Either-Or: A Newbury Street Duplex vs. a Cohasset Coastal Retreat

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

All Photographs Courtesy of Compass (Newbury Street, left); Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (King Street, right)

201 Newbury Street, #208, Boston$1,499,000465 King Street, Cohasset

1,256 square feet
4,265 square feet

Everyone knows that real estate near top-notch shopping is desirable, but how about right above it? With floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious private deck overlooking the high-end boutiques and cafés below, this Newbury Street condo is a retail addict’s dream pad. When you’re not visiting with your nearby neighbors (may we recommend Kit and Ace or Alice and Olivia?), you’ll enjoy 16-foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, and a deeded parking spot. But shopping till you drop comes at a premium: in this case, a whopping $1,234 per square foot.

More into sea breezes than spending cash? Head to Cohasset, where a home nearly four times larger offers the nautical lifestyle for the same price. At $322 per square foot, the country estate just minutes from Bassing Beach is a relative bargain, especially when you consider the dramatic fireplaced solarium overlooking a stone patio. Beyond, the surrounding 2 acres offer a pond and pool deck perfect for sprawling out on a chaise and planning your next retail adventure—from afar.