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A living room with a high ceiling, beams on that ceiling, and a large exposed brick wall. Listed by: Compass

Around Boston’s Charlestown and North End, 7 solid starter home options right now

Two of the city’s oldest neighborhoods offer a few deals for first-time buyers

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Neither Charlestown or the North End are inexpensive places to buy a home in Boston. But the neighborhoods—two of the city’s oldest and most historic—do offer relative deals to first-time homebuyers willing to hunt and crunch the numbers.

The seven options here give a good idea of what’s available in terms of starter homes. All are condos, all are in more than decent shape, and, most importantly, all are under the median condo sales price for each neighborhood. For Charlestown, that sum was $690,000, based on closed deals during the last three months of 2019. For the North End, it was $732,000.

And don’t let the sizes put you off too much. Buyers would be trading space for location.

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1. 30 Polk Street, #207

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30 Polk St
Charlestown, MA 02129

A 170-square-foot private deck comes with this 816-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom. The condo includes central air. The asking is $652,000, with an HOA of $382.24.

A new modern kitchen with cabinetry and an island. Listed by: Paige Johnston

2. 57 Bartlett Street, #5

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57 Bartlett St
Charlestown, MA 02129

Central air and a washer dryer come with this 785-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom asking $639,000. The HOA is $235.

3. 42 Eighth Street, #2316

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42 8th St
Charlestown, MA 02129

This 672-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom is in a high-service building that includes a heated pool and a fitness center. The $509,000 price and the $550.78 HOA also cover one garage parking spot.

A living room with furniture and a window at the end. Listed by: Coldwell Banker

4. 152 Prince Street, #8

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152 Prince St
Boston, MA 02113

This 718-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom has central air and access to a shared roof deck. The price is $575,000, with an HOA of $145.

An empty living room-dining room area with a kitchen at the back. Listed by: RMG Realty

5. 126 Salem Street, #1

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126 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

This 397-square-foot studio includes a balcony and central air. The asking is $585,000, and the HOA fee is $229.

6. 21 Moon Street, #12

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21 Moon St
Boston, MA 02113

This 562-square-footer with one bedroom and one bathroom includes access to a shared roof deck and to a waiting list for parking in an adjacent lot. It’s asking $549,000. The HOA is $300.

An open dining area with a table and chairs. Listed by: Coldwell Banker

7. 100 Fulton Street, #2M

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100 Fulton St
Boston, MA 02109

Central air and a garage parking spot come with this 664-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom asking $685,000. The HOA is $585.

A living room with a high ceiling, beams on that ceiling, and a large exposed brick wall. Listed by: Compass

1. 30 Polk Street, #207

30 Polk St, Charlestown, MA 02129
A new modern kitchen with cabinetry and an island. Listed by: Paige Johnston

A 170-square-foot private deck comes with this 816-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom. The condo includes central air. The asking is $652,000, with an HOA of $382.24.

30 Polk St
Charlestown, MA 02129

2. 57 Bartlett Street, #5

57 Bartlett St, Charlestown, MA 02129

Central air and a washer dryer come with this 785-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom asking $639,000. The HOA is $235.

57 Bartlett St
Charlestown, MA 02129

3. 42 Eighth Street, #2316

42 8th St, Charlestown, MA 02129
A living room with furniture and a window at the end. Listed by: Coldwell Banker

This 672-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom is in a high-service building that includes a heated pool and a fitness center. The $509,000 price and the $550.78 HOA also cover one garage parking spot.

42 8th St
Charlestown, MA 02129

4. 152 Prince Street, #8

152 Prince St, Boston, MA 02113
An empty living room-dining room area with a kitchen at the back. Listed by: RMG Realty

This 718-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom has central air and access to a shared roof deck. The price is $575,000, with an HOA of $145.

152 Prince St
Boston, MA 02113

5. 126 Salem Street, #1

126 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

This 397-square-foot studio includes a balcony and central air. The asking is $585,000, and the HOA fee is $229.

126 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

6. 21 Moon Street, #12

21 Moon St, Boston, MA 02113
An open dining area with a table and chairs. Listed by: Coldwell Banker

This 562-square-footer with one bedroom and one bathroom includes access to a shared roof deck and to a waiting list for parking in an adjacent lot. It’s asking $549,000. The HOA is $300.

21 Moon St
Boston, MA 02113

7. 100 Fulton Street, #2M

100 Fulton St, Boston, MA 02109
A living room with a high ceiling, beams on that ceiling, and a large exposed brick wall. Listed by: Compass

Central air and a garage parking spot come with this 664-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom asking $685,000. The HOA is $585.

100 Fulton St
Boston, MA 02109