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Tasteful Friends: $30 Mil in Boston (but you're gonna have to redecorate)

Beautiful building decorated atrociously.

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by Anonymousreply 236May 16, 2024 4:37 PM

[quote] artfully transformed to emulate the ambiance of a stylish boutique hotel.

Right. Because modern boutique hotel goes so well with 19th century architecture. RME.

Beautiful on the outside, made ghastly on the inside.

by Anonymousreply 1May 11, 2024 9:47 PM

I think the decor is achieved for the vibe they wanted. Wow, but it's going to be a pain in the ass to strip or repaint all that lacquer. I might have gone for a different lacquer than that blue. Chinese yellow perhaps. Lacquer is very chic but it's a look lost on today's taste and certainly on the hoi polloi.

I cold live in it but would have to be very thin and also be recreationally smoking again to really enjoy the vibe.

by Anonymousreply 2May 11, 2024 9:51 PM

Another must would be a spectacular houseboy.

by Anonymousreply 3May 11, 2024 9:52 PM

I didn’t see this one yet

by Anonymousreply 4May 11, 2024 9:57 PM

My eyes! My eyes!

by Anonymousreply 5May 11, 2024 9:57 PM

Interior design by Tom Haverford and Jean-Ralphio Saperstein.

by Anonymousreply 6May 11, 2024 9:57 PM

The blue room is technically well done. The black room the lacquer is not successful because they didn't go for a mirror finish. Seeing all the wood grain is a disaster. I wonder if it that choice - seeing the grain -- might work with lacquer in a lighter color. I don't know. I've never seen this choice before. I have a bedroom that has pressed tin walls which I lacquered and it looks great. But the pattern is regular.

by Anonymousreply 7May 11, 2024 9:59 PM

It helps when they get every single fucking thing wrong except the exterior.

by Anonymousreply 8May 11, 2024 10:07 PM

These three enormous black chandeliers are Vistosi designed by Angelo Mangiarotti. VERY chic.

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by Anonymousreply 9May 11, 2024 10:07 PM

The caricature prints are by Sebastian Krüger. Not worth much. I like the Johnny Rotten though wouldn't want to live looking at it.

by Anonymousreply 10May 11, 2024 10:14 PM

Joan Kennedy lives close by.

by Anonymousreply 11May 11, 2024 10:16 PM

Here's an article about the history of house, and ...

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by Anonymousreply 12May 11, 2024 10:25 PM

They don't show the ten bathrooms. Tossing the furniture and the light fixtures, and painting the walls is the easy part. But if all the bathrooms have to be redone, that's a massive undertaking.

I'm always wary of listings that don't have plenty of photos of the kitchen and bathrooms.

by Anonymousreply 13May 11, 2024 10:25 PM

... and here's an article about the venture capitalist, Kevin Starr, who bought the place and did all that crap to it.

From the Wall Street Journal - put through archive to avoid paywall.

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by Anonymousreply 14May 11, 2024 10:27 PM

Me eyes!!!!

by Anonymousreply 15May 11, 2024 10:38 PM

Nothing in Boston is worth 30 million. Nothing.

That said, I actually don't hate the interior. It's 100000% not for me. But it has a point of view. I think they achieve what they're going trying to achieve. A kind of punk rock Versailles. Again, not for me. But I could see someone loving it.

by Anonymousreply 16May 11, 2024 10:43 PM

R16 I love your honest Midwestern sensibility.

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by Anonymousreply 18May 11, 2024 11:08 PM

I simultaneously love and hate everything about it.

by Anonymousreply 19May 11, 2024 11:16 PM

What in the Ed Hardey hell is that?

by Anonymousreply 20May 11, 2024 11:23 PM

It's an undeniably beautiful house, but it's worth NOWHERE near USD 30 million - especially because it looks like the interiors were decorated by a brothel's madam on acid. I don't think that Boston is a metropolis important enough to merit such insanely high prices, especially if we take into account the fact that everything will have to be redecorated.

I agree with you OP: the decoration alone deserves a 50% reduction in the asking price, at the very least.

by Anonymousreply 21May 11, 2024 11:29 PM

DEAR GOD!!! Absolute sacrilege. Whoever did this should be drawn and quartered.

by Anonymousreply 22May 11, 2024 11:35 PM

Just don't draw them on the walls.

by Anonymousreply 23May 11, 2024 11:38 PM

I bet that wood was beautiful before they painted it!

by Anonymousreply 24May 11, 2024 11:39 PM

R24 I found one photo of it on Pinterest when it sold to the venture capitalist for $11.6 million in 2015.

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by Anonymousreply 25May 11, 2024 11:47 PM

In the article at r14 the decorator says he wanted to give the blue room a 70s coke den vibe. Classy!

by Anonymousreply 26May 11, 2024 11:50 PM

I like the blue. It's my favorite color

by Anonymousreply 27May 11, 2024 11:56 PM

You forgot to sign your post as Joey Luft, r27.

It's going to cost a fortune to restore all that beautiful wood. Covering it was a crime.

by Anonymousreply 28May 12, 2024 12:08 AM

Boston deserves it!

by Anonymousreply 29May 12, 2024 12:09 AM

Quote from designer in the WSJ article ....

[quote] "We wanted it to have a real loungy vibe—like a 1970s coke-den vibe," said Roseff.

