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Five Hub Neighborhoods, Five Hub Homes, All $409,000

Every Thursday, Curbed Comparisons breaks down what you can get at the same price point in five different* Hub neighborhoods. This week: $409,000.

We'll start in South Boston, which is about to take its star turn on reality TV in part because of condos like this one at 98 Old Harbor Street: a new-construction, 753-square-foot 2-BR, 2-BA with a Jacuzzi, a private deck, gas fireplace and central air. See, the conceit of A&E's just-announced Southie Rules is a long-time family fights gentrification. We'll stay out of the fight, and just say that there's Carrera marble in the bathrooms, the same kind of marble preferred by Michelangelo.
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Staying in Southie, here's a 2-BR condo at 165 West 7th Street that's 615 square feet bigger but one bathroom shorter. It's a duplex with central air, lots of storage space, an island in the kitchen, and a private deck with a fenced-in brick patio off it. It last traded in November 2000 for $225,000, and was price-chopped by $10K late last week.

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Now to Back Bay, where $409,000 lands you a plush studio in the elegant, old brownstone (is there any other kind in Back Bay?) at 252 Commonwealth Avenue. It's got 475 square feet, a bathroom (natch), and the potential for a Murphy bed. It last traded in July 2007 for $350K.
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From a studio in Back Bay to a roomy 3-BR, 1.5-BA in Brighton. This condo at 141 Nottinghill Road spreads over 1,065 square feet, plus—plus!—750 extra square feet in the walk-up attic. It last traded in November 2004 for $399,000.
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We shall finish in Charlestown, in a 2-BR, 1-BA, 921-square-foot condo at 14 Franklin Street with deeded garage parking and a private deck. There's lots of closet space, too, plus central air, a wood-burning fireplace and laundry in the shared basement. And who among us doesn't like a wall painted in warm royal blue? The condo last traded in June 2007 for $395,000.

· Listing: 98 Old Harbor Street, #2 [Zillow]
· Listing: 165 West 7th Street, #1 [Zillow]
· Listing: 252 Commonwealth Avenue, #4 [Zillow]
· Listing: 141 Nottinghill Road, #2 [Zillow]
· Listing: 14 Franklin Street, #4 [Zillow]
· Our Curbed Comparisons archive [Curbed Boston]

* a couple of these homes are both in Southie