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Housing in South Boston

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South Boston, referred to as “Southie” by its residents living in the area bounded by A-P Streets and 1st-9th Streets, is a densely populated neighborhood located south and east of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay. It has become increasingly desirable among young professionals and families who are attracted to the neighborhood’s strong sense of community and quick access to downtown and public transportation. The realty of South Boston has changed drastically in recent years as property values, especially in the City Point neighborhood near Castle Island, have risen to the level of some of the highest in the city.

City Point “boundaries”

Jim Sells South Boston - City Point Map The City Point area of South Boston, labeled “East Side” by realtors, has seen a major increase in property values due to its close proximity to downtown Boston and gentrification. The “West Side” of South Boston, also known as the “lower end” by life-long residents, though slower to begin the gentrification process also benefits from the proximity to not only downtown but also the popular South End.

Jim’s Family @ Castle Island

Jim Sells South Boston - Castle Island Fort

South Boston’s waterfront also has some of the city’s best local beaches and a beautiful park called Castle Island, which residents can explore and enjoy during the summer. In fact, residents and visitors alike enjoy strolling around the 22-acre park and its Revolutionary War-era fort.

Jim Sells South Boston - Convention Center

Today the breathtaking South Boston Waterfront has become Boston’s newest neighborhood — the Seaport.

Jim Sells South Boston

South Boston consists of traditional, triple-decker homes, most of which have been converted into condominiums during the real estate boom. This CONDO boom in Southie – and all of Boston – may have cooled a little; but, demand to be in the city is a trend that is not expected to stop for a long time. There is also new construction, with large, luxury residential projects popping up in sections of South Boston in the Seaport District (now often referred to as the Waterfront) such as 14 West Street, The Macallen, The Echelon Seaport, or the very new Residences at Pier 4 and 50 Liberty; some of which may appeal to those who want a full-service lifestyle with amenities such as a concierge, pool, gym, and more.

The Seaport

Jim Sells South Boston - Luxury Condos

Single family homes in South Boston have been running from $570,000 to $2,450,000 while condominiums have been running from $325,000 to $8,200,000. Rentals are plentiful in Southie and range from $975 for a studio to $25,000/month for a waterfront penthouse. If you are looking to buy a multi-family, there are quite a number of them selling in Southie. They range in price from $750,000 to $7,500,000. Naturally, pricing varies depending upon size, location, and amenities. Real estate sales and pricing are very fluid and can fluctuate in a matter of hours because homes come on and off the market daily… even hourly.

South Boston Single Family

The following chart is a visual representation of the cyclical nature of real estate and compares the ups and downs of South Boston to those of the entire city of Boston. The taller the column the better it is for buyers. The shorter the column the better it is for sellers. Hence 2010 was the best time for a buyer to buy in Beacon Hill, while 2015 was the best year for sellers to sell. The graphic below is good news for buyers as it indicates a weakening seller’s market.

Visual graphic of real estate activity in Southie

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If you have a specific property in mind that you are considering buying, The City of Boston maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston also offers a residential tax break for primary residences. Apply if your purchase qualifies. Since we do not live in a perfect world, we need to be aware of criminal activity that might be around us when contemplating buying in or near a big city. Dorchester is served by District C-11 of the Boston Police Department. Learn more about community services in your neighborhood or area in which you might be interested in living simply by entering your street address here. Dorchester home Southie boasts great public transit – street buses and the subway’s Red line; or you can drive the major thoroughfares: I-93, Hwy 28, Hwy 203, and the Dorchester Turnpike (said with tongue in cheek as it is by no means a highway). To keep up with daily goings on you can check in online with the Dorchester Reporter, or, of course, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald. If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy, The City of Boston also maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston does offer a residential tax break for primary residences for which you might need to apply after your purchase.

Dot’s Real Estate Market

Real estate markets are very fluid and can fluctuate in a matter of hours because homes can come on and off the market daily… even hourly. The following chart is a visual, historical representation of the cyclical nature of real estate and compares the ups and downs of Dorchester to those of the entire city of Boston since 2005. Graphic of Dorchester Market Activity The taller the column the better it is for buyers. The shorter the column the better it is for sellers. Hence 2006 was the best time for a buyer to buy in Dorchester, while 2013-2018 were great years for sellers. However, buyers will be happy to know that the above graphic indicates a weakening seller’s market. Photo of a multi-family in Dorchester

Single family homes in Dorchester have been running from $300,000 to $1.8M while condominiums have been running from $115,000 to $1.7M and multi-family homes from $350,000 to $5.5M. Pricing varies depending upon size, location, and amenities.

This next chart shows the number of sales occurring in Dorchester month-to-month, year-to-year since 2018 and provides you a historical overview of the best times to sell – months with the greatest number of sales (spring and fall) – and the best times to buy – months with the fewest number of sales (summer and winter). CAVEAT: there are usually more houses to choose from in the first half of the year.
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*AR stands for Absorption Rate. An AR of 3 or less indicates more inventory than buyers and is termed a seller’s market. An AR of 6 or more indicates a short supply of buyers to absorb all the inventory and is termed a buyer’s market. Now is a great time for buyers to be able to pick up a deal in Downtown.

Bookmark this page and check back anytime to see what is currently available in Dorchester. Unlike other search sites which include properties already under contract, this site only shows properties that are truly available. Additionally, you can pick which type of housing – single-family, condo, or multi-family – to see at a glance.


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