Well, hello! Welcome to my coke den!

by Anonymousreply 30May 12, 2024 12:22 AM

Is this in Greg's neighbourhood?

by Anonymousreply 31May 12, 2024 12:26 AM

He lives in the dumbwaiter

by Anonymousreply 32May 12, 2024 12:27 AM

Thanks, R17!

by Anonymousreply 33May 12, 2024 12:28 AM

Looks like a fucking clown house on the inside. Awful.

by Anonymousreply 34May 12, 2024 12:29 AM

For that kind of money, I’ll take Malibu.

by Anonymousreply 35May 12, 2024 12:32 AM

G eat space, but I’ve seen mortuaries more cheerfully decorated.

by Anonymousreply 36May 12, 2024 12:35 AM

Interesting how it was once used as a dental practice for both the owner and other dentists for about 10 years, then later served as a community college for about three decades.

by Anonymousreply 37May 12, 2024 12:48 AM

I'd burn it, call it an art project, and leave the facade.

by Anonymousreply 38May 12, 2024 12:52 AM

I’ve always loved those two houses, their limestone facades look great amid all the Boston brick. The interiors are a tragedy, I hope something of the old decor can be salvaged.

by Anonymousreply 39May 12, 2024 1:01 AM

More proof that venture capital ruins everything.

by Anonymousreply 40May 12, 2024 1:12 AM

I remember living several blocks down from this in the 1990s. The residents at the time used to stage lavish parties and greet guests while dressed in costumes under big canopies out front of that picture’s entrance. One time they were dressed as life-sized chessgame pieces.

by Anonymousreply 41May 12, 2024 2:25 AM

Oh wow! I didn't expect the interiors. I love them although it looks like I'm in the minority. They aren't my style but I can appreciate the overall effect and work which has gone into creating each space. Each room has a different story. It would be an amazing place to visit for a party or to stay for a few days. That multi-colored staircase is pretty cool. It sort of reminds me of the Capitol homes of Panem in The Hunger Games. R41 that makes a lot of sense and adds context to the interiors. Must have been fascinating to see them in action and what they would come up with next. Thanks for posting that.

by Anonymousreply 42May 12, 2024 2:44 AM

Holy shit I just noticed the price tag of $29,900,000!

by Anonymousreply 43May 12, 2024 2:47 AM

$30 mil? Darling, its Boston, you can't be serious!

by Anonymousreply 44May 12, 2024 2:50 AM

I give Starr and his asshole decorator props for not scraping the whole place clean of the original detail and shitting can lights over every inch of the ceiling.

But that's a low bar.

The blue lacquer is...interesting. It would perhaps be fun to see if a more thoughtful aesthetic could be developed around the treatment.

by Anonymousreply 45May 12, 2024 3:00 AM

Who doesn’t want a skull on the floor of their shower?

by Anonymousreply 46May 12, 2024 3:43 AM

The entire time your sitting in that house you're wishing you spent that $30 mil in New York or London.

by Anonymousreply 47May 12, 2024 3:44 AM

It's as if Jack Skellington and Pee Wee Herman got married and moved in.

by Anonymousreply 48May 12, 2024 3:51 AM
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by Anonymousreply 49May 12, 2024 4:48 AM

[quote] What in the Ed Hardey hell is that?

Yes! That's what it reminds me of. That era: 2007 or so. Upscale Hot Topic. Von Dutch hats.

The lack of kitchen and bathroom photos is suspect.

The black paint on all the nice mouldings ... horrible.

Good bones, lots of nice built-ins.

Agree that someone had a point of view and stuck with it.

by Anonymousreply 50May 12, 2024 5:15 AM

He bought it for $11 million nine years ago. Has Boston real estate nearly tripled in that time, or does he think his desecration of the interior actually added value?

by Anonymousreply 51May 12, 2024 5:19 AM

If the goal was too turn it into a "loungey 70s coke den" then they failed. It's way too BRIGHT in that house. I can't imaging relaxing and losing myself in pile of drugs if I was surrounded by all that stark white, black and primary blue. I agree with all the posters who say it's too much money.

The one thing that I like about the house if that colossal multi-person shower with the skull mosaic on the floor.

by Anonymousreply 52May 12, 2024 7:12 AM

R51 No. He’s a venture capitalist. He makes his living off the backs of suckers.

by Anonymousreply 53May 12, 2024 8:32 AM

$30 million in Boston is absolutely nuts. He can keep dreaming.

by Anonymousreply 54May 12, 2024 8:40 AM

The family lives in the suburbs, and the townhouse is his pied-a-terre. Yeah, I’ll bet he’s had some pieds on the terre in there. It looks like the kind of place Melania Trump would like to be taken to by a wealthy venture capitalist.

by Anonymousreply 55May 12, 2024 8:53 AM

The lunatic who did that to the interior of that house should be arrested and imprisoned in an insane asylum for the rest of his or her life.

by Anonymousreply 56May 12, 2024 8:58 AM

🤣 Thanks for posting this one! Rainbow steps. Skull themes. Queen Elizabeth. Karate-chopped pillows. $29 million. Oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 57May 12, 2024 10:40 AM

R21 ' ...a brothel's madam on acid...'

You win this thread!

by Anonymousreply 58May 12, 2024 10:44 AM

Who was the decorator, Disney?

by Anonymousreply 59May 12, 2024 11:37 AM

R21 We read your post and cut the price in half. You know best.

by Anonymousreply 60May 12, 2024 11:55 AM

R11 . . .

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by Anonymousreply 61May 12, 2024 12:26 PM

It looks like it's been decorated by the villains in A Clockwork Orange.

by Anonymousreply 62May 12, 2024 12:42 PM

It does has a Madame Gin Sling for the 21st Century vibe.

