Boston Neighborhoods

Boston Parks Ranked 3rd Nationally

The Trust for Public Land just released its 2014 ParkScore Index, rating the park systems of 60 of the largest cities in the U.S.. Boston--and its nearly 5000 acres of park space--took home third place, just behind Minneapolis and New York (and tied with San Francisco and Portland).



Boston Public Garden


"Boston's open spaces have always been a priority for our neighborhoods," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  "I'm pleased with our ranking and I know we will continue to strive to have the nation's number one park system.  I'm proud that we are a leader in access to parks, with 97 percent of residents living within 10 minutes of a park, allowing Bostonians the opportunity to easily enjoy our public open spaces."

ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); park size, which is based on a city's median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.

Boston Park Facts from ParkScore Index:

  • Park acreage: 4,916 acres
  • People served per park acre: 129
  • Oldest park: Boston Common, est. 1634
  • Largest park: Franklin Park393acres
  • Most-visited park: Boston Common

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Boston Neighborhood Map breaks down the Top 10 Countries of Birth for Foreign-Born Population

The cradle of American independence, Boston has become a city rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. Boston's international real estate market reflects the city's character, with increasing numbers of foreign buyers taking advantage of opportunities to invest in this global hub.

June 2, 2014 ">Boston Neighborhood Places of Birth

Above: BRA staff produced a map of the top 10 countries of birth among the foreign-born population for each of Boston's neighborhoods using infographics


Beacon Hill Times Featured Townhouse for Sale: 75 Hancock Street


Featured Property: 75 Hancock Street, Beacon Hill

Expertly renovated with meticulous attention to detail, this one-of-a-kind townhouse with elevator offers the most luxurious family living directly across form the Statehouse on Beacon Hill. Six levels of superbly designed space have 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half bathrooms, including an au pair suite. The state of the art kitchen with butler's pantry opens to the family room and private landscaped garden, all directly accessible from Hancock Street. The gracious parlor level above is designed for ease of entertaining, with a full wet bar and additional outdoor deck. Other features of this spectacular home include luxurious marble baths, restored fireplaces, full laundry room, and top level entertaining room with lofted ceilings and additional wet bar. Finished with the highest quality of design, craftsmanship and materials.

Development Team

Developer: Boston Real Estate Collaborative LLC

Designer: Schranghamer Design Group

Architect and General Contractor: Haycon, Inc.

Exclusive Sales: Tracy Campion | Campion and Company




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One of five contiguous Greek Revival row houses constructed in the 1830s, 75 Hancock Street sits directly across from the beautiful Renaissance-style Brigham addition of the State House. While the home's initial construction pre-dates this extension of the capitol by approximately 60 years, the 5 bedroom, 5-full and 3-half bathroom property has just been fully renovated, masterfully incorporating state-of-the-art mechanicals and amenities, including elevator, audio/video pre-wiring, intercom and security systems and high efficiency heating and cooling systems remotely controllable via smart phone.

The building's classic Greek Revival façade--enlivened by beautifully restored cast iron fencing, railings, and balcony exhibiting alternating lotus and anthemion motifs--has been retained and restored to its former gloryThe interior of the building has been completely rebuilt incorporating classic elements of the original architecture and historic fabric, including moldings, paneling and original mantles, to preserve the timeless elegance of the property. The result is a splendid, 6,351-square-foot family home with all the conveniences Beacon Hill has to offer.

The main entry is comprised of refurbished double doors that open to a beautiful foyer boasting contrasting marble floors in a diamond pattern. The home has a side hall plan, and the winding staircase with curved handrail resides at the left of the entry. This gracious, historically replicated stairwell connects all levels, while the central elevator serves all but the uppermost floor.

As the main formal entertaining area of the home, this level is laid out with a double parlor floor plan, with classically proportioned front and rear living and entertaining rooms served by a central paneled vestibule with closet, powder room and walnut wet bar with hammered nickel sink and concealed under-counter Sub Zero refrigerator and U-line ice maker. Both parlors feature gas fireplaces and audio/video wiring. The rear parlor extends the full width of the home and includes three sets of French doors with transoms. Not only do these glass doors provide light and views into the home's rear garden, but they also open to a Juliet balcony connected to a 120-square-foot ell roof deck--a perfect layout for entertaining.

