Either-Or: A North Reading Tudor vs. a Sunny Brookline Condo

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a renovated French Tudor in North Reading with an updated unit in Brookline.

Photos by Bella Casa Marketing (North Reading); Jeffrey Dodge Rogers Photography (Brookline)

81 Haverhill Street, North ReadingSale Price: $1,200,00081 Harvard Avenue, #1, Brookline
3,350 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,620 square feet

In this red-hot real estate market, splendidly renovated homes don’t last for long. Take this 1940s-built stucco-and-brick treasure in North Reading, which was snatched up for the full asking price by the first person to view it. The biggest selling points? Wood-beamed cathedral ceilings as well as exquisite masonry, including a herringbone brick floor and stone accent wall in the built-in dining nook.

Also constructed in the first half of the 20th century, this two-bedroom corner unit between Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner sold in a hot minute, too, with an accepted offer just four days after listing. The building sits within a Brookline historic district, meaning updates had to be done carefully. In this case, they were also done very well—for proof, just look at the expanded kitchen showcasing a quartz-topped island extending into a breakfast bar and locally sourced cantilevered walnut shelves. The bottom line? Whether you’re looking near the city or in the ’burbs for a move-in-ready property with character, it pays to bring your best offer to the table—the sooner the better.