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For sale: Condominiums in Porter Square

In honor of songwriter Cole Porter’s June 9th birthday, we zoom in on a neighborhood of the same name.

$675,000

4 WASHINGTON AVENUE #18 / CAMBRIDGE

SQUARE FEET 607

CONDO FEE $264 a month

BEDROOMS 1 BATHS 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR $490,000 in 2015

PROS In a pretty neighborhood between Porter and Harvard squares, this top-floor corner unit in a prewar brick building affords views of the Boston skyline throughout. Straight off the entry (and past a pair of big closets) is the updated bath and a good-sized bedroom. To the right of the entry hall, the elbow-shaped main living space includes a remodeled kitchen along one wall with granite counters, stainless appliances, and a textured tile backsplash. That’s open to a dining area and living room with a whitewashed wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, and restored windows. Access to a common roof deck is just down the hall, and there’s coin-op laundry in the basement. CONS Unit is a fourth floor walk-up.

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Seth Mitchell at Jack Conway, Realtors, 860-617-1844, SethMitchellRE.com

$849,900

241 SUMMER STREET #2 / SOMERVILLE

SQUARE FEET 2,523

CONDO FEE $271 a month

BEDROOMS 4 BATHS 1 full

LAST SOLD FOR First time on the market

PROS A newly converted condo, this unit comprises the second and third floors of a two-family. The spacious, sunny living room features a serene blue-toned palette and includes a picture window and a door to a front deck, while the traditional dining room sports a built-in hutch and picture rail. Past a full bath and two bedrooms, there’s a heated sunroom in back that also links to the kitchen through a pantry and mudroom. There are two more bedrooms upstairs, one with a walk-in closet, plus sliders to a deck with treetop views. The basement holds private laundry and additional storage. CONS The kitchen is big but basic, and would benefit from some cosmetic upgrades.

Lesley Smith, Waterfield Sotheby’s International Realty, 781-405-2991, Lesley.smith@waterfieldsir.com