Known for its rows of meticulously planned—and preserved—Victorian brownstones, the streets of Upper Back Bay offer some of the finest examples of 19th-century urban planning in the country. This fashionable, upscale neighborhood offers a seamless marriage of residential charm and commercial appeal, with abundant dining and shopping options within walking distance of its neighborhood streets.
Situated on the southern bank of the Charles River, Upper Back Bay occupies a tidy grid on the northwestern portion of the Back Bay. Bounded on the north by the river, Upper Back Bay’s southern boundary runs along Boylston Street from Massachusetts Avenue to Dartmouth Street, which form its western and eastern boundaries, respectively.
Upper Back Bay sees almost 80 home sales per year above $1M, at an average price per foot of about $1,240. A seller can expect their property to be on the market for a little over 40 days before fielding an offer.
The charm and convenience of Upper Back Bay attract a diverse array of residents, from creatives and young professionals who enjoy its prime location in the city, to families and empty-nesters who appreciate its quaint residential streets. A sect of BU and MIT students also represent themselves in Greek social houses along Beacon St. Boylston and Newbury streets are packed with boutique shops and dining options, as well as favorites like Trader Joe’s and the Apple store. Looking for a quiet time out? Enjoy a stroll down the tree-lined pedestrian mall on Commonwealth Avenue or take in the views of the Charles River from the Esplanade. Its diversity of opportunity is a major draw for the neighborhood.