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by Anonymousreply 63May 12, 2024 12:45 PM

This place.

These two buildings have been in play since I first came to B.U.. The building next door is its' not identical twin. This building is the lesser of the two.

The address is 2 blocks from me and although it's on the "sunny side" of Commonwealth it is sadly a "high number" for that kind of price. Lower address numbers are closer to the Public Garden and more valuable.

The place has been empty for years. The owners were trying to connect the two buildings but Boston said no.

I've been to parties there. It felt like a scaled down Algonquin Club. I mostly remember it as being a sketchy college/dorm though.

From what I've heard it's too small to be a viable hotel and too big to be a workable single family. And our neighborhood Association will never let them cut it up. The Back Bay is full of lawyers with money who are constantly monitoring everything.

Good luck with the 30 million.

by Anonymousreply 64May 12, 2024 1:12 PM

[quote] Is this in Greg's neighbourhood?

Yes, this is in my neighborhood. I walk past this house all the time and live on the same block.

128 and 130 Commonwealth Ave are iconic Back Bay single family homes. They don’t fit in. They’re not brick, they’re not brownstone. They’re not mid/late 19th century revivals or Victorian. They’re Beaux-arts styled white limestone.

Friends of mine live at 128 Commonwealth. They purchased the property from the well-known auto dealer Herb Chambers and spent the next eighteen months restoring the house and it’s gorgeous.

The interior of 128 is very tasteful and appropriate—very unlike 130 Commonwealth.

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by Anonymousreply 65May 12, 2024 1:16 PM

[quote] The address is 2 blocks from me and although it's on the "sunny side" of Commonwealth it is sadly a "high number" for that kind of price.

It is not on the sunny side of the street.

The sunny side is the odd numbered side.

by Anonymousreply 66May 12, 2024 1:18 PM

[quote] From what I've heard it's too small to be a viable hotel and too big to be a workable single family.

It is big, but it is not too big to be a family home.

As I said above, I have friends who own and reside at 128 Commonwealth and there are two adults and four children.

I also have friends who live at 5 Commonwealth, which is much more grand and is very large.

Houses like this might seem too large to be a family home, but there are a number of places like this in Back Bay.

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by Anonymousreply 67May 12, 2024 1:26 PM

Here’s another article about 5 Commonwealth.

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by Anonymousreply 68May 12, 2024 1:28 PM

I have acquaintances who lived here. This was, nine years ago, the most expensive home for sale in Boston:.

They always had the best Halloween parties.

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by Anonymousreply 69May 12, 2024 1:38 PM

They're dead Greg. So are those awful rat terriers.

by Anonymousreply 70May 12, 2024 1:46 PM

[quote] They're dead Greg. So are those awful rat terriers.

I beg your pardon?

by Anonymousreply 71May 12, 2024 1:55 PM

R16- I agree.

That is an absurd price for ANYTHING in Boston.

It it was in NYC-Manhattan upper east side that would be understandable and justified.

by Anonymousreply 72May 12, 2024 2:00 PM

A psycho troll just posted R65-R69.

by Anonymousreply 73May 12, 2024 2:06 PM

R33 "Born and raised in Los Angeles"

OK now it makes sense.

by Anonymousreply 74May 12, 2024 2:08 PM

The Beaux-Arts façade isn't original; it replaced a brownstone façade in the early 1900s.

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by Anonymousreply 75May 12, 2024 2:14 PM

R73 He can only talk about himself. I used to think it was funny/sad.

by Anonymousreply 76May 12, 2024 2:19 PM

[quote] [R73] He can only talk about himself. I used to think it was funny/sad.

And now what do you think, R76?

by Anonymousreply 77May 12, 2024 2:22 PM

[quote] A psycho troll just posted [R65]-[R69].


by Anonymousreply 78May 12, 2024 2:22 PM
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by Anonymousreply 79May 12, 2024 2:22 PM

As a born and bred Bostonian, my one question was "Who owns that fucking abomination?"

The internet, ever-ready with all the answers for modern living spat out: In a piece for The Wall Street Journal, reporter E.B. Solomont wrote that the “skull-laden” mansion is owned by venture-capital investor Kevin Starr, who has put it up for sale after having moved to the suburbs with his wife, Nichole Starr, and their family.

Burn in Hell, Kevin Starr. God only knows what you're doing to some perfectly respectable colonial house in the burbs.

by Anonymousreply 80May 12, 2024 2:34 PM

I wish you could all see the interiors of 128 Commonwealth.

They’re beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 81May 12, 2024 2:37 PM

i thought what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas?

by Anonymousreply 82May 12, 2024 2:41 PM

R81 ignore the haters Greg.

I have only been to Boston once, and I spent some time checking out the Back Bay area, it really is very beautiful and must be a fantastic place to live. The people who attack you are jealous, they are probably scraping along by the bones of their ass and hate anybody who isn’t doing the same.

by Anonymousreply 83May 12, 2024 2:47 PM


The woodwork in the room is crafted from rich, dark prune wood, adding a sense of depth and richness to the overall design. The furniture, from the chairs to the tables, is all made from the same luscious prune wood, creating a cohesive and luxurious feel.

The walls are adorned with prune sconces, providing warm and ambient lighting that casts a soft glow over the room. These sconces are intricately designed to resemble clusters of prunes, adding to the overall theme of the space.

The interior of the space is adorned with intricate prune sculptures, meticulously carved to portray various shapes and forms. These sculptures are strategically placed throughout the room, adding a touch of whimsy and elegance to the ambiance.

