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What $875,000 buys around Boston now

Compare and contrast these listings in Fort Point, the South End, East Boston, and elsewhere—which one would you buy?

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular 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! Next up is $875,000.

Fort Point

Unit 517 at 21 Wormwood Street where Fort Point meets the Seaport District is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom loft running to 1,025 square feet. It includes central air, a washer-dryer, and 11-foot ceilings. The condo fee is $332.

East Boston

Rendering of a swanky modern lobby in a new condo building. Rendering via Advisors Living

The 778-square-foot Penthouse 606 at 99 Sumner Street is part of a 107-unit waterfront development opening in 2020 that will include amenities such as a fitness center and a 24/7 concierge. Parking is available for purchase.

Fort Point

An open kitchen with a table and chairs, and three windows provide a lot of light.
An open kitchen-living room area with a sectional couch and a kitchen table with chairs. Photos via Compass
A kitchen with a large fridge and a table with chairs.
A laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer.

Back to the Fort Point-Seaport borderlands, where Unit 412 at the three-year-old 319 A Street runs to 693 square feet. It includes one bedroom and one bathroom as well as central air and a W/D. The condo fee is $807.

The South End

Unit 209 at 75 Clarendon Street where the South End meets Back Bay includes central air and a W/D as well. The 867-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom has a condo fee of $590.77, and garage parking can be had for an additional $125,000.


A large empty living room with a fireplace, a radiator, and a bow windows.
A living room with a fireplace and an arched entryway leading to a hallway.
An empty bedroom with a closed closet door. Photos via Keller Williams.
A narrow kitchen with appliances and a window with a small table in front of it at one end.

Finally, there’s Unit 2 at 50 Fenway, which runs to 1,127 square feet and “flows like a NYC flat,” according to its listing. The spread has two bedrooms and one bathroom as well as two fireplaces. The condo fee is $503.17.


Which one would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Unit 517 at 21 Wormwood in Fort Point
    (49 votes)
  • 10%
    Penthouse 606 a 99 Sumner in Eastie
    (10 votes)
  • 3%
    Unit 412 at 319 A in Fort Point
    (3 votes)
  • 26%
    Unit 209 at 75 Clarendon in the South End
    (26 votes)
  • 10%
    Unit 2 at 50 Fenway in Fenway-Kenmore
    (10 votes)
98 votes total Vote Now