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Top 10 Cities With Biggest Price Drops vs. Boston

Top 10 Cities with Largest Price Drops (And How Boston Compares)

In this video we are going to be talking about the top 10 cities in the U.S that has had the largest housing price drops then compare them to the city of Boston.

Hi, my name is Jeff Chubb and I am a recovering investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more then a 1,000 houses and am one of the agents in the state of Massachusetts. If you have questions about the market, then throw them in the comment section below.

Quick note. This data comes from Zillow and is calculated off of the peak median sale price in 2022 versus the median sale price for December. How accurate you ask? Well it’s all about how you want to read the data. Take a look at this chart of the average sales price in Massachusetts. You will see that they hit peak pricing in June and then hit their low point in October then was up slightly in November and December. That means from peak to trough, home prices went down by 10%.... Oops, did I mention that is for 2021 when no one was talking about home price crashes. Here is the graph that shows the 2022 vs 2021 averages. This is what we would call a trend…

So here are the top 10 cities with the largest price drops… And then how it compares to the city of Boston. Take the data with a grain of salt! We will be going from bad to worst!

Number 10 is Evansville, Indiana. Homeowners in Evansville have seen prices drop by 10.2%. The median price was $181,450 in June and would fall to $162,967 in December.

Number 9 is Minneapolis, Minnesota with an 10.3% housing price drop. The median sales price in June was $326,967 and would fall to $293,333 in December of 2022.

Number 8 is Salt Lake City, Utah with a 11.1% drop in housing prices. The median sale price was $614,997 in June, but they wouldn’t peak out until August with the median sale price of $633,967. In December they would hit a median sale price...

Real Estate Crash is OVER... (At least in Massachusetts)

The Party is over for the “Real Estate Market is Going to Crash” folks

Sorry. For all of you “The Real Estate Market is Going to Crash” doom and gloom folks, it’s time for you to collect your belongs, and put on your jacket, because the party is about over.

Don’t believe me, okay. Let’s talk some data… But first, 

Hi, it’s Jeff Chubb. I am a retired investment banker, turned real estate agent that has sold more than a 1,000 homes and am one of the top agents in the state of Massachusetts. If you have questions about the market or are thinking about making a move, then I would love to chat with you. Visit me at: www.YouTubeRealEstateAgent.com.

So it looks like this is going to be more of a small minor correction then a crash. And yes, it is important to say that it depends on location. Some markets are going to perform better then others.

But these doom and gloom folks have been saying the entire market was going to crash for close to a year now… Which I have never gotten. Could you imagine if a meteorologist got on TV telling you that the average temperature in the U.S today was going to be 64 degrees.

That would be stupid. But all of these media folks just can’t comprehend that like the weather… Real estate is also local.

So, what happened for me to come out and start screaming from the rooftop.

The financial markets are now fully pricing in a quarter-point interest rate hike in February as Inflation slows.

Not a half point. A quarter point.

That means that the tightening is coming to an end. The toughest days are behind us as we head into our most active market where demand naturally...

Must Knows when Buying a Multi-Family

Must knows when buying a Multi-Family

In this video we will be talking about the must knows when it comes to buying a Multi-Family property.

(Jeff) Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb I am a retired investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more then a 1,000 homes and am here with (Sammy) and I am Sammy Illiopoulos, I am one of the top 300 loan officers in the United States and work with Guaranteed Rate. 

All Massachusetts Multi-Family Properties For Sale

(Jeff) Buying a multi-family can be a really smart investment as it will generate rental income while also allowing you to build equity. 

(Sammy) But there are some things that you should consider and know before you jump into the multi-family game. 

(Jeff) Okay, Sammy. Tell me what I need to know from a financing standpoint when buying a multi-family property. 

(Sammy) You need at least 2 months of a cash reserve, but sometimes it can be as much as 6 months. Another factor that could make this vary is if someone has more than one property. 

(Jeff) Okay, talk to me about what you mean by a “cash reserve”.

(Sammy) A reserve requirement would be your mortgage payment that includes taxes and insurance. Some banks will require 2 months up to 6 months for each property that you own or will own. So if your Mortgage is $3,000 a month and the bank requires a 3 month reserve, then you would need to have $9,000 in additional funds...

