Either Or: A Coastal Hingham Manse vs. a Waterfront Penthouse

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a shingle-style abode on the South Shore with a city condo along the Greenway.

Photos By Tara Coveney/Coldwell Banker (Hingham); Photos courtesy of the moran group/Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty (Boston)

11 Howard Road, HinghamSale Price: $3,400,000500 Atlantic Avenue, Unit 20B, Boston
5,034 square feet
4 full, 2 half
Asking Price
Days on Market
2,653 square feet
3 full, 1 half

It’s a tale of two waterfronts with this pair of recently sold, ultra-luxe homes. The first, a shingle-style mansion perched along Hingham Bay, is objectively massive, stretching to 5,000-plus square feet and featuring a chef’s kitchen, a breezy dining area, and a fireplaced living room with coffered ceilings. (Not to mention the home offers ocean views from almost every room, along with a glimpse of the Boston skyline.) The deep-water dock in the backyard completes the package—and it all clocked in for almost $800,000 under asking.

In the heart of downtown Boston, meanwhile, this InterContinental condo also sold for under asking price—a rarity in the city. Looking out on both Boston Harbor and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the 2,500-plus-square-foot unit showcases a 150-bottle wine fridge in the kitchen, plus a gigantic master suite with two walk-in closets. It may not have come equipped with a private dock, but the Harborwalk just outside should do the trick.