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Five Hub Neighborhoods, Five Hub Homes, All $399K

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Every Thursday, Curbed Comparisons breaks down what you can get at the same price point in five different Hub neighborhoods. This week: $399,000.

We'll start this week in Boston's It neighborhood, East Boston, where all sorts of long-dormant development is to be jumpstarted and ferry service to the mainland is to foment a greater desirability to live there, particularly among the techies-who-latte crowd (yes, latte as a verb). This 4-BR, 3.5-BA at 17 Jeffries Street touts itself as "the largest East Boston attached single-family" at 1,898 square feet. It was built ground-up in 2003, and has central air, one parking space, a master suite with Harbor views and a renovated kitchen. Asking $399,000 even after a March price-chop of $20K. It last sold in August 2006 for $437,000.

Here at 33 Boylston Street in Jamaica Plain, $399,000 gets you a condo on the first floor of this classic Victorian. The condo has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,263 square feet and exactly the types of finishes you would expect: pocket and French doors; original medallions from the Jazz Age construction; stained glass; and built-in cabinetry. There's also a private back deck. The condo last sold in January 1996 for $127,500.


For 2011, you guys voted the South End as the Hub's No. 1 neighborhood, rendering it all the more unaffordable for anyone who hasn't been owning there since the 1990s. But! At 39 Warren Street, there is a 1-BR, 1-BA, 940-square-foot starter apartment asking $399,000 even. It's got high ceilings, exposed brick (a must-have for young professionals entertaining) and a private garden, plus a recently renovated kitchen and the promise of rental parking. It last traded in May 2009 for $372,500.

Now we'll travel to North Cambridge, to 57 Jackson Street, where there's a recently listed 2-BR, 1-BA, 907-square-foot condo with basement storage and a parking space, plus use of a common yard. There is also a "newer roof" as well as "updated electrical & plumbing," plus proximity to a community bike path (which can be especially valuable on the resale). Asking $399,000.

And, finally, back to Boston, to West Roxbury specifically, where this 2-BR, 2.5-BA, 1,601-square-foot condo at 95 Anderer Lane promises not only a lot of natural light and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room/dining room, but also central air, in-unit laundry and "generous" closet space in both bedrooms. It last traded for $387,000 in June 2002, and is now asking (you guessed it) $399,000.

· Listing: 17 Jeffries Street [Zillow]
· Listing: 33 Boylston Street, #1 [Zillow]
· Listing: 39 Warren Street, #G [Zillow]
· Listing: 57 Jackson Street, #1 [Zillow]
· Listing: 95 Anderer Lane, #4 [Zillow]
· Our Curbed Comparisons archive [Curbed Boston]