The prune-themed interior is a true feast for the senses, creating a unique and visually stunning environment for all who enter.

by Anonymousreply 84May 12, 2024 2:47 PM

Here is a listing of the house and original interiors before it was sold to the punk rocker.

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by Anonymousreply 85May 12, 2024 2:50 PM

R84, do you work at being a buffoon?

by Anonymousreply 86May 12, 2024 2:53 PM

Thanks, R83.

Back Bay is a wonderful place to live and I am thankful and try to keep in mind how fortunate I am.

And I agree with your assessment of those who malign me. They wear their jealousy like a badge of honor.

by Anonymousreply 87May 12, 2024 2:56 PM

[quote] The address is 2 blocks from me and although it's on the "sunny side" of Commonwealth it is sadly a "high number" for that kind of price.

How does R64, an “actual Back Bay resident” not know which side of Commonwealth Ave is the sunny side?

Here’s a clue:

The sunny side is the odd-numbered side and is lined with magnolia trees.

The shady side is the even-numbered side and is lined with dogwood trees.

Now, where do you live, R64?

by Anonymousreply 88May 12, 2024 3:27 PM

The stairs are blue and orange colors, colors of new york! I dig!

by Anonymousreply 89May 12, 2024 3:37 PM

Thanks for answering Greg. Looks like a beautiful neighbourhood. Hope you and the cats are well!

by Anonymousreply 90May 12, 2024 4:05 PM

R67 R68 R69 R81

The inability of a narcissist to stay on topic is known as tangential thinking or speech. This behavior involves veering off the main conversation point, displaying manipulative traits to redirect the conversation toward himself, and anger when he fails to do so.

by Anonymousreply 91May 12, 2024 4:15 PM

From the pictures at R83, the house was exquisite before the psycho venture capitalist bought it.

by Anonymousreply 92May 12, 2024 4:15 PM

R91 give it a rest and take your petty jealousy away from here. Some of us are interested in finding out more about the house and street from somebody why actually lives in the area.

by Anonymousreply 93May 12, 2024 4:34 PM

[quote] The inability of a narcissist to stay on topic is known as tangential thinking or speech. This behavior involves veering off the main conversation point, displaying manipulative traits to redirect the conversation toward himself, and anger when he fails to do so.

How fascinating!

R91, you are a treasure.

by Anonymousreply 94May 12, 2024 4:45 PM

I like the black room

by Anonymousreply 95May 12, 2024 4:45 PM

Yes, R93, petty jealousy is an apt diagnosis for R91.

by Anonymousreply 96May 12, 2024 4:46 PM

I drink and then I fall down.

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by Anonymousreply 97May 12, 2024 4:50 PM

R93 Greg talks about trick-or-treating in this thread!

by Anonymousreply 98May 12, 2024 4:56 PM

[quote] Greg talks about trick-or-treating in this thread!

You might not know this, R98, but attending a Halloween party is not the same thing as trick-or-treating.

by Anonymousreply 99May 12, 2024 5:03 PM

Some of you might find this interesting:

I once sat in the salon chair next to Carly Simon who was also getting her hair done.

I saw Harry Connick Jr. at Mass this morning.

by Anonymousreply 100May 12, 2024 5:05 PM

R100 You poison everything you touch.

by Anonymousreply 101May 12, 2024 5:09 PM

[quote] You poison everything you touch.

My only regret is that you are not within arm’s reach.

by Anonymousreply 102May 12, 2024 5:14 PM

R74, so thrilled it finally all makes sense.

I know that's a rarity for you.

by Anonymousreply 103May 12, 2024 5:17 PM

Greg, is this the same 5 Commonwealth your friends live in?

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by Anonymousreply 104May 12, 2024 5:28 PM

Yes. But those photos are for what would have been the servant’s quarters.

The house itself has no photographs online because when my friends purchased the house, it was being used as the Boston Center of Adult Education (years ago I took swing dance lessons there in what is the ballroom).

When my friend’s bought the house, they had the entire building restored to its original splendor—including the restoration of some ceiling murals that some people from the Museum of Fine Arts restored.

The place is huge and beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 105May 12, 2024 5:36 PM

Here’s the history of 5 Commonwealth.

This is a 20,326 square foot townhouse with 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The conversion back to a single family home included the addition of an interior garage below the ballroom.

Based on Redfin's Boston data, the home's value is estimated at $53,027,563.

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by Anonymousreply 106May 12, 2024 5:50 PM

When I was working outside of Boston, I would drive to the Back Bay on the weekends to eat, shop at the corner flea market, and gawk at the beautiful, impossibly expensive homes- I did this walking down 5th Ave in New York too, getting glimpses of people's living rooms with art and chandeliers.

by Anonymousreply 107May 12, 2024 5:52 PM

My grandmother was a domestic in this Back Bay house in the late 1930s when it was still a very large single family home.

Tom Brady lived here in one of the condominiums after the house was broken up into condos.

It’s magnificent.

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by Anonymousreply 108May 12, 2024 5:58 PM

Forgive the errant apostrophe in R105.

Should have been:

“When my friends bought the house …”

by Anonymousreply 109May 12, 2024 6:05 PM

R108 This building is also in Boston! Have you seen it?

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by Anonymousreply 110May 12, 2024 6:08 PM

Yes, R110.

My mother worked there as a young woman.

by Anonymousreply 111May 12, 2024 6:09 PM

Greg, what was your Halloween costume?

by Anonymousreply 112May 12, 2024 6:10 PM

Are the cats ok?

by Anonymousreply 113May 12, 2024 6:11 PM

Can we see the litterbox?

by Anonymousreply 114May 12, 2024 6:12 PM

Funny you should ask, R114.

