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Real Estate Showdown: A Beacon Street Penthouse vs. a Sprawling Estate in Lexington

It’s amazing what a few miles can do to the market. This month, we compare two homes with prime locations: one in the Back Bay and the other in the northwest ’burbs.

Listing agents: Tracy Campion, Campion & Company (Boston); The Sarkis Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate (Lexington)

Photos courtesy of Jack Vatcher (Boston); Surette Media Group (Lexington)

423 Beacon St., BostonSale Price: ~$4,200,00019 Slocum Rd., Lexington
2,539 square feet
3 full, 1 half
Asking Price
Days on Market
8,481 square feet
5 full, 1 half

THERE’S AN AGE-OLD SAYING in the real estate world: location, location, location. Whether your home is situated near an iconic New England village green or in the middle of the city, a property is only as great as the spaces surrounding it. Take this recently sold Back Bay penthouse: Housed in a timeless brick brownstone and showcasing modern interior design, it’s within a short stroll of the Charles River, Newbury Street, and the Public Garden. The Beacon Street beauty also features bright bay windows and dark walnut-stained white-oak flooring.

Northwest of the city, an expansive 1913 estate offers its new owners luxury living in one of Massachusetts’ most bucolic towns. The refreshed one-acre property came with a pair of butler’s pantries in the kitchen, a sunlit conservatory, and its own carriage house—all just minutes from Lexington Battle Green, the site of the Revolutionary War’s first battle. Access to historic landmarks is a valuable trait, it seems: The house sold in less than three months, while it took five months to sell the Beacon Street property.


First published in the print edition of the July 2024 issue with the headline, “A Beacon Street Penthouse vs. a Sprawling Estate in Lexington.”