Life & FamilyJune 17, 2015

Extreme Real Estate: Boston vs. New York

So we all know that New York and Boston have a long-standing rivalry, mostly surrounding sports of course (Go Pats! Go Sox!).  But as someone who has lived in both cities, I think you are either a die hard New York person, or a die hard Boston person. I fall into the latter camp.  I found living in New York to be anxiety-producing and claustrophobic- but I don’t mind a visit now and then for work or to see friends, of course! But I know people who find Boston way too small.  Regardless, both cities have awesome (and absurdly priced) real estate.  I peruse real estate listings like most people watch Good Housewives, as pure, fun, squeal inducing entertainment.  And this week I found two really cool properties and wonder, which would you choose (if you had 4-6 million to spend, of course). Let’s get dreaming…

This has to be one of the coolest listings in Manhattan– it’s basically clapboard cottages on the roof of a brick building on 13th and 3rd.  It’s not only incredibly unique, but also drop dead gorgeous inside and with tons of outdoor space (for New York).

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DIIIIEEEEE over this brick work.

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I’d switch out the hood I think, and put in a BANANAS chandelier over the dining table, but yeah, this will work…

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Just amazing.

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A good built in will slay me every time.

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This looks sparse, but pretty peaceful (for New York).

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An outdoor fireplace? Sign me up.

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Look at all this outdoor space! Crazy!

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They could have staged this a bit better (for 4.4 million, I mean, come on) but you get the idea.

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Turning to Boston, this property which is under development (so these are renderings), is in charming Beacon Hill on tony Mount Vernon Street.  For a cool $5.6 million this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom could be yours… (ha ha ha ha). There are 24 windows in each unit- just look at this light (and those chevron wood floors!)

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I’m not a huge fan of this kitchen, a smidge too modern for me, but I do like the peek out onto the deck!

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This bedroom looks like a little bit of heaven. Truly. I think this might be what heaven looks like.

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I would be totally fine unwinding in a bath here at the end of the day.

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The lovely entry.

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The exterior of the historic building.

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So in a dream world, which would you take?

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