When you’re looking to buy downtown Boston real estate, you’ll want to gather as much information about a particular neighborhood as possible. The more you can learn about the neighborhood before search for Boston condos for sale, the higher the likelihood you’ll enjoy living there for longer.

We’ve put together a guide to help you research downtown Boston real estate neighborhoods. Here are a few ideas as to how to research a Boston neighborhood.

Read Neighborhood Newspapers (Websites)

The easiest first step would be to Boston neighborhood newspapers or websites and read the local neighborhood news.  They cover everything from types of homes and nearby shopping to schools and topography.


The next step would be to get someone else’s opinion. Google is great for this. Google the name of the neighborhood as well as many variations (neighborhood + homes, living in neighborhood, etc) and start reading. Remember to check dates for when each article or blog post was written and look for the more recent information. If you have questions, try contacting the authors.

Google Maps

Once you’ve identified the neighborhood and where it is, head over to Google Maps and start using it to explore the area. This is an easy way to find out what grocery stores, gyms, and other amenities are nearby. 

Research Schools

Schools should be a very important piece of your research, even if you don’t have kids. Historically, homes in better school districts have held their value better than homes in inferior school districts.

Research Crime Statistics

Check out information put out by the local police department and find out what types of crimes have occurred in the past several months. If you have questions or concerns, head into the police department and ask.

Post Questions on Online Forums

There are several online forums (Quora, Yahoo Answers, City-Data) where you can post questions. Ask readers why they like living in a neighborhood or any other specific questions you have. Or, search these forums and see what’s been written already.

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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.


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