In addition to the home's elegant parlor entry, a separate door leads from Hancock Street to the garden level. The true heart of the home, the level has been thoughtfully designed with the needs of any family in mind. A spacious foyer and mudroom with hardwood floors and paneled walls connects to a closet and powder room, beyond which is the family room and kitchen. The wainscoted family room has been pre-wired for surround sound audio/video. The eat-in kitchen has also been wired for audio/video and incorporates top-of-the-line appliances, including Wolf six-burner gas range with pot filler, Sub Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher with custom paneling matching the crisp white cabinetry. Cararra marble island, countertops and backsplash add to the room's timeless elegance, as does the classically inspired gas fireplace. Through the kitchen is the butler's pantry with farmhouse sink and additional Bosch dishwasher, followed by the au pair suite with marble en-suite bathroom and direct views of the landscaped garden.

From the kitchen, a folding door system creates an expansive opening to the private rear lawn and bluestone terrace, seamlessly providing for indoor/outdoor living. This enclosed, 385-square-foot space is lit by handmade brass wall lanterns and is also wired for audio/video. Down one more level is the finished basement with full-height ceiling and abundant storage space.

Private quarters make up levels two and three. The second floor includes the master suite with dressing hall, two particularly generous walk-in closets, and luxurious en-suite with double sinks, large soaking tub, walk-in rain shower and separate water closet with linen cabinet. This five-piece bathroom is finished in Cararra marble and its hex mosaic patterned floors are radiant heated. The bedroom itself is centered on a gas fireplace and has two windows overlooking the home's patio and garden. The front bedroom on this level features an original fireplace with fully restored mantel and its own walk-in closet and bathroom with shower/tub combination. This bedroom makes for an ideal nursery or could easily be incorporated into the master suite as an office or sitting room.

Two spacious family bedrooms and laundry room comprise the third level. Both bedrooms are centered on original fireplaces and offer walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms. The central laundry room holds a stacked washer and dryer, deep sink and plenty of storage, which is supplemented by two nearby hall closets.

The top level of the home, with its roof pitched to a significant height, features an open and versatile layout. Designed as a family room/den and entertainment room, this level features audio/video wiring, a powder room and hidden wet bar with Cararra counter and under-counter Sub Zero refrigerator and ice marker combo. Stained solid oak ceiling beams add a loft-like element to this space, which is also highlighted by white painted exposed brick, built-in bookcases at the knee-walls and a 5'x10' decorative skylight with chandelier centered above the stair.

From top to bottom, inside and out, this home has been completely rebuilt with all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, an entirely repointed exterior, new gutters, new roof, restored entrance entablature and historically accurate windows with new lintels and sills. Rental parking is also available a short walk away at both the Boston Common Garage and the 100 Cambridge Garage.

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Featured Property: Penthouse Duplex on Commonwealth Avenue


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Exquisite three-plus bedroom penthouse duplex ideally located on the second block of sunny-side Commonwealth Avenue. Elevator opens directly to a beautiful wood paneled reception room, elegant fireplaced living room with bay window and professional grade eat-in kitchen connected to formal dining. Luxurious front-facing master suite with 5-piece marble bath, large walk-in closet and private roof deck with skyline views of the Back Bay. Upper-level office and additional bedroom each provide access to the second roof deck for al fresco living and entertaining. Laundry, gleaming hardwood floors and top-of-the-line finishes throughout. Two deeded parking spaces.


Address: 63 Commonwealth Ave., Unit 4, Back Bay

BR/BA: Three-plu bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths

Size: 2,660 square feet

Age: 1877; 2000; recent updates

Price: $4,200,000

Taxes: $25,155 (with residential eemption)

Condo fee: $886 per month

Features of building: Four luxurious townhouses on sunny side of Commonwealth Avenue; self-managed; elevator; central air conditioning; pet-friendly.

Features of unit: Striking penthouse duplex recently renovated with spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace with onyx surround and a customized entertainment center; chef's kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry and granite counters; marble-tiled baths; two outdoor terraces with wonderful Back Bay views; two deeded parking spaces.

Close by: Clarendon Street Playground, Public Garden, the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, Back Bay restaurants, shops and galleries on Newbury and Boylston streets; Boston Public Library; Copley Place and Prudential Center; easy access to Copley MBTA Green Line Station and Orange Line and commuter rail and Amtrak at Back Bay Station, Storrow Drive, Route 90.