I am cleaning it thoroughly right now.

I’ve shown photos of it before.

by Anonymousreply 115May 12, 2024 6:14 PM

Yes, R113, the cats are just fine, thank you.

by Anonymousreply 116May 12, 2024 6:14 PM

In fact, R110, my cousin twice removed (in other words, my grandfather’s first cousin) was Governor Volpe.

He and his wife were guests at my parent’s wedding and I still have a telegram they sent my parents when I was born.

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by Anonymousreply 117May 12, 2024 6:18 PM

[quote] I saw Harry Connick Jr. at Mass this morning.

Greg, where do you go to church? Just curious. I went to BU.

by Anonymousreply 118May 12, 2024 6:19 PM

what cats?

by Anonymousreply 119May 12, 2024 6:22 PM
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by Anonymousreply 120May 12, 2024 6:23 PM

R117 That's is so exciting, Greg.

by Anonymousreply 121May 12, 2024 6:25 PM

Then you may have gone to Marsh Chapel, R118?

by Anonymousreply 122May 12, 2024 6:28 PM

[quote] That's is so exciting, Greg.

I wouldn’t consider it ‘exciting’ R121.

To each his own.

by Anonymousreply 123May 12, 2024 6:29 PM

I've always wondered what those Brahman places on Comm ave were like

by Anonymousreply 124May 12, 2024 6:30 PM

I loved Back Bay when I briefly lived in Boston back in the late 80s. I lived on Huntington, across from the Christian Science building, overlooking their reflecting pool. I spent my free weekend time exploring Back Bay.

by Anonymousreply 125May 12, 2024 6:37 PM

R117, Governor Volpe was born and raised in my hometown, Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Nixon named him his Secretary of Transportation in 1969.

by Anonymousreply 126May 12, 2024 6:45 PM

It is really such a lovely place.

Boston is a very successful city in terms of it being a place that is wonderful for residents and tourists. Lots of beautiful outdoor space—in particular the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Esplanade. Great museums and cultural opportunities. It’s very clean. There’s good shopping, lots of great restaurants, and plenty of educational opportunities.

And beaches and places for skiing are not far.

And there is a lot of history here.

But it is very expensive.

by Anonymousreply 127May 12, 2024 6:45 PM

R126, where in Wakefield did you grow up?

I have cousins in Greenwood.

Did you go to WHS—home of the Warriors?

by Anonymousreply 128May 12, 2024 6:46 PM

R128, I did, indeed, Class of 1970. They either have or are wanting to scrap the name Warriors, at least the logo.

by Anonymousreply 129May 12, 2024 6:52 PM

That’s not surprising, R129.

They probably should.

Did you go to WJHS?

by Anonymousreply 130May 12, 2024 7:27 PM

R129, my grandmother used to swim in Lake Quannapowitt.

Sometimes she would take my brother and me and we would have subs from Toody’s on Water Street.

Wakefield is pretty.

by Anonymousreply 131May 12, 2024 7:34 PM

[quote] Then you may have gone to Marsh Chapel, [R118]?

Sometimes. I also used to go to St. Paul's in Cambridge (Archdiocesan Boy Choir) and to St. Ignatius near the BC campus.

by Anonymousreply 132May 12, 2024 7:36 PM

Same, R132. From 1985 to 1992, I went to St. Paul’s at the 11:00 Mass with the BACS and the Men’s Schola.

Things went downhill a bit after Theodore Marier retired and John Dunn took over as director.

St. Ignatius is also a good place. And St. Cecilia.

by Anonymousreply 133May 12, 2024 7:47 PM

R59 The designer mentioned and quoted in the WSJ article is Eric Roseff. Link to his website below.

Gee, should we wonder why this place isn't featured in his "projects" section?

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by Anonymousreply 134May 12, 2024 8:36 PM

The interior is hideous. I hate the black. And mostly the blue. And the skulls.

by Anonymousreply 135May 12, 2024 8:38 PM

R134 - I was just about to ask whether a professional designer would include this in his or her portfolio. Maybe we're an exception here on DL, but I'd imagine the photos would be a red flag to most people who have the money to hire him. Maybe not among 20 somethings in Las Vegas or LA or professional athletes.

by Anonymousreply 136May 12, 2024 8:51 PM

R130/R131, Yes, WJHS, when it used to be on Farm Street, now WHS is there, they switched buildings.

Lake Quannapowitt was at the end of my street and swimming was doable growing up, not now.

Toody’s was iconic, but when the parents/original owners died, the next generation let it go to hell.

by Anonymousreply 137May 12, 2024 9:17 PM

That’s an outrageous price. I like the black and white but everything else has to go.

by Anonymousreply 138May 12, 2024 9:47 PM

The designer would probably feature it in his projects, but only if he worked in Miami.

by Anonymousreply 139May 12, 2024 10:39 PM

A ripe candidate for Selling the UnSellables

by Anonymousreply 140May 12, 2024 11:29 PM

The house would be perfect for a Scarface-style shootout scene. Preferentially with the current owner in it.

by Anonymousreply 141May 12, 2024 11:37 PM

the owner wanted this design. The designer executed it. don't blame the designer. I wonder how much the designer made on this project or a project like this.

by Anonymousreply 142May 12, 2024 11:38 PM

Are there any real Brahmins still inhabiting Back Bay?

by Anonymousreply 143May 13, 2024 1:53 AM

Greg, do you dine at Asta?

by Anonymousreply 144May 13, 2024 2:00 AM

r143 yes!

by Anonymousreply 145May 13, 2024 2:00 AM


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by Anonymousreply 146May 13, 2024 10:50 AM

R146, you seem rather obsessed with me.

