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6 Back Bay open houses selling for under $1M

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Back Bay isn't known for its affordability—in fact, it consistently ranks as one of the priciest areas to buy in Boston. But it is one of the most picturesque and toniest neighborhoods in the city, where homes combine high-end touches hidden behind brownstone facades.

This week's open house tour takes you to slightly affordable options that range from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

You can still expect to find penthouses, private rooftop access, and this one-off gem in the only Frank Gehry-designed building in Boston.

Even if Back Bay isn’t on your radar, the best time to visit is in the spring when the city awakes from its winter slumber.

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1. 360 Newbury Street, #802

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360 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
Open house: Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $1,050,000
Size: 1-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,226
The pitch: “This unique unit has a dramatic two story living room with hardwood floors, sunset and exquisite city views, including from chef’s kitchen and dining area.”

2. 373 Commonwealth Avenue, #604

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373 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Price: $799,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 783
The pitch: “This penthouse unit has wonderful cityscape views through big bay windows and a large living room with a traditionally-mantled fireplace providing a more formal dining option.”

3. 9 Follen Street, #2

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9 Follen St
Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $789,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 770
The pitch: “Remarkable quality of light and a thoughtful layout. This residence features an expansive living/dining room fit for fêteing.”

4. 10 Isabella Street, #5

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10 Isabella St
Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m., Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $689,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 780
The pitch: “Sunny condo with spacious living area has hardwood floors, fireplace, and a bay window with sweeping views of Back Bay skyline.”

5. 194 Marlborough Street, #6

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194 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Sunday, 1-2 p.m.
Price: $629,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 504
The pitch: “This property offers a decorative fireplace, high ceilings, large windows, and hardwood floors throughout.”

6. 160 Commonwealth Avenue, #416

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160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Sunday, 12-3 p.m.
Price: $500,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 460
The pitch: “This two room studio is located in the Vendome, an iconic turn of the century building with a newly renovated lobby, 24-hour doorman, and a new trendy restaurant that offers delivery to Vendome residents.”

1. 360 Newbury Street, #802

360 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
Open house: Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Price: $1,050,000
Size: 1-BR, 2-BA
Square footage: 1,226
The pitch: “This unique unit has a dramatic two story living room with hardwood floors, sunset and exquisite city views, including from chef’s kitchen and dining area.”
360 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

2. 373 Commonwealth Avenue, #604

373 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Price: $799,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 783
The pitch: “This penthouse unit has wonderful cityscape views through big bay windows and a large living room with a traditionally-mantled fireplace providing a more formal dining option.”
373 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

3. 9 Follen Street, #2

9 Follen St, Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $789,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 770
The pitch: “Remarkable quality of light and a thoughtful layout. This residence features an expansive living/dining room fit for fêteing.”
9 Follen St
Boston, MA 02116

4. 10 Isabella Street, #5

10 Isabella St, Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m., Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Price: $689,000
Size: 2-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 780
The pitch: “Sunny condo with spacious living area has hardwood floors, fireplace, and a bay window with sweeping views of Back Bay skyline.”
10 Isabella St
Boston, MA 02116

5. 194 Marlborough Street, #6

194 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Sunday, 1-2 p.m.
Price: $629,000
Size: 1-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 504
The pitch: “This property offers a decorative fireplace, high ceilings, large windows, and hardwood floors throughout.”
194 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116

6. 160 Commonwealth Avenue, #416

160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Open house: Sunday, 12-3 p.m.
Price: $500,000
Size: 0-BR, 1-BA
Square footage: 460
The pitch: “This two room studio is located in the Vendome, an iconic turn of the century building with a newly renovated lobby, 24-hour doorman, and a new trendy restaurant that offers delivery to Vendome residents.”
160 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116