Either-Or: A South End Pad vs. a Cape Cod Hideaway

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

All Photographs Courtesy of Engel & Völkers Boston (South End); Tyra Pacheco (Falmouth)

505 Tremont Street, #501, Boston$2,650,0002 Avenue A, Falmouth

1,715 square feet
3,290 square feet

The harbinger of sweet summer nights will soon arrive in the form of dazzling sunsets. Where you catch one comes down to a preference in backdrop: the unending waters of Vineyard Sound, or the glittering skyscrapers of the city.

A two-bedroom unit in the South End’s Atelier 505 building features an expansive outdoor balcony fit for laid-back late-afternoon soirees, not to mention a light-filled interior with equally lovely vistas, even from the office. The building’s fitness room and private library, meanwhile, promise to keep you busy on gloomier days. Cruise over the Bourne Bridge, and you’ll find a castlelike Colonial with the same price tag sitting at the ocean’s edge in Falmouth. Take in panoramas from the third-floor game room’s roof deck and the jetty-framed private beach below—a fitness area, outdoor space, and open-air reading room rolled into one. Nearly twice the size of the Boston abode, the house boasts an abundance of water-facing windows and a gourmet kitchen with window seats, making entertaining a breeze.

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