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Epic federal townhouse across from Boston Common drops for $17M

Hasn’t sold since 1996

The 16-room, 14,345-square-foot townhouse at 39 Beacon Street right across from the Boston Common has not sold since November 1996, when it went for about $1,220,000 in today’s coinage.

The spread is now on sale through Coldwell Banker for $17,000,000.

It includes nine fireplaces, eight full bathrooms, eight bedrooms, a roof deck, and an elevator. The real star attraction, though, might be the winding staircase.

The townhouse, which dates from 1843, is divided into essentially three living areas: what the listing describes as a “grand main residence” and two 2-BR duplexes. So it’s either Boston’s fanciest multi-generational home or one heck of a posting for an au pair.

Either way, 39 Beacon is instantly one of the city’s most expensive listings.