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Condos at $299,000

Here’s what you get for the money.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
January 3, 2010

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$299,000 31 Sewall Street, Unit 1, Somerville Square footage 1,135

Condo fee $125 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $1,412

Last sold for $283,000 in 2007

PROS This first-floor condo in the Winter Hill area has pine floors and much original woodwork. The sunny living room is open to the dining room, and the large kitchen, with space for a table for two, is behind both. The bedrooms are approximately equal in size; one is off the kitchen and one off the dining room. Also off the kitchen are a stacking washer-dryer unit, a small back deck, and access to the basement, which has 100 square feet of private storage. There’s one deeded parking spot. CONS There’s not much private outdoor space. CONTACT Jim Brennan, Grant Cole Realtors, Lexington, 857-251-3585,

$299,000 83 N. Cedar Park, Unit 3, Melrose Square footage 1,144

Condo fee $350 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full

2009 taxes $3,313

Last sold for $310,000 in 2007

PROS On the top floors of a gorgeous 1900 house, this condo feels like a small single-family. An exposed chimney separates the living room from the kitchen, which has original cabinets in great condition and room for a small table. A bedroom and full bath complete the first floor, while upstairs is a 22-by-17-foot master suite with a claw-foot tub in the bathroom. The unit shares a small front balcony with its neighbor, and there’s a deeded parking spot as well as a guest spot. CONS The kitchen could use some updates. CONTACT Amber Orton, RE/Max Heritage, Melrose, 978-500-5095,

$299,800 70-72 Northampton street, Unit 401, South End Square footage 851

Condo fee $415 per month

Baths 1 full

2009 taxes $1,284

Last sold for $355,000 in 2005

PROS This fourth-floor studio has hardwood floors and 12-foot ceilings. There is plenty of space for enclosing a bedroom or building a sleeping loft above the kitchen. The kitchen is small but efficient, the bathroom is spotless, and there’s a walk-in closet with stacking washer-dryer. Large street-side windows offer excellent skyline views, and the pet-friendly building has a common roof deck. Rental parking is available within a couple of blocks, and there’s also on-street parking. CONS There is some street noise. CONTACT Mindy Roiff Shanfeld, Prudential Town and Country, Natick, 508-320-9974,

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