Either-Or: An Antique Cape in Sandwich vs. an Artsy Leather District Loft

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a historical home on the Upper Cape with an industrial-style condo in the city.

Photos by Taylor Michaud (Sandwich); loftsboston.com / Maxwell Associates (Boston)

22 Grove Street, SandwichSale Price: $800,000107 South Street, #3C, Boston
3,613 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,240 square feet

With a little imagination, you can often find new ways to create space in an old property—which is exactly what these two recently sold homes prove. The first, a sprawling house in Sandwich, maximized its square footage by relocating and merging two buildings, from the 17th and 18th centuries, into one historical masterpiece. Original beams line the ceilings and wide planks of pine furnish the floors, some of which date to the late 1600s.

Fifty-six miles away in a Leather District loft, meanwhile, the vibe is less Colonial and more industrial—but no less resourceful. Featuring multiple rooms carved out of a former warehouse, the open space includes a narrow alcove ideal for a home workspace as well as a decommissioned freight elevator that’s now a petite sitting room cordoned off by wood-framed sliding doors. At 1,240 square feet, it’s nearly three times smaller than the Sandwich home, but the creativity of the layout more than measures up.