Best Places to Live in Boston 2016

Home values are skyrocketing. Here’s what it means for Boston—and for you. Plus, check out real estate prices for 156 towns and neighborhoods in Greater Boston.

Produced by Kara Baskin


best places to live in boston 2016

The Good News Is Boston Has Never Been Better. The Bad News Is No One Can Afford It. / Photograph by Songquan Deng/123RF

It’s Getting Really Expensive Around Here…

You may find yourself with a beautiful house, and a beautiful spouse, and a beautiful kid. And a back-breaking mortgage. How did we get here?

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 
Visit ColdwellBankerHomes.com to learn more about Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and view homes for sale throughout New England.

But for Those Who Can Afford It, Luxury Abounds…

Here’s our guide to the highest-end towers, plus a peek inside the city’s soon-to-be benchmark for luxe.

While Those Who Don’t Have Huge Paychecks Get Creative…

Meet the unicorns of Boston real estate: families who have found ways to survive the Greater Boston housing boom backed by neither foreign buyers nor inheritances from rich aunties.

As Money Dramatically Changes Our Neighborhoods.

An anatomy of Boston’s gentrification in one Eastie block.

— PLUS —

Check out our 2016 real estate charts. Sort by prices, growth rates, and more for properties in 156 towns and neighborhoods. How does your home compare?

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  • John McLaughlin

    There is a Tesla show room in The Pru Mall. Boston is now a gentrified 1% city.

  • Edward W Lynn

    Rachel Slade shows a ridiculous naivete in imagining that if a parcel of land hadn’t been passed back and forth from rapacious entity A to rapacious entity B to rapacious entity C that the prices of residential units would never have been so high as entity C charges. The truth is that entity A would have charged just as much as entity C charges because that’s the rate that the market allowed.