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What $850,000 buys around Boston now

Discover what the hefty sum commands in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Back Bay, and elsewhere

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 $850,000 in different Boston neighborhoods.

Hyde Park

An empty, spacious living room with a stone fireplace.
An empty dining room-open kitchen area with an island.
An open kitchen with a counter and an island. Listed by: Coldwell Banker
A walk-in closet with hooks and cabinetry.

The 2,500-square-foot colonial at 222R Dana Avenue in Boston’s southernmost neighborhood went up just this year. It has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, as well as a fenced-in yard, a deck, and central air. There’s also garage parking for one.


An open living room and kitchen with three stools in front of the kitchen’s island.
A bedroom with a bed and other furniture.
A long, walk-in closet that ends in a bathroom. Listed by: Coldwell Banker
A modern kitchen with a run of cabinetry and counters, and there’s an island across a slim divide.

Unit 4 at 54 Pleasant Street in Dot’s Savin Hill is also new construction. The 1,247-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom with central air is part of a 17-unit project that went up in 2019. The tag and the $394.33 HOA includes a heated parking space.

Beacon Hill

The 1,050-square-foot Unit 1 at 80a West Cedar Street is a rare three-bedroom in Beacon Hill for under seven figures. The duplex also has three full bathrooms and in-unit laundry. (“Motivated seller,” apparently, according to the listing.) The HOA is $467.24.

Back Bay

A living room with a couch facing a fireplace and a hallway to elsewhere.
A large kitchen with a counter ending in a wall with a window. Listed by: Warren Residential
A large kitchen with a counter ending in a wall with a window. Listed by: Warren Residential
A bedroom with a bed and two windows.

Unit 2C at 293-295 Commonwealth Avenue is a 793-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom on the second floor of a brownstone. The HOA is $432.05.

North End

A spacious open living room with an open kitchen.
The kitchen off the living room, with a narrowly done U-shaped counter.
A bedroom with a bed facing a dresser with a TV mounted above it. Listed by: the Galvin Group
A bathroom with a sink next to a toilet next to a shower with no curtain.

The $849,900 tag for Unit 1R at 220 Commercial Street covers a separate attached commercial space with two offices and a sitting area. The condo itself runs to 1,495 square feet, and includes one bedroom and one bathroom. There’s central air too. The HOA is $683.


Which $850,000 Boston spread would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    222R Dana in Hyde Park
    (16 votes)
  • 20%
    Unit 4 at 54 Pleasant in Dorchester
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Unit 1 at 80a West Cedar in Beacon Hill
    (0 votes)
  • 28%
    Unit 2C at 293-295 Commercial in Back Bay
    (13 votes)
  • 15%
    Unit 1R at 220 Commercial in the North End
    (7 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now