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Airplane noise issues

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Beach neighborhoods

Savin Hill Beach via Curbed Boston



Boston Proper




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Green Line extension

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Hit hard by urban renewal

Image via West End Museum



LNG fire risk

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Most affordable neighborhoods

231 W. Selden St., Mattapan via Zillow



Most expensive neighborhoods

22 Liberty via Fallon Development



Reclaimed/infilled land

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Significant public housing




332 Savin Hill Ave. via Estately

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Adams Shore

Contains: Riverside






Alewife/Fresh Pond






Area 2/MIT



Arlington Center




Arlington Heights



Arlmont Village






Ashland Heights

88 Park Ave in Ashland Heights, Arlington




Contains: Ashmont Hill, Ashmont-Adams, Carruth Hill, Peabody Square
Part of: Dorchester
281 Ashmont via Realtor



Assembly Row




Contains: Islington, Pigeon Hill



Avon Hill



Ball Square




Banks Square

36 River St.



Bear Hill















Brattle Square






Brookline Village



Brooks Estate






Cedar Grove

Part of: Dorchester
48 Hillsdale St. via Trulia






Central Square



Chestnut Hill

Part of: Brighton
91 Middlesex Rd. via Redfin




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Clam Point/Harrison Square

Part of: Dorchester
21 Mill Street via Realtor



Cleveland Circle

Part of: Brighton
116 Sutherland Rd. #3 via Zillow



Columbia Point

Contains: Harbor Point
Part of: Dorchester
Image via Boston Planning & Development Agency



Commercial Point

Part of: Dorchester
Image via Wikimedia Commons



Coolidge Corner



Coolidge Square



Corey Hill



Davis Square



Downtown Crossing

Contains: Ladder District
1 Franklin St. #2412 via Redfin



East Arlington



East Cambridge



East Medford/Wellington



East Somerville



East Watertown







Avg. asking price: $1,091/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $411—2,006/sq.ft.

Avg. annual rent/sq.ft.: $47.22

Avg. price/annual rent ratio: 30.81x

Gross rental yield: 4.3%


Contains: Audobon Circle, East Fens, Kenmore Square, Longwood, West Fens
188 Brookline Ave Unit 21-1A via Redfin









Fields Corner

Contains: Melville Park
Part of: Dorchester
38 Melville Ave. via Realtor



Fisher Hill

Avg. asking price: $399/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $271—478/sq.ft.

Forest Hills

Part of: Jamaica Plain
The Commons at Forest Hills Station




Forestdale Park

Avg. asking price: $1,219/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $902—1,739/sq.ft.

Fort Point

Part of: South Boston
10 Farnsworth St. #PH via Redfin



Fulton Heights/North Medford






Glen Meadow

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Government Center

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Hangman Island



Harvard Square






Houghs Neck

House on Manet Ave.



Huron Village

Contains: Gray Gardens, Tory Row



Inman Square



Inner Belt

Contains: Brickbottom



Jason Heights



Kelwyn Manor

Avg. asking price: $201/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $136—306/sq.ft.


124 Hardy Pond, Lakeview, Waltham






Lawrence Estates



Lechmere Square







Part of: Fenway-Kenmore



Lyman Pond



Magoun Square




47 Noble St., Maplewood, Malden



Marina Bay

Avg. asking price: $259/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $170—401/sq.ft.

Avg. annual rent/sq.ft.: $15.6

Avg. price/annual rent ratio: 16.92x

Gross rental yield: 6.0%


Contains: Franklin, Lower Mattapan, Mattapan Square, Morton Village, Wellington Hill
Fowler Clark Epstein Farm via Historic Boston.



Medford Square



Meeting House Hill

Part of: Dorchester
Image via Dorchester Athenaeum







Avg. asking price: $595/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $474—1,187/sq.ft.

Mission Hill

Part of: Roxbury
20 Worthington St. via Redfin






Moon Island

Avg. asking price: $18/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $6—124/sq.ft.


239 Washington St., Morningside, Arlington

Avg. asking price: $18/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $6—124/sq.ft.


239 Washington St., Morningside, Arlington



Mt. Bowdoin

Contains: Four Corners
Part of: Dorchester
Mary Mallon mansion, since demolished



Neponset/Port Norfolk

Contains: Pope's Hill
Part of: Dorchester
24 Ericsson St. via BPDA



Newton Centre



Newton Corner



Newton Highlands



Newton Lower Falls



Newton Upper Falls




59 Hyde Park Ave.






North Cambridge

Avg. asking price: $961/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $544—1,348/sq.ft.

North End

93 Charter St. via Compass



North Quincy

Contains: Atlantic, Norfolk Downs, Wollaston Beach






Oak Hill

Contains: Oak Hill Park



Peabody/Neighborhood Nine

Danehy Park.



Piety Corner



Pigeon Hill

Part of: Auburndale



Pill Hill

22 Irvine St., Brookline



Polish Triangle

29 Mt Vernon St. via Redfin



Porter Square



Powderhouse Square

Contains: Powderhouse Farm, Somerville Highlands
Nathan Tufts Park at Powderhouse Square



Prospect Hill



Quincy Center



Quincy Heights



Quincy Point



Raccoon Island




49 Ravenswood



Robbins Farm




42 Reservoir Rd. in Roberts, Waltham




Contains: Fort Hill, Grove Hall, Lower Roxbury, Mission Hill, Parker Hill
64 Bartlett St. via Coldwell Banker

Avg. asking price: $441/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $376—513/sq.ft.

