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What $650,000 buys in Boston now

Discover what the sum commands in neighborhoods such as Allston, Jamaica Plain, Beacon Hill, and West Roxbury

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 $650,000 in several Boston neighborhoods.

Beacon Hill

A cramped living room-dining room area with a ceiling fan and lots of furniture.
A small seating area with a couch, a table, and a TV taking up much of it.
A small kitchen with counters on either side of an aisle leading to a window. Photos via Compass’ the Goodrich Team
A sunny bedroom with a bed, a dresser, and a large window.

Unit 4 at 88 Beacon Street is a 494-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom in a 120-year-old brownstone. It’s asking $650,000 even, with a HOA fee of $238.

West Roxbury

The exterior of a one-and-a-half-story house on a sizable yard.
A spacious kitchen and living room area with a large island.
The back of that house, with a fenced deck on one side. Photos via Beth Ferrari
A bedroom with a the door open on a long hallway, and the hallway and the bedroom are empty.

The 1,671-square-foot house at 20 Powell Street includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s asking $650,000, and includes a driveway and a yard.

Jamaica Plain

An airy living room-kitchen area with a large island.
A spacious modern living room with a fireplace and two windows at the end.
A bedroom with a large closet and a closed closet door. Photos via Unlimited Sotheby’s Nextdoor Realty Team
A bathroom with no shower curtain on the tub.

The 901-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom Unit 1 at 196 Boylston Street is part of a new three-unit building. It’s got central air, and the $650,000 tag covers two parking spaces—including one garage. The HOA is $150.

Leather District

That kitchen, which has a U-shaped counter and an oven at the crux of the U.
A shot of an open kitchen with two chairs in front of the counter that separates the kitchen from the living room.
Two open doors off a squat hallway, with one opening into a bathroom and the other into bedroom. Photos via Maxwell Associates
A narrow bathroom with the tub at the end, and there’s no curtain on the tub.

In-unit laundry comes with Unit L615 at 70 Lincoln Street, a 651-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom. The spread in downtown’s Leather District is asking $650,000, with an HOA of $405.


Unit 3 at 90 Easton Street is a 1,039-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom with washer-dryer hookups in a recently converted triple-decker. The asking is $649,900, and the tentative HOA is $200.


Which $650,000 Boston spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Unit 4 at 88 Beacon in Beacon Hill
    (28 votes)
  • 15%
    20 Powell in West Roxbury
    (14 votes)
  • 25%
    Unit 1 at 196 Boylston in JP
    (24 votes)
  • 7%
    Unit L615 at 70 Lincoln in the Leather District
    (7 votes)
  • 21%
    Unit 3 at 90 Easton in Allston
    (20 votes)
93 votes total Vote Now