Spring House Hunt

Listed: For $8,990,000, a historic Back Bay penthouse with a private roof deck

In a row of classic Back Bay brownstones, the Burrage Mansion’s white-stone, castle-like façade commands the attention of passersby.

The 4,758-square-foot unit has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half bathroom. Justin Anfuso/Anfuso Imaging

In a row of classic Back Bay brownstones, the Burrage Mansion’s white-stone, castle-like façade commands the attention of passersby along Commonwealth Avenue. 

Through the arched double-door entrance, things are equally striking. The building at 314 Commonwealth Ave. was built in 1899 and converted into condos in 2005, according to the listing, and has more than one claim to fame. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sold a three-bedroom unit he owned on the second floor in 2008, and the living room of a different unit was featured in the 2019 “Little Women” remake. Now the building’s penthouse, Unit 4, which was featured in Architectural Digest, is on the market for $8,990,000. 


An elevator opens directly into the two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom unit, which offers an elegant-yet-understated 4,758 square feet of living space. Soaring ceilings and skylights create a cool, airy feel — never too cool, however, thanks to radiant heat in the floors throughout the unit and gas fireplaces in the living room and the primary bedroom suite. 

Spacious living and dining areas share open floor plans at each end of the unit, with stone floors throughout, soundproof windows, and rows of recessed lights neatly dotting the ceiling in each room. 

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. – Justin Anfuso/Anfuso Imaging
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The minimalist kitchen is centered on a lengthy island with a modern stainless steel base. Inconspicuous built-in cabinets run along one wall, and a double-sided fish tank built into the wall at the end offers a look into the living room space on the other side.  

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The primary bedroom suite is lofted, offering extra privacy and direct access to the private roof deck, where residents can relax in the built-in hot tub or drink in the skyline views. The bedroom itself is carpeted, illuminated by a skylight. The bed frame is built into the floor and sits at floor level, giving the space a lazy, lounge-like atmosphere. 

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. – Justin Anfuso/Anfuso Imaging

Down the hall, the shower steals the show in the primary bathroom, only partially separated from the rest of the room by a single curved pane of glass. There are both overhead and handheld shower heads, and the skylight above almost makes it seem as though the water is coming from the sky. Two vessel sinks sit on a dark wood counter, each below a mirror flanked by modern sconces. 

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The other bedroom suite is on the floor below. 


The $6,483-a-month association fee covers heat, hot water, water, sewer, landscaping, snow and trash removal, exterior maintenance, master insurance, and a management fee. The property also comes with four garage parking spots – nearly as rare a find as the penthouse itself. 

According to the Multiple Listing Service, the home connects to Unit 5 via an interior door, and there is “an option to purchase this unit at an additional price.”

Tracy Campion of Campion & Company has the listing.

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