Most expensive neighborhoods
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    65 dB
    70 dB: defined as 'irritating' level of noise, comparable to a vacuum cleaner or television set at a loud volume.
    75 dB: defined as a constant irritating level of sound, comparable to a busy restaurant.
  • SOURCE: Noise Contour Map (2016) from Federal Aviation Authority.

    NOTE 1: Decibels are a logarithmic, not linear, measurement of noise levels. 70dB is twice as loud as 60dB, and 80 dB is twice as loud as 70dB. At 80dB, there is possible hearing damage over an eight hour exposure.

    NOTE 2: However, the noise contour map does not reflect all the neighborhoods that are affected by airplane noise. Please see our report for a chart of the neighborhoods where the most airplane noise complaints have been made.
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    Most expensive neighborhoods



Assembly Row



Back Bay

100 Beacon St. #7 via Redfin



Bay Village

34 Fayette St. #2 via Trulia



Beacon Hill

Contains: Flat of the Hill, North Slope, South Slope
7 Mt. Vernon St via Redfin



Chestnut Hill

Part of: Brighton
91 Middlesex Rd. via Redfin



Downtown Crossing

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




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



Financial District

500 Atlantic Ave. #17Q via Trulia



Fort Point

10 Farnsworth St. #PH via Redfin



Harvard Square



Kendall Square



Leather District

111 Beach St. via Compass



North End

93 Charter St. via Compass



Seaport District

300 Pier Four via Redfin



South End

86 Berkeley St. via Trulia



Theatre District

Contains: Ladder District
Image via Millennium Place







Rowes Wharf via CL Properties

Most expensive neighborhoods within Boston

Metrics matter. There are two ways to calculate 'the most expensive neighborhoods' in Boston. One is by the average asking price – basically, if one neighborhood averages $800,000 but another is just $300,000. The other approach is measuring the average price per square foot.

Why does this matter? The first approach doesn't take into account the different types of housing product. For example, while two neighborhoods may both have an average asking price of $600,000, in one neighborhood that may buy a 2,000sq.ft. house ($300/sq.ft.), but only a 600sq.ft. condo ($1,000/sq.ft.) in the other. In order to give a meaningful comparison of the price of a built square foot across neighborhoods, the preferred metric at NeighborhoodX is price per square foot.

Within the city of Boston, the most expensive neighborhoods on a per-square-foot basis are Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Fenway-Kenmore, Financial District, Seaport, South End, Theatre District, and the Waterfront. These neighborhoods consistently average over $1,000/sq.ft., and in some cases much higher.

It is worth mentioning Chestnut Hill here, which is a neighborhood that spans Boston, Brookline, and Newton. On a per-square-foot basis, it is also among the most expensive in greater Boston.

We're going to math you out for a moment longer. One of the reasons that our charts look different than most other marker reports is that we report not just the average price per square foot, but also the price range within the neighborhood to identify the most and least expensive properties on a price/sq.ft. basis. Why? Let's imagine two neighborhoods with the same average price of $1,000 per square foot. One might have a tight range of $900-$1,100, while the other ranges broadly from $600-2,000 per square foot. This suggests very different housing types and market conditions. As a result, the price ranges add context that would be hidden if we just looked at the average by itself.

New condo developments drive up average prices for a neighborhood. In greater Boston, two of the most expensive neighborhoods barely existed ten years ago. The average asking price in the Seaport is, some months, higher than than of Beacon Hill, and the new Assembly Square condos have higher average prices than those in historic Harvard Square. This is because these two new neighborhoods have only one housing type – new, luxury condominiums – and as a result, this would only occupy the upper end of the price range in any more established neighborhood. Instead, in these neighborhoods, it represents the entire price range. Also, historic neighborhoods have a diversity of pricing that reflects the diversity of housing types, from townhouses to tiny condos and converted carriage houses.

That said, while the average asking price in these new neighborhoods is driven up by the concentration of new condominiums, the upper end of the price range in the historic neighborhoods is much higher than that in these new neighborhoods. At the upper end, prices for Back Bay ($3,800/sq.ft.+) and Beacon Hill ($2,600/sq.ft.+) condos are higher than the most expensive prices in Seaport ($2,000/sq.ft.).