The Sound seems to us to be one of a kind, but if you follow the jet streams to the other side of I90 you get many of the qualities that we love in our hometown: late summer sunsets, water views, nearby wildlife, great food and good people. And, I might add…some of the best sports fans in the country. The differences, though there are some, are pretty easy to over come.
What is different? Housing costs. Seattle nudges out the Boston area in prices by more than just a little. We’re taking a look at a few homes in the Seattle area and their counterparts on the Atlantic to discover whether or not it might be a good choice as our prices continue to rise.
We’ll start at the center.
Downtown Boston vs. Bell Town
65 East India Row, Boston
You could own this 747 square foot condo with one bedroom and one bath with sweeping harbor views from the 34th floor for a mere $715,000.
On the flip side and in the only instance where Seattle nudges out the competition in affordability we find 2801 1st Ave, Seattle WA, a 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo with terrific water views. The only difference is which direction the sun lands in the evening. This 719 square foot condo can be purchased at a very easy to swallow (compared to Boston) $495,000.
Quincy vs. Edmonds
Sure Quincy is South of Boston and Edmonds is North of Seattle, but there are a number of similarities when it comes to commuting, coastline, great restaurants and business and residential finds. In Quincy we found this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home with bay views at 2800 square feet for $599,000 where as in our own neck of the woods a very similar 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a peak of the sound is listed for a resounding $670,000 (where the Shoreline home lacks an extra half bath, it makes up for it with and extra 200 square feet in size.)
Attleboro vs North Bend
The comps were a little further apart, but with adjustments (one gets a pool, the other is larger and newer) they are very comparable. Attleboro, Massachusetts offers distance from the big city and shopping as does North Bend. On the East Coast we’re seeing a 3 bedroom 2.5 baths 1900 square foot home, with the same range of interior amenities as our West Coast neighbor for a very affordable $419,000 – where as this North Bend beauty is being offered for $499,950.
Moving up the east coast we head to Vermont, because to truly match our next stop up the west coast we have to leave Massachusetts and skip up a couple of states. For the outdoorsman and the snow sport enthusiasts we’re looking at properties near the mountain resorts of Killington and Pico near Rutland Vermont.
Middletown Springs, VT vs. Glacier Wash.
let’s now compare the evergreen state to the green mountain state. We may not have Moose or Maple Syrup in our backyards, but these two small towns are about as similar it gets when it comes to attitude and activities. In Middletown Springs we’re looking at a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on .75 acres. It’s gorgeous and sits at 2300 square feet for$455,000. Flip flop over to the Pacific Ocean and we see an equivalent beauty with a different kind of mountain charm and mountain views for $529,000.
If you’ve been you know there are many differences between Seattle and Boston, but the similarities are much greater. So if you’re looking for a change and want to downsize your housing costs you may just consider cruising east on I90.
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