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Boston Price Comparison: What $700,000 Gets You

See condos in the South End, Charlestown, and more

Boston is one of the few cities in the nation where $700,000 could be considered on the cheaper side. Yet there it is: hundreds of thousands of dollars south of what is likely the current downtown Boston condo average of $1,000,000 even. What can one find right now at this relatively run-of-the-mill price? We shopped around.

First up is Unit 3 at 840 East Fourth Street in South Boston. It's a two-story, 3-BR, 2-BA penthouse that runs to 1,433 square feet and wants $699,900. It comes with a private deck and an association fee of $235.


Unit 4 at 218 West Canton Street in the South End is another penthouse asking $699,900. It's snugger, though: 778 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. There is a private roof deck with to-die-for views. The association fee is $312.


Now to Charlestown, where Unit 1 at 1 Hadley Street also offers a private deck (right off one of the three bedrooms) and two and a half bathrooms. The entire spread is nearly 2,000 square feet and comes with a garaged parking space. The going rate is $699,000, with a condo fee of $187.


At Harbor Towers on the waterfront, there's Unit 2E, an 862-square-foot 1-BR, 1-BA that comes with access to the complex's full range of amenities, including a heated pool and 24-hour concierge. Such access has its price, though: The association fee is $749, and the overall asking is $699,000.


We'll end in Back Bay, inside Unit 1A at 362 Commonwealth, a 725-square-foot 1-BR, 1-BA asking $699,000. The condo is three rooms total, in fact, and comes with access to a common roof deck. The association fee is a mildly steep $397.