Either-Or: A Worcester Mansion vs. an Allston Condo

Two listings. The same price. What's worth it?

Welcome to Either-Or, where we compare two listings with the same price—one in Boston and one outside. Build your own conclusions.


Photos via Coldwell Banker and Redfin

Worcester | Boston / Photos via Coldwell Banker and Redfin

Exorbitant housing costs in Boston are nothing new. It’s really, really expensive to live here. With condos going for millions without a second thought, it’s entirely possible that Bostonians are becoming conditioned to accept outrageously high prices.

To prevent this from becoming the new normal, we present these two homes listed at the same price. The first, 50 miles outside of Boston, is a mansion-like abode in Worcester. The second is an exceptionally small condo in Allston. (Like 510 square feet small.)

The Snapshot Comparison

3 Westland St., Worcester
Price: $389,000
Size: 3,310 square feet
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 3.5

86 Glenville St. #13, Allston
Price: $389,000
Size: 510 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1

 

Photos via Coldwell Banker and Redfin

Worcester | Boston / Photos via Coldwell Banker and Redfin

Worcester’s residence offers a spacious entry foyer with a built-in seating area. There’s also two fireplaces, built-in bookcases, a massive cedar bedroom closet, and a set of French doors that lead to an enclosed porch. The condo in Allston, on the other hand, boasts hardwood floors and a newly updated kitchen and bathroom.

Just a friendly reminder that city life can mean compromising—it just depends what city you compromise in.

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