Must Knows when Buying an Investment Property

Buying an investment property

(Jeff) In this video we will be talking about Almost everything you need to know when it comes to Buying an Investment Property. And in the end, I am going to give a personal example as to my advice on when to buy an investment property and what to think of it as.

(Jeff) Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb I am a retired investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more then a 1,000 homes and am here with (Sammy) and I am Sammy Illiopoulos, I am one of the top 300 loan officers in the United States and work with Guaranteed Rate. 

(Jeff) So, Sammy, what are some of the best reasons why people purchase investment properties?

(Sammy) The big three of investments are stocks, bonds and real estate. Stocks and bonds are a lot more of a mindless investment than real estate, however Real Estate offers an investor more with passive income, builds equity over time and can be a major write off. 

(Jeff) When initially thinking about making an investment, I think there are 4 things to consider. You need to consider what type of tenant you are looking for, what type of involvement you are looking to have, what type of property you are looking for and whether you are looking for a large monthly return or if you are looking for a large asset value increase return. 

(Sammy) Alright, so I know the other two, but you are going to have to unpack ‘type of tenant’ for me. 

(Jeff) Sure. Maybe the type of tenant you are looking for are college students. My family’s investment company specifically looked for Section 8 tenants as the rent premiums were higher and it was a guaranteed check each month. Maybe you are looking for short term tenants...

Buying Beats Renting - NEARLY Every Time

Buying beats renting

(Jeff) In this video we will be talking about our How buying a home beats renting a home in NEARLY every scenario. But also stick around towards the end to hear when buying a house doesn’t make sense…

(Jeff) Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb I am a retired investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more then a 1,000 homes and am here with 

(Sammy) and I am Sammy Illiopoulos, I am one of the top 300 loan officers in the United States and work with Guaranteed Rate. 

(Jeff) Well, Sammy… The saying goes that either way you are buying a house. But one is for you, the other is for your landlord. Am I wrong?

(Sammy) No, you are not wrong. When you look at the numbers it is just astounding. Take a look at this, After 3 years of of paying $3,000 in rent… You have paid $108,000 to a landlord. In 10 years, that becomes $360,000! 

(Jeff) I am going to play a little devils advocate here. When I rent, I am not paying for the property taxes or insurance. 

(Sammy) Oh yes, you are! It’s all built into your rental payment. What makes it even worse… You can’t write off the property taxes when you rent like you can when you own… But I know I am getting ahead of myself as we are going to talk about the tax benefits soon. 

(Jeff) That is some big money! I mean… If your rent payment is $4,000 a month, then that is nearly a half million dollars in 10 years! That hurts. 

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2023 Real Estate Predictions

2023 predictions

(Jeff) In this video we will be talking about our predictions for Interest Rates, Prices, Sales & Inventory levels as well as the wild cards to be on the lookout for. 

(Jeff:)Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb I am a retired investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more then a 1,000 homes and am here with 

(Sammy) and I am Sammy Illiopoulos, I am one of the top 300 loan officers in the United States and work with Guaranteed Rate. 

(Jeff) Let’s start with Interest rates, which are pretty much all your world Sammy. What are your predictions for 2023. 

Interest Rates: 

(Sammy) Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) showed some signs of life in November, posting its first increase in nine months. 

(Jeff): Break that down for me… Because I don’t know what any of that means. Why does that matter?

(Sammy) Well the uptick is a good sign for things to come as both consumer homebuying and home-selling sentiment are significantly lower than they were last year, which, in my view, is unsurprising considering mortgage rates have more than doubled and home prices remain elevated. I expect interest rates to be much more stable compared to 2022, in addition to seeing potential drops from time to time. But for now, consumers should continue to expect mortgage rates to rise slowly. 

I expect mortgage demand to continue to be curtailed by affordability constraints in 2023 as mortgage application volume in 2022 finished at 26 year low.

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January 2023 Massachusetts Real Estate Market Update

YOUR Massachusetts Real Estate Market Update for the Month of January, 2023

-          In this video, we will go over the Massachusetts Real Estate Market data for what happened in the month of December 2022 for Single Family Homes, Condos and Multi-family properties.

Hi I am Jeff Chubb – A recovering Investment Banker turned Real Estate Agent that has sold more then a 1,000 homes and is one of the states top agents. And if you like hearing about the MA Real Estate Market, then be sure to hit that subscribe button!

