Either-Or: A Sprawling Scituate Chateau vs. a South End Triplex

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a riverfront South Shore estate with a three-floor condo in the city.

Photos by Bill Good Sr., Bill Good Jr., and Lynn Murphy/Dean and Hamilton Realtors (Scituate); Boston Virtual Imaging (South End)

169 Border Street, ScituateSale Price: $3,000,000228 West Canton Street, #1, Boston
5,165 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
2,597 square feet

Acres of lawn in the suburbs, or a petite patio and deck in the heart of the South End? These recently sold properties each offer their own take on al fresco living. Though nestled along a South Shore riverbank, the stonework-clad estate in Scituate could just as easily belong on the French Riviera, with 7 acres of pear trees, lush lawns, and four-season gardens gracing the grounds. Inside, a luxe kitchen boasts a huge hexagonal island with built-in storage—not to mention a light, bright, conservatory-style dining area perfect for sipping mimosas on sunny Sunday mornings.

Twenty-five miles away, a South End triplex has about half the square footage of its Scituate counterpart, though an open floor plan and 10-foot ceilings make every level feel spacious. As for outdoor spaces? A private deck with skyline views juts out from the brick building’s bow-front façade, while the garden level features a postage-stamp patio with a turf floor that looks like impeccably manicured grass at first glance—even more so after a few of those mimosas.