Either-Or: A Manchester Manse vs. a Downtown Hotel Dwelling

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a classic Colonial near the ocean with a corner unit at the Four Seasons.

Photos by Greg Premru (Manchester-by-the-Sea); Courtesy of Robert Paul Properties (Boston)

73 Bridge Street, Manchester-by-the-SeaSale Price: $2,500,000220 Boylston Street, #1010, Boston
8,602 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,369 square feet

One price, two very different definitions of luxury—and two very different locations. The first home, a sprawling 1904 Colonial tucked away up a lengthy tree-lined driveway on a 3.9-acre plot in Manchester-by-the-Sea, offers its new owners indulgence in the form of privacy, not to mention a renovated interior with exquisite millwork. Its crown jewel, however, is the vast wraparound deck and covered porch, perfect for gazing out on the manicured lawns and meticulous landscaping bordered by stately stone walls.

The second, a swanky corner unit at the Four Seasons right at the foot of the Public Garden, forgoes space and solitude for city living. The luxe residence features a wood-burning fireplace, a master bath with an oversize glass-enclosed shower, and large picture windows offering skyline views. Sure, the downtown abode is a whopping six times smaller than its coastal counterpart, but what it lacks in square footage it makes up for with the hotel’s amenities, which include a doorman, room service, a fitness center, an indoor pool, a spa, and a 24-hour concierge at your service. Now that’s living large.