One in a Million: What You Get in Boston-Area Real Estate for $1 Million
For the best deals in the Boston area, it pays to be unconventional. Below, four recent budget-luxe finds.
1.Â Perfect For:Â The Eligible Bachelor(ette)
Brownstones are lovely but oh-so-dear in Boston. The more, ahem, affordable alternative? This open-plan Leather District loft. The unitâ€™s floor-to-ceiling windows and custom built-in library make it the ultimate haunt for the modern-day Don Draper, and with South Station in your front yard and Chinatown mere blocks away, youâ€™ll be at the center of the urban universe.
Address: 134 Beach St., 2A, Boston
Stats: One bedroom, one and a half baths, 2,170 square feet
Listing Price: $969,000 ($447 per square foot)
2.Â Perfect For:Â The Victor Hugo Aficionado
Part of a recent conversion of a Gothic stone church, this eccentric unit occupies a former bell tower. As such, it spreads up instead of outâ€”over four storiesâ€”and has only one bedroom. Then again, it features dramatic views from the churchâ€™s shapely original windows, and its abundance of stairs makes it an ideal abode for fitness addicts struggling to wean themselves off big-box gyms.
Address: 134 Mount Auburn St., Unit 8, Watertown
Stats: One bedroom, two and a half baths, 2,866 square feet
Listing Price:Â $1,075,000 ($375 per square foot)
3.Â Perfect For:Â The Neat Freak
Going slightly afield of the city is a must for midcentury-modern fetishists. This 1949 Lexington abode comes with plenty of living spaceâ€”a 1955 expansion opened up the plan for family living and entertaining. Minimalist detailing and windows galore ensure that the home doesnâ€™t drown in dated style. Bonus: a half acre ready for a dog run, a bocce court, or an underground bomb shelter.
Address: 34 Moon Hill Rd., Lexington
Stats: Five bedrooms, two baths, 2,901 square feet
Listing Price: $998,000 ($344 per square foot)
4.Â Perfect For:Â The Stylish Recluse
Out in Lincoln, youâ€™ll get landâ€”almost two acres of wooded environs in this case. But if you want to stay in the $1 million price range, ditch that four-bed Colonial fantasy and embrace this sexy circa-1960 construction. It may be compact, with three bedrooms in close proximity on the lower level, but the soaring ceiling and unusual split-level architecture give the home a spacious feel.
Address: 5 Old Conant Rd., Lincoln
Stats: Four bedrooms, two and a half baths, 2,106 square feet
Listing Price: $979,000 ($465 per square foot)
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