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Top 5 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Boston in 2022

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Whether you buy a property or rent an apartment, the cost of living in Boston is high. Over the past decade, Boston has climbed up the list of the most expensive cities to live in the US. This trend has been fueled by steady population growth and a shortage of housing inventory, which has sent Boston’s average rent and home prices through the roof.

Now, Boston’s average rent price is nearly as expensive as New York City or Silicon Valley. If you’re wondering where Boston’s most expensive places to live are, you came to the right place. This article will rank the top 5 most expensive neighborhoods in Boston to both rent an apartment and purchase real estate.

Top 5 Most Expensive Neighborhoods to Rent an Apartment in Boston

Our data shows that Back Bay is the most expensive place to rent an apartment in Boston. The average rent price in Back Bay is $3,896 for non-luxury apartments, which is over $1,000 more than the average rent price for Boston apartments ($2,801). Downtown Boston ($3,470), Bay Village ($3,487), South End ($3,506), and North End ($3,222) round out the top 5 neighborhoods where the average rent is highest in Boston.

Neighborhood Studio Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Avg. Rent
City Of Boston $1,945 $2,250 $2,776 $3,218 $3,953 $4,780 $2,801
BACK BAY $2,198 $2,732 $3,625 $5,330 $8,000 $13,500 $3,896
DOWNTOWN $2,110 $2,532 $3,528 $4,350 $6,250         – $3,470
BAY VILLAGE $2,093 $2,741 $3,045 $4,400 $5,200         – $3,487
SOUTH END $2,065 $2,686 $3,446 $4,387 $5,991 $6,475 $3,506
NORTH END $2,076 $2,538 $3,110 $4,019 $5,616         – $3,222

Top 5 Most Expensive Neighborhoods To Buy A House Boston

In addition to having the highest average rent price in Boston, Back Bay also holds the highest 1-year median sale price for single-family homes among all Greater Boston neighborhoods at a whopping $5.82M. South End ranks 2nd with a 1-year median sale price of $4.15M for single-family homes, and Beacon Hill ranks 3rd at $3.72M. Two of Boston’s suburbs, Brookline and Cambridge cracked the top 5 most expensive places to buy a home in Greater Boston, with 1-year median sale prices of $2.74M and $2.03M respectively. All of these are more than double the 1-year median price for single-family homes for sale in Boston.

Area Single Fam Med Price Aug 2022
All Boston $816,353
Back Bay $5,821,429
South End $4,153,261
Beacon Hill $3,722,656
Brookline $2,735,813
Cambridge $2,026,928

Top 5 Most Expensive Neighborhoods To Buy A Condo Boston

The most expensive neighborhood in Boston to buy a condo is, surprise, Back Bay with a 1-year median sale price of $1.83M. Seaport ranks a close second with a $1.72M median condo sale price. Downtown ($1.66M), Bay Village ($1.56M), and Beacon Hill ($1.36M) round out the top 5 most expensive neighborhoods to buy a condo in Boston, each with a median price tag over $1 million dollars for condos. The city-wide median sale price for Boston condos is $730,242.

Area Condo Med Price Aug 2022
All Boston $730,242
Back Bay $1,825,695
Seaport $1,715,520
Downtown $1,660,667
Bay Village $1,555,412
Beacon Hill $1,357,987

Top 5 Most Expensive Boston Neighborhoods By Price Per Square Foot

If you look at price per square foot, Seaport is the most expensive neighborhood to buy real estate in Boston at $1,547 per sq. ft. Back Bay, South End, Downtown, and Beacon Hill round out the top 5 most expensive neighborhoods to buy real estate, all with average price per square foot above $1,200. The city-wide average price per square foot for Boston real estate is $765 for comparison.

Area Avg. Price per sq ft Aug 2022
All Boston $765
Seaport $1,547
Back Bay $1,367
South End $1,365
Downtown $1,238
Beacon Hill $1,208

Most Expensive Places to Live in Boston

In conclusion, neighborhoods near Downtown are the most expensive place to live in Boston. That fact is true whether you plan to purchase a home or rent an apartment. In fact, all of Boston’s most expensive neighborhoods to rent an apartment and buy a condo are located within walking distance of Downtown. So if you plan to live in Back Bay, South End, Seaport, Bay Village, or Downtown, expect to see some hefty price tags for homes and apartment rentals.

If you’re looking to purchase a single-family home in Boston, you won’t find many in these downtown neighborhoods. The supply of single-family homes in the city is notoriously low, which is why prices for these properties are significantly higher compared to other property types. For this reason, a few of Boston’s premier suburbs, Cambridge and Brookline, rank in the top 5 for most expensive neighborhoods to purchase a home.

Josue Vargas

Josue Vargas

Published September 12, 2022

Josue Vargas has forged a distinguished career in real estate, commencing as a licensed professional in 2003. Initially specializing in leasing, his journey began with notable success, eventually overseeing a team at Boardwalk Properties that consistently achieved over 1 million dollars in transactions annually.

Transitioning to real estate sales in 2014, Josue's background in leasing provided an invaluable foundation. His profound understanding of Boston's diverse neighborhoods and market dynamics facilitated a seamless shift. Collaborating closely with seasoned agents at NextGen Realty, Josue swiftly emerged as a top-performing agent. Subsequently, he took charge of the office sales team, propelling NextGen Realty to achieve over 100 million dollars in gross sales transactions annually from 2017 to 2021. This continued success solidified the agency's position as a market leader in investment sales within and around Boston, courtesy of a vast investor network.

With over two decades of real estate expertise, Josue adeptly navigates the ever-evolving market, leveraging his insights to guide investors. His approach involves predominantly offline methods, recognized for uncovering off-market properties, coupled with an unwavering work ethic and an insatiable appetite for industry knowledge. Notably, this achievement culminated in a partnership with the esteemed Boston Pads Family and co-ownership of Douglas Paul Real Estate, underscoring Josue's stature and influence in the field.