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

The city’s southernmost neighborhood has so many spacious options for first-time buyers, including whole houses and newer condos

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It can be almost 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.—but it is possible to break down what a starter home might be by neighborhood via market data and housing stock.

Take Hyde Park, Boston’s youngest and southernmost neighborhood. Due primarily to its distance from downtown, it boasts some of the most affordable market-rate homes in the city, and a good number of those homes are quite spacious. Indeed, it’s not unusual to find a house in Hyde Park retailing for what a smaller condo would command farther in.

Many, if not most, Hyde Park homes nevertheless fall below the citywide medians as of January 2020 of $625,000 for detached single-families and $705,000 for condos. Here are 10 such homes in different parts of the neighborhood—great options for first-time buyers.

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1. 966 Hyde Park Avenue, #202

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966 Hyde Park Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This 1,280-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom is part of a new nine-unit development. It includes a washer-dryer, central air, and a deck. There is also parking. The price is $559,000, and the HOA is $338.

2. 25 Alpine Street, #28

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25 Alpine St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

An assigned parking spot comes with this $295,000 condo. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom is 600 square feet. The HOA is $230.99.

An open living room-kitchen area that’s largely empty. Listed by: My Boston Condo

3. 11 Walter Street, #2

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11 Walter St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This is a 1,112-square-foot condo with three bedrooms and one bathroom. It includes a washer-dryer, and there’s parking via a shared driveway. The tag is $399,900, and the HOA is $150.

An open living room-kitchen area with beamed ceilings and furniture. Listed by: Pamela Bardhi

4. 11 Walter Street, #2

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11 Walter St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This two-bedroom, one-bathroom is 1,151 square feet, and has a washer-dryer as well as parking via a shared driveway. The asking is $379,900, and the HOA is $150.

A living room with furniture and a bay window, and the living room leads to another room through a large opening. Listed by: Pamela Bardhi

5. 25 Business Terrace, #25

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25 Business Terrace
Boston, MA 02136

A washer-dryer comes with this 1,364-square-foot three-bedroom. It has two and a half bathrooms as well as central air and a deeded parking spot. The asking is $349,900, and the HOA is $367.

An open and sunny dining room-kitchen area with a table and chairs. Listed by: Impact Realty

6. 19A Business Terrace, #A

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19A Business Terrace
Boston, MA 02136

This 1,458-square-foot three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom is asking $369,900. The HOA is $400.

An empty and darkened living room next to an open kitchen, with a sliding glass door off the living room. Listed by: Mass. Realty Advisors

7. 71 Neponset Avenue, #3

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71 Neponset Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This recently renovated condo runs to 1,146 square feet, and includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are washer-dryer hookups, and the $445,000 tag covers two tandem parking spots as well. The HOA is $175.

An open living room-kitchen area, with the fridge around the corner from the kitchen counter. Listed by: Hillman Homes

8. 1880 River Street

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1880 River St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This 1,256-square-foot house includes two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a sunroom. There’s an unfinished basement too. The tag is $529,000.

The view of an open kitchen down the main counter, with a radiator at the end below a window. Listed by: Donahue Real Estate

9. 19 Sanford Street

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19 Sanford St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This 1,414-square-foot house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms includes central air and copious parking—for up to five vehicles, in fact.

A dining room with a table and chairs and a credenza, and there’s a large fridge in an alcove. Listed by: Luciano Ferzoco of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth

10. 102 Sprague Street

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102 Sprague St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This 1,041-square-foot house on the Dedham-Boston line has three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. There’s also a deck with a hot tub. The house is asking $399,900.

1. 966 Hyde Park Avenue, #202

966 Hyde Park Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136

This 1,280-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom is part of a new nine-unit development. It includes a washer-dryer, central air, and a deck. There is also parking. The price is $559,000, and the HOA is $338.

966 Hyde Park Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

2. 25 Alpine Street, #28

25 Alpine St, Hyde Park, MA 02136
An open living room-kitchen area that’s largely empty. Listed by: My Boston Condo

An assigned parking spot comes with this $295,000 condo. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom is 600 square feet. The HOA is $230.99.

25 Alpine St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

3. 11 Walter Street, #2

11 Walter St, Hyde Park, MA 02136
An open living room-kitchen area with beamed ceilings and furniture. Listed by: Pamela Bardhi

This is a 1,112-square-foot condo with three bedrooms and one bathroom. It includes a washer-dryer, and there’s parking via a shared driveway. The tag is $399,900, and the HOA is $150.

11 Walter St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

4. 11 Walter Street, #2

11 Walter St, Hyde Park, MA 02136
A living room with furniture and a bay window, and the living room leads to another room through a large opening. Listed by: Pamela Bardhi

This two-bedroom, one-bathroom is 1,151 square feet, and has a washer-dryer as well as parking via a shared driveway. The asking is $379,900, and the HOA is $150.

11 Walter St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

5. 25 Business Terrace, #25

25 Business Terrace, Boston, MA 02136
An open and sunny dining room-kitchen area with a table and chairs. Listed by: Impact Realty

A washer-dryer comes with this 1,364-square-foot three-bedroom. It has two and a half bathrooms as well as central air and a deeded parking spot. The asking is $349,900, and the HOA is $367.

25 Business Terrace
Boston, MA 02136

6. 19A Business Terrace, #A

19A Business Terrace, Boston, MA 02136
An empty and darkened living room next to an open kitchen, with a sliding glass door off the living room. Listed by: Mass. Realty Advisors

This 1,458-square-foot three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom is asking $369,900. The HOA is $400.

19A Business Terrace
Boston, MA 02136

7. 71 Neponset Avenue, #3

71 Neponset Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136
An open living room-kitchen area, with the fridge around the corner from the kitchen counter. Listed by: Hillman Homes

This recently renovated condo runs to 1,146 square feet, and includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are washer-dryer hookups, and the $445,000 tag covers two tandem parking spots as well. The HOA is $175.

71 Neponset Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

8. 1880 River Street

1880 River St, Hyde Park, MA 02136
The view of an open kitchen down the main counter, with a radiator at the end below a window. Listed by: Donahue Real Estate

This 1,256-square-foot house includes two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a sunroom. There’s an unfinished basement too. The tag is $529,000.

1880 River St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

9. 19 Sanford Street

19 Sanford St, Hyde Park, MA 02136
A dining room with a table and chairs and a credenza, and there’s a large fridge in an alcove. Listed by: Luciano Ferzoco of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth

This 1,414-square-foot house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms includes central air and copious parking—for up to five vehicles, in fact.

19 Sanford St
Hyde Park, MA 02136

10. 102 Sprague Street

102 Sprague St, Hyde Park, MA 02136

This 1,041-square-foot house on the Dedham-Boston line has three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. There’s also a deck with a hot tub. The house is asking $399,900.

102 Sprague St
Hyde Park, MA 02136