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What $400,000 buys in Boston now

Discover what the sum commands in enclaves such as Brighton, Mission Hill, South Boston, and Hyde Park

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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 $400,000 in different Boston neighborhoods.


The 600-square-foot Unit 1204 at 566 Commonwealth Avenue includes a balcony with views of Fenway Park. The studio is also in an elevator building with concierge services and a pool. There’s central air too. The condo is asking $400,000 even, with an HOA of $789.

Hyde Park

A living room with beamed ceilings and furniture.
An open kitchen around the corner of a large column.
A spacious bedroom with a bed and windows. Listed by: Pamel Bardhi
A narrow bathroom with no curtain on the shower.

As might be expected, $400K buys more space farther out from Boston’s core, including in the city’s southernmost neighborhood. Unit 2 at 11 Walter Street runs to 1,112 square feet, and includes three bedrooms and one bathroom. Its $399,900 tag—with a $150 HOA—includes parking.

Mission Hill

A dining room-kitchen area with a table and chairs.
A small living room with very high ceilings, a couch, and a thin column.
A bedroom with a bed. Listed by: Keith Brokerage
A low-ceilinged, clean-floored garage with cars parked in some of the spots.

Unit 404 at 166 Terrace Street is the last one-bedroom loft available in a nine-year-old development. The condo has one bathroom and central air; and the $399,900 tag and $474 HOA fee covers one garage parking spot too.


A sparse, small living room with furniture and a bay window.
A bedroom with a bed facing a mounted TV.
A small, older kitchen with cabinetry and an electric stove. Listed by: USLEJU Team/Phoenix Real Estate Partners LLC
A small foyer with tile flooring and doors off it.

The owner of Unit 1 at 1486 Commonwealth Avenue would have access to a swimming pool and a deeded parking space. There’s laundry in the building too. The 675-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom wants $399,000, with an HOA of $530.

South Boston

We end this latest Curbed Comparisons with Unit 2 at 1 Telegraph Street. The 488-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom with central air and a washer-dryer is asking $399,000 and has an HOA of $200.


Which $400,000 Boston spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Unit 1204 at 566 Comm. Ave. in Kenmore
    (6 votes)
  • 28%
    Unit 2 at 11 Walter in Hyde Park
    (14 votes)
  • 26%
    Unit 404 at 166 Terrace in Mission Hill
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Unit 1 at 1486 Comm. Ave. in Brighton
    (0 votes)
  • 34%
    Unit 2 at 1 Telegraph in Southie
    (17 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now