Growth has been the story of the downtown Boston real estate market almost since the growth of hi-tech

Overall downtown Boston is growing, less affordable — it’s true. The average cost of a square foot of home in almost all on downtown Boston is north of $1,000 per sq ft., a fact that has driven many to the surrounding suburbs. 

Within the downtown Boston real estate market itself, of course, there is great variability. Affordability varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. 

Are you ready to invest in the downtown Boston real estate market? 

My picks of the best downtown Boston real estate neighborhoods

Beacon Hill

Looking for a quiet neighborhood with views of both the Boston Common or Charles River? Look no further than Beacon Hill real estate. 

Avg price per sq ft: $1,229.00

Avg sales price: $1,719,016

Boston Seaport District

Convenient commutes to anywhere in downtown Boston, proximity to the airport and great investment opportunities make the Boston Seaport District a hot neighborhood right now. Homeowners here enjoy the quiet parks and water view walk-ways as well as shopping and dining in within the heart of the Boston Seaport District

Avg price per sq ft: $1,714.00

Avg sales price: $2,716,377

Back Bay

A historic part of Boston with classic brownstone buildings, Back Bay still bears the large trees and greenery up Commonwealth avenue, charismatic streets and cohesive feel of a planned community. Back Bay is also more expensive than most of downtown Boston real estate.

Avg price per sq ft: $1,250.00

Avg sales price: $1,783,250


The “best of both worlds” for the downtown Boston real estate home buyer seeking a neighborhood with great parks and restaurants as well as convenient commuting. Boston Midtown, is also one of Boston/s most diverse neighborhoods.

Avg price per sq ft: $1,774,302

Avg sales price: $1,186.00

North End

Attention, investors: Despite showing one of the biggest home value gains of all the downtown Boston real estate over the past year, Boston’s North End still has one of the lowest price per sq ft (under $1,000.00 per sq ft) for downtown Boston real estate.

Avg price per sq ft: $703,546

Avg sales price: $915.00





Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


Back Bay

Beacon Hill

Charles River Park


North End

South End

Seaport District

South Boston



Surrounding Communities of Boston
John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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