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What $550,000 buys around Boston now

Including in East Boston, Dorchester, and Back Bay

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount (or thereabouts) in the Boston area. Is one woman’s studio another woman’s townhouse? Let’s find out! This week it’s $550,000 in Boston.

We start in Dorchester, where an even $550,000 buys you 19 Edwin Street, a 1,952-square-foot house dating from 1900 and with two and a half bathrooms and the potential for five bedrooms.

A little farther northeast in Dorchester is Unit 1 at 251 Boston Street. The 1,022-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom is asking $549,999. It includes a private patio. The condo fee is $190.

In East Boston’s Orient Heights, Unit 1 at 195 Gladstone Street is asking $549,900. It’s 1,007 square feet, and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The tag covers one garaged parking space too. The condo fee is $250.

Farther down Eastie and nearer Logan Airport is Unit 1 at 527 Bennington Street. The 990-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom is also asking $549,900. It includes a finished basement, and the condo fee is $175.

We end in Back Bay, where $549,000 buys Unit 44 at 56 Commonwealth Avenue: A 370-square-foot studio. Not surprisingly perhaps, the listing touts the studio’s location more than anything.


Which one would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    19 Edwin in Dorchester
    (11 votes)
  • 25%
    Unit 1 at 251 Boston in Dorchester
    (13 votes)
  • 15%
    Unit 1 at 195 Gladstone in East Boston
    (8 votes)
  • 21%
    Unit 1 at 527 Bennington in East Boston
    (11 votes)
  • 15%
    Unit 44 at 56 Commonwealth in Back Bay
    (8 votes)
51 votes total Vote Now