Real Estate Showdown: A Rural Home in Berlin vs. a Roslindale Single-Family

It's amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a spacious house in central Massachusetts with a renovated abode on the edge of the city.

Drone Photography (Berlin); Kelly Davidson (Roslindale)

17 Larkin Road, BerlinSale Price: $1,050,00062 Durnell Avenue, Roslindale
4,457 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
2,227 square feet

Come wintertime, it’s hard to beat the coziness of a seat by the fire. And the lucky new owners of this Berlin beauty will no doubt savor plenty of snowy days snuggled up next to their hearth, situated in a double-height family room. If that isn’t toasty enough, they can enjoy the first-floor spa outfitted with a hot tub, not to mention a nearly 6-acre yard complete with a fire pit (and a sizable putting green, for warmer months).

Back in Boston, these Roslindale residents will surely be putting their double-sided fireplace, set between the living and dining areas, to good use this season. They’ll also feel the warmth while cooking in the upscale kitchen, which features a double oven, a pot filler, and a quartz-topped breakfast bar. And here’s some evidence that demand for urban real estate is finally heating back up: The city slickers paid $95,000 over asking price to get their hands on this renovated home, while their suburban counterparts paid $50,000 less.