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What $800,000 buys in Back Bay

It looks like the sum buys at least one bedroom, if not two, and maybe some outdoor space in one of Boston’s toniest neighborhoods

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’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Next up is $800,000 in Boston’s Back Bay.

Near Charlesgate East and Beacon Street

A small kitchen with a sink where the counter curves.
An empty bedroom with three windows.
The corner of an empty bedroom with a window showing. Photos via TLC Real Estate
A small bathroom with a sliding glass door on the shower.

A parking space near the building entrance comes with the 756-square-foot Unit 6B at 520 Beacon Street. It also has two bedrooms and one bathroom as well as access to a roof deck. The price is $829,000, and the HOA fee is $475.

Near Beacon Street and Mass. Ave.

The 710-square-foot Unit 22 at 479 Beacon Street comes with all new windows and a renovated kitchen. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom is asking $799,900, with an HOA fee of $304.53.

Near Mass. and Huntington aves.

A sort of sunroom with three skylights and a glass door on either side of two counters, leading to a patio.
A spacious living room with a couch and a fireplace.
A living room with a sectional couch facing a TV and a fireplace. Photos via Keller Williams
A bathroom with a shower with a sliding glass door.

A fenced-in patio, a washer-dryer, and a year of parking comes with Unit 3 at 197 Botolph Street. The 901-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bedroom is asking $799,999. The HOA fee is $281.

At Marlborough and Fairfield streets

An empty living room, with a fireplace, ending in a bowed window.
A living room with a fireplace leading into a kitchen.
An empty bedroom with a double-door closet. Photos via Ready RE
A small kitchen with an L-shaped counter and a small ledge.

The 730-square-foot Unit 4R at 272 Marlborough Street includes one bedroom, one bathroom, and a wood-burning fireplace. The tag for the unit in the elevator building is $779,900, and the HOA fee is $328.

At Beacon and Dartmouth streets

Unit 2 at 255 Beacon Street is asking $699,000, with an HOA fee of $313.66. The recently renovated one-bedroom, one-bathroom runs to 661 square feet.


Which one would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Unit 6B at 520 Beacon
    (7 votes)
  • 11%
    Unit 22 at 479 Beacon
    (8 votes)
  • 37%
    Unit 3 at 197 Botolph
    (26 votes)
  • 15%
    Unit 4R at 272 Marlborough
    (11 votes)
  • 25%
    Unit 2 at 255 Beacon
    (18 votes)
70 votes total Vote Now