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What $700,000 buys in Boston now

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The sum can buy everything from a snug one-bedroom condo in Back Bay to a sprawling house with a yard in Roxbury

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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 $700,000 in five different Boston neighborhoods.

South Boston

Rendering of an open living room-kitchen. Rendering via Advisors Living

This 606-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom is part of the conversion of the old Broadway Theatre at 420 West Broadway into 42 condos. The project is supposed to wrap this spring. Unit 501 here is $699,900, with an HOA fee of $232. A garage parking spot is included.


A small living room with two stools in front of the counter, with the kitchen on the other side. Photos via Passini Realty
A living room empty other than a couch and two stools in front of a kitchen counter.

Unit 1106 at 170 Tremont Street comes with one bedroom and one bathroom within its 622 square feet. The building has a 24-7 concierge as well as a fitness center, and there’s in-unit laundry too. The asking is $699,900, and the HOA is $394. A parking space is available separately for $70,000.

South End

A kitchen with one counter. Photos via Paul Whaley
A living room with a couch and two windows that bow out.

The two-level Unit 1 at 408 Columbus Avenue runs to 694 square feet, and includes one bathroom and one bedroom. There’s in-unit laundry too. The asking is $699,000, and the HOA is $172.


The exterior of a three-story house snug against the sidewalk.
An entry foyer with a long, elegant staircase with a stained-glass window halfway up.
A living room with the furniture against the wall and a rug covering much of the area. Photos via Compass
A modern kitchen with a large island in the middle.

The 4,000-square-foot, four-level house at 49 Waverly Street includes five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. It comes with a fenced-in backyard and a deck as well. The asking is $699,000.

Back Bay

A long living room that ends in a bay window, and there’s a couch facing a fireplace.
A narrow kitchen with a U-shaped counter.
A bedroom with a bed and a single window. Photos via the Charles Realty
A bathroom with a sliding-glass door on the tub.

Unit 6 at 119 Marlborough Street is a 580-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom. The price is $699,000, with an HOA of $437.69. A parking space behind the building is available for an additional $250,000—which might be considered cheap in Back Bay.


Which approximately $700,000 Boston spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Unit 501 at 420 West Broadway in Southie
    (15 votes)
  • 7%
    Unit 1106 at 170 Tremont in Downtown
    (6 votes)
  • 10%
    Unit 1 at 408 Columbus in the South End
    (9 votes)
  • 40%
    49 Waverly in Roxbury
    (34 votes)
  • 23%
    Unit 6 at 119 Marlborough in Back Bay
    (20 votes)
84 votes total Vote Now