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GENERAL INFORMATION
Population: 694,583
Land Area: 48.28 square miles
Median Family Income: $65,883
2021 Property Tax Rate: $10.67 per $1,000 assessed
2020 Median Single Family Sale Price: $690,000
2020 Median Condo Sale Price: $660,000
2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1016

About

Boston appeals to people who want to live in a vibrant and diverse coastal city with cultural opportunities, world class shopping, access to excellent health care, a focus on quality education, and an appreciation for history. Approximately 617,594 people live in Boston, with more than 4.8 million residents living in the surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs. Founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and currently thrives with diversity and growth.

The Boston area's many colleges and universities make it a world leader in higher education, and the city is considered to be a global pioneer in innovation and entrepreneurship. As the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, Boston’s rich history complements its vibrant nightlife, walkability, sporting events, and every comfort of city life—including the iconic public transit system, called the “T.”

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Neighborhoods

As one of this oldest cities in the US, Boston is known for its rich history and legacy of arts, culture, and education which have influenced the character of its 23 diverse neighborhoods. The Coleman Group covers all 23, specializing in the following neighborhoods in particular:

Alston

Close to many colleges and universities in and around the city, Allston is one of Boston’s most diverse and active neighborhoods.

2019 Median condo sale price: $475,000

Top public transportation link: The Green Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:

• Deep Ellum for European-style beers and American comfort food
• Grasshoper for a fully vegan Chinese menu
• The Breakfast Club for an old school diner with 80’s vibe

Back Bay

One of Boston’s most iconic neighborhoods, Back Bay is home to the Comm Ave Mall, Public Garden, Esplanade, and coveted shopping destinations of Newbury Street, Copley Place, and Prudential Center.

2019 Median condo sale price: $1,200,000

Top public transportation links:
• The Green and Orange Lines
• Commuter Rail

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Zuma for Japanese izakaya in the new Four Seasons
• Thinking Cup for specialty coffee on Newbury Street
• Oak Long Bar for hand-crafted cocktails in an old-world at
• Boston Common Dog Park for a stroll with the pup

Bay Village

One of the smallest neighborhoods in the city, known for its brick row houses and tree-lined streets, Bay Village is considered Boston’s “secret garden”.

2019 Median condo sale price: $995,000

Top public transportation link: The Orange Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Grill 23 for steak and a stiff martini
• Mike & Patty’s for a killer breakfast sandwich

Beacon Hill

One of the oldest communities in the city, and home to the Massachusetts State House, as well as many historical landmarks, picturesque Beacon Hill is a protected historic district with a feeling of old world charm.

2019 Median condo sale price: $929,500

Top public transportation links: The Blue, Green, Orange, and Red Lines

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Peregrine for casual Italian
• Fastachi for gourmet nuts and chocolate
• No. 9 Park for the best of fine dining in Boston
• Charles Street for neighborhood eats and local boutiques

Brighton

Nestled on the Charles River, with lively Washington Street running through its center, Brighton is a dynamic neighborhood with a tranquil feel.

2019 Median condo sale price: $480,000

Top public transportation link: The Green Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Fuel America for pastries and pour-overs
• Bandita for tequila and tacos

Charlestown

On the North side of the city and banks of the Boston Harbor, charming Charlestown is known for its close-knit community, gas lamp-lined streets, annual neighborhood events, and fantastic local eateries.

2019 Median condo sale price: $710,000

Top public transportation links: The Orange Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• The Monument for comfort food at the local gastropub
• Zume’s Coffee for coffee and baked goods
• Place & Gather for the perfect home accent or hostess gift

Chinatown- Leather District

Adjacent to Boston’s Financial District and Waterfront, Chinatown-Leather District shares a rich combination of influences as a commercial and cultural hub for the city’s Chinese community, and first loft-district, which is architecturally distinguished by 19th century brick warehouses.

2019 Median condo sale price: $990,000

Top public transportation links: The Green, Orange and Red Lines

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Gourmet Dumpling House for authentic dumplings
• Yvonne’s for an ornate supper club scene
• Les Zygomates for live jazz

Dorchester

As the largest neighborhood in Boston and one of the most diverse, Dorchester is a vibrant community with an active art and live music scene, wide array of multicultural cuisine, and plenty of green space, including Franklin Park, the Harborwalk, the Neponset River Greenway, and Pope John Paul II Park.

2019 Median condo sale price: $495,000

Top public transportation line: The Red Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Anh Hong for Pho
• Banh Mi Ba Le for grilled beef banh mi
• Dorchester Brewing Company for local brew, live music and games
• Franklin Park Zoo for a walk on the wild side

Downtown

Located in the heart of Boston and having served as the city’s hub since the 1700s, Downtown is home to City Hall, numerous corporate headquarters, historic Fanieul Hall, and a number of new luxury high rise condos.

