173 Commonwealth Avenue, Back BayBoston, MA 02116MLS Number 73088932

  • Price: $16,000,000
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173 Commonwealth Avenue Boston MA 02116
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  • 8Bedrooms
  • 0.07Acreage
  • 12Bathrooms
  • 1879Year Built

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The iconic purple pane neo-georgian style brownstone is for sale for the first time in 53 years. Originally designed and built in 1879 by the legendary architects, Peabody and Stearns, as a single family home for Roger Wolcott (former Governor of Massachusetts) and redesigned by Boston-born architect J. Harleston Parker in 1917, this distinctive and spectacular home is adorned with many original Gilded Age details: gorgeous marble and hardwood/parquet floors, ornate wood moldings and walls, Italian crafted marble fireplaces, elaborately carved entry doors, a French wrought iron and ormolu balustrade, restored original single pane windows and beautiful lock sets. It was converted into an apartment building in 1944 and is currently comprised of 11,943 SF (gross building) on 6 floors, 8 apartments [1 studio, 6 one beds and 1 two bed], a head house, a roof deck with commanding panoramic views of Boston & Cambridge and 3 single parking spaces. More information & photos on request.
Listed by The Roach & Sherman Team, Crystal Roach and Michael Sherman of Compass

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Basic Information

  • Mls StatusUnder Agreement
  • Parcel Number 3351417

Basic Information

  • List Price$16,000,000
  • MLS Number73088932
  • Modification Date03/19/2023
  • Property SubType5-9 Family
  • Purchase Contract Date03/19/2023


  • Acreage0.07


  • Flooring Tile, Hardwood


  • Cooling Central Air
  • Cooling YN Yes
  • Electric Circuit Breakers
  • Heat SystemYes
  • Heating Oil
  • Sewer Public Sewer
  • Water Source Public


  • Amenities
    • Bike Path
    • Highway Access
    • House of Worship
    • Laundromat
    • Medical Facility
    • Park
    • Public Transportation
    • Shopping
    • T-Station
    • University
    • Walk/Jog Trails
  • Appliances IncludedWasher, Dryer
  • Other AmenitiesBasement, Fireplace

Tax Information

  • Tax Assessed Value $3,380,800
  • Tax Year 2023
  • Taxes$36,662


  • Address173 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Building Number173
  • CountySuffolk
  • NeighborhoodBack Bay
  • StateMA
  • StreetCommonwealth Avenue
  • SubdivisionBack Bay
  • TownBoston
  • Zip02116


  • RoofRubber

Property Information

  • Building Area Source Measured
  • Living Area 10,882
  • Lot Size Square Feet 3,237
  • Lot Size Units Acres
  • Square Feet10,882
  • View YN Yes


  • Parking Features Off Street
  • Parking Spaces3


  • Bathroom12
  • Bathrooms Total Decimal 10.5
  • Bedrooms8
  • Full Bath9
  • Half Baths3


  • BasementFull, Partially Finished, Walk-Out Access, Interior Entry
  • Building Area Units Square Feet
  • FireplaceYes
  • Fireplaces Total 12
  • FoundationConcrete Perimeter
  • Garage Spaces
  • Patio And Porch Features Deck - Roof
  • Rooms30
  • Stories11
  • Year Built1879
  • Year Built Details Approximate, Certified Historic, Renovated Since
  • Year Built Source Public Records


  • Buyer Agency Compensation2
  • Date Listed03/18/2023
  • Farm Land Area Units Square Feet
  • View Count4
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