Either-Or: A Luxe Lake House vs. a South End Condo

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a sprawling chalet in central Massachusetts with a two-bedroom near Mass. Ave.

Photos by Lisa pete, away realty inc., and madore photography (lunenburg); steven cohen team of keller williams realty boston-metro (Boston)

380 Sunset Lane, LunenburgSale Price: $1,000,00012 Claremont Park, #5, Boston
4,600 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
820 square feet

There are two ways to relish winter in new England. The first is to head for the hinterlands, ice-skating and making snowmen until spring arrives. The second is to sip cocoa and watch snow fall from the window of a city coffee shop. One isn’t better than the other—they’re just different. That’s also the case with these two homes. At 4,600 square feet, the first, a lake house in Lunenburg, boasts 200 feet of water frontage ideal for skating hand in hand on a cold day; a master bath with a clawfoot soaking tub; and picture-perfect views from a grand fireplaced living room.

More than five times smaller, a condo in the South End sold for the exact same price, and for good reason: namely, exposed-brick walls, an original marble fireplace, and a private roof deck to complete the package. While it doesn’t have a natural ice rink as a backyard, the top-floor unit does boast proximity to both Render Coffee and Café Madeleine. Will it be a snow-day latte or a croissant?