Real Estate

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, Lunenburg Sale Price: $1,000,000 12 Claremont Park, #5, Boston
$999,000
80
4,600 square feet
3
3.5
Asking Price
Days on Market
Size
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
$939,000
68
820 square feet
2
1

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?

 

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