Either-Or: A Newton Manse vs. a Vineyard Jewel

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

All Photographs Courtesy of Damianos Photography (Exeter Street); WPB3 Digital (Ocean Avenue)

112 Exeter Street, Newton$2,595,00055 Ocean Avenue, Oak Bluffs

6,504 square feet
2,997 square feet

An outdoor hangout spot is only as good as its surroundings: in this case, the leafy suburbs just outside Boston or the pristine shoreline of Martha’s Vineyard. This expanded contemporary home in Newton, on the market for almost $2.6 million, offers a sliver of tranquility on a sprawling stone patio perfect for lounging and grilling. Living space abounds inside, too, where you’ll find six bedrooms, an oversize living room, and a light, bright kitchen with 22-foot ceilings.

What an identically priced 1880 Oak Bluffs Victorian lacks in space—at nearly 3,000 square feet, it’s less than half the size of the Newton abode—it more than makes up for in stunning Nantucket Sound views from almost every room, not to mention elegant period woodwork and molding. Admire the meticulously restored blue façade—and enjoy prime Ocean Park people-watching—from the comfort of two levels of wraparound verandas that haven’t aged since the 19th century.


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