Either-Or: A Grand Portland Manse vs. a Stylish Beacon Street Condo

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

All Photographs by Peter G. Morneau (Western Promenade, left); Nick Daggy (Beacon, right)

181 Western Promenade, Portland, Maine$2,650,000476 Beacon Street #2, Boston

13,674 square feet
1,610 square feet

Two city pads, two very different spaces. One boasts nine bedrooms in which to rest your weary head. The other has just two. Both are on the market for more than $2.5 million.

Designed by architect Frederick Tompson and built in 1912, the Georgian Revival estate on Portland’s most elegant boulevard features upward of 13,000 square feet of living space—a relative bargain at just $194 per square foot. A gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry, a tearoom, and a private terrace make it easy to entertain even the most persnickety guests in grand style.

Head due south from Vacationland, and you’ll hit upon a sparkling condo on yet another stately thoroughfare. The two-bedroom Beacon Street unit is more than eight times smaller than the Maine mansion, but it does come equipped with a marble breakfast bar, a gas fireplace, and a huge walk-in closet in the master suite. The cost for that precious storage space? Just $1,646 per square foot.