Either-Or: A Back Bay Brownstone vs. a Lakeside Hideaway

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

All Photographs Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty (Marlborough Street); Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty (Lake Sunapee)

4 Marlborough Street, #1, Boston$4,950,000119 Grace Hill Road, Newbury, New Hampshire

3,000 square feet
6,833 square feet

It’s not summer until a shimmery haze can be spotted rising from Boston’s narrow streets. When it’s visible, you manage to escape the urban heat cage only on weekends, wondering what breezy, temperate life would await if you lived in the country full time. You just might find the answer at this 2.7-acre estate on the eastern shores of Lake Sunapee. Surrounded by more than 20 acres of woodland, the home boasts stunning architectural details, featuring a two-story interior waterfall and glass walls and ceilings. Other quirky amenities include a 50-foot indoor pool and a treehouse-style bedroom.

For those who relish summer in the city, a rare Marlborough Street three-bedroom condo offers a refreshing mix of classic and contemporary elements: soaring 11-foot ceilings, top-of-the-line fixtures, and a marble master bathroom. And while the Back Bay pad doesn’t come with a pool—or a nearby lake, for that matter—you’re only a few minutes’ stroll from the Public Garden and its charming Swan Boat–dotted lagoon (swimming not recommended).


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