I would say looking at Waltham, Watertown, Somerville, Meford, and Melrose could be worth while. Towns like Natick, Norwood, and Canton have condos and might only fit part of what you want in a town.
Within the City of Boston, I you would find some options in Allston and Brighton.
When our clients are in a similar position as you. They know the price but not the location. We take them to a few different types of areas, see condos, and tell them about the area. Once you do that you will begin to see what you like in a condo and a neighborhood. That will then add or remove towns from you list. After a couple times of those types of visits you will quickly learn what are you want to focus.
So getting an agent that knows the Metro Boston area will be helpful for you.
Number of bedrooms, baths, parking????????
And one in Allston:
Other areas to consider:
East Boston is an area worth considering.
EX of East Boston unit:
Here is a link to everything for sale in Boston under $200K:
Your price point does limit you, but I think you would like Roslindale. The village has gone through a Renaissance with many hip restaurants. In addition you have the Arboredum and great transportation into Boston. I could give you information on the $8000 federal tax credit which would stretch your budget.
Finally, I I am a local accreidted buyer's broker who lives in the area. Good luck with your search.
Let me know if you want me to send you some listings.
I am a Buyers agent here in Boston and would love to help!
Searching for a home in this price bracket certainly can present some challenges.... BUT IT CAN BE DONE. Ideally you would like to stay in side the I-95/Rt-128 Corridor?
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I think you should consider E. Boston, JP, and Roslindale as affordable options. Right on a street that I live on a condo just came on the market in E. Boston, 3 blocks to waterfront parks and to T- a 3 bedroom with parking for $135,000! This is a total steal. If you are interested in speaking further, you can reach me at 857-294-9994