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Five Hub Neighborhoods, Five Hub Homes, All $625K

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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: $625,000.

We begin in Cambridge with a 2-BR, 2-BA, 1,739-square-foot single-family at 306 Columbia Street that once scaled that highest of heights: It had its own blog for a time. The blog in part chronicled the work done on the Greek Revival with roots in the 1850s. The house has a first level with an open floorplan; an upstairs master suite with private deck; and a lower level with lots of natural light, a fenced yard, a deck and a driveway. It last traded for $467,500 in September 2006.
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Now to Jamaica Plain, where this 3-BR, 3-BA, 2,181-square-foot spread at 46 Cranston Street bills itself as a townhouse with a private entry foyer and a roof deck with panoramic downtown views. It dates from 1894, and has been thoroughly updated with a chef's kitchen; walk-in closets; one of the bathrooms as a "spa bath" and a master bedroom suite complete with sitting room.

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Let's hop the Orange Line and head to this 2-BR, 2-BA, 1,100-square-foot condo in Charlestown's Schoolhouse at 30 Monument Square. It's got lots of natural light from 12-foot ceilings and two-story windows, plus a garaged parking space included in the price; central air; laundry hook-ups; and storage. It last traded in September 2006 for $551,666; and was price-chopped $25K last month.
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Theoretically, you could use this 1,400-square-foot Downtown Crossing loft at 43 Kingston Street for commercial use—the deed allows it (and the previous owner apparently did)—but it's got a bathroom and a half and a wide-open floorplan with hardwood floors, so perhaps a "New York style" apartment instead?
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We'll end by going outside of Boston again, this time after what we can only imagine is a long Green Line ride to this 3-BR, 2-BA, 1,655-square-foot condo at 3 Upland Road in Brookline. Look past the pink exterior to the master suite with walk-in closet; the hardwood floors throughout; the laundry hookups; the in-building storage; and the parking space. Look also at the $24,900 price-chop in late March. The unit last traded in April 2009 for $519,000.

· Listing: 306 Columbia Street [Zillow]
· Listing: 46 Cranston Street, #A [Zillow]
· Listing: 30 Monument Square [Zillow]
· Listing: 43 Kingston Street, #3 [Zillow]
· Listing: 3 Upland Road, #2 [Zillow]
· Our Curbed Comparisons archive [Curbed Boston]