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'Tis the Season for Bargains! The Year in Hub Price-Chops

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As the holiday season enters its 37th week, we thought we'd tell you about the biggest shopping deals of them all in Greater Boston: marked-down residential real estate. Never mind 20 percent off an Android. How's about 20 percent off a goddamn mansion? You get the picture. Herewith, merry gentlemen (and ladies), the Curbed Boston Heatmap of Notable Price-Chops of 2012. Some of them have happy endings. One of them has a chimney from Frank Lloyd Wright.


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1. The Arthur Astor Carey House

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28 Fayerweather Street
Cambridge, MA

The 8-BR home of William Weld when he was governor is being sold by his ex-wife, a Roosevelt, for now $3,800,000. That’s after a $190,000 price-chop just last week as well as a $501,000 one in May (and a $500,000 one before that even).

2. Frank Lloyd Wright Fireplace

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347 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

That’s right: the famed architect supposedly designed the fireplace in this capacious 3-BR penthouse. The price was chopped $151,000 in April (after a $340,000 chop the year before) and it sold in June for $2,125,000.

3. 21-23 Marlborough Street

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21-23 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA

This 4-BR duplex chopped its price $400,000 in March, down to $5,500,000. It sold in June for $700K less than that.

4. 46 Appleton Street

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46 Appleton Street
Boston, MA

This 5-BR townhouse chopped its price $560,000 in May, after 552 days on the market. That was just the beginning: In October, it whacked another $405,000 off, bringing the price to $3,495,000.

5. The Mason House

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211 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

The 14,850-square-foot manse with 14 bathrooms cut its price by a whopping $1,400,000 in July, down to $16,500,000. This has been the biggest price-chop of 2012.

6. 18 Traill Street

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18 Traill Street
Cambridge, MA

The 7-BR, modernist house designed by Walter Bogner saw two price-chops in 2012: a $500K one in June and a $300K one in October. They brought the price to $2,950,000. The house has since been taken off the market.

7. The Sunflower Castle

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130 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Beacon Hill’s most adorable house chopped its price $105,000 in October, after barely a month on the market. The 3-BR is now asking $4,495,000.

8. 36 Lime Street

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36 Lime Street
Boston, MA

The stylish 5-BR townhouse, with an interior designed by the late David Nightingale Hicks, went on the market last winter, and chopped its price in November by a cool quarter-mill. It’s now asking $6,700,000.

9. Albert A. Pope Penthouse

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221 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA

The 3-BR penthouse went through three massive price-chops: $500,000 in October; $500,000 in November; and $300,000 in December. It’s now asking $5,900,000.

10. Atelier 505

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505 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

This 3-BR condo was once owned by former Red Sox All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and soccer Olympian Mia Hamm. It was price-chopped in March by $380,000 and again in June by $400,000. It appears to be off the market, with its last asking price at $3,590,000.

11. 60 Chestnut Street

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60 Chestnut Street
Boston, MA

This slender townhouse, with nine fireplaces, cut its price $300,000 in October. It's now asking $3,800,000.

12. 72 Beacon Street

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72 Beacon Street
Newton, MA

Directly across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, this 5-BR manse is asking $2,190,000 after a $200,000 chop in August.

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1. The Arthur Astor Carey House

28 Fayerweather Street, Cambridge, MA

The 8-BR home of William Weld when he was governor is being sold by his ex-wife, a Roosevelt, for now $3,800,000. That’s after a $190,000 price-chop just last week as well as a $501,000 one in May (and a $500,000 one before that even).

28 Fayerweather Street
Cambridge, MA

2. Frank Lloyd Wright Fireplace

347 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

That’s right: the famed architect supposedly designed the fireplace in this capacious 3-BR penthouse. The price was chopped $151,000 in April (after a $340,000 chop the year before) and it sold in June for $2,125,000.

347 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

3. 21-23 Marlborough Street

21-23 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

This 4-BR duplex chopped its price $400,000 in March, down to $5,500,000. It sold in June for $700K less than that.

21-23 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA

4. 46 Appleton Street

46 Appleton Street, Boston, MA

This 5-BR townhouse chopped its price $560,000 in May, after 552 days on the market. That was just the beginning: In October, it whacked another $405,000 off, bringing the price to $3,495,000.

46 Appleton Street
Boston, MA

5. The Mason House

211 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

The 14,850-square-foot manse with 14 bathrooms cut its price by a whopping $1,400,000 in July, down to $16,500,000. This has been the biggest price-chop of 2012.

211 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

6. 18 Traill Street

18 Traill Street, Cambridge, MA

The 7-BR, modernist house designed by Walter Bogner saw two price-chops in 2012: a $500K one in June and a $300K one in October. They brought the price to $2,950,000. The house has since been taken off the market.

18 Traill Street
Cambridge, MA

7. The Sunflower Castle

130 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Beacon Hill’s most adorable house chopped its price $105,000 in October, after barely a month on the market. The 3-BR is now asking $4,495,000.

130 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108

8. 36 Lime Street

36 Lime Street, Boston, MA

The stylish 5-BR townhouse, with an interior designed by the late David Nightingale Hicks, went on the market last winter, and chopped its price in November by a cool quarter-mill. It’s now asking $6,700,000.

36 Lime Street
Boston, MA

9. Albert A. Pope Penthouse

221 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA

The 3-BR penthouse went through three massive price-chops: $500,000 in October; $500,000 in November; and $300,000 in December. It’s now asking $5,900,000.

221 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA

10. Atelier 505

505 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

This 3-BR condo was once owned by former Red Sox All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and soccer Olympian Mia Hamm. It was price-chopped in March by $380,000 and again in June by $400,000. It appears to be off the market, with its last asking price at $3,590,000.

505 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

11. 60 Chestnut Street

60 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA

This slender townhouse, with nine fireplaces, cut its price $300,000 in October. It's now asking $3,800,000.

60 Chestnut Street
Boston, MA

12. 72 Beacon Street

72 Beacon Street, Newton, MA

Directly across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, this 5-BR manse is asking $2,190,000 after a $200,000 chop in August.

72 Beacon Street
Newton, MA