North Shore Real Estate vs. South Shore Real Estate

Ahead, a breakdown of two of the ritziest estates on either shore right now—housekeeping staff not included.

Ah, there’s nothing quite like the smell of salt air and money. For those who yearn to hobnob with the equestrian elite in Wenham or while away a gin-soaked afternoon at Hingham Yacht Club, there’s no shortage of manicured manses to call home. Ahead, a breakdown of two of the ritziest estates on either shore right now—housekeeping staff not included.

NORTH SHORE

33 Proctor St., Smith’s Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Price: $14,500,000

Little-known real estate secret: A home is truly elite when it has more bathrooms than bedrooms. This waterfront Arts and Crafts compound boasts nine baths, five bedrooms, 8,000 square feet, and its own private peninsula. There’s a two-bedroom guest cottage for your mooching relatives, as well as boating access to Manchester Harbor and an expansive waterfront pool.

SOUTH SHORE

181 Atlantic Ave., Cohasset
Price: $6,695,000

Several million less than our North Shore contender, this 7,039-square-foot estate dazzles just the same. First of all, it has a name (and a regal one at that): “Kingsview.” Second, its gardens were showcased in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. There are water views from most rooms, a glass-walled conservatory, and a pool and pool house with an al fresco kitchen. Truly a steal.

*** WINNER ***

Tie. Either way, your new manse won’t come cheap, but that’s what trust funds are for.

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