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What Under $500,000 Buys You in Boston's Back Bay

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Back Bay is probably Boston's most expensive neighborhood for housing; and therefore its most desirable (right?). There are relative bargains to be had, though. Not everything is the Benjamin Mansion or close to it. Here now are several options for under $500,000.

We kick things off with Unit 3 at 501 Beacon Street (pictured above). It's a 430-square-foot studio with high ceilings and built-in bookshelves. There's access to a common laundry, too. It wants $385,000.

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Unit 22 at 40 St. Botolph Street is now under agreement, but it's still a good example. It's a 1-BR, 1-BA spread over 430 square feet. There's a common laundry here, too, and a built-in window seat. It wants $399,000.
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The 518-square-foot Unit 505 at 636 Beacon Street wants $425,000. With that comes one bedroom, one bathroom, central air and the chance to rent it out right away for $2,300 a month.
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Unit 4 at 15 Garrison Street is another condo under agreement. It's 450 square feet; and has one bedroom, one bathroom and central air. It's asking $449,000.
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Another St. Botolph Street condo (this one Unit 2A at No. 142), it wants $460,000. For that, you get a 1-BR, 1-BA spread over 480 square feet. It's but one flight up and includes a fireplace.
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· Our Curbed Comparisons archive [Curbed Boston]