Either-Or: A Light, Bright Charlestown Condo vs. a Charming Reading Colonial

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a two-bedroom rowhouse in the city with a single-family north of Boston.

Photo via Randy Robinson (Charlestown); Demetri Papoulidis, Boston Real Estate Media (Reading)

39 Pearl Street #2, CharlestownSale Price: $615,00089 Washington Street, Reading
770 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,545 square feet

As both temperatures and COVID vaccination rates rise this spring, we’re likely to see more and more folks abandoning their well-worn couches for cozy perches outside. Luckily, the new owners of these recently sold homes don’t have to venture far to enjoy life al fresco. Already impressive thanks to its two full bathrooms and stainless steel appliances, this small-but-mighty Charlestown condo also features a private deck off the dining area perfect for a socially distanced cocktail or two.

Entertaining opportunities also abound outside this 115-year-old Reading Colonial. Here, the new buyers are no doubt taking advantage of their fenced-in yard and patio, which they can still peep from the three-season room with new flooring. Boasting twice the square footage of its Boston counterpart, the suburban stunner sold for more than $15,000 over asking price. The rowhouse, meanwhile, sold for $20,000 less—an indication that homes outside the city, especially those with green space, are still extremely desirable right now.