse, updating it with such flourishes as that bathtub next to a working fireplace and below a flat-screen TV. That particular bathroom, one of four and a half, is part of a master suite that takes up the entire third floor. Listed in April 2014 for $6,695,000, there is as of Monday a sale pending for 60 Chestnut at the low, low price of $5,480,000.

The Second Empire-style townhouse at 39 Princeton Street in East Boston's Eagle Hill dropped in early March for $939,000. It offered 19th-century details such as five marble fireplaces, pocket doors and gilded mirrors. It sold in late June for the rather precise $853,125.

The last time the Victorian at 22 Appleton Street in the South End traded was way back in January 1989 for $335,000 (about $737K in today's money). A lot has changed about the house and the neighborhood since then, of course, not least of all the roof of the nine-room, 2,292-square-foot Federal-style spread: It now includes a hot tub with views of the Pru and Hancock. Listed in early June for $2,395,000, it sold in mid-August for $2,200,000.

The 5-BR, 3.5-BA, 3,113-square-foot townhouse at 20 Follen Street in the Back Bay-South End borderlands dropped on the sales market for a cool $3,295,000 in early July. It offered another amazing rooftop, kitchenette included. The spread went for an even $3M at the end of September.

Just look at this walk-in closet. Seriously. It came as part of the 5,391-square-foot, 14-room Victorian at 407 Beacon Street, which hit the market in August for $5,250,000 (having traded two years earlier for $4,325,000). It's still up for grabs for $4,995,000.

Everybody and his or her brother-in-law had an opinion about Charlestown's 2 Lexington Street, a 2,000-square-foot Victorian that found a buyer almost instantly in December asking $1,095,000. What'd you think?
· There's a Fireplace Next to the Tub in Redone 60 Chestnut [Curbed Boston]
· What It's Like to Live Inside an Historic House in East Boston [Curbed Boston]
· South End's Hot-Tub-Crowned 22 Appleton Hits the Market [Curbed Boston]
· 18 Peeks Inside and Outside a South End TH Asking $3.3M [Curbed Boston]
· One of the Biggest Boston Sales of 2013 Is Back on the Market [Curbed Boston]
· South End TH Comes with 1,000-Bottle Cellar, Home Theater [Curbed Boston]
· Charlestown Victorian So Gorgeous It Sold Almost Instantly [Curbed Boston]
· Our Tuesday Townhouse archive [Curbed Boston]