Savin Hill

Contains: Over-the-Bridge
Part of: Dorchester
90 Grampian Way via Realtor



Seaport District

Part of: South Boston
300 Pier Four via Redfin

Avg. asking price: $543/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $466—585/sq.ft.

South Bay

Contains: Newmarket
Part of: Dorchester
South Bay Center via BPDA

Avg. asking price: $756/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $411—1,000/sq.ft.

Avg. annual rent/sq.ft.: $35.92

Avg. price/annual rent ratio: 17.4x

Gross rental yield: 4.8%

South Boston

Contains: Andrew Square, City Point, Dorchester Heights, Fort Hill, Seaport District
Telegraph Hill via Wikimedia Commons



South Medford



South Quincy

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Spring Hill







Station Landing



Strawberry Hill




Teele Square



Ten Hills



The Chemistry



The Hillside



The Island



The Lanes



The Lindens




The North Side



The Port/Area 4

Avg. asking price: $1,300/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $744—2,338/sq.ft.

Theatre District

Contains: Ladder District
Image via Millennium Place







Turkey Hill



Union Square

Contains: Boynton Yards, Duck Village
Historic image of Union Square.

Avg. asking price: $360/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $187—464/sq.ft.

Uphams Corner

Contains: Jones Hill
Part of: Dorchester
54 Monadnock St. via Zillow






Ward Two






Watertown Square



Waverly Oaks




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West Cambridge

Contains: Coolidge Hill, Half Crown, The Marsh, Tory Row
Mount Auburn Cemetery, [MORE]

Avg. asking price: $593/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $536—676/sq.ft.

West End

Image via Wikimedia Commons



West End - temp

269 Fellsway E, West End, Malden



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West Medford

Contains: Hastings Heights, The Ville



West Newton



West Quincy

Avg. asking price: $374/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $277—481/sq.ft.

West Roxbury

Contains: Chestnut Hill
8 Rutledge St. via Compass



West Somerville

Contains: Teele Square, Walnut Hill



West Waltham



Whiskey Point



Winter Hill




Contains: Wollaston Heights, Wollaston Park

Avg. asking price: $399/sq.ft.

Asking price range: $271—478/sq.ft.


Part of: Jamaica Plain
22 Woodbourne Rd. via Zillow



Woodland Heath

Four centuries of architecture. Most people think of Beacon Hill as the oldest neighborhood in Boston, but it is a relative latecomer when it began to be developed in the 1790s. Boston was settled in 1630, and most of the city life was concentrated in the North End, West End, and Downtown Crossing. However, the North End has only a few buildings surviving from this period, including the Paul Revere House (built 1680), and most of the neighborhood was redeveloped in the 1800s. Meanwhile, the West End was demolished during the 1960s urban renewal, and 65 acres of downtown Boston – including Downtown Crossing – were burned in the Great Fire of 1872. And while Charlestown was founded in 1629, most of the early buildings were burned in the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. While occasional pre-Revolution buildings survive in almost every neighborhood, a new neighborhoods contain a greater concentration. Dorchester (founded 1630, just before Boston) contains the oldest surviving buildings in Boston, and many historic houses can be found in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.

Luxury enclaves. Beacon Hill was developed as a statement neighborhood in the 1790s, built in the Federal architecture of its day. By the mid-1800s, Back Bay supplanted it as the place to be, in the architectural styles popular then. The Seaport can be seen as the successor, with its luxury towers reflecting the preferences of the early 21st century. And the most expensive neighborhoods of Boston are clustered on the Shawmut Peninsula, or Boston Proper.

Expanded by landfill. Many neighborhoods of Boston, particularly the waterfront ones, were expanded with landfill or built upon reclaimed land. Because reclaimed land can settle over time, it is sometimes more vulnerable to flooding from storm surges or rising sea levels.

Urban renewal in the 1950s and 60s. The 1950s and 60s were a time of misguided and outright racist urban planning. Unlike major European cities which have thoughtfully preserved most of their architecture heritage and walkability, American planners engaged in a widespread federally-funded program to demolish the pedestrian-oriented historic places in favor of car-centric policies that favored the suburbs. The historic West End and Government Center were almost entirely demolished, and what was intended as showpiece for 'urban renewal' ended up highlighting its failures and shortsightedness. Today, the West End is the lowest-priced neighborhood within Boston Proper.

We believe that these misguided policies acted as a price distortion on urban real estate, artificially depressing prices in some city neighborhoods, while also propping up prices in some suburbs. We believe that many of the real estate bargains of the 1990s and the rising real estate prices in major American cities have been the historic neighborhoods regaining their intrinsic value.

Beach neighborhoods. While most of Boston's waterfront has been developed, there are still a handful of beaches – and by extension, beach neighborhoods – within Boston. The Savin Hill neighborhood in Dorchester has Malibu and Savin beaches, Neponset/Port Norfolk has Tenean Beach, South Boston has Carson Beach, and East Boston has Constitution Beach in Lower Orient Heights

There are still affordable areas. The most affordable neighborhoods in Boston are clustered in the southern half of the city – although even these areas have are pockets of higher prices for some of the more architecturally-distinctive areas. As of February 2018, the average asking prices in Mattapan ($264/sq.ft.), Hyde Park ($279/sq.ft.), and Roslindale ($335/sq.ft.) were the lowest in the city – and we analyzed them further here. And if you're wondering where you can find greater Boston one-bedroom condos under $150,000, we've got you covered.

And if you're curious to see how real estate prices in Boston compare to other major U.S. cities, check this out.