The Incredible Floor Plan and Extraordinary Cost of Boston’s Biggest Luxury Condo
David Bates / May 8, 2017-11:24 am
“This is just one unit?” asked my architect friend, somewhat awestruck as he scanned the incredible floor plan of the Millennium Tower Boston Grand Penthouse, a document I had secured by searching The Suffolk County Registry of Deeds.
The one unit, a behemoth at 12,323 square feet, holds five en-suite bedrooms; a two bedroom suite, probably perfect for guests with kids; a massive master with his and her bathrooms, each with their own walk-in closets; two kitchens, probably one for prep and one for serving; nine full baths; four elevator banks, including the service elevator; and two stairwells. The Grand Penthouse at Millennium Tower has an enormous amount of space to live, work, and play in – as well as what has to be the longest private deck in the city.
If the giant residence ever came to market, it might be both the first and last time the city of Boston saw eight bedrooms on one floor. How large is the buying demographic for eight bedrooms? Apparently, so large that an additional search of Suffolk County Deeds reveals that the GPH’s owner – who is considered to be one of the greatest commercial real estate buyers on planet Earth – reserved the right to break the Grand Penthouse up into three separate units.
At least four of GPH’s in-suite bedrooms face southwest which, of the two long sides of the residential skyscraper, has the most stunning views. Only one bedroom faces northeast, the direction with lesser views. The two-bedroom suite faces southeast.
Of course, the most impressive bedroom is the Grand Penthouse’s master, situated on the back right corner of the building. From a Boston Common vantage point, the master is at the end of the right side of the building, furthest away from the Common. The corner location of the master allows those within it to see in three directions: south, east, and west. The views must be as spectacular as they are unrivaled by any Boston residence not situated in the Tower. The master does not have a direct north view – the direction, of course, which gets the least sunlight.
An outdoor deck runs the entire length of the building’s northeast side and then wraps about halfway around both the northwest and southeast sides. If you are facing MTB from the Common, you can make out the deck and the wrap on MTB’s left side. Only a small portion of the deck has Back Bay and Charles River views, which are the most vied-after views of Millennium Tower Boston. Admittedly, that’s somewhat of a letdown; however, several large rooms that span the entire width of the front tip of the building (closest to the Common) should allow for magnificent sunset views.
According to permit ALT563339, it cost $7,852,000 to build out the Grand Penthouse at Millennium Tower Boston. Heck, the building permit alone cost $80,123. But life in the GPH, as the old saying goes, is priceless.
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