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What $550,000 buys in Boston

The sum can command a house in neighborhoods such as Roslindale and Dorchester and sleeker condos in places like South Boston 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 $550,000 in several Boston neighborhoods.


A bedroom with a bed, a bench, and large windows.
A living room with a sitting area and a table and chairs.
A small bedroom with a bed. Photos via EXP Realty
The exterior of a three-story house with a small bay window in the middle.

The 1,761-square-foot house at 75 Cliffmont Street comes with a large yard. It’s asking $550,000, and the sellers are offering $10,000 at closing for renovations.

South Boston

An open kitchen-living room area with a thin, tall table separating the two.
A living room with furniture, and there’s a sliding glass door leading to a deck.
A bedroom with furniture, a door open to the bathroom, and a closed closet door. Photos via Eric Rollo
A small deck with a table and two chairs.

Unit 6 at 322 Athens Street is a 621-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom with central air and in-unit laundry. There’s also a deck. The tag is $550,000, and the HOA is $221.

East Boston

The 810-square-foot Unit 1 at 288 Princeton Street is the product of a recent conversion, and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms—as well as extra soundproofing on the floor. There’s central air and washer-dryer hookups. The asking is $549,997, with an estimated HOA of $280.


The listing for the 2,071-square-foot house at 97 Evans Street says it’s in need of some TLC. But it does come with some serious space, even before you get to that, including the potential for five bedrooms. The asking is $549,000.


Farther east in Dorchester is the 1,207-square-foot Unit 1 at 495 Ashmont Street. It includes two bedrooms and one bathroom, and there’s some outdoor space. The $549,000 tag also covers a garage parking spot. The HOA is $180.


Which $550,000 Boston spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    75 Cliffmont in Roslindale
    (6 votes)
  • 17%
    Unit 6 at 322 Athens in Southie
    (14 votes)
  • 17%
    Unit 1 at 288 Princeton in Eastie
    (14 votes)
  • 23%
    97 Evans in Dot
    (19 votes)
  • 33%
    Unit 1 at 495 Ashmont in Dot
    (27 votes)
80 votes total Vote Now