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An open living room-kitchen with three stools in front of kitchen island, and there’s other furniture. Listed by: Julie Joyce of Neponset River Real Estate

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

Ashmont, Upham’s Corner, Adams Village, Lower Mills—Boston’s largest neighborhood is full of opportunity for first-time buyers, including actual houses

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While it can be nearly impossible to define a starter home in the Boston area—largely because real estate is so expensive here versus much of the rest of the U.S.—it is possible to break down what a starter home might be by neighborhood via sales market data and housing stock.

Take Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood by area. It has a diverse housing stock due to that size, everything from swanky modern condos to dowager Victorians in need of a little TLC. It also has a wide array of prices.

About those prices: Many fall below the citywide medians as of January 2020 of $625,000 for detached single-families and $705,000 for condos. Here are 10, in fact, in different parts of the vast neighborhood—great starter home options for those first-time buyers out there.

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1. 68 Sumner Street, #68

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68 Sumner St
Dorchester, MA 02125

This three-level condo in the Upham’s Corner area includes four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in its 2,053 square feet. The $649,900 tag covers two deeded parking spots too. The HOA fee is $250, and the condo has central air.

2. 23 Rowell Street, #3

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23 Rowell St
Dorchester, MA 02125

The Jones Hill spread includes two bedrooms and one bathroom in its 905 square feet. There are also two private decks. The asking is $445,000, with an HOA of $250.

A largely empty kitchen with one counter and two windows. Listed by: Sun Property Group

3. 54 East Street, #2

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54 East St
Dorchester, MA 02122

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom in Meeting House Hill runs to 988 square feet, and is the product of a recent development. It includes a rear deck and central air. It’s asking $519,000, and the HOA is $260.

A long dining room with a table and chairs taking up much of it, and the room leads to a kitchen. Listed by: the Galvin Group

4. 135 King Street, #3

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135 King St
Boston, MA 02122

The 940-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom in Pope’s Hill includes central air, a back porch, and garage parking. The spread in a three-unit building is asking $429,000, with a HOA of $250.

A sunny living room at the top of some stairs. Listed by: Rouhana Real Estate of Keller Williams

5. 276 Ashmont Street

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276 Ashmont St
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Dorchester is one of the very few Boston neighborhoods where a starter home can be an entire house. Case in point: The 2,122-square-foot Dorchester Center property here, which includes three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and a two-car garage (and a home pub in the basement). It’s asking $629,000.

6. 27 Armandine Street, #2

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27 Armandine St
Boston, MA 02124

This 1,051-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom is part of a recent three-unit development. It comes with a back deck too. The tag is $509,000, and the HOA is $250.

An open kitchen with a large fridge and an L-shaped counter. Listed by: Coldwell Banker

7. 47 Evans Street, #C

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47 Evans St
Boston, MA 02124

This three-bedroom with one and a half bathrooms runs to 900 square feet, and includes a washer-dryer and central air. The asking is $375,000, and the HOA is $315.

8. 48 Wilmington Avenue

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48 Wilmington Ave
Boston, MA 02124

Another house as starter home, this 1,530-square-foot property with three bedrooms and one bathroom is asking $585,000. It includes a one-car garage.

9. 135 Granite Avenue, #22

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135 Granite Ave
Boston, MA 02124

This 768-square-foot condo, the product of a recent renovation, includes two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a private deck. The tag is $369,000, and the HOA is $311.09.

10. 52 River Street, #7

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52 River St
Mattapan, MA 02126

This 1,092-square-foot condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is part of a recent seven-unit development in Lower Mills. The spread includes central air, a garage parking space, and a roof deck overlooking the Neponset River. The tag is $599,000, and the HOA is $285.

An open living room-kitchen with three stools in front of kitchen island, and there’s other furniture. Listed by: Julie Joyce of Neponset River Real Estate

1. 68 Sumner Street, #68

68 Sumner St, Dorchester, MA 02125

This three-level condo in the Upham’s Corner area includes four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in its 2,053 square feet. The $649,900 tag covers two deeded parking spots too. The HOA fee is $250, and the condo has central air.

68 Sumner St
Dorchester, MA 02125

2. 23 Rowell Street, #3

23 Rowell St, Dorchester, MA 02125
A largely empty kitchen with one counter and two windows. Listed by: Sun Property Group

The Jones Hill spread includes two bedrooms and one bathroom in its 905 square feet. There are also two private decks. The asking is $445,000, with an HOA of $250.

23 Rowell St
Dorchester, MA 02125

3. 54 East Street, #2

54 East St, Dorchester, MA 02122
A long dining room with a table and chairs taking up much of it, and the room leads to a kitchen. Listed by: the Galvin Group

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom in Meeting House Hill runs to 988 square feet, and is the product of a recent development. It includes a rear deck and central air. It’s asking $519,000, and the HOA is $260.

54 East St
Dorchester, MA 02122

4. 135 King Street, #3

135 King St, Boston, MA 02122
A sunny living room at the top of some stairs. Listed by: Rouhana Real Estate of Keller Williams

The 940-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom in Pope’s Hill includes central air, a back porch, and garage parking. The spread in a three-unit building is asking $429,000, with a HOA of $250.

135 King St
Boston, MA 02122

5. 276 Ashmont Street

276 Ashmont St, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Dorchester is one of the very few Boston neighborhoods where a starter home can be an entire house. Case in point: The 2,122-square-foot Dorchester Center property here, which includes three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and a two-car garage (and a home pub in the basement). It’s asking $629,000.

276 Ashmont St
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

6. 27 Armandine Street, #2

27 Armandine St, Boston, MA 02124
An open kitchen with a large fridge and an L-shaped counter. Listed by: Coldwell Banker

This 1,051-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom is part of a recent three-unit development. It comes with a back deck too. The tag is $509,000, and the HOA is $250.

27 Armandine St
Boston, MA 02124

7. 47 Evans Street, #C

47 Evans St, Boston, MA 02124

This three-bedroom with one and a half bathrooms runs to 900 square feet, and includes a washer-dryer and central air. The asking is $375,000, and the HOA is $315.

47 Evans St
Boston, MA 02124

8. 48 Wilmington Avenue

48 Wilmington Ave, Boston, MA 02124

Another house as starter home, this 1,530-square-foot property with three bedrooms and one bathroom is asking $585,000. It includes a one-car garage.

48 Wilmington Ave
Boston, MA 02124

9. 135 Granite Avenue, #22

135 Granite Ave, Boston, MA 02124

This 768-square-foot condo, the product of a recent renovation, includes two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a private deck. The tag is $369,000, and the HOA is $311.09.

135 Granite Ave
Boston, MA 02124

10. 52 River Street, #7

52 River St, Mattapan, MA 02126
An open living room-kitchen with three stools in front of kitchen island, and there’s other furniture. Listed by: Julie Joyce of Neponset River Real Estate

This 1,092-square-foot condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is part of a recent seven-unit development in Lower Mills. The spread includes central air, a garage parking space, and a roof deck overlooking the Neponset River. The tag is $599,000, and the HOA is $285.

52 River St
Mattapan, MA 02126