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Boston Real Estate & Beyond: Historic, Urban Living

As part of the Sothebys International Realty network, Im privileged to see some truly exceptional real estate every day, both here in the Boston real estate market and beyond. In this blog post Im going to showcase some listings that exemplify city living but offer historic flair and charm.These homes are courtesy of some of my colleagues righthere in Boston and beyond. These homes may vary greatly in style, but they are all exceptional properties.So whether youre looking for your own piece ofBoston real estateor dreaming about owning abroad, these homes are sure to please. If youre ever looking for real estate, please consider me your resource whether youre looking here in Boston or real estateBoston -7 Symphony Road israre single family Victorian townhouse is superbly located just off Mass Ave. by historic Symphony Hall where Back Bay meets the South End. It features period detail including leaded glass entry and 4 fireplaces with oak mantles and English tile. The living room, kitchen, and large formal dining room with expansive deck are all on the parlor level, great for entertaining. There are 2 large, sunny front facing rooms with round bays, 2 rear rooms extending the width of the building and a stunning central square staircase. This home has a total of 5 bedrooms and 3 baths including a garden level au pair apartment with private entry. Updates include all new historically accurate windows, central air conditioning and recent repointing. There are 4 parking spaces and an attractive brick driveway with drainage. This convenient location is steps to 2 subway stops and Whole Foods Market, near Longwood Medical, Fenway Park, Newbury Street, N U & Prudential.For more information on this beautiful example of South End real estate, click real estateNew York -Welcome to Greenwich Village!First offering in more than fifty years of this sunny mid-century modern one bedroom estate. There are lovely open southern views over the historic townhouses of Greenwich Village from a spacious Living Room and windowed Kitchen. A quiet Bedroom faces east. With original parquet floors, updated windows and through-wall air conditioning throughout.69 West 9th Street is a full service cooperative with 24 hour attended doorman service and a full-time resident building manager. There is bicycle storage, a laundry room and the availability an on-site parking garage. Pet-friendly. For more information on this beautiful home, click real estateLondon -A wonderful example of mid 19th Century architecture, restored with enormous affection, taste and attention to detail. The house sits on one corner of the square, which used to be the site of The Cannon Brewery, surrounded by attractive, contemporary design, office/ residential buildings. The contrast in style serves to highlight the beauty of the former Brewery Yard Office building. The grand proportions of the building cater perfectly for loft style living. The property consists of 4 Bedrooms,3 Reception rooms, a terrace and underground secure parking. For more information on this beautiful home, click real estateNew York -The Clarence Whitman Mansion was built in 1898 as one of a pair of limestone residences designed in the neo-Renaissance style by the prestigious architectural firm of Parish & Schroeder. 7 East 76th Streets Italianate faade is highlighted by rusticated limestone blocks on the first floor, a delicate iron balcony at the second floor and a clay tiled mansard roof. The property has benefited from the ongoing stewardship of its owners and retains many of its original details while being carefully updated in the late 1990s.Built 24.5 feet wide and including an addition to the property in the 1920s, the house is built approx. 14,000 sq.ft. on 6 floors plus an English basement, all serviced by an elevator. Notably, the entrance gallery and dining room boast 12-foot ceilings and the parlor floor reaches even higher with 13-foot ceilings.Rarely is a townhouse layout so flexible and able to suit a prospective buyers requirements so completely. Currently designed with formal living in mind, including two en-suite staff rooms and a professional grade catering kitchen with a back service staircase, the property also offers many modern lifestyle touches; a fully equipped gym with ballet bar, a secret card room off of the library, and a bright penthouse floor with a solarium and terrace. In terms of bedrooms, there are currently nine, and also five full and four half baths including a wonderfully proper powder room with two separate water closets ideal for entertaining on a grand scale.This exquisite property is also the ideal home for a serious art collection. In fact, from the 1940's to the 1970's, the property was owned by one of the worlds leading art dealers, Sam Salz, prompting the New York Times to write on February 15, 1964, On walls, in hallways, living rooms and bedrooms are works of Renoir, Dufy, Utrillo, Braque, Pissaro, Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Rouault, Manet, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec. For more information on this beautiful estate, click here.