By now, most consumers who watch the high end real estate market around Boston know that the South End is a player. Other than a limited stall in 2009 and 2010, Boston’s South End neighborhood has been on a consistent and vertical march of home pricing appreciation for 20+ years.
Being the largest of our neighborhoods in terms of land mass (0.71 square miles), the South End breaks down into 12 trackable sub-neighborhoods. Like the Back Bay and Beacon Hill, the homes in this neighborhood are predominantly historic “brownstone” rowhouses which give these areas much of the charm that Boston is known for internationally. The South End has a more diverse (and larger) population base than either the Back Bay or Beacon Hill. The streetscape is organized in a way that allows for greater “neighborhood” interactions. More so than other downtown locales, the South End sub-neighborhoods tend to be organized and passionate about the smaller confines of the area they call home.
Jamie's South End Series
Follow along Jamie Gaines as she explores the neighborhood’s local stomping grounds, learning its neighborhood’s history, and virtually strolling through each of the 11 south end sub-neighborhoods! This tight-knit community is actually the oldest and largest urban Victorian neighborhood in the country, which means these historic brick streets feature some of Boston’s best real estate.
Check out the hidden treasures in each South End sub-neighborhood!
Tremont Street, originating at Government Center and extending through the Downtown area becomes the undisputed “Main Street” for the South End once it crosses over Berkeley Street. The Tremont Street corridor is well known for its fine dining establishments. Sometimes referred to as “Restaurant Row,” the ¾ mile stretch from Berkeley to Mass Ave features more than 20 restaurants and coffee shops. Old favorites like Aquitaine, B&G Oyster and Metropolis have been joined more recently by new entrants like Ilona and Black Lamb among others. Other sub districts in the South End include the Golden Triangle (Ellis), SOWA, Eight Streets, the Pilot Block, Chester Square and the Worcester Square Area.
2022 continued 2021’s remarkable, bounce-back year for Boston’s $2M+ residential sales market. Take a look at how the $2M+ sales volume compares over the years in the South End Market.
Market Insights: SOUTH END
The luxury market ($2M+) stretched out to new levels with 165 transactions above the $2 million price point totaling almost $490 million in sales. Taking a step back, we remember vividly where 2020 finished: 78 transactions totaling $223,793,450. Moreover, the pricing in this area consistently overperformed throughout the year lodging the average price point across the neighborhood above $1,328.76/SF for the first time. What we’re learning is that luxury home buyers pay up to get the best. If that means blowing the doors off their competitive buyers in the market, so be it!
489,849,515TOTAL SALES VOLUME
$1,328.76Avg. Price Per Sq. Foot
165NUMBER OF $2M+ PROPERTIES SOLD
17NUMBER OF $4M+ PROPERTIES SOLD
Data sourced from MLS Pin on single family and condo properties sold in 2021 over $2 million.
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