2019 Median condo sale price: $1,377,000

Top public transportation line:
• The Blue, Green, Orange, Red, and Silver Lines
• Commuter Rail

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Nebo for Negronis
• Mariel for an afterwork scene with Cuban flair
• O Ya for the best sushi in Boston
• Nine Bar Espresso for delicious cold brew and espresso

East Boston

At the end of the Callahan Tunnel, featuring one of the most beautiful waterfronts in the city and a brand new greenway, East Boston has a calm and peaceful feel, though it continues to become more vibrant in the wake of rapid property development.

2019 Median condo sale price: $579,900

Top public transportation links: The Blue and Silver Lines

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Santarpio’s for New York style pizza and people watching
• Toasted Flats for freshly baked food, including unbeatable toasties
• Piers Park for outdoor recreation and spectacular views of the city skyline

Fenway-Kenmore

As home to Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, and several schools for higher education, Fenway-Kenmore is a lively neighborhood with a rich mix of influences from sports, arts, and academia.

2019 Median condo sale price: $604,000

Top public transportation links: The Green Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Orfano for a martini and modern Italian
• Island Creek Oyster Bar for pre-game oysters
• Christian Science Plaza and Pool for a moment of reflection

Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain (“JP”) is one of Boston’s most diverse and happening neighborhoods, with great green spaces, including Jamaica Pond and the vast Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

2019 Median condo sale price: $595,000

Top public transportation links: The Orange Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Tres Gatos for tapas and paella
• Ten Tables for a special occasion
• Brassica Kitchen + Cafe for French

North End

As the city’s Italian enclave, the historic North End boasts some of the city’s best restaurants and old world cafes sprinkled throughout the neighborhood’s narrow, vibrant streets.

2019 Median condo sale price: $700,000

Top public transportation links:
• The Green and Orange Lines
• Commuter Rail

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Prezza for authentic Italian
• Cafe Paradiso for an after dinner cannoli and espresso martini
• Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

Seaport, Fort Point & Innovation District

A maze of glass high-rise buildings, a hub for the art community, and one of the hottest dining destinations in the city, the Seaport & Fort Point District has transformed into one of Boston’s most happening and visited neighborhoods.

2019 Median condo sale price: $2,034,375

Top public transportation links: The Silver Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Woods Hill Pier 4 for sustainable farm to table dining overlooking the Harborwalk
• Row 34 for fresh seafood and local oysters
• Ocean Prime for live music and a martini
• Midway Artist Studios for a taste of local art

South Boston

With miles of beachfront, a number of new dining destinations, and easy access to neighboring Downton, Seaport, and Fort Point districts,“Southie” is a thriving neighborhood with a strong sense of history and tradition.

2019 Median condo sale price: $760,000

Top public transportation links: The Red Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Fox & the Knife for a taste of Modena in Boston
• Gray’s Hall for a cozy glass of wine
• Pleasure Bay, M Street, and Carson Beach for some salt and sand

South End

With nearly 30 parks among its tree-lined brownstone streets, countless small restaurants and boutiques, and the SOWA open markets on Sundays, all minutes away from Downtown and the Back Bay, the South End is highly desirable neighborhood in the city.

2019 Median condo sale price: $985,000

Top public transportation links: The Silver Line

Coleman Group favorite local gems:
• Coppa Enoteca for Italian small plates
• The Butcher Shop for wine and fresh, seasonal plates
• Medical Aesthetics on Tremont for the best in customized cosmetic services
• FoMu for divine dairy-free frozen deserts
• SOWA Art & Design District for a taste of local creativity

Education

Public Education

As the birthplace of public education in the US, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. They partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.

There are 125 schools in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) network. They include traditional district schools, exam schools, pilot schools, Horace Mann charter schools (also called in-district charter schools), Turnaround Schools, and Innovation schools. BPS uses a home-based school choice system to help families choose and enroll in schools. This plan offers families a list of choices that includes all the schools within a mile of their home, plus additional choices to ensure their list includes at least four high-quality schools. To see your options, visit discoverbps.org.

BOSTON SCHOOL STATS:
• 2019-2020 Enrollment: 53,094
• 2019 Four year adjusted cohort graduation rate: 79.4%
• 2018-2019 Percent of students completing advanced courses: 60.5%
• 2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1016
• 2018 Total expenditures per pupil: $21,903.62

Private Education

There are many private schools in Boston, including:
Boston University Academy (grades 9–12)
British International School of Boston (grades PK, K–12)
Commonwealth School (grades 9–12)
Winsor School (Girls grades 5–12).

Expanding into the Greater Boston Area offers additional top-ranking options, including the following among many others:
Beaver Country Day (grades 6–12)
Belmont Hill School (Boys grades 7–12)
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols (grades PK, K–12)
Middlesex School (grades 9-12)
Noble and Greenough School (grades 7–12)
Phillips Academy (grades –-12)

Transportation

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The MBTA: Boston Public Transportation is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which provides rail, subway, bus, ferry, and paratransit services.

