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Hub Starter Apartments: 5 Neighborhoods, 5 Pads Under $300K

It's Rookie Roosts Week 2012 here at Curbed Boston, and so we delve into those apartments that are not only affordable (in the Greater Boston sense) but eminently decent. The first three are studios, the last two 2-BRs (yes, seriously):

Back Bay
Where: 125 Beacon Street
Price: $285,000
Square Footage: 490
Pros: Brick fireplace, close to Public Garden and Common
Cons: High windows
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Fenway
Where: 118 Riverway
Price: $209,900
Square Footage: 389
Pros: Elevator building, wall/shelves separating kitchen, motivated seller ("OWNER IS LOOKING TO SELL QUICK," the listing says)
Cons: You'd have to deal with the lighting.

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South Boston
Where: 350 West 4th Street
Price: $224,000
Square Footage: 415
Pros: raised sleeping alcove, big windows
Cons: low sleeping alcove, it went for $28K cheaper four months ago
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Mid-Cambridge
Where: 37 Lee Street
Price: $220,000
Square Footage: 648
Pros: bonafide 1-BR, maybe 2-BR ("plus study"), walk-in closet
Cons: if we had to quibble, the new carpet
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Somerville
Where: 216 Cedar Street
Price: $299,000
Square Footage: 1,008
Pros: proximity to bike path (we know how valuable that can be!), in-unit laundry, two decks
Cons: A broker might call it "cozy," especially the living room.

· Rookie Roosts Week 2012 [Curbed Boston]
· What Hubway Means for Cambridge, Somerville Real Estate [Curbed Boston]

125 Beacon Street

125 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

118 Riverway

118 Riverway, Boston, MA

37 Lee Street

37 Lee Street, Cambridge, MA