John Kerry or a 6 car heated garage?

Yesterday I posted How much would you pay to be John Kerry’s neighbor? about a house in Louisburg Square in Boston, listed by Brewster & Berkowitz (

Today comes a listing from Robert Paul Properties ( of a nearby Beacon Hill house at 77 Chestnut Street. Here’s a comparison between the two houses:

Source: MLS

Source: MLS

Now I am no expert on Beacon Hill, but especially after the winter we have had, “an interior motor court with herringbone brick and marble floors can accommodate private parking for up to six vehicles” would seem pretty attractive.

But maybe the difference in price is not because of a tangible feature, such as a motor court, but something intangible, some “je ne sais quoi”. Perhaps it is the opportunity, one snowy February morning, to be able to say:”Morning John, I know it’s your turn to shovel today, but I’d be happy to lend a hand.”

And what is the value of that? Priceless.

If you – or somebody you know – are considering buying or selling a home and have questions about the market and/or current home prices, feel free to contact me on 617.834.8205 or

Andrew Oliver is a Realtor with Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty. Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated

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