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Boston price comparison: What $900,000 buys right now

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Including in Southie, JP, and Back Bay

Boston is one of the few cities in North America where $900,000 is, yes, a lot of money, but not a lot of money for housing. Follow? Our latest Curbed Comparisons, which tracks homes currently for sale for around that amount, proves it.

The amount appears to buy nice condos of varying sizes, but it does not guarantee much beyond two bedrooms. Nor does $900K guarantee parking.

As always, too, location matters. The farther from the city’s downtown core, it looks like, the further your dollar goes.

Our first stop is in the Fenway/Kenmore area around BU. Unit 204 at 120 Mountfort Street is a 2-BR, 2-BA spread over 1,033 square feet and asking exactly $900,000. It comes with a W/D and one garaged parking space as well as a $512 condo fee.


In Jamaica Plain, Unit 2 at 99 Parkton Road is asking $899,900. It’s a 2,221-square-foot 3-BR, 2-BA with two private decks, central air, and plenty of parking: one garaged space and two tandem ones outside. The condo fee is $444.


Unit 2 at 80 Marlborough Street in Back Bay is also asking $899,900. It’s a pretty straightforward 1-BR, 1-BA spread over 777 square feet. It includes a W/D and central air, but no parking. Condo fee is $180.


Unit 62 at 210 South Street is typical of Leather District lofts: airy and bright. The 1,347-square-foot 1-BR, 2-BA wants $899,000. No parking included, but the condo fee is a low, low $62.


Out in Southie, the conversion of a bakery storefront at 813 East Fourth Street has created a 2,017-square-foot 2-BR, 2.5-BA condo with 11-foot ceilings and a 121-square-foot walk-in closet. There’s also a W/D. The spread wants $899,000, plus an undisclosed condo fee. Parking may be available for rent.