Thursday Throwdown: Back Bay vs South End Condo Market

Now THIS is a heavyweight battle. Two of the most desirable Boston neighborhoods are going to battle it out for supremacy. And we need YOUR vote to decide!

Does the South End or the Back Bay have better properties?  Which neighborhood is hotter right now? Which has the better value? Would YOU rather live in the Back Bay or the South End?

Vote below!

But first, we’ll let the condo’s fight it out themselves!  Let’s have a look at the South End condo market and the Back Bay condo market to give you a better taste of what’s going on in the market and what condos are available on the market right now.

So…Let’s get ready to rumble:

Tale of the Tape:

Past Year Stats

# Condos Sold
Average Price
Discount Off Asking
Days on Market
Total Market Volume

South End


Back Bay


Clearly, the Back Bay condo market has a size and weight advantage, but the South End is quick and scrappy.  Either way, with two of the most popular neighborhoods to buy a condo in Boston in the ring, this is a fight that can’t be decided on paper.

In the $500,000 Weight Class…

266 Shawmut Ave #2, South End, Boston, MA 02118 (MLS # 71351198)

266 Shawmut Ave #2 South End Condo, Boston MA 266 Shawmut Ave #2 South End Condo, Boston MA

Beautifully renovated floor-through in a top location. New cook’s kitchen with granite countertops, breakfast bar and high-end appliances. Features 2 bedrooms with extra large walk-in closets, plus dining room/study with double French doors and floor-to-ceiling custom bookshelves. Gorgeous marble bath has extra deep whirlpool tub. A great home convenient to everything the South End has to offer!

Price  $539,000
Beds  2
Baths  1 full
Home size  887 sq ft
Listing provided by Steven Cohen Team, Keller Williams Realty International


164 Beacon Street #4, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71355344)

164 Beacon Street #4 Back Bay condo Boston, MA  164 Beacon Street #4 Back Bay condo Boston, MA

Lovely second floor one bedroom condo with full parking space and river views. Wonderful high ceilings and detail, extremely sunny and spacious living/dining room with large bay window overlooking the Charles. Fireplace, hardwood flooring. Beautiful, well-maintained building with gracious entry. Common laundry, good storage in unit, and additional basement storage. Direct access to a full parking space. This condo is a wonderful pied a terre, first home or investment. Professionally managed.

Price  $525,000
Beds  1
Baths  1 full
Home size  536 sq ft
Listing provided by Rebecca Davis Tulman, Hammond Residential

In the $800,000 Weight Class… 

57 Marlborough Street #4, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116 (MLS # 71358346)

Back Bay Condo 57 Marlborough Street Back bay Condo, Boston MA

Extra large one bedroom + study on the very desirable sunny side of Marlborough St. near the Public Garden. The glamorous, spacious living/dining room is flooded with sunlight from 3 beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows. The oversized bedroom has been fashioned from two bedrooms and could easily be returned to that configuration. This is a rare Back Bay condo that has windows on three sides including one in the study and two in the eat-in size Poggenpohl kitchen. Two full baths, hardwood floors.

Price  $849,000
Beds  1
Baths  2 full
Home size  1,218 sq ft

Listing provided by Karen Tedeman, Hammond Residential


1597 Washington Street #400, South End, Boston, MA 02118 (MLS # 71350784)

1597 Washington Street - South end condo  1597 Washington Street South End Condo Boston, MA

Exceptional design and style grace this corner exposure sun-filled elevator home with Back Bay skyline views from every room featuring granite stainless kitchen with Fisher & Paykel/Bosch appliances, grand scale living dining for entertaining, king sized master, two luxury baths, custom built-ins, central air, hardwood floors, professional closets and audio, private additional storage, deck, high owner occupancy, prof management and full garage parking space.

Price $819,000
Beds 2
Baths 2 full
Home size  1,168 sq ft
Listing provided by Dana Desimone, Hammond Residential

And The Winner Is…

It was quite a fight but if I had to choose a winner, I’d have to say the South End (the fact that I already live there probably clouds my impartial judgement!)  But it’s not for me to decide…which of these two highly desirable Boston neighborhoods do YOU prefer?

Vote Now:



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Thursday Throwdown: Back Bay vs South End Condo Market

4 Responses

  1. South End is so much fun!

    Jonathon Curley April 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm #
  2. Both neighborhoods are attractive on so many different ways but I prefer the South End because it has more of a neighborhood feel.

    Jeff Sirkis April 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm #
  3. Cannot go wrong in either!

    Sarah April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm #
  4. Back Bay…love the proximity to the outdoor space that is the Esplanade!!!

    P.T. Vineburgh April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

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