When I look at your postings, so many are addressed to me.

I am flattered, but maybe you need to branch out a bit?

by Anonymousreply 147May 13, 2024 12:57 PM

[quote] Greg, do you dine at Asta?

No, I never have.

Do you recommend it?

by Anonymousreply 148May 13, 2024 1:03 PM

[quote] Are there any real Brahmins still inhabiting Back Bay?

Not nearly as many as might reside in Beacon Hill.

Back Bay has lots of new money which is why it can be so expensive to live there.

Real Boston Brahmins often lack cash. They may have inherited property and possessions, but the money is running out.

In the large houses I refer to above, not one is owned by an old Boston family. It’s all new money.

by Anonymousreply 149May 13, 2024 1:08 PM

R147 I find your narcissism and pretension hilarious, like a sheep staring at a mirror.

by Anonymousreply 150May 13, 2024 1:16 PM

Greg, do you sup at the 'Quin ever?

by Anonymousreply 151May 13, 2024 1:16 PM

[quote] [R147] I find your narcissism and pretension hilarious, like a sheep staring at a mirror.

I’m glad!

by Anonymousreply 152May 13, 2024 1:19 PM

R152 And your sockpuppet accounts add another layer or interest.

by Anonymousreply 153May 13, 2024 1:24 PM

[quote] Greg, do you sup at the 'Quin ever?

Not since it was restored three years ago.

When it was the Algonquin Club, we would occasionally eat there with friends.

I always found it meh and prefer the Somerset.

by Anonymousreply 154May 13, 2024 1:29 PM

[quote] And your sockpuppet accounts add another layer or interest.

Oh, yes! My infamous sock-puppet accounts!

Please say more about them. It’s such an interesting topic.

And tell us how they add another layer of interest.

by Anonymousreply 155May 13, 2024 1:32 PM

R151 This thread is comedy gold.

by Anonymousreply 156May 13, 2024 3:11 PM

this thread is stalkerish

by Anonymousreply 157May 13, 2024 3:39 PM

Greg, how do you feel about the recent loss of Jasper White?

by Anonymousreply 158May 13, 2024 4:26 PM

Stalking of? Nobody in his right mind would stalk humourless, dull as dishwater Greg.

by Anonymousreply 159May 13, 2024 4:28 PM

[quote] Stalking of? Nobody in his right mind would stalk humourless, dull as dishwater Greg.

You must not read The Boston Globe.

by Anonymousreply 160May 13, 2024 4:33 PM

[quote] Greg, how do you feel about the recent loss of Jasper White?

It’s a great loss.

I once shared with him my famous and delectable fish chowder recipe.

+Requiescat in pace.

by Anonymousreply 161May 13, 2024 4:37 PM

Ugly trash house in a trash town.

by Anonymousreply 162May 13, 2024 5:27 PM

Greg's Famous and Delectable Fish Chowder


1 lb white fish fillets, such as cod or haddock 1 onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1 cup prunes, pitted and chopped 4 cups chicken or fish broth 1 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish


In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic in some olive oil until translucent. Add the potatoes and prunes, stirring to combine. Pour in the broth and bring to a simmer. Add the fish fillets and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve the chowder hot, garnished with fresh parsley.

by Anonymousreply 163May 13, 2024 5:31 PM

[quote] Ugly trash house in a trash town.

While I don’t question your familiarity with trash, I believe you have been misinformed.

by Anonymousreply 164May 13, 2024 5:35 PM

R131 "my grandmother used to swim in Lake Quannapowitt"

Greg, your stream of consciousness ramblings are hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 165May 13, 2024 5:36 PM

[quote] Serve the chowder hot, garnished with fresh parsley.



by Anonymousreply 166May 13, 2024 5:37 PM

I was just trying to get the discussion back on track Greg. If you have housing-related commentary, please share.

by Anonymousreply 167May 13, 2024 5:38 PM

[quote] Greg, your stream of consciousness ramblings are hilarious.

Thank you.

You make me blush.

by Anonymousreply 168May 13, 2024 5:38 PM

[quote] I was just trying to get the discussion back on track Greg. If you have housing-related commentary, please share.

You are a treasure.

by Anonymousreply 169May 13, 2024 5:39 PM

r161, i presume he shared his with you?

are you a chef?

by Anonymousreply 170May 13, 2024 5:45 PM

[quote] i presume he shared his with you?

I have been making Jasper’s fish chowder for years. It’s very nice.

[quote] are you a chef?

Not a trained one, but I owned a small catering company and spent years catering dinner parties, cocktail parties, small weddings, and other occasions.

by Anonymousreply 171May 13, 2024 5:50 PM

R167 Greg is a toxic malignant narcissist. They are notorious for self-absorption and grandiosity, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. Everything is always all about Greg.

He really thinks he is the center of the universe and the world is jam-packed with laughable assholes just like him.

by Anonymousreply 172May 13, 2024 5:53 PM

It’s not even really the actual Greg is it? Isn’t it an imposter?

by Anonymousreply 173May 13, 2024 5:55 PM

The interior is ugh-ly.

by Anonymousreply 174May 13, 2024 6:00 PM

R172, your interior is ugh-ly.

by Anonymousreply 175May 13, 2024 6:02 PM

[quote] It’s not even really the actual Greg is it? Isn’t it an imposter?

