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Airplane noise issues

Image via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Beach neighborhoods

Savin Hill Beach via Curbed Boston

 

 

Boston Proper

 

 

Flood-prone

Image via Mass Environmental League

 

 

Green Line extension

Image via City of Somerville

 

 

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

Image via BPDA

 

 

Significant public housing

 

 

Suburbs-in-the-city

332 Savin Hill Ave. via Estately

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Adams Shore

Contains: Riverside

 

 

Agassiz

 

 

Alewife/Fresh Pond

 

 

Angleside

 

 

Area 2/MIT

 

 

Arlington Center

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Arlington Heights

 

 

Arlmont Village

 

 

Arsenal

 

 

Ashland Heights

88 Park Ave in Ashland Heights, Arlington

 

 

Ashmont

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

 

 

Assembly Row

 

 

Auburndale

Contains: Islington, Pigeon Hill

 

 

Avon Hill

 

 

Ball Square

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Banks Square

36 River St.

 

 

Bear Hill

 

 

Bellrock

 

 

Bemis

 

 

Bleachery

 

 

Brandeis

 

 

Brattle Square

 

 

Brigham

 

 

Brookline Village

 

 

Brooks Estate

 

 

Cambridgeport

 

 

Cedar Grove

Part of: Dorchester
48 Hillsdale St. via Trulia

 

 

Cedarwood

 

 

Central Square

 

 

Chestnut Hill

Part of: Brighton
91 Middlesex Rd. via Redfin

 

 

Chinatown

Image via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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

 

 

Edgeworth

 

 

Faulkner

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%

Fenway-Kenmore

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

 

 

Fernald

 

 

Ferryway

 

 

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

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

 

 

Germantown

 

 

Glen Meadow

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Government Center

Image via City of Boston

 

 

Hangman Island

 

 

Harvard Square

 

 

Highlands

 

 

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.

Lakeview

124 Hardy Pond, Lakeview, Waltham

 

 

Larchwood

 

 

Lawrence Estates

 

 

Lechmere Square

 

 

Linden

 

 

Longwood

Part of: Fenway-Kenmore

 

 

Lyman Pond

 

 

Magoun Square

 

 

Maplewood

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%

Mattapan

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

 

 

Merrymount

 

 

Mid-Cambridge

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

Asking price range: $474—1,187/sq.ft.

Mission Hill

Part of: Roxbury
20 Worthington St. via Redfin

 

 

Montclair

 

 

Moon Island

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

Asking price range: $6—124/sq.ft.

Morningside

239 Washington St., Morningside, Arlington

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

Asking price range: $6—124/sq.ft.

Morningside

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

 

 

Newtonville

59 Hyde Park Ave.

 

 

Nonantum

 

 

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

 

 

Northeast

 

 

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

 

 

Ravenswood

49 Ravenswood

 

 

Robbins Farm

 

 

Roberts

42 Reservoir Rd. in Roberts, Waltham

 

 

Roxbury

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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Southside

 

 

Spring Hill

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Squantum

 

 

Station Landing

 

 

Strawberry Hill

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Teele Square

 

 

Ten Hills

 

 

The Chemistry

 

 

The Hillside

 

 

The Island

 

 

The Lanes

 

 

The Lindens

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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

 

 

Thompsonville

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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

 

 

Waban

 

 

Ward Two

 

 

Warrendale

 

 

Watertown Square

 

 

Waverly Oaks

 

 

Wellington/Glenwood

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Wellington/Harrington

 

 

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

 

 

Wollaston

Contains: Wollaston Heights, Wollaston Park

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

Asking price range: $271—478/sq.ft.

Woodbourne

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.