Real Estate Showdown: A Wellesley Single-Family vs. a Back Bay Townhouse

It’s amazing what a few miles can do to the market. This month, we compare two homes with custom libraries—one in the city, and one near Route 9.

While there are few hobbies as travel-friendly as reading, there’s something special about doing it at home, in a room designed for books. We hope the new owners of this Tudor-style Wellesley home are bibliophiles: Their property comes with a library featuring custom built-in shelving, backyard-facing windows, and cabinetry fit for the largest of story collections. The first floor also includes a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen and access to the four-car garage.

Back in Boston, the owners of this parlor- and garden-level townhouse have their own charming reading nook, this one featuring custom bookshelves—painted to match the kitchen’s baby-blue walls—and a bow window with Dartmouth Street views. Two parking spaces and direct elevator access further enhance the appeal. While the home fetched a pretty penny, it still went for $175,000 under asking price, which means that in this case at least, suburban living prevailed: The Wellesley abode sold for $305,000 over.

Listing Agents: Tom Aaron, Coldwell Banker Realty (Wellesley); Maureen O’Hara, Coldwell Banker Realty (Boston)

Photos by Drone Home Media

11 Rockridge Rd., WellesleySale Price: ~$3,200,000321 Dartmouth St., #1, Boston
5,648 square feet
4 full, 1 half
Asking Price
Days on Market
2,297 square feet
2 full, 1 half


First published in the print edition of the November 2023 issue with the headline, “A Wellesley Single-Family vs. a Back Bay Townhouse.”