I think it’s me?

by Anonymousreply 176May 13, 2024 6:03 PM

[quote] Everything is always all about Greg.

It has served me so well.

I think you’re jealous, R172.

by Anonymousreply 177May 13, 2024 6:04 PM


The classic narcissistic assumption!

Your exaggerated sense of your own abilities and accomplishments leads you to believe that you're superior to others.

You have to reinforce your brittle ego constantly, making you more defensive and aggressive over time.

by Anonymousreply 178May 13, 2024 6:21 PM

[quote] The classic narcissistic assumption!


You’re good.

by Anonymousreply 179May 13, 2024 6:29 PM

R178 is amusing.

He diagnoses me, and yet on my “New Kittens” thread, he responded 136 times—all childish questions and insults.

And on my “Chocolate-Raspberry Cake” thread, he responded 56 times—and once again, just a bunch of lame insults.

If anyone has a mental problem out here, it is R178.

He is obsessed with me!

by Anonymousreply 180May 13, 2024 6:45 PM

[quote] He really thinks he is the center of the universe

At the moment, R172, I believe I’m the center of [bold] your [/bold] universe.

by Anonymousreply 181May 13, 2024 6:48 PM

After seeing the "before' pictures, I think the psycho venture capitalist needs to be taken out back and shot.

It will never happen, but perhaps the USA should consider adopting the English laws concerning "Listed" buildings.

[quote] Listed buildings are of historic significance and are protected by UK law. For this reason, alterations which affect the special architectural or historic interest of the building need to be approved by the local planning authority. You will need to apply for listed building consent prior to commencement of works.

by Anonymousreply 182May 13, 2024 7:13 PM

We have that too.

by Anonymousreply 183May 13, 2024 7:20 PM

R182 Why are you not talking about Greg?

by Anonymousreply 184May 13, 2024 7:21 PM

You should get a Greg, R182.

by Anonymousreply 185May 13, 2024 7:26 PM


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by Anonymousreply 186May 13, 2024 7:28 PM


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by Anonymousreply 187May 13, 2024 7:31 PM

[quote]Stalking of? Nobody in his right mind would stalk humourless, dull as dishwater Greg.

He's from Boston, they're all like that. Its indigenous to the region.

I do mean that in a good way, actually.

by Anonymousreply 188May 13, 2024 7:37 PM

Wow when posters mentioned that Jasper White had died, I thought they were referring to his death some time ago. His death was announced today. A big loss to the Boston culinary community. I really like Summer Shack in its early iterations.

by Anonymousreply 189May 13, 2024 7:39 PM

I liked Jasper’s. Sadly, after being one of Boston’s finest restaurants for over ten years, Jasper decided to close it in 1995, because of the Big Dig.

by Anonymousreply 190May 13, 2024 8:04 PM

Will everybody shut up about Greg and go back to ragging on these grotesque interiors?


by Anonymousreply 191May 13, 2024 8:07 PM

[quote] Stalking of? Nobody in his right mind would stalk humourless, dull as dishwater Greg.

Well, aside from you.

Is that what you mean?

by Anonymousreply 192May 13, 2024 8:11 PM

The only redone parts of this home I don't hate are the top floor sunroom and roof terrace. Everything else is a tragedy, aside from the pristine exterior facade. Well, maybe the kitchen is somewhat salvageable if you lose the gaudy light fixtures and tacky modern furnishings. But it's still way too modern for the home's original aesthetic.

Also: $30m? In Boston?? While you'd probably need another $10m in your budget to try and undo the horror done by the seller?! Suck my dick, Kevin Starr.

by Anonymousreply 193May 13, 2024 8:28 PM

Blowjobs are $40m

by Anonymousreply 194May 13, 2024 8:40 PM

R142 "don't blame the designer"

The client cannot be held entirely responsible for this abortion.

by Anonymousreply 195May 13, 2024 8:41 PM

My grandmother lived on Commonwealth Ave. but in Brighton.

by Anonymousreply 196May 13, 2024 8:43 PM

[quote] Also: $30m? In Boston??

Well, for just 1,000 square feet, you would expect to pay 1.5 million.

by Anonymousreply 197May 13, 2024 9:56 PM

Did she swim at Lake Quannapowitt?

by Anonymousreply 198May 14, 2024 12:09 AM

Greg, what is your impression of Arlington, MA?

by Anonymousreply 199May 14, 2024 12:29 AM

R199, It’s Brookline with trees.

by Anonymousreply 200May 14, 2024 12:31 AM

While I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d have to hit the Ignore button on this thread, I was nevertheless holding out hope that our collective DL nightmare had come to an end.

by Anonymousreply 201May 14, 2024 12:47 AM

Hear hear

by Anonymousreply 202May 14, 2024 1:02 AM

Oh I don't know. The art is the owners' one would think, and they will take it with them. I find their nod to Mondrian quite subdued but I'd change it as I don't have the same appreciation. The rest of it - even the lacquer blue den - appeals to me. Sold.

by Anonymousreply 203May 14, 2024 1:06 AM

[quote] Did she swim at Lake Quannapowitt?

Did who swim at Lake Quannapowitt?

by Anonymousreply 204May 14, 2024 1:25 AM

[quote] Greg, what is your impression of Arlington, MA?

You asked me this very question on another thread and I answered it.

