Either-Or: A Nautical Chatham Retreat vs. a Downtown Penthouse

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare an updated antique on the elbow of Cape Cod with a contemporary Millennium Place pad.

Brian Vanden Brink/Polhemus Savery DaSilva (Chatham); Justin Anfuso (Boston)

173 Main Street, ChathamSale Price: $3,900,000580 Washington Street #PHC, Boston
4,309 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
2,116 square feet

As the final full month of summer, August feels especially precious. Happily, these recently sold properties prove there’s more than one way to take advantage of the dog days at home. The Chatham residence pauses the clock from the get-go: A small sign reading “Time Out” clings to the shingle-style façade. Through the door, the open floor plan includes a fireplace-equipped living area and a kitchen with two marble-topped islands. A mudroom outfitted with built-in lockers around the corner, meanwhile, offers the owners a convenient spot to pack up before they stroll to the beach across the street.

Up the coast, this sleek Millennium Place crib trades seaside vibes for penthouse luxury. Though half the size of the Cape Cod single-family, the condo is still spread out across two levels. And while the new dwellers don’t have easy access to the ocean, they do have their own personal paradise in the form of a glass-walled solarium and terrace on the second floor with stunning city views that wow in any season.