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What $1 million buys in Boston now

A house in Charlestown, a one-bedroom in Back Bay—a million bucks goes in all sorts of directions in Boston at the start of 2020.

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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 $1 million in five different Boston neighborhoods.


Unit 211 at 2400 Beacon Street on Boston’s western edge is asking $999,900 for its 1,170 square feet, which includes two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. There’s a balcony, central air, and in-unit laundry; and a deeded parking space comes with the price. The HOA fee is $818.

North End

A long kitchen with a u-shaped counter.
A spacious dining room with a table and six chairs.
A living room with a crescent-shaped couch facing a TV. Photos via Compass
A bedroom with a large bed.

Central air, in-unit laundry, and a garage parking space come with Unit 4T at 100 Fulton Street, which is asking $999,900. The 1,263-square-foot condo in a concierge building includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The HOA is $1,046.

Back Bay

A bathroom with a sliding glass door on the tub.
A bedroom with a bed, a standing mirror, and two windows.
A long, narrow kitchen with counters and cabinetry on either side. Photos via Keller Williams
A sizable living room with a couch and two chairs.

Unit 13 at 492 Beacon Street is 870 square feet, and includes one bedroom and one bathroom. There’s washer-dryer and central air, and the $999,000 tag covers a deeded parking spot. The HOA is $822.

South Boston

An expansive, empty deck with a city skyline in the background. Photo via Compass

Just north of the Red Line’s Broadway stop is 14 West Broadway, where Unit 5C is asking $999,000. The 1,005-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom in the full-service building comes with one garage parking spot. The HOA is $1,176. (There are no interior shots of the spread available.)


A living room with furniture and a staircase leading straight down into it.
A spacious kitchen with an L-shaped counter.
A bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower. Photos via Century 21
A spacious bedroom with a large bed and there’s rug splayed in front of it,

The house at 148 Bunker Hill Street runs to 1,580 square feet and includes four bedrooms. There are also two bathrooms. The tag is $995,000.


Which $1 million spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Unit 211 at 2400 Beacon in Brighton
    (0 votes)
  • 21%
    Unit 4T at 100 Fulton in the North End
    (20 votes)
  • 6%
    Unit 13 at 492 Beacon in Back Bay
    (6 votes)
  • 11%
    Unit 5C at 14 West Broadway in Southie
    (11 votes)
  • 61%
    148 Bunker Hill in Charlestown
    (58 votes)
95 votes total Vote Now