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You’ll Need More Than A Dollar to Kick it in the Back Bay

One of the top homes On the Boston Business Journal’s list of  Most Expensive Single-Family Homes is a fancy living space of 15,000 sq feet at 15 Commonwealth Ave, just moments away from  the well maintained and highly manicured Boston Public Gardens. Designed  by architects Snell and Gregerson in 1867, the abode is 50 ft-wide manor and boasts seven fireplaces, five floor high ceilings and an astonishing 13 parking spaces. You know, for all your….bikes. The home was on the market for 1,022 days and finally sold to a buyer for $4.4 million below the asking price on March 30th of this year. Oh the perils of settling.  The listing broker of this home was Otis & Ahern Real Estate.

As for condos in the Back Bay area, the priciest prize goes to a unit in the luxurious full service Mandarin Oriental  located at 776 Boylston Street. After having been listed for 217 days, the 6,111 sq foot unit  sold for $10.3 million on February 10th of this year. The 3 bed / 4 .5 bath condo showcases panoramic views of Boston’s skyline  from it’s 11th floor residence.

Also sold in the Mandarin was Unit W11-A for $5,360,000, before it was flipped several months later for $5,575,000. In June of 2011 Penthouse Unit 2-E was sold for $13.2 million.

The Mandarin is a ritzy high class building that attracts the wealthiest of tenants and is situated in the most ideal of locations. Two years ago my mother  visited me from Cleveland for Thanksgiving and suggested that we have our holiday repast in the Mandarin’s restaurant, the Asana. I thought, well that’s ridiculous. We could just cook, or rather I could make a salad and burn a turkey. But it was actually quite lovely, and I give a very enthusiastic two thumbs up and a high five for the free bar almonds and using the very stylized and ambient well lit bathrooms.

 

 

 

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