Let’s dig into the data and start with the Single-Family market

Single Family

-          In December of 2022 we saw:

  • 3,390 Single Family Homes Close
  • Average Sales price of $673k

-          This represents a negative 2.1% Month over Month decrease in the average sales price and a 3.6% Year over Year average sales price increase.

-          We saw the amount of unit sales down by 31.4% year over year.

That is the data. Let’s take a look at what it all means.

-          The # of units sold is down. This is to be expected.

  • Take a look at the year over year comparison chart. This gives you a really good feel for the story of 2022. (graph 1)
    • We were running neck to neck with 2021 until June. And that is when the wheels started falling off if you will. And this all makes sense and was by design with the increasing of interest rates.
    • We are back to “Normal” market levels. This is an AMAZING thing. It is sustainable.
  • Now when we...

5 Best/Worst Performing Boston Neighborhoods in 2008 Market Crash

The 5 Best & Worst Performing Boston Neighborhoods During the Market Crash

If history really is the best indicator of the future, then it makes a lot of sense to know exactly what and how much happened. For those who are thinking there is going to be a market crash, then this would be some very important and telling information for you.

And for those that are thinking about making a move and are worried about a market correction, then buying in some more insulated markets in the past may be a wise investment decision. And those that are looking to make an investment and are hoping to find some opportunities for possible big returns then that means looking at past markets with big losses would be very informative.

Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb. I am a recovering investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more then a 1,000 homes and am one of the top agents in the state of Massachusetts. If you have any real estate questions, then I look forward to being your resource for answers.

Let’s start with the best performing neighborhoods in Boston. But first one very interesting thing I noticed is that in many of these neighborhoods the peaks and low points for market pricing were during different years. Amazingly one market peaked in 2010 to have two down years then a HUGE rebound in 2013. While the peaks were all over the place, most neighborhoods hit their bottom in 2009.

Also, as a quick heads up, I used all sales for Single Family, Condos and Multi-Family properties for these data figures. I felt this was a more fair analysis as there are significantly more condos in the Back Bay Homes For Sale with very few Single Families and vice versa for West Roxbury.

So on to the top 5 performers....

Don't Move to Boston

Don’t Move to Boston, Massachusetts

So you are thinking about moving to Boston. Well wait just a moment… It may not be all that it is cracked up to be! It's hard to believe, but there are some negatives to this world class city. Especially if you are coming from an area that is not as…. We will go with prestigious!

Take it from me as I was not born and raised here… There is a little bit of a culture shock, so I want you to know some of the negatives of our fair city ahead of time. This way you can be well prepared!

Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb. I am a recovering investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more than a 1,000 (One Thousand) homes and am one of the top agents in the state of Massachusetts. If you have any real estate questions, then I look forward to being your resource for answers.

As I mentioned, I will be covering some of the most negative items about moving to Boston and I will tell you what… There are some good ones in here. But we are going to start out with the Weather of course.

Weather: You say you are from Boston to someone in pretty much any area that is South of us… And they look back at you with puppy dog sorrowful eyes saying something along the lines of, “oh, it’s cold up there”. We have these things called the seasons in Boston. We get them all. Spring, Summer, Fall and the yes… the Winter. There are some days that you will wake up and leave the house in a jacket to only be wishing you had shorts on by the afternoon and to then be complaining how cold it is by dinner time… But then there are the days that are just pure perfection.

Yes. We get snow. No, it’s not as much as you think. It’s true. Some years are worse than others, Personally, I like the snow. Not the 10 feet of snow and I can’t stand the 1-inch snowstorms... But it’s pretty and it can be fun.

Plus, without experiencing the bad… Can you really...

Quincy, Massachusetts

Quincy, MA

Quincy and that is pronounced QUIN ‘ZEE’ is a city south of Boston with over 101,000 residents. The City of Presidents is located in Norfolk County and is the seventh largest city in the state. In this video we are going to unpack all of Quincy from talking about the history to what it is like today. We are going to go over the neighborhoods, schools and things to do for recreation which include beaches and parks. We will even talk about some things to do around Quincy.

It is called the City of Presidents because it is the birthplace of two U.S Presidents – John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. John Hancock who was the President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence was also from Quincy.

