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An airy living room with furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Listed by: Joe Schutt of Unit Realty

Around Boston’s South End, 10 solid options for starter homes right now

These aren’t the biggest spreads, but they come with modern finishes, and many include touches such as central air, storage, and outdoor space

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It can be darn near impossible to define a starter home in the Boston area. That’s largely because real estate is so expensive here versus much of the rest of the U.S. Still, it is possible to break down what a starter home might be neighborhood by neighborhood, using sales data and by eliminating certain types of housing right off the bat.

In Boston’s coveted and busy South End, it’s no good for first-time buyers to hunt for townhouses or single-families. Both are extremely expensive, even by modern Boston standards, and detached single-families are rare besides. So condos it is.

And what do condos generally go for in the South End? In the fourth quarter of 2019, the median condo sales price in the neighborhood was $975,000.

So! A starter home in the South End might be considered a condo retailing for well below the neighborhood median. That probably also means smaller condos, but ones with nice finishes and amenities such as storage and outdoor space—like these 10 options.

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100 Shawmut Avenue, #413

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This 461-square-foot studio is part of a 13-story development that’s supposed to open in 2020—one of so many new buildings throughout the South End. The condo’s retailing for $599,900, with an HOA of $412.82. The building is due to include amenities such as a fitness center and concierge services.

Rendering of a sleek kitchen in a new condo. Listed by: Janice Dumont of Advisors Living

191 West Canton Street, #2

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The 55-inch TV comes with this 701-square-foot duplex, which also has two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The condo is asking $769,000, with a HOA of $150.

A narrow living room with a single chair facing a flat-screen TV mounted above a fireplace, and the living room’s leading to a kitchen. Listed by: Martyn Scott of Gibson Sotheby’s

408 Columbus Avenue, #1

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This 694-square-foot duplex is asking $699,000, and includes one bedroom and one bathroom. There is also bike storage for the building, and the unit has central air. The HOA is $172.

An open living room-kitchen area just beyond a front door in a condo. Listed by: Paul Whaley of Coldwell Banker

69 East Berkeley Street, #5

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This 617-square-foot condo is asking $549,000. It comes with one bedroom and one bathroom. The HOA is $332.52.

A living room with three windows and a couch and a coffee table facing a TV stand. Listed by: Rachel Leung of Thread Real Estate

139 East Berkeley Street, #201

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This 840-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom is pushing the starter home category limits for the South End. That is, it’s asking a cool $789,000—just below the neighborhood’s latest median sales price. A washer-dryer and central air come with the spread, and there is parking available for rent. The HOA is $419.

An airy living room with furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Listed by: Joe Schutt of Unit Realty

608 Tremont Street, #2

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The Aries Commercial listing for this 650-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom is frank and true: “It is rare to see a unit like this hit the market.” The unit is asking $749,999. The HOA is $234.42.

A small kitchen with a counter separating it from the living room of a condo. Listed by: Thomas White of Aries Commercial Real Estate

600 Massachusetts Avenue, #7

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This 1,050-square-foot condo comes with two bedrooms and one bathroom. There’s storage as well. The asking is $699,000, and the HOA is $136.50.

An airy living room with a couch and a coffee table facing a TV. Listed by: Jamie Curtis of Compass

46 East Springfield Street, #2

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A private deck comes with this 522-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom. The bath has been renovated too. The asking is $529,000, and the HOA is $175.

Empty rooms next to each other with a fireplace in each. Listed by: Elisa Daley of Engel & Volkers

58 East Springfield Street, #2

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The Keller Williams’ listing for this 571-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom gets right to the point: “Chance to snag one of the few condominiums under $600,000 in the vibrant South End!” The condo is retailing for $590,000, and includes the option to buy two deeded parking spots. It’s got central air and a back deck. The HOA fee is $400.

An open kitchen with an island with stools. Listed by: Toryarlee Aanwon of Keller Williams

55 East Springfield Street, #PH

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A gut-renovation produced this 765-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom with central air and in-unit washer-dryer. It’s asking $679,000, with a $250 HOA.

