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173 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116
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8 Unit
8 Beds
12 Baths
10882 SQFT
0.07 Acre

Property Description

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.

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Building Information

  • Total Units: 8
  • Total Floors: 11
  • Total Bedrooms: 8
  • Total Full Baths: 9
  • Total Half Baths: 3
  • Total Fireplaces: 12
  • Amenities: Bike Path, Highway Access, House of Worship, Laundromat, Medical Facility, Park, Public Transportation, Shopping, T-Station, University, Walk/Jog Trails
  • Basement Features: Full, Interior Access, Partially Finished, Walk Out
  • Common Appliances: Dryer, Washer
  • Common Heating: Electric Baseboard, Oil, Radiant
  • Common Cooling: Central Air


  • APOD Available: No
  • Expenses Source: Owner Provided


  • Electric Info: Circuit Breakers, Underground
  • Water: City/Town Water, Private
  • Sewer: City/Town Sewer, Private

Unit 1 Description

  • Under Lease: Yes
  • Floors: 1
  • Levels: 2

Unit 2 Description

  • Under Lease: Yes
  • Floors: 3
  • Levels: 1

Unit 3 Description

  • Under Lease: Yes
  • Floors: 3
  • Levels: 1

Unit 4 Description

  • Under Lease: Yes
  • Floors: 4
  • Levels: 1


  • Year Built: 1879
  • Type: 5-9 Family
  • Foundation Info: Poured Concrete
  • Roof Material: Rubber
  • Flooring Type: Hardwood, Tile
  • Lead Paint: Unknown

Other Information

  • MLS ID# 73088932
  • Last Updated: 03/19/23

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Date Event Price Price/Sq Ft Source
03/19/2023Under Agreement$16,000,000$1,470MLSPIN

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Seller's Representative: The Roach & Sherman Team, Compass
Sub Agent Compensation: n/a
Buyer Agent Compensation: 2.0
Facilitator Compensation: 0
Compensation Based On: Net Sale Price
Sub-Agency Relationship Offered: No

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