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What $450,000 buys in Boston now

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The sum definitely gets you on the property ladder in the city, with nice spreads readily available in neighborhoods such as Hyde Park, Dorchester, and East Boston

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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 $450,000 in different Boston neighborhoods.


A new and spacious kitchen with counters meeting at a right angle.
A new bathroom with no curtain on the shower.
Part of an empty living room with a bay window. Photos via Ernst Guerrier/Realty Unlimited
The front door of a newly renovated condo with a stairwell next to it leading down.

Unit 1 at 5 Everett Street in Dot’s Uphams Corner comes with central air and in-unit laundry as well as two designated off-street parking spaces. The 900-square-foot condo includes two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The tag is $450,000 even, with a HOA fee of $175.


An open kitchen with a table and chairs.
An open living room with furniture next to a hallway leading to a front door.
A bedroom with a bed. Photos via Heather Carbone
A bathroom with the curtain drawn on the shower.

Also in Uphams Corner, Unit 2 at 26 Elder Street is 850 square feet with three bedrooms and one bathroom. There’s central air here too, and the condo comes with washer-dryer hookups. The asking is $450,000, and the HOA is $180.

East Boston

A spacious, capacious lobby of sleek new condo building, with furniture. Photo via Advisors Living

Unit 507 at 99 Sumner Street on the Eastie waterfront is part of a relatively new development called the Mark at DeNormandie Wharf. As such, the 447-square-foot studio’s $449,900 tag and $321.94 HOA entitle an owner to access to amenities such as a fitness center, a terrace with fire pits, and a golf simulator.

Hyde Park

An open, empty kitchen-living room area with the fridge around the corner from the kitchen area.
An empty bedroom with sloped ceilings, a closed closet door, a radiator, and a window.
An empty bedroom with three windows and a radiator. Photos via Hillman Homes
A leaf-strewn sideyard to a condo building.

The top-floor Unit 3 at 71 Neponset Avenue in Hyde Park’s Fairmount Hill area includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms within its 1,146 square feet. There’s in-unit laundry, and the $449,000 tag covers two tandem parking spots too. The HOA for the recently renovated spread is $175.


A spacious studio apartment with a bed and a kitchen at one end.
The corner of a studio with a desk and a chair next to a window with an AC unit in it.
The same corner, but a closed closet is now visible. Photos via Gibson Sotheby’s
A closeup of the kitchen are of the studio.

Another studio, Unit 4H at 108 Peterborough Street runs to 431 square feet in an elevator building. The tag is $445,900, and the HOA is $213.


Which $450,000 Boston spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Unit 1 at 5 Everett in Dot
    (13 votes)
  • 10%
    Unit 2 at 26 Elder in Dot
    (5 votes)
  • 39%
    Unit 507 at 99 Sumner in Eastie
    (19 votes)
  • 4%
    Unit 3 at 71 Neponset in Hyde Park
    (2 votes)
  • 18%
    Unit 4H at 108 Peterborough in Fenway
    (9 votes)
48 votes total Vote Now