An airy living room with two windows in a bay window. Listed by: Kevin Caulfield of Compass

100 Shawmut Avenue, #413

Rendering of a sleek kitchen in a new condo. Listed by: Janice Dumont of Advisors Living

This 461-square-foot studio is part of a 13-story development that’s supposed to open in 2020—one of so many new buildings throughout the South End. The condo’s retailing for $599,900, with an HOA of $412.82. The building is due to include amenities such as a fitness center and concierge services.

Rendering of a sleek kitchen in a new condo. Listed by: Janice Dumont of Advisors Living

191 West Canton Street, #2

A narrow living room with a single chair facing a flat-screen TV mounted above a fireplace, and the living room’s leading to a kitchen. Listed by: Martyn Scott of Gibson Sotheby’s

The 55-inch TV comes with this 701-square-foot duplex, which also has two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The condo is asking $769,000, with a HOA of $150.

A narrow living room with a single chair facing a flat-screen TV mounted above a fireplace, and the living room’s leading to a kitchen. Listed by: Martyn Scott of Gibson Sotheby’s

408 Columbus Avenue, #1

An open living room-kitchen area just beyond a front door in a condo. Listed by: Paul Whaley of Coldwell Banker

This 694-square-foot duplex is asking $699,000, and includes one bedroom and one bathroom. There is also bike storage for the building, and the unit has central air. The HOA is $172.

An open living room-kitchen area just beyond a front door in a condo. Listed by: Paul Whaley of Coldwell Banker

69 East Berkeley Street, #5

A living room with three windows and a couch and a coffee table facing a TV stand. Listed by: Rachel Leung of Thread Real Estate

This 617-square-foot condo is asking $549,000. It comes with one bedroom and one bathroom. The HOA is $332.52.

A living room with three windows and a couch and a coffee table facing a TV stand. Listed by: Rachel Leung of Thread Real Estate

139 East Berkeley Street, #201

An airy living room with furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Listed by: Joe Schutt of Unit Realty

This 840-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom is pushing the starter home category limits for the South End. That is, it’s asking a cool $789,000—just below the neighborhood’s latest median sales price. A washer-dryer and central air come with the spread, and there is parking available for rent. The HOA is $419.

An airy living room with furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Listed by: Joe Schutt of Unit Realty

608 Tremont Street, #2

A small kitchen with a counter separating it from the living room of a condo. Listed by: Thomas White of Aries Commercial Real Estate

The Aries Commercial listing for this 650-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom is frank and true: “It is rare to see a unit like this hit the market.” The unit is asking $749,999. The HOA is $234.42.

A small kitchen with a counter separating it from the living room of a condo. Listed by: Thomas White of Aries Commercial Real Estate

600 Massachusetts Avenue, #7

An airy living room with a couch and a coffee table facing a TV. Listed by: Jamie Curtis of Compass

This 1,050-square-foot condo comes with two bedrooms and one bathroom. There’s storage as well. The asking is $699,000, and the HOA is $136.50.

An airy living room with a couch and a coffee table facing a TV. Listed by: Jamie Curtis of Compass

46 East Springfield Street, #2

Empty rooms next to each other with a fireplace in each. Listed by: Elisa Daley of Engel & Volkers

A private deck comes with this 522-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom. The bath has been renovated too. The asking is $529,000, and the HOA is $175.

Empty rooms next to each other with a fireplace in each. Listed by: Elisa Daley of Engel & Volkers

58 East Springfield Street, #2

An open kitchen with an island with stools. Listed by: Toryarlee Aanwon of Keller Williams

The Keller Williams’ listing for this 571-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom gets right to the point: “Chance to snag one of the few condominiums under $600,000 in the vibrant South End!” The condo is retailing for $590,000, and includes the option to buy two deeded parking spots. It’s got central air and a back deck. The HOA fee is $400.

An open kitchen with an island with stools. Listed by: Toryarlee Aanwon of Keller Williams

55 East Springfield Street, #PH

An airy living room with two windows in a bay window. Listed by: Kevin Caulfield of Compass

A gut-renovation produced this 765-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom with central air and in-unit washer-dryer. It’s asking $679,000, with a $250 HOA.

An airy living room with two windows in a bay window. Listed by: Kevin Caulfield of Compass