Commuter Rail: The MBTA Commuter Rail services serve the eastern third of the state, with 12 major lines that run from either North Station or South Station, radially out of the city. Fares vary based on distance. More information on routes, schedules, and fares can be found on the website.

Subway / The “T”: The MBTA Subway, better known as “the T” has five lines, three of which are heavy rail, rapid transit (Red, Orange and Blue lines) and two light rail lines (Green line and Mattapan trolley). The lines run radially out of central Boston, with all but two (Red and Blue) having a direct transfer connection to each other. There is currently an initiative to expand the Green line beyond Lechemere station in Cambridge into Somerville and Medford, with a target completion date of December 2021. More information on routes, schedules, and fares can be found on the MBTA website.

Bus: The MBTA Bus System has over 160 routes, including five routes along the Silver Line, which was designated as Boston’s first Bus Rapid Transit service. SL1 offers free service inbound from Logan Airport to South Station. More information on routes, schedules, and fares can be found on the MBTA website.

Ferries: The MBTA Boat System runs 2 commuter ferries, the Charlestown Ferry from Long Wharf and the Hingham/Hull Ferry, running between Long Wharf and Rowes Wharf, with a connection at the Logan Ferry Terminal. More information on routes, schedules, and fares can be found on the MBTA website.

The RIDE is the MBTA’s door-to-door, shared-ride paratransit service, which operates in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More information on service, schedules, and fares can be found on the MBTA website.

BLUEbikes is Metro Boston’s public bike share program, which provides over 3,000 bikes and more than 300 stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville. More information on the program and pricing can be found on the Bluebikes website.

Amenities

Parks, Recreation, Sports Facilities

Established in 1837, the Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America. Designed to maintain its original Victorian influence, the Public Garden today features a lagoon and formal plantings that vary from season to season in the style of an English landscape Garden. Together with the Boston Common, the parks form the Northern end of the Emerald Necklace, a long string of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Boston Common was founded in 1634 as a utilitarian common ground for activities like grazing, militia formations, and public hangings. Having evolved greatly since its beginnings, the Boston Common now features trees, fountains, ballfields, a dog park, and the Frog Pond, which provides skating in the winter and a spray pool for children in the summer.

Boston Harborwalk is a near-continuous 43-mile linear park along Boston’s shoreline. The Harborwalk connects Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods to Boston Harbor and each other. Stretching from the Neponset River in lower Dorchester to Constitution Beach in East Boston via Charlestown, the North End, Downtown, Seaport, South Boston, and Dorchester, the Harborwalk connects a number of inland trails and parks including thee Emerald Necklace, Charles River Esplanade, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Freedom Trail, South Bay Trail, and East Boston Greenway. As a non-motorized pathway, with the exception of wheelchairs, the Harborwalk features areas for swimming and fishing as well as a variety of museums and restaurants.

The Charles River Esplanade is a 3-mile stretch of public green space that extends along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University (BU) Bridge. In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, recreational facilities, and over five miles of pathway for walking, running, and biking.

The Charles River Bike Path is a 24-mile loop that runs along both banks of the Charles River from the Museum of Science in Boston to Watertown Square in Watertown, with new extensions to Newton and Waltham.

Rose Kennedy Greenway is a 17-acre green space stretching 1.5-miles from Chinatown, through the Financial District and Waterfront to the North End. It features landscaped gardens, promenades, fountains, and plazas, as well as numerous food trucks, a unique carousel inspired by the animals of Boston Harbor, and beer and wine gardens.

The Arnold Arboretum was established in 1872 and planned and designed in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted. The arboretum is is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best preserved of Olmsted’s landscapes. As both a research institution and public park in Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world.

Library

Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Today, BPL features a central library and twenty-five neighborhood branches. With more than 23 million items, BPL’s collection is estimated to be among the three largest collections in the country, and committed to be “Free to All”. In addition, BPL offers a range of classes, programs, and services including Career Online High School certification program, computer and technology classes, ESL classes and conversation groups, various meeting and private event spaces, museum passes, exhibitions, and lecture series, including the acclaimed annual Lowell Lecture Series.

Historic Attractions

• Freedom Trail
• Boston Tea Party Ships & Museuem
• Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Sports Venues

• TD Garden
• Fenway Park

Arts

• Boston Opera House
• Symphony Hall

Museums

• Institute Of Contemporary Art
• Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
• Museum Of Fine Arts
• Museum Of Science

For Kids

• Boston Children’s Museum
• New England Aquarium

Larger Grocery Stores

Whole Foods:
• Charlestown
• Fenway
• Jamaica Plain
• South End
• West End
Roche Brothers
• Downtown Crossing
Trader Joe’s:
• Back Bay
• Seaport

Coleman Group Tip

Celebrate your next special occasion at Barbara Lynch's No. 9 Park for the best of fine dining and wine in Boston. Start your day with a walk along Boston's beautiful Harborwalk; if you find yourself near the North End, pop into Cafe Paradiso for a handmade Cannoli or Espresso Martini.