1-3 CHESTNUT STREET UNIT 4B / BEACON HILL
SQUARE FEET: 780
CONDO FEE: $546 a month
BEDROOMS: 1 BATHS: 1 full
LAST SOLD FOR: $645,000 in 2014
PROS A small elevator serves this fourth-floor unit in a 19th-century building at the top of Chestnut Street, but the staircase’s elegant curves and slender balusters make a compelling case for an old-fashioned climb. Enter into a big, open living and dining area with a fireplace and large windows offering views of the Hancock and Millennium towers. With custom white cabinets, quartzite counters, and a sparkling backsplash, the remodeled galley kitchen feels bright and cheerful. The bedroom is downright enormous by Beacon Hill standards, with a fireplace of its own and a full bathroom. Condo fee includes heat and hot water; additional storage in basement. CONS No parking.
John Neale and Brad Sprogis, Sprogis & Neale Real Estate, 617-262-1504, sprogisneale.com
239 COMMONWEALTH AVENUE #32 / BACK BAY
SQUARE FEET: 1,070
CONDO FEE: $547 a month
BEDROOMS: 2 BATHS: 1 full, 1 half
LAST SOLD FOR: $281,000 in 1991
PROS The humble hallway entry to this third-floor unit doesn’t prepare you for the stunning architectural details within. Occupying the rounded corner turret of a 1900 Victorian building, the large, sunny living and dining area is the main attraction. Bay windows with plantation shutters overlook the Back Bay skyline and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall at Fairfield Street, while a unique ornately carved opening over the fireplace mantel holds an embedded stained-glass window. The master bedroom has a newer full bath and a semicircular window array with the elegance of a tiny antique theater. The second bedroom holds a fireplace; there’s also a half bath by the entry. CONS Kitchen feels outdated.
Charlie Ring, Coldwell Banker, 617-699-2597, CharlieRingRealEstate.com