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Weekend open house tour: Back Bay for under $750,000

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Back Bay, perhaps Boston's most expensive neighborhood pound for pound, is usually not on the radar of first-time home buyers or those looking to downsize. Yet the enclave does offer options for those without cash to burn or family money to heave.

This weekend's open house tour looks at a half-dozen condos retailing for under three-quarters of a million dollars. They are for the most part in good nick and smack-dab in the thick of the utterly charming neighborhood.

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1. 373 Commonwealth Avenue, #304

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373 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Open house: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 - 1 p.m.$719,000Size: 788-square-foot 2-BR, 1-BAThe pitch: "The large living area features a bay window, crown molding, and french doors with a variety of layout options."

2. 435 Marlborough Street, #2

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435 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02115

Open house: Sunday 2:30 - 4$689,000Size: 760-square-foot 2-BR, 2-BA duplexThe pitch: "The recent updates blend the classic appeal of high ceilings and bold crown moldings with modern designs crafted from fine materials such as mahogany, quartz and marble."

3. 295-297 Beacon Street, #3

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297 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Sunday 12:30 - 1:30$599,000Size: 708-square-foot 1-BR, 1-BAThe pitch: "This oversized studio / junior one-bedroom offers 708 SQFT of living space with an emphasis on entertaining! An enormous open kitchen with peninsula invokes feelings of a suburban kitchen."

4. 315-317 Beacon Street, #1

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315 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Sunday 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.$459,000Size: 444-square-foot studioThe pitch: "Tall windows, hardwood floors, working fireplace, queen size Murphy bed and creative storage make this home live larger than its square footage."

5. 119 Marlborough Street, #1

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119 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116

Sunday 1 - 2 $429,000Size: 370-square-foot studioThe pitch: "This pristine studio home features stunning details, including gleaming hardwood floors throughout, custom built-in shelving, dramatic high ceilings, and plenty of natural sunlight."

6. 252 Commonwealth Avenue, #4

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252 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Sunday 12 - 1:30 p.m.$529,900Size: 475-square-foot studioThe pitch: "The living area offers tall ceilings, bow with two windows, custom murphy bed, decorative fireplace and large closet. The eat in kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances and greenhouse window."

1. 373 Commonwealth Avenue, #304

373 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Open house: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 - 1 p.m.$719,000Size: 788-square-foot 2-BR, 1-BAThe pitch: "The large living area features a bay window, crown molding, and french doors with a variety of layout options."

373 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

2. 435 Marlborough Street, #2

435 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02115

Open house: Sunday 2:30 - 4$689,000Size: 760-square-foot 2-BR, 2-BA duplexThe pitch: "The recent updates blend the classic appeal of high ceilings and bold crown moldings with modern designs crafted from fine materials such as mahogany, quartz and marble."

435 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02115

3. 295-297 Beacon Street, #3

297 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Sunday 12:30 - 1:30$599,000Size: 708-square-foot 1-BR, 1-BAThe pitch: "This oversized studio / junior one-bedroom offers 708 SQFT of living space with an emphasis on entertaining! An enormous open kitchen with peninsula invokes feelings of a suburban kitchen."

297 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

4. 315-317 Beacon Street, #1

315 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Sunday 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.$459,000Size: 444-square-foot studioThe pitch: "Tall windows, hardwood floors, working fireplace, queen size Murphy bed and creative storage make this home live larger than its square footage."

315 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

5. 119 Marlborough Street, #1

119 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116

Sunday 1 - 2 $429,000Size: 370-square-foot studioThe pitch: "This pristine studio home features stunning details, including gleaming hardwood floors throughout, custom built-in shelving, dramatic high ceilings, and plenty of natural sunlight."

119 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116

6. 252 Commonwealth Avenue, #4

252 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Open house: Sunday 12 - 1:30 p.m.$529,900Size: 475-square-foot studioThe pitch: "The living area offers tall ceilings, bow with two windows, custom murphy bed, decorative fireplace and large closet. The eat in kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances and greenhouse window."

252 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116