Stroll west along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and a monumental curiosity might strike you. Standing atop of red sandstone pedestal inscribed with cryptic rune letters is a statue of Viking explorer Leif Erikson. Boston might be a strange place to give honor to a medieval Icelandic born adventurer, but it is a reminder that pilgrims weren’t the first Europeans to call New England home. 373 Commonwealth Avenue has ties to this statue. Its name came from the explorer. The Erikson Hotel once stood as a home to many guests. It was a hotel from 1892 and later converted into residential dorms for students attending City of Boston for higher education at Emerson College from 1928-1960 and then later used by Bentley College of Accounting and financing till about 1968.
The property eventually went into foreclosure and was purchased again by another owner. The property during that time didn’t specify what it would be used for, but later was purchased in 1981 by Erickson Corporation Development and converted into condominiums, which it remains today. This well-maintained building that is professionally managed offers fully revamped common areas, an elevator that can whisk you away to your future home,
Great Back Bay detail that starts when you walk in the front door of 373 Commonwealth Avenue from the ornate detail that you find on every floor to the wide sweeping staircase with wainscoting and designer light fixture. Once you reach the 6th floor of the Ericson building you find a unit tucked away from the main staircase making it a very quiet oasis. Some of the features in the home offered are Hardwood floors and High Ceilings throughout the home along with ornate detail along with ample natural light. Unlike some brownstone where you walk into someone living room this unit you walk into a long hallway full of wainscoting and classic Back Bay detail. The home is turned key ready offering GE Profile appliances with granite counter tops, open concept kitchen that flows into the living room that faces south offering great natural light.Ample storage space from built-in bookcase in living room, and deep closets in master bedroom and hallway.
Many properties don’t offer a versatile layout due to the fact that many homes dating back to 1800 were single-family homes converted later into condominiums. The Erickson Building offers ample well-designed rooms allowing someone to use both bedrooms how they would like. Bedrooms offer very little limitations making it ideal for just about anyone looking to call Back Bay home.Many buyers the problem, when they look at properties, is the floor plan it tends to be choppy or rooms are just not all functional this will not be the case if you look at this home. The layout of Kitchen and living room is ideal for anyone who loves to entertain. You can chop up vegetables with ample counter space, and still hold a conversation with your friends and family. Or while you’re hosting a dinner party and pulling items out of the GE profile oven you can interact in your kitchen while your guest enjoys himself or herself in your living room overlooking the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.One of the unique features of this home is once your inside you feel like you are transported to another world with the Condo overlooking Commonwealth Avenue you have views of Elliot Hotel and can hear the crowd at Fenway Park during the warmer months. When you need to get away or commute to work you have easy access to Cambridge MIT Campus, Harvard University, Longwood Medical Area, Downtown Boston and Logan Airport. You can walk to Fenway Park, which on game days might be literally a game changer for the season ticket holder who doesn’t want to deal with parking on game days.
Some of the best restaurants are steps away from the property; entertainment is equally as close from a night at Boston Symphony to the local concert playing the top act of the time. It’s all at your fingertips. I asked the owner what will you miss? It was hard for them to pin point just one, but they tried when answering this question. They said they will miss the days they could sit in the living room overlooking Commonwealth Avenue, and it reminds them of a French café or how the change of season gave a new look and feel to the neighborhood. When I looked at the property they have two chairs and a table and thought to myself it would be a nice way to start the day sipping an espresso while looking across the way with the doorman of Elliot Hotel greeting guests, and flowers blooming on the trees. In the distance, you can see the Boston Skyline where it never looks the same each day no matter if you look left or right. This Condo has been the current owners home since 1985, and although they love the home they are ready to pass this on to someone hopefully that equally loves the home as much as they do. If you’re in the market looking for a home that offers rich history, charm, and detail but doesn’t require work besides putting on those finishing touches that makes it feel like your home then your long search might be over. Priced at $779,000 First Open House is scheduled for April 14th 2016 and Saturday 16th12-1:30pm and Sunday, April 17th 1-2:30pm If you would like additional information about the property please contact me or check out personal property website for this property.