Boston Housing Market: Trends & Prices

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    Boston Real Estate Market Overview

    (Last Updated – 06/2020)

    If you’ve dreamed of living in Boston ever since cracking open your first American history textbook, then do we have the guide for you.

    We’re breaking down Boston home price trends, demographics, and neighborhoods to provide you with l the information you may need to help make a decision about moving to this historic city.

    Active listings for condos and single-family homes across 64 Boston-area municipalities dropped in late 2019. A cool-down in construction may be making Curbed think that Boston real estate inventory is going to stall in 2020. Which may mean a softening market trend and more houses to choose from.

    Every neighborhood in Boston has a unique housing market of its own, so keep reading to not only see our breakdown of Boston housing market trends, but to check out a breakdown of some of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods.

    $699,000

    Avg. Home Price

    $633

    Avg. Price Per Sq. Ft

    27 days

    Avg. Time on Market

    Boston Housing Market Forecast

    If you’re curious what Boston real estate trends are going to look like in the near future, check out this housing forecast for Boston.

    Homebuyers may like the trends that Zillow is predicting. Boston house prices rose by 2.4% over the past year, but are expected to drop by 1.7% within the next year.

    Housing market forecast chart

    *Graph taken from Zillow as of 06/2020

    Demographics of the Boston Market

    Almost 700,000 people call the great city of Boston home. This relatively small city only takes up 48.28 square miles, but packs a lot of punch thanks to its vibrant neighborhoods and rich history.

    So let’s take a closer look at the demographics of the Boston housing market that can help inform your home-buying decisions, no matter what neighborhood you decide to put down roots in.

    Median Income: $71,834

    Median Age: 32.1

    College Educated: 49%

    Homeowners: 34.1%

    Married: 33%

    South End

    The South End neighborhood in Boston was first developed in the 1850s and has continuously evolved ever since. South End is now considered one of the more stylish neighborhoods in Boston.

    It’s a very walkable neighborhood that is ideal for raising a family thanks to ample playground and park options.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    25,248

    Median Age:

    34

    Housing Units:

    12,857

    Bike Score:

    91

    Walk Score:

    97

    Transit Score:

    95

    Average Household Income:

    $132,158

    South End Housing Market

    This expensive neighborhood is slightly competitive for homebuyers, but you can typically score a home for 1% below its listing price.

    Homes in this neighborhood do receive multiple offers, and more in-demand properties can sell quickly in about 18 days.


    Average Home Price

    $1.19 million

    Average Price Per Sqare Ft.

    $1,060


    Quincy

    For those looking for a bit more of a suburban feel, and hoping to escape the high prices of buying a home in Boston, this suburb on the cusp of Boston may be perfect for you.

    It’s not too deep into the suburbs and has plenty of beautiful waterfront condo developments and seaside cottages worth considering.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    94,121

    Median Age:

    39.4

    Housing Units:

    43,265

    Bike Score:

    44

    Walk Score:

    60

    Transit Score:

    49

    Average Household Income:

    $91,585

    Quincy Housing Market

    Home prices are on the rise in Quincy, with sale prices having risen by 7% since last year. The majority of homes are still selling for slightly below their listing price, but most get multiple offers, so you may need to prepare to bid for a house you love.


    Average Home Price

    $515,000

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $361


    North End

    North End is the second most-walkable neighborhood in all of Boston, so be ready to hit the pavement. If you get tired of walking, you can stop to enjoy a yummy plate of pasta as North End is where Boston’s Little Italy resides.

    The Italian roots of the neighborhood are slowly being overshadowed by businesses attracted to the waterfront proximity, but there is still a lot of old world charm to be found in the North End.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    9,272

    Median Age:

    33.1

    Housing Units:

    5,893

    Bike Score:

    86

    Walk Score:

    98

    Transit Score:

    100

    Average Household Income:

    $167,792

    North End Housing Market

    The real estate market isn’t too hot or too cold in the North End. For some hopeful homebuyers it may be just the perfect temperature.

    While some homes do get multiple offers, and the more popular options can sell in around 18 days, most homes sell in 31 days and go for around 2% below the list price.


    Average Home Price

    $876,000

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $983


    Beacon Hill

    This historic neighborhood is beloved for its brick buildings, cobblestone streets, and Federal and Greek Revival architecture. Antique lovers will appreciate the many antique shops that line the popular Charles Street.

    Those looking for an upscale neighborhood to raise their families in should feel at home in the pricey, but stunning Beacon Hill.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    5,058

    Median Age:

    34

    Housing Units:

    2,958

    Bike Score:

    72

    Walk Score:

    98

    Transit Score:

    100

    Average Household Income:

    $174,025

    Beacon Hill Housing Market

    In this somewhat competitive housing market, homes can receive multiple offers and typically sell in around 26 days.

    For home buyers looking to score a deal, rest assured, homes in the Beacon Hill neighborhood generally sell for about 2% below their list price.


    Average Home Price

    $789,000

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $1,120


    Allston

    If Allston residents seem young at heart, there’s a good reason. This neighborhood is dominated by students, so be warned it can get a bit noisy on weekends.

    On the plus side, their youth also attracts cool restaurants and coffee shops.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    69,589

    Median Age:

    27

    Housing Units:

    30,819

    Bike Score:

    89

    Walk Score:

    86

    Transit Score:

    67

    Average Household Income:

    $81,578

    Allston Housing Market

    Get ready to fight for your dream home in Allston, as this neighborhood is experiencing a very competitive real estate market right now.

    “Hot Homes” can sell for around 2% above their list price and can sell in around 10 days of being on the market. Not to mention, many homes in this neighborhood receive multiple offers when they are for sale.


    Average Home Price

    $540,000

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $950



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