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For just $14.9 million, this Back Bay townhouse is yours!

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis October 1, 2013 10:10 AM

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OK, now tell me Boston prices aren't going nuts again.

For just a shade under $15 million, you can become the proud owner of 211 Commonwealth Ave., Boston's largest townhouse, or at least the largest townhouse
current on the market, according to Coldwell Banker, the listing agency.

(Officially, the price is $14,995,000 - they should just call it $15 million but don't for obvious reasons. Of course, it's an open question whether anyone with the kind of cash to buy a showcase like this is going to be swayed by the oldest sales trick in the book, but clearly someone with a lot of sales experience thinks so.)

Anyway, the current owners paid about a third of that, more details down below.

The 1880s mansion features12 bathrooms, 11 bedrooms and 15 fireplaces spread out across 13,400 square feet.

It was built in 1883 by William Powell Mason and his wife, serving as the family home until 1950, when it was converted to commercial use, including law offices and classrooms.

In 1998, the current owners scooped up this mega-sized townhouse for $5.3 million and reconverted to residential living.

Among the highlights clipped directly from the press release:

  • "Expansive music room with fluted marble columns where some of the world's greatest musicians and composers performed."
  • "Entrance hall with twin crystal chandeliers and grand staircase of carved mahogany; a rooftop terrace with panoramic city views."
  • "Gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and elegant mahogany paneled cabinetry."
  • "Large elevator, a heated garage that can accommodate up to six cars."
  • "Radiant heat to the outdoor brick walkways."

Ready to pony up a cool $15 million? Is any house really worth that kind of money? What say you?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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