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Left: 348 Beacon St., Back Bay, brownstone: One garden-level, 727-square-foot studio condominium for sale. Price: $499,000 50 Beacon St., Beacon Hill, town house: Four condominiums for sale. Units all have three bedrooms and range in size from 2,051 square feet to 3,141 square feet. Prices range from $1.99 million to $3.99 million. Right: 5 Union Park, South End, row house: One owner’s duplex with three bedrooms, and four rental apartments with two bedrooms each for sale. Five story building with 1,225 square feet per floor. Price: $2.99 million
Left: 348 Beacon St., Back Bay, brownstone:One garden-level, 727-square-foot studio condominium for sale. Price: $499,000
50 Beacon St., Beacon Hill, town house: Four condominiums for sale. Units all have three bedrooms and range in size from 2,051 square feet to 3,141 square feet.
Prices range from $1.99 million to $3.99 million.
Right: 5 Union Park, South End, row house: One owner’s duplex with three bedrooms, and four rental apartments with two bedrooms each for sale. Five story building with 1,225 square feet per floor. Price: $2.99 million
GALLERY: Historic buildings in Boston

Row house, town house, brownstone

Confused by what's what? Here's a primer on the buildings that help define Boston

By James McCown
Globe Correspondent / October 9, 2005

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It is a question that has vexed real estate brokers and lovers of urban architecture for generations: What's the difference between a town house, a row house, and a brownstone? Boston native Kevin D. Murphy, whose book ''The American Townhouse" will be published in November, defines each: (Full article: 1039 words)

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