Contact: Tracy Campion, Campion and Company Real Estate, 172 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116. Phone: 617-236-0711. Email:

Read more: Back Bay penthouse duplex has two terraces | Boston Homes Prime Real Estate Boston MA 

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Boston Neighborhoods: Seaport


About the South Boston Waterfront:

The South Boston Waterfront, known as the Seaport and Innovation District, is located just southeast across Fort Point Channel from Downtown. The South Boston Waterfront is also known as the Seaport District and includes the Fort Port neighborhood on the western edge, Fan Pier, the Seaport World Trade Center, and Boston's Marine Industrial Park to the east. The neighborhood has been quickly transforming from historic warehouses and industrial space into a vibrant creative and tech hub for the city. Boston's Innovation District is becoming a residential hub as well, with new residential developments offering South Boston Waterfront/Seaport condos and lofts for saleAmong apartment, condominium, and micro-unit options for sale, historic Fort Point hosts affordable artists' units along with market rate "loft living" opportunities in former warehouses.

Did you know? From 2000 to 2010, the number of housing units in South Boston Waterfront grew 349.6% (source: BRA).

Boston's Harborwalk is located along the piers and connects residents to the 45-mile waterfront path network. Cultural and civic institutions in the South Boston Waterfront include the Children's Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art, Bank of America Pavilion, and John Joseph Mokely United States Courthouse.

What kind of views can you expect from South Boston Waterfront and Seaport District condominiums? This view comes from an exclusive Campion and Company condominium listing at Channel Center:




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Many consider the Seaport a land of commercial buildings and parking lots, but what about parks and green space? With access to Boston Harbor views and a growing number of green spaces planned for the area, South Boston Waterfront and Seaport condos for sale offer a balanced urban lifestyle. Below is a map of green space planned for Boston's Innovation District (Boston Redevelopment Authority).


Planned green space for South Boston Waterfront (Boston Redevelopment Authority)




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Beacon Hill Townhouses for Sale: The Benjamin Mansion

New Kitchen Renovation at The Benjamin Mansion - 74 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill, MA

Before the Beacon Hill home's redesign, the kitchen was located on the garden level. The new kitchen, now located on the dramatic parlor level, seamlessly connects to the grand dining and living rooms with direct Boston Public Garden views.

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Kitchen Features:

  • Oversized Marble Island
  • La Cornue Range
  • Top-of-the-line Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Curved Wall of Original Lead-lined glass windows overlooking the home's private outdoor patio
  • Antique In-wall Safe

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Complete with elevator, this 6-level Beacon Hill townhouse features a grand double parlor, 6 bedrooms, au-pair suite, gym, wine cellar, private garden, two spacious roof decks and heated infinity rooftop lap pool. A true gem among historic Boston properties, this unparalleled home includes one deeded outdoor and one garage parking space.


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Take the quiz: Which Boston Neighborhood Should You Live In?

Greater Boston is home to 4.5 million people and is the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country. The city itself is a walkable web of historic, picturesque neighborhoods, each with a distinct residential flavor. Can't decide between the midtown condo or Back Back brownstone? This quiz might help you out.

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Fenway Property Values Fastest Growing in City

By Eddie Small, Boston Courant

"Property values in the Fenway have skyrocketed faster than those in any other part of Boston since the mid 1990s."

Between 1994 and 2013, the median price for residential property in the Fenway jumped 407% (Department of Neighborhood Development).

Value increases in other Boston neighborhoods, 1994-2013:

  • East Boston: 392%
  • South End" 329%
  • Back Bay and Beacon Hill: 227%

"The Fenway's amenities and access to transportation help make it a particularly attractive neighborhood for the young."

Some describe the higher prices as destabilizing, putting pressure on the long term residential portion of the neighborhood that's getting squeezed out.

With new residential developments coming to Fenway, we will keep an eye on how the neighborhood continues to evolve. One thing's for certain, though: go Sox!

For the full article, pick up a copy of this week's Boston Courant.

Notable Back Bay Real Estate Sales: Marlborough Street Townhouse

Designed by Little and Browne, this single family home was once the home of the Pulitzer-prize winning American author and journalist Edwin O'Connor (The Edge of Sadness, The Last Hurrah). Located on the first block of tree-lined Marlborough Street, the home is just steps from the Public Garden and offers an exceptionally wide limestone/brick edifice, exquisite original detailing, elevator, beautiful mahogany doors and columns, and incredibly proportioned formal living/private spaces. 

Click here for more details on this and other Campion and Company sales.

Notable Back Bay Real Estate Sales: Heritage on the Garden

A stunning Back Bay penthouse at the Heritage on the Garden at 300 Boylston Street was sold last month for $5,200,000.

The boutique building has an extraordinary location, directly opposite the Public Garden, and the penthouse, Unit 1003, occupies premium space in this full-service building. It is one of only two condominiums on the tenth floor in the middle belvedere and has an expansive private terrace.

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