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What $625,000 buys around Boston now

Discover what the sum commands in Roxbury, Charlestown, Roslindale, and elsewhere

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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 $625,000 in different Boston neighborhoods.


An open living room with furniture, large windows, and a very high ceiling.
An open bedroom facing that open living room.
An open kitchen as seen from over its island. Listed by: Compass
A large walk-in closet with a long pole for hanging clothes and lots of drawers for storing them.

We start at a 48-unit development at 10 Williams Street. Unit 13 there is a 1,308-square-foot (potential) one-bedroom, one-bathroom with copious amounts of cavernous space as well as central air and a deeded parking spot. The HOA fee is $425.

South Boston

An open kitchen with one row of cabinets and counter, and an island.
A view over that island to a bathroom with the door open and another countertop.
An empty room at the top of some stairs, with skylights. Listed by: Home Town Brokerage
A bathroom with a vanity next to a toilet next to a shower with no curtain.

Unit 3 at 90 M Street includes roof rights for the three-story building. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom with central air runs to 1,127 square feet and has skylights in every room. The HOA fee is $150.


The house at 55 Bateman Street comes with one off-street parking spot. The 1,466-square-foot spread includes three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms as well as a recently renovated kitchen.


Unit 1 at 5 Hancock Street in Charlestown’s gas light district mimics a townhouse. The 935-square-foot condo includes two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. There’s a washer-dryer too. The HOA fee is $200.


Open kitchen with an L-shaped counter and an island.
View over that island toward an open living room and a dining area with a bay window.
Bedroom with a bed nestled in a bay window next to a dresser. Listed by: McCormack & Scanlan
Bedroom with a bed in a wrought-iron frame next to a step-exercise machine.

We end as we began—in Roxbury. Unit 1 at 130 Marcella Street in the neighborhood’s Fort Hill area runs to 1,657 square feet on two levels of a brownstone. The three-bedroom with two and a half bathrooms includes central air and washer-dryer hookups. The HOA is $428.


Which $625,000 Boston spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Unit 13 at 10 Williams in Roxbury
    (15 votes)
  • 12%
    Unit 3 at 90 M in Southie
    (6 votes)
  • 16%
    55 Bateman in Roslindale
    (8 votes)
  • 36%
    Unit 1 at 5 Hancock in Charlestown
    (18 votes)
  • 6%
    Unit 1 at 130 Marcella in Roxbury
    (3 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now