I do enjoy the Capitol Theatre on occasion.

by Anonymousreply 205May 14, 2024 1:53 AM

I imagine there was once a very beautiful handrail and balusters on those stairs. More’s the pity.

by Anonymousreply 206May 14, 2024 2:31 AM

Why do even tell people where you go? it's so fucking dangerous and creepy, I hope that was a fake answer.

if you die, please can I have your stuff?

by Anonymousreply 207May 14, 2024 2:41 AM

I'll buy it for 10 million

by Anonymousreply 208May 14, 2024 2:41 AM

I wasn’t sure if the designer was a tasteless Frau or a Fag until I saw the skull in the shower then I knew it must be an aging circuit queen. I have not looked at pictures of her yet but I’m thinking dappled skin, steroid bod, facial wasting and thinning hair with ridiculously extravagant outfits. David Yurman skull ring and bracelet?

by Anonymousreply 209May 14, 2024 2:46 AM

R209 The skull motif throughout the home is something highly personal to the owner. The designer talks about the owner's belief about them in the Wall Street Journal article at R14.

[quote] Skulls can be seen in rugs and wallpaper throughout the home. In the primary bathroom, there is a skull-shaped mosaic on the shower floor, and Roseff found a jeweler to engrave skulls into the shower fixtures, too. “A lot of people think skulls are creepy, but he [Starr, the owner] sees it as a joyous sign of life,” Roseff said, noting that Starr believes skulls represent the circle of life. “When a fetus is forming, the skull is the first thing formed. At the end of life…the skull is what remains.”

by Anonymousreply 210May 14, 2024 5:12 AM

“A lot of people think skulls are creepy" and then he gives his creepy point of view about skulls. 💀🤡

by Anonymousreply 211May 14, 2024 10:15 AM

Fuck you werent kidding about having to redecorate OP. At least the period detail is all still intact by the look of it, even though its been slathered in paint. Even a few of the original light fittings are still there

When you see what it used to look like in the pics at the link at R85 (thanks Greg) you just despair. What the fuck was the owner thinking, it looks like shit now

$30 million is WAY too much given the amount of work needed to put it back the way it should be

by Anonymousreply 212May 14, 2024 12:31 PM

R212 most the central staircase was replaced.

by Anonymousreply 213May 14, 2024 12:44 PM

R213 Oh fuck really? Checked, yeah the cunt has gone and replaced the beautiful carved wooden banisters with some chrome glass and plastic monstrosity. Thats going to be expensive to put back unless the originals are stored somewhere

by Anonymousreply 214May 14, 2024 1:30 PM

Brahmins live on Beacon Hill, never on Back Bay

by Anonymousreply 215May 14, 2024 2:12 PM

[quote] Brahmins live on Beacon Hill, never on Back Bay

Yes, as I said at R149.

by Anonymousreply 216May 14, 2024 2:36 PM

R214 Everything inside get sold for lots of money.

by Anonymousreply 217May 14, 2024 4:29 PM

It's what new money does. It's not far from Elvis and Graceland.

by Anonymousreply 218May 14, 2024 4:31 PM

The crème de la crème of Boston live in Louisburg Square, not Back Bay.

by Anonymousreply 219May 14, 2024 4:36 PM

I prefer the new version. it was old and stuffy before the renovation.

by Anonymousreply 220May 14, 2024 4:41 PM

That’s correct, R219.

I had a very good catering client who lived on Louisburg Square who hired me to cater a dinner party in 2004, while John Kerry was the Democratic candidate for president. I was required to submit information to Secret Service, as was my staff, weeks in advance of the party.

All the guests were required to, as well.

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by Anonymousreply 221May 14, 2024 6:09 PM

R221 All roads lead to Greg.

by Anonymousreply 222May 14, 2024 10:37 PM

Greg, are you heading to Deuxave this eve?

by Anonymousreply 223May 15, 2024 10:27 PM


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by Anonymousreply 224May 15, 2024 11:45 PM

[quote] Greg, are you heading to Deuxave this eve?


by Anonymousreply 225May 16, 2024 11:43 AM

R224, what’s wrong with your puppet?

by Anonymousreply 226May 16, 2024 11:44 AM

[quote] All roads lead to Greg.

Where the air is fresh.

by Anonymousreply 227May 16, 2024 12:18 PM

Did you have a bowel movement this morning, Greg?

by Anonymousreply 228May 16, 2024 3:35 PM

[quote] Did you have a bowel movement this morning, Greg?

Why would you ask such a question?

by Anonymousreply 229May 16, 2024 3:52 PM

R228 is really preoccupied with me.

He has sent me scores of idiotic questions.

R228, are you lonely?

Or are you just infatuated with me?

In either case, I’m happy to engage with you.

How is your day progressing?

It’s raining here on the Cape, so I’m doing some laundry and cleaning since I can’t be out in the garden.

I did lay one of our side gardens with sod on Monday, so I’m happy for the rain.

The grass looks so green and beautiful!

by Anonymousreply 230May 16, 2024 4:03 PM

Because this is a thread about 130 Comm. Instead you talk about a party in 2004, where your aunt used to swim, dead governors, where you had dinner, your sod, a lot of unrelated garbage. But it’s never about 130 Comm. It’s always about Greg. Greg. Greg. Greg. Greg.

You are all noise, no signal.

by Anonymousreply 231May 16, 2024 4:19 PM

Oh, R231, I’ve offered plenty about 130 Comm Ave.

You must not like to read.

But look how green my newly laid sod looks!

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by Anonymousreply 232May 16, 2024 4:25 PM

Nobody does this. Your behavior is aberrational, even for DL.

You are blind to normal boundaries of dialogue.

I've no idea why you are so deeply self-absorbed.

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