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What $650,000 buys around Boston now

These newer listings include a house in West Roxbury as well as condos in JP, Back Bay, and Southie—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 $650,000 in Boston.

South Boston

A long living room with a couch and a coffee table.
A kitchen with appliances and cabinetry.
A bedroom with a bed. Photos via Re/Max Destiny
A bathroom with a long vanity counter.

Unit 2 at 494-496 East Fourth Street just north of Dorchester Heights runs to 1,342 square feet, and includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo fee is $175.

Back Bay

The 492-square-foot Unit 1 at 439 Marlborough Street includes one bedroom and one bathroom, and there is a garage parking space available for an additional cost. The condo fee is $233.

Jamaica Plain

Unit 3 at 3141 Washington Street does come with a parking space—plus a shared guest space. The 1,880-square-foot four bedroom with three and a half bathrooms also has a back deck. The condo fee for the duplex is $500.

West Roxbury

A dining room-kitchen area with a table and chairs.
A sizable kitchen with a double fridge.
A living room off some stairs, with furniture and a large clock hanging on the wall behind the couch. Photos via Keller Williams
 A screen porch with an antique stove.

In West Roxbury, $650,000 buys an entire house—in this case, 1,546-square-foot cape with three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a back deck and yard. There’s a finished basement as well at 35 Vershire Street.


An empty bedroom with windows at one end.
An empty living room leading to a kitchen.
A kitchen with a fridge. Photos via Compass
An empty bedroom with a sizable closet right next to the door.

Unit 15R at 151 Tremont Street right off Boston Common runs to 735 square feet, and includes one bedroom and one bathroom. There’s garage parking for an additional cost, and amenities at the building include an outdoor pool and a fitness center. The condo fee is $431.


Which one would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Unit 15R at 151 Tremont in downtown
    (13 votes)
  • 18%
    35 Vershire in West Roxbury
    (15 votes)
  • 25%
    Unit 3 at 3141 Washington Jamaica Plain
    (20 votes)
  • 21%
    Unit 1 at 439 Marlborough in Back Bay
    (17 votes)
  • 18%
    Unit 2 at 494-496 East Fourth in South Boston
    (15 votes)
80 votes total Vote Now