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Boston Townhouses in their Summer Finery Part 1

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Having lived in Boston for a few years, I’m very partial to the term “Boston Proper” as describing the old in-town neighborhoods that included Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, etc. Over the next two posts, I’ll be highlighting some of the residential beauties that I’ve long admired…especially since their gardens and entryways are still enjoying the benefit of summer greenery.

An inspired, neat and low maintenance garden for any townhouse.

Grand, and grander!

Honey-colored, old wood details for this front door give it an enhanced presence.

The doorways and green details of “Boston Proper” are a wonderful story all their own!

What a romantic and inviting view from the street!

A front door view framed so handsomely by two trees.

Green additions to this setting are a welcome countrpoint to the very substantial architecture.

How enthusiastic is this for a small townhouse garden!

Cozy and elegant at the same time…and what a difference some greenery makes!

An unusual and very pleasing detail…substantial second floor windows opening onto a balcony that runs the width of the townhouse.

Hope you enjoyed a glorious end of summer…


All photos credit, Michelle Pugliese for Private Newport

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

6 thoughts on “Boston Townhouses in their Summer Finery Part 1

    1. Susie, so wonderful to hear from you! How’s “our” Bench? I’d forgotten that Boston was your old hometown.
      Back Bay has never looked more beautiful and it brought back such happy memories to create this post.
      All best to you, xBettie

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