Back Bay

About Back Bay

Back Bay Real Estate Stats

  • Total Listings: 236
  • Average Price: $969,378
  • Highest Price: $9,950,000
  • Lowest Price: $35

A Little Bit of History

Boston’s Back Bay is aptly named as it was once a bay separating Boston and Cambridge. Overcrowding in the city led to the decision to fill in the bay, which at low tide was marshland. Building the neighborhood, which involved constructing the Charles River Dam and filling in the land between the Public Garden and Kenmore Square, took about 25 years and was completed in 1882. The Back Bay quickly became a center for arts and culture. Some of the first major attractions included the Boston Public Library’s first branch, the original Museum of Fine Arts, the original MIT campus, and Symphony Hall. The cultural importance of Back Bay led to the neighborhood being added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1973.  


Life in The Back Bay

The Back Bay is a neighborhood of history and legacy. Since its establishment, it has been regarded as a neighborhood for the elite. This remains to be the case as the neighborhood offers quick access to some of the city’s best shopping and luxurious apartments, all while being surrounded by ornate, historic buildings. While it may be a historic neighborhood, it’s not absent of modern amenities. In Back Bay, you can still find a variety of boutique fitness facilities, beauty salons, fast-casual dining, bars, fine dining, shopping, theaters, museums, comedy clubs, and more. There are also a variety of grocery shopping options for residents—including Trader Joe’s, Star Market, and more niche options like Eataly for Italian grocery goods. 

As essentially the center of the Greater Boston area, Back Bay is a highly-accessible neighborhood, with stops on the Green, Orange, and Commuter Rail lines. Whether you work downtown, in Cambridge, Somerville, or on any of the outskirts of the Green Line branches, living in The Back Bay can easily mean a commute of under 20 minutes. The Back Bay MBTA stop is also a major transportation hub for Amtrack trains and long-distance bus rides to get you to your weekend destination with ease. 

Going for a walk through some of Back Bay’s main roads is a regular activity for tourists. Living in this neighborhood means that Newbury and Boylston Streets are essentially your backyard. Living among some of Boston’s biggest attractions is certainly one of the perks of this neighborhood. But if greener spaces are what you’re looking for, the Esplanade along the Charles River is a perfect place to spend the day walking, picnicking, kayaking, biking, or maybe even attending any of the multitude of community events hosted along the river.


Where To Live

Variety is the name of the game with housing in Back Bay. If you’re looking for a quintessential Boston brownstone, this is one of the best neighborhoods to find them. There aren’t many single-family homes in this neighborhood, so most of the housing options are apartments or condos. On the main thoroughfares, there are lots of apartment options with retail on the first floor, which is a good option for residents looking to live as close as possible to city amenities. There are also plenty of new high-rise buildings with amenities such as doormen, gyms, common spaces, and even Amazon hubs. Residents in The Back Bay range from college students to young families to long-established Boston residents. Much of the housing stock in Back Bay comes at some of the highest price tags in the city.


Advice For Back Bay Buyers

“The Back Bay may be the most exclusive neighborhood in the city of Boston. It’s rich tradition and elegant architecture make the neighborhood very desirable for buyers. While single-family homes are becoming hard to come by, newer high rises are popping up offering living spaces with modern luxuries. If you’re looking for a more traditionally elegant look, there is still plenty available in Back Bay, often in the form of multi-family brownstones. 

While the prices in Back Bay might be higher than other areas in Boston, buyers and renters are paying for convenience. From having the best shopping and dining at your fingertips to having quick access to nearly any other neighborhood in the city, Back Bay is a location that’s hard to beat.” 



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1 – 12 of 236 Listings

1 Bath • 548 Sf


105 Beacon St. #4, Boston

Beautifully Renovated, Over-sized Studio With The Public Garden Just Steps From Your Front Door! This Unit Features Soaring 12' Ceilings, Hardwood ...

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Haywood Kristiansen Group Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 571 Sf


198 Saint Botolph St. #3, Boston

Renovated 1 Bed 1 Bath With Deeded Parking! Spacious Kitchen Is Fully Applianced Including Dishwasher, Disposal, Gas Cooking, Fridge With Water And...

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Miller & Co. Compass

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 600 Sf


3 Gloucester #1, Boston

This Garden Level One Bedroom Features Hardwood Floors, An Updated Kitchen And Bathroom, Large Bedroom, Great Living Space With A Granite Breakfast...

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Colleen O'dell Boston Proper Real Estate

2 Bed • 1 Bath • 800 Sf


370 Marlborough St #2, Boston

Recently Renovated 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Unit With Private Entrance On Marlborough Street Available 6/1. Open Concept Floor Plan Features New Cabin...

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Daniel Wallach CW Realty

2 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,100 Sf


286 Beacon St #5, Boston

Beautifully Updated Sunny 1100 Square Foot One Bedroom With Marble Entry Foyer, High Ceilings With Crown Moldings, Eat-in Kitchen, Very Generous Cl...

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Ethan Felleman Gibson Sotheby's International Realty

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 475 Sf


261 Marlborough St #2, Boston

Live In The Heart Of Back Bay, On One Of Boston's Most Desirable Streets, Marlborough Street. This Updated Condo Features Hardwood Floors Throughou...

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The Rp Group Compass


377 Commonwealth, Boston

Full, Single Space Available Behind The 400 Block Of Marlborough/300 Block Of Commonwealth

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Betsy Herald The Charles Realty

2 Bed • 1 Bath • 710 Sf


479 Beacon #12, Boston

Sparkling And Newly Renovated 479 Beacon Offers Modern Finishes In A Price Back Bay Location. This Home Features Two Generously Sized Bedrooms With...

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The Biega + Kilgore Team Compass

4 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,257 Sf


287 Commonwealth Ave #3, Boston

This Back Bay Masterpiece On The Sunny Side Of Commonwealth Avenue Features Over 3,200 Square Feet Of Thoughtful Living Space With 4 Bedrooms & 3.5...

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Julie Harrison Gibson Sotheby's International Realty

4 Bed • 5 Bath • 4,150 Sf


250 Beacon Street #17&19, Boston

Captivating Expansive Views Of Both The Charles River And Back Bay Define This Magnificent Waterside Duplex! A Grand Entryway Leads To Multiple Li...

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Frank Celeste Gibson Sotheby's International Realty

3 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,330 Sf


69 Saint Botolph St #4, Boston

Rare, Bright Back Bay 3 Bed, 2 Bath Located On A Sought After, Beautiful Tree-lined Street. Open Concept Living To Entertain Your Guests & Visitors...

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Siyin Qu Keller Williams Realty

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,390 Sf


1 Dalton #5203, Boston

Stunning Views Of Boston Harbor From This Exquisite Residence At The New Residences At Four Seasons At One Dalton. Open Kitchen/dining/kitchen, Th...

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Lili Banani Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Boston - Back Bay

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