We started Friday with breakfast at The Paramount on Charles Street. Very quaint hole in the wall, packed to its tiny gills, great food, but whoa, not cheap – five of us ordering simple things like two eggs over easy or an omelet with no potatoes or bread, five coffees = $58! That seemed expensive to me. We left after 9am and there was not a seat to be had. Our host told us that on weekends, the line is around the corner.
Across the street, the very pretty Beacon Hill Hotel – each one us us gazed up, at the drool-worthy garden, the envy of every urban dweller. I’d never heard of the Beacon Hill Hotel so I’m linking it for you. Eh, not for me – the rooms are pretty but eensy teensy. I’m pleased to note that the room amenities list includes a toilet. 🙂
We did not walk past or even go near
John and Teresa Kerry’s small cottage so I Googled it and posted a photo found on the internet, credit unknown….geez, the place is gorgeous….and enormous. That’s a whole lot of ketchup.
House, pretty, unknown owners…..
All the dogwood in bloom…..
Where everyone knows your name….
Boston strong!! Love this.
Love the black trim…
As we waited for the incredibly long lights to cross the street here at One Hundred Beacon Street, we wondered what an apartment might cost there. The building looks very Park Avenue, all new windows and perfectly maintained. From the website, it looks like every unit post renovation has been sold. I could do this in a pinch.
Originally designed by Architect Clifford Albright in 1925, The Residences at 100 Beacon have been brought back to an unparalleled modern level of luxury and grandeur in 2009. Only the finest materials were used, combined with the highest attention to details and finest craftsmanship. The 16 new luxury residences at 100 Beacon showcase new high standards in fine Back Bay living. The bright and spacious Back Bay luxury condos for sale boast oak hardwood floors, vibrant white quartz Caesar stone counter tops, state of the art stainless steel appliances, sleek limestone bathrooms with steam showers and soaking tubs, direct elevator access for maximum privacy and efficiency, garage parking, 24 hour concierge, and balconies and fireplaces in some luxury condos. Most units enjoys 3-side exposures: South facing Beacon St, north with stunning Charles River views, and east with gorgeous views of the Boston Common and its skyline.
I was surprised that a 3b 2Ba home sold for only $2m and change in 2013 which means it was post-renovation. Seems like a HUGE bargain to me. Second floor, but still, 1959 square feet!! You can’t get NINE square feet in New York City for $2million!
My takeaway: Boston is pretty but not my kind of town. Not enough hustle and bustle, the pace is decidedly slower (which I suppose is why most people LOVE Boston). The brick townhouses are spectacular and now lucky for Bostonians that they are all preserved and adored. That’s a good thing. If I were going to move to Boston, I’d want a townhouse fronting the park or the street so I’d have all the light. The townhouses on the little back bay cobble streets are pretty but must be morbidly dark with zero sunlight ever. Needless to say I won’t be able to do a compare and contrast for you.
Tomorrow I’ll post the photos from our glassblowing outing. The photos aren’t as good as I hoped, more blurred than not but hopefully you’ll still get the gist of what magic happens inside this studio in NoCa (North Cambridge, just in case you couldn’t guess).