Downtown Boston's median condo price in 2015 was $680,000, according to real estate data concern LINK (the data also took into account sales in Charlestown and Southie). To divine what that total actually buys you, we looked at several condos currently listed around Boston's core. It turns out that $680K or thereabouts commands at least one bedroom, though usually two; and can allow you to buy into some of the city's hottest new construction. Case in point: Unit 3B at the South End's Lucas, one of Boston boldest (and most controversial) condo developments. The 815-square-foot 1-BR, 1-BA at 136 Shawmut Avenue is asking $675,000, with an association fee of $234.
Another new-construction spread, Unit 6 at 27 Washburn Street in the Southie-Dot borderlands has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and spreads to 1,365 square feet. Its association fee is $200 and its price tag is $679,000.
1,722-square-foot 1,272-square-foot 2-BR, 2-BA is in the Whittier Place condo complex in the West End. Unit 4M is asking $678,000 and has an association fee of (gasp!) $898.
Wowza. Unit 3 at 591 East Third Street in Southie is a 2-BR, 2.5-BA, 1,107-square-foot duplex with two garaged parking spaces. It's asking $675,000 and has an association fee of $449. It's the remotest of the bunch in terms of proximity to downtown Boston. But still... That's a lot, no, for such a price?
The 2-BR, 2-BA, 809-square-foot Unit 1 at 29 Grove Street in the upper reaches of Beacon Hill comes with a 250-square-foot terrace and an association fee of $335. Its price? $665,000.
Unit 2 at 77 Waltham Street in the South End is a 1-BR, 1.5-BA duplex unfolding over 780 square feet and asking $665,000, with an association fee of $256. It also features perhaps the most interesting bathroom wallpaper in all of Boston. Thoughts?
· Greater Boston's Five Most Controversial Developments Now [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Comparisons archive [Curbed Boston]