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Charlestown one-bedroom asking under $450,000 is a way in for first-time buyers

The spread in this historic Boston neighborhood is only 480 square feet, but the price is right

A living room with furniture, two windows, and a short wall of exposed brick.
The condo overlooks Charlestown’s John Harvard Mall.
Photos via Coldwell Banker

The median sales price of a Boston condo was $700,000 at the end of January, according to the Greater Boston Association of Realtors. That puts Unit 2 at 18 Main Street in Charlestown definitively on the south side of that citywide median.

That’s because the condo is retailing for $449,000 through Coldwell Banker. Yes, it’s only 480 square feet—and has but one bedroom and one bathroom—but it’s a decent place in a desirable neighborhood in a housing market where prices remain generally high even amid shifts and volatility.

The second-floor spread comes with central air, and is in a 120-year-old building with 17 other units. What’d you think?

A bedroom with a bed facing a dresser, and there are two windows.
The condo’s HOA fee is just under $375, and includes heat.
An open kitchen in a corner.
The kitchen is open.
A long four-story building made of brick.
The building dates from 1900.