Either-Or: A Connecticut Cape vs. Charlestown’s Cutest Condo

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a graceful Cape near New Haven with a centuries-old Charlestown abode.

Photos by Jake Wyman (Connecticut); William Raveis R.E. & Home Services (Charlestown)

35 State Street, Guilford, ConnecticutSale Price: $810,0005 Salem Street, Charlestown
2,574 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,080 square feet

Historical charm with modern conveniences. what more could a New Englander ask for? In addition to an original hearth, this classic 1828 Cape near New Haven, Connecticut, offered buyers recently updated plumbing and heating systems, as well as a breezy screened-in porch. All of those amenities, plus four roomy bedrooms and an in-law apartment, ultimately commanded $315 per square foot.

Over in Charlestown, a 19th-century condo less than half the size struck a similar balance of present-day creature comforts and Old World style, but for a whopping $750 per square foot. Exposed-brick walls, beamed ceilings, and original pumpkin-pine floors circa 1865 made the new built-ins and mod mudroom stand out even more at showings, leading the home to fly off the market in a month’s time, for $91,000 over asking price. And though this two-bed beauty isn’t within arms’ reach of a pastoral town green, it does offer two slices of outdoor paradise for its new owners: a brick patio and a roof deck with skyline views.