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How Much Does A Home Cost In Boston?

Posted By: Demetrios Salpoglou |  Oct 18

Boston real estate prices have been on the rise over the past decade due to a steadily increasing Metro area population and a shortage of single family homes for sale in Boston. The pandemic did little to slow down the roaring housing market, as single-family home prices increased by 12% in 2020 compared to 2019. Now in 2021, the median sales price for a home in Boston is $760,000.

So if your looking to purchase a home in Boston, don’t throw in the towel just yet. There are still areas where you can find affordable real estate prices, and depending on what your looking for in a home, you may not be priced out after all.

Cost of a Boston Condo Vs. Single Family Home

If you’re looking to buy a home in Boston, you will undoubtedly have many more options for condos than for single-family homes. Boston is one of the oldest cities in America, and there just isn’t enough room to build more single family homes within Boston’s city limits. As a result, the total supply of single family homes for sale in Boston has stayed relatively the same for many years despite the area’s growing population.

What little land there is to develop in Boston has been reserved for larger condominium projects that can house many units on a small parcel. Former Mayor Marty Walsh and now US Secretary of Labor launched the Housing a Changing City plan back in 2014, which aimed to add 69,000 new units of housing across the city by 2030. Since then, new development projects have been breaking ground seemingly every month, and the majority of these projects are large high-rise condos or multi-unit buildings.

According to MLS data, in the past 12 months, there have been 5,733 real estate sales for Boston condos compared to just 1,100 for single-family homes. At this moment, there are 1,035 active Boston condo listings in MLS compared to just 129 active single-family listings. So, if you’re looking for a wider selection and lower prices, you’ll have more to pick from if you’re open to condos.

That being said, the current median sales price for a condo in Boston is $685,000, which is $75,000 less than the median sales price for a single family home in Boston ($760,000).

Most Expensive Neighborhoods to Buy a Single Family Home in Boston

If a condo is not your style, and a backyard and a driveway is what you crave, then you’ll be looking at less options depending on the area you’re looking for. Real estate prices can vary greatly depending on the neighborhood you look, with single family median prices ranging from $6.2M in Back Bay to $546K in Mattapan. So let’s start with the list of most expensive neighborhoods.

Back Bay and Beacon Hill standout as the most expensive neighborhoods to buy a house in Boston by far, with single family median prices of $6.26M and $4.88M respectively. South End, Bay Village, and Fenway round out the top 5, all with median home prices above $1.7M.

NeighborhoodSingle Family Home Median Sales Price
Back Bay$6,255,714
Beacon Hill$4,882,407
South End$3,705,342
Bay Village$2,072,500
Fenway$1,775,000

These are some of Boston’s most sought after neighborhoods for many reasons. They are all centrally located near Boston’s economic downtown engine, and all have close access to some of the best entertainment and cultural fares Boston has to offer. Not to mention, all of these neighborhoods are renowned for their beautiful historic architecture. Think beautiful 19th century brick brownstones, stunning Victorian architecture, and cobble stone streets (see: Beacon Hill).

These types of homes are a staple of Boston and in very limited supply, so there are usually very few listings of homes for sale in these areas. With numerous combined factors, median sales prices for single family homes are much higher in these neighborhoods when compared to all others.

Most Affordable Neighborhoods to Buy a Single Family Home in Boston

If you’re searching for a Boston home on a budget, don’t give up hope! There are still some neighborhoods in Boston where you can find Boston homes for sale under $700K. Many of these areas are up-and-coming neighborhoods with high potential return on investment if you know how to add value and make some savvy decisions.

NeighborhoodSingle Family Home Median Sales Price
Dorchester$687,471
East Boston$640,051
Roxbury$600,879
Hyde Park$584,975
Mattapan$546,806

Mattapan and Hyde Park both have median sales prices below $600K for single-family homes. Roxbury and East Boston’s median sale price sits below $650K, and Dorchester’s median sales price is still below $700K, with plenty of options in the $500K range.

What Is The Price Per Square Foot For Boston Homes?

The average home in Boston costs $710 per square foot for all property types (single-family, multi-family, and condos). Like the median sales price, the average price per square foot can vary significantly depending on the neighborhood you look. Prices can range from $1,594 per square foot in Seaport down to $359 per square foot in Hyde Park. These two neighborhoods are the most expensive and most affordable respectively in terms of price per square foot in Boston.

Below is a comprehensive list of all neighborhoods in Boston and there respective price per square feet.

NeighborhoodAverage Sales Price Per Square Foot
All Boston$710
Seaport$1,594
Back Bay$1,272
Beacon Hill$1,238
Downtown Boston$1,134
South End$1,045
Bay Village$979
Fenway$974
Longwood$943
North End$937
West End$795
Charlestown$737
South Boston$734
East Boston$656
Chinatown$640
Brighton$602
Allston$594
Jamaica Plain$559
Leather District$559
Lower Allston$559
Mission Hill$553
Fort Hill$446
Roslindale$439
West Roxbury$435
Dorchester$420
Roxbury$392
Mattapan$378
Hyde Park$359

In Conclusion

There is no debating the fact that prices for Boston homes are among the most expensive in the nation. Regardless, any home buyer equipped with sound local knowledge and data can still be competitive in Boston’s fast-paced housing market.

Start by compiling a list of attributes that are important for your home search, whether it be school districts, commute, or local points of interest. Determine your budget by using a mortgage calculator, then start your search for Boston homes with these parameters in mind. You can also lean on one of the many experienced local sales agents found here on Boston Pads to help you find your ideal Boston home.


Demetrios Salpoglou
Demetrios Salpoglou Posted date:October 18, 2021
Demetrios Salpoglou is the CEO of bostonpads.com which is an information and technology based services company that provides cutting edge resources to real estate companies. Demetrios has developed over 90 real estate related websites and owns hundreds of domain names. Demetrios also owns and operates six leading real estate offices with over 140 agents.

Demetrios has pulled together the largest apartment leasing team in the Greater Boston Area and is responsible for procuring more apartment rentals than anyone in New England – with over 100k people finding their housing through his services. Demetrios is an avid real estate developer, peak performance trainer, educator, guest lecturer and motivational speaker.

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