Real Estate

Either-Or: A Bucolic Vermont Farm vs. a Boston Condo

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a quintessential country estate up north with a recently sold property on one of Boston’s toniest streets.

All Photographs Courtesy of Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group (Vermont); Courtesy of the Charles Realty (Boston)

299 Grassy Lane, Woodstock, Vermont Sale Price: $1,650,000 179 Marlborough Street, #3, Boston

$1,800,000
317
3,832 square feet
4
4
Asking Price
Days on Market
Size
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
$1,295,000
46
1,232 square feet
2
2

This fall, the new owners of these historical homes will glimpse two different groups of trick-or-treaters: throngs of costumed kids balancing on Boston’s brick sidewalks, and those ambling up the back roads of Woodstock, Vermont. Dubbed Honey Hill Farm, the 82-acre, nearly 200-year-old property in the Green Mountain State sold for $150,000 under the asking price this summer, finally wooing a buyer with its abundance of fireplaces and exposed beams after almost a year on the market. The surrounding land is equally stunning, with hiking trails, views of the Quechee Hills to the east, and a rustic guest cabin. By contrast, this elegantly appointed two-bedroom condo in an 1890 Back Bay row house was snapped up in just 46 days, and for a whopping $355,000 over the asking price. Though the unit is three times smaller than the farmhouse, it boasts top-of-the-line appliances and fixtures, plus a master bathroom with Grecian marble accents and radiant floor heating. Another big difference: the views. No leafy panoramas here, just vistas of the Hancock tower.

 

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