Either-Or: A Sparkling Suite in the Back Bay vs. a Vermont Chalet

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a polished loft on Boston’s most fashionable street with a luxe lodge in the Green Mountain State.

Jessica Howe, courtesy of Tania Wu, Boston Luxury Real Estate (Newbury Street); Jim Mauchly (vermont interiors); Snyder Dongean Real Estate Group (vermont aerial)

360 Newbury Street, #501A, BostonSale Price: $1,320,0001213 Gulf Road, Barnard, Vermont
1,215 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
4,836 square feet

This city knows luxury. But for all the richness at our doorsteps, the country will always have us beat when it comes to wide-open spaces. The limited size of this steeply priced, 1,215-square-foot pad on Newbury Street may help explain why the loft, which features granite countertops and sleek hardwoods aplenty, sold for $79,000 under asking price in October—a true rarity in Boston’s white-hot real estate market.

The house hunters who scooped up this charming Vermont chalet, meanwhile, will enjoy quite a bit more breathing room—4,836 square feet set on 60 acres, to be exact—for the same price. They scored it at a discount, too—a whopping $130,000 was chopped off its original asking price. Their sprawling new home boasts a stone fireplace that’ll dry soaked ski boots in no time, soaring vaulted ceilings, a game room, and several bedrooms with en suite baths. Bonus points for an outdoor fire pit and miles of mountain views with not a neighbor in sight.