Either-Or: A Downtown Boston Condo vs. a Private Island in Maine

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a two-bedroom condo in Boston with a four-acre hideaway in Maine.


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Rich Hornblower (Boston); Sarah Szwajkos Photography (Maine)

One Nassau Street, #1009, Boston Sale Price: $925,000 One Pyne Island, Bremen, Maine
$1,000,000
94
1,328 square feet
2
2
Asking Price
Days on Market
Size
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
$1,350,000
213
7,000 square feet
6
4.5

House hunters know scenic views are worth a pretty penny. But would you rather pay a premium for a sleek space that soars 10 stories above the city, or kick back on a completely private island off the coast of Maine? The new owners of the city condo, situated around the corner from Tufts Medical Center, can survey the South End through floor-to-ceiling windows. The two-bedroom also boasts a den, a 24-hour concierge in the lobby, and one blessedly stress-free valet parking spot.

Just over three hours north, another homebuyer opted for a setting surrounded on all sides by the sea. For the same price as the condo, the four-acre island comes with an airy six-bedroom home, a private dock for launching boats, and a three-car garage on the mainland. Plus, there’s all the fresh air their lungs can hold—and absolutely nothing to obstruct the views.