Our picks: What $500,000 will buy you right now in Greater Boston

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72 Fells Ave. in Medford is listed for $493,000.
72 Fells Ave. in Medford is listed for $493,000. via MLS

Reading our big-sales story every week might dampen your hopes of finding a dream home at a lower price point, but don’t give up. We found four homes in the Boston area listed for about $500,000.

We ranked them from the highest price per square foot to the lowest. Check them out:

603 E. Fifth St., No. 2, South Boston
1 bedroom, 1 full bath
663 square feet
$752.64 per square foot

. —via MLS
. —via MLS

This second-floor unit has a deck off the kitchen, which offers white cabinets, exposed brick, room for a table, and a ceiling fan. The living area is separate and has lots of natural light. The building is pet friendly, the master suite features a walk-in closet, and there is an in-unit washer and dryer.

8 Ransom Road, No. 16, Brighton
2 bedrooms, 2 full baths
814 square feet
$608.11 per square foot

. —via MLS
. —via MLS

Just steps to the MBTA’s Green Line, this unit has been completely renovated, boasting a kitchen with solid oak cabinets, beveled-granite counters, marble flooring, a built-in wine rack, and stainless-steel appliances. The living room boasts crown molding, hardwood floors, a chair rail, and high ceilings. In the master bath, you’ll find a walk-in shower and travertine-tile floors. The unit comes with a laundry setup, tandem rental parking is available, and residents can access an association garden with a sitting area and a grill.

72 Fells Ave., Medford
3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths
1,380 square feet
$357.25 per square foot

. —via MLS
. —via MLS

This single-family offers a large front porch and a backyard with a deck. Inside, the kitchen features white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, a breakfast bar, cork flooring, and marble counters. Pillars separate the living and dining rooms. There is also a three-season sun porch. There are new windows throughout this renovated home, which is on 0.12 of an acre.


197 Lockland Ave., Framingham
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
2,171 square feet
$230.26 per square foot

. —via MLS
. —via MLS

This completely remodeled home is set on a 0.46-acre parcel. The first floor is open concept, boasting recessed lighting, a fireplace, and a slider to a two-tiered deck. The kitchen offers marble counters, stainless-steel appliances, a tile backsplash, pendant lighting, an island with a breakfast bar, and a wine fridge. The bedrooms, all on the second floor, have fresh paint and large closets.

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