Either-Or: A Dedham Palazzo vs. Lofty Downtown Digs

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a palatial single-family in the southwestern suburbs with a chic Leather District condo.

Photo courtesy of Vis Home (Dedham); The Goodrich Team at Compass (Boston)

1147 High Street, DedhamSale Price: $1,000,000150 Lincoln Street, Unit 5A, Boston
2,746 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,470 square feet

Soaring ceilings, oversize windows, and an open living area—when pared down to the basics, these homes might sound similar, but for a cool $1 million, their new inhabitants purchased two very different lifestyles. The first property, a palazzo-like Dedham residence, was a product of the architect’s love of travel: From the stucco walls and clay roof to the hand-painted tiles imported from Mexico, you’d never guess it’s a mere 20 miles from Boston. That must be why the new owners fell for the space at the first open house.

This converted loft in the Leather District, by contrast, fits right into its surroundings. Located in a former shoe warehouse and showroom that was remodeled in 1995 to include apartments, the fifth-floor unit retained its original beams and floors made of southern heart pine, 11-plus-foot ceilings, and arched windows overlooking the city. Almost half the size of the Dedham single-family, the sun-soaked condo still sold for over asking—proving that skyline vistas will always be in high demand.