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What $850,000 Buys You Around Boston Right Now

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'Tis little secret that the Boston housing market has reached some sort of fever pitch. Bidding wars and beefy askings are the norm; and supply remains dismally low. The price point $850,000 is further evidence: Right now, very few Boston properties are available at or even around it. There are plenty of pending sales and sales agreements at or around the amount; but actual available homes are scarce.

One of only two at $850,000 on the nose kicks off our latest Curbed Comparisons. Unit 5 at 197 West Newton Street in the South End is an 830-square-foot penthouse with two private decks (one of which is pictured above); two bedrooms; and one bathroom. It also comes with two tandem parking spaces.

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The only other Boston home asking $850,000 on the dot is another South End condo: Unit 3 at 34 Plympton Street. It's a 2-BR, 1-BA spread over 1,500 square feet and comes with a W/D (but no parking).
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Our third comparison is also a South End condo (noticing a theme?). But Unit B at 360-362 Columbus Avenue is a 3-BR rather than 2-BR. It has 1,377 square feet and one and a half bathrooms. There's access, too, to three common areas and the building is that rare thing in Boston: a co-op, meaning the fee covers property taxes. Unit B wants $849,900.
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Now on to the North End, where Unit 2J at 100 Fulton Street is asking $849,000 even. It's a 2-BR, 2-BA spread over 1,200 square feet; and comes with central AC and a W/D. Rental parking is available, too, in the area.
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We end our latest Curbed Comparisons in Back Bay, in a 1,143-square-foot parlor duplex at 273 Commonwealth Avenue. Unit 3 wants $849,000; and comes with one bedroom, two bathrooms, direct-access parking, and a wine rack in its cabinet space.
· Boston, It's Time to Admit You Have an Inventory Problem [Curbed Boston]
· Further Proof the Hub's One Big Condo-Bidding Warzone [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Condos Listed Under $500K Now Officially Old School [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Comparisons archive [Curbed Boston]