Either-Or: A Spacious Lincoln Retreat vs. a Cozy Cambridge Single-Family

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a wooded estate outside of the city with a three-bedroom home near Inman Square.

Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Lincoln); Photo courtesy of Planomatic (Cambridge)

241 Tower Road, LincolnSale Price: $1,500,0007 Murdock Street, Cambridge
5,708 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,468 square feet

Nothing opens up a home—or attracts buyers, for that matter—like cathedral ceilings. Just ask the former owners of these two recently sold properties. The first, a midcentury-modern dream in Lincoln, spent only 17 days on the market, with the sellers accepting an offer after just six. The house’s nearly 6,000 square feet includes a striking two-story living room as well as a glass-walled sitting room upstairs from which to savor the estate’s 4.5 acres of natural beauty—all for a modest $263 per square foot.

Head east on Route 2, and you’ll find a Cambridge single-family that also sold like hot cakes—and for $325,000 over the asking price to boot, bringing its cost per square foot to $1,022. Though the house was built in 1989, the post-and-beam design and Benjamin Moore shades lend it a classic New England look. The home may be nearly four times smaller than its suburban counterpart, but thanks to wood-accented cathedral ceilings with arched and triangular windows in the bedrooms, it sure is mighty.