Either-Or: A Historical Beacon Hill Townhouse vs. a Secluded Barnstable Beauty

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a luxe Greek Revival in Boston with a sprawling waterside Cape Cod estate.

Justin Hebert of Residential Properties (Barnstable); Jack Vatcher Photography (Boston)

71 Revere Street, BostonSale Price: $3,200,000375 Baxters Neck Road, Barnstable
2,859 square feet
2 full, 2 half
Asking Price
Days on Market
6,285 square feet
5 full, 2 half

Key to the New England state of mind is close proximity to the water. For the latest owners of this 1890 Greek Revival on Beacon Hill, that means lounging in one of two marble-fireplace-equipped parlors before heading to the rooftop, where they can admire the Charles while enjoying a nightcap. Over in the quiet Barnstable village of Marstons Mills, North Bay is basically the backyard of this contemporary Cape-style house. Here, the buyers can pull up to their semiprivate dock and splash around in the heated in-ground pool before heading inside to grand rooms with vaulted ceilings.

Those aren’t the only differences between the properties, of course: Because the Barnstable manse went on the market before the recent boom in Cape sales, it sat there for two-plus years, only to be sold for a $450,000 discount in late 2020. The Beacon Hill home, meanwhile, sold relatively faster and for closer to the asking price—proving that, in this price range at least, sometimes the bustle of Boston still beats out the siren song of the sea.