Either-Or: An Island Retreat in Maine vs. a City Condo in Boston

It’s amazing what a few miles can do to the market. This month, we compare a recently sold coastal home with a charming unit in the South End.

All Photographs Courtesy of Legacy Properties/Sotheby’s International Realty (Maine); Boston Virtual Imaging (Boston)

194 Ames Knob Road, North Haven, MaineSale Price: $1,250,00092 Chandler Street #1, Boston

3,500 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,393 square feet

When it comes time to squeeze out the last few ounces of summer, one new homeowner will be unwinding on a leafy patio in the South End, while another relaxes on an island, far, far away. Just a few streets over from Back Bay Station, a parlor-level unit sold for $1.25 million this past June—$100,000 over the asking price in a highly competitive market. The home features a sizable living room and formal dining room, but the showstopper is the south-facing garden, ideal for enjoying a cup of java from nearby Flour Bakery + Café.

For the exact same price, another buyer more in tune with Mother Nature purchased a waterfront abode off the coast of Rockport, Maine, that offers soothing ocean sounds rather than honking horns. More than double the size of the Boston condo, with 3,000 feet of private coastline, it sold for under the asking price. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows boast dramatic views of the surrounding seas, and sliding glass doors off one of the bedrooms lead to a deck that’s perfect for sipping morning coffee—homemade, of course.