Quincy was part of Dorchester then a precinct of Braintree and then finally became its own town in 1792 and would graduate to being a city in 1888. Quincy was home to a thriving granite industry and was the site of the Granite Railway that was the first commercial railroad in the U.S. Fun fact, the granite used at the Bunker Hill Monument was granite from Quincy! Quincy was also known for their Shipbuilding and more recently contributed to our current world with the founding of Howard Johnson’s and most importantly for all the Coffee Drinkers… Dunkin Donuts. Yes… That is right, Quincy was the first city to run on Dunkin.

Quincy shares borders with Boston to the North and is separated by the Neponset River. Milton is to the west of Quincy with Randolph and Braintree to the South. Weymouth which is separated by the Fore River is to the East. If you were to look over the Quincy and Hingham Bay, then you would be looking at Hull.

We have a lot on deck including Schools, beaches, parks and commuting access in Quincy… But...

Top 5 Best & Worst Performing Boston Neighborhoods in 2008 Market Crash

The 5 Best & Worst Performing Boston Neighborhoods During the Market Crash

If history really is the best indicator of the future, then it makes a lot of sense to know exactly what and how much happened. For those who are thinking there is going to be a market crash, then this would be some very important and telling information for you.

And for those that are thinking about making a move and are worried about a market correction, then buying in some more insulated markets in the past may be a wise investment decision. And those that are looking to make an investment and are hoping to find some opportunities for possible big returns then that means looking at past markets with big losses would be very informative.

Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb. I am a recovering investment banker turned real estate agent that has sold more then a 1,000 homes and am one of the top agents in the state of Massachusetts. If you have any real estate questions, then I look forward to being your resource for answers.

Let’s start with the best performing neighborhoods in Boston. But first one very interesting thing I noticed is that in many of these neighborhoods the peaks and low points for market pricing were during different years. Amazingly one market peaked in 2010 to have two down years then a HUGE rebound in 2013. While the peaks were all over the place, most neighborhoods hit their bottom in 2009.

Also, as a quick heads up, I used all sales for Single Family, Condos and Multi-Family properties for these data figures. I felt this was a more fair analysis as there are significantly more condos in the Back Bay with very few Single Families and vice versa for West Roxbury.

So on to the top 5 performers.

The number five best performer was the Brighton neighborhood. Property values peaked in Brighton with an average sales price of $364k while finding their bottom in 2009 with an average sales price of $331k. This represents a 9.33% decrease in property values in Brighton....

Top 10 Markets in Massachusetts that Could See a Price Correction



The Top 10 Markets that Could See a Price Correction

I am on the record saying that I do not believe that the state of Massachusetts as a whole will see a housing crash with severe price corrections. I am also on record saying that I do believe some towns in our market have more potential for a minor price correction than others.

I have been repeatedly asked which towns in Massachusetts are the most likely to see some sort of pricing correction and because I didn’t have any data… I was always reluctant to provide any answers. Well, that changes today! This is a data driven analysis. No back handed feelings helping drive up or down a specific market. And there were towns that I personally deep down feel like should be on this list… But the data says otherwise.

So, what specific data metrics did I look at? The first metric that I wanted to look at were the markets with the largest appreciation gains since 2019. I disqualified any towns that had less then 50 sales as I felt that was not enough sales data with one or two outliers being to easily able to skew the data one way or another. .

It is my belief that the towns that had the largest gains would most likely be the ones that give it back. For example, the #1 town on the list has seen nearly a 59% increase in the average sales price since 2019. That is nearly 15% per year. But the 20th town on the list had a little over a 65% increase in sales prices. So, what gives?

I channeled my investment banking days when I traded mortgages to come up with these calculations and this list. When evaluating risk on a pool of mortgages, we would look at certain obvious characteristics like average down payment percentage, average FICO scores and asset concentration. But another area of very specific importance was second homes and investment property concentration. We didn’t want to buy into...

Is there going to be a Massachusetts Real Estate Market Crash?

Is there going to be a Real Estate Market Crash?

Is there going to be a real estate crash in Massachusetts like we saw in 2008? Time will tell, but let’s look at the data so we can make an educated prediction about the future of our real estate market rather then just throwing around guesses while relying on national data.

Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb with the Chubb Homes Team. If you have any questions about your own specific situation or are thinking about buying or selling a house, then you can find my information in the description below. Love talking real estate and would love to talk to you friend to friend about your goals. You can also schedule a time to talk with me at: BookChubb.com

The most important thing to remember when it comes to real estate is that real estate is local. What is going on here in Massachusetts is different then what is going on in California. And what is going on in specific markets within our state are going to be different as well. So, for example, what is going on in Brockton Homes For Sale may just be a lot different then what is going on in Cohasset Homes For Sale.

To figure out where we are headed, let’s first take a look at the past. Specifically, data on the 2008 real estate crash. The Average home sale price in Massachusetts in 2005 was $434,095. It would dip slightly in 2006 to $430k then go up slightly in 2007 to a hair under $432k to hit its low point in 2009 at $359,443 to rebound in 2010 with an average sale price of about $381k. So that would be a little more then 17% drop in home prices from the peak in 2005 to the low in 2009.

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Moving to Boston Suburbs: Town Guide - Quincy, MA

Quincy and that is pronounced QUIN ‘ZEE’ is a city south of Boston with over 101,000 residents. The City of Presidents is located in Norfolk County and is the seventh largest city in the state. In this post we are going to unpack all of Quincy from talking about Quincy history to what it is like today. We are going to go over Quincy neighborhoods, Quincy schools and things to do in Quincy for recreation which include beaches and parks. 

It is called the City of Presidents because it is the birthplace of two U.S Presidents – John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. John Hancock who was the President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence was also from Quincy.

Quincy was part of Dorchester then a precinct of Braintree and then finally became its own town in 1792 and would graduate to being a city in 1888. Quincy was home to a thriving granite industry and was the site of the Granite Railway that was the first commercial railroad in the U.S. Fun fact, the granite used at the Bunker Hill Monument was granite from Quincy! Quincy was also known for their Shipbuilding and more recently contributed to our current world with the founding of Howard Johnson’s and most importantly for all the Coffee Drinkers… Dunkin Donuts. Yes… That is right, Quincy was the first city to run on Dunkin. (More about Quincy Below the homes for sale)

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Worst Thing to Do When Missing a Mortgage Payment

Worst Thing to Do When Missing a Mortgage Payment

This game called life can sometimes lead to some challenging times where we may fall behind on our bills and make a late mortgage payment. This could be by accident or by circumstance. It’s important to understand the different stages of a late mortgage payment before talking about the worst thing that you can do if this should happen to you… Because you may just be in a grace period and not even know it!

Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb. Welcome to the channel. To learn more about real estate and your options should you be behind on your mortgage, then don’t forget to click the subscribe and like button below. And if you want to talk Real Estate friend to friend… And confidentially might I add, then find my info in the description below!

Most people think that they are late on their mortgage on the second of the month. This is incorrect. Banks give you a 15 day grace period. Essentially there is no penalty for making a payment up until the 15th of each month. And as a heads up, the bank needs to be in receipt of the payment. You can’t have put it in the mail on the 14th.

On day 16 through 30 Days is when a borrower will normally incur a late charge. This fee is usually between 4 and 5% of your monthly payment. So if your payment is $2,000 then expect a fee of $100.

30 Days late is when the lender will report your late payment to the credit bureaus. This will negatively affect your credit score and will make it more difficult to borrow money whether that be for a new car, new couch or even to refinance.

At 45 Days late, the lender is required to assign someone to your case to inform you of your options. I talk about these options in the video above and will have the video at the end of this video as well.

60 Days late is when the compounding affect really starts adding up as they will charge you for a second late fee plus the additional mortgage payment. So if your mortgage...

Flagship Wharf - Charlestown: Navy Yard

Welcome to Flagship Wharf, a 10-story luxury brick condo building with 201 luxury residences, a 516- car garage and 34,000 square feet of commercial space. Flagship Wharf was built in 1989 and is considered one of Boston’s most prestigious buildings which offers its residents many different amenities such as valet parking, a state-of-the-art fitness center and lending library. And then there is it’s amazing location which we are going to talk more about momentarily.

Hey, it’s Jeff Chubb. Welcome to the channel. To learn more about real estate then don’t forget to click the subscribe and like button below. And if you are thinking about making a move in and around Boston and want to talk Real Estate friend to friend… Then find my info in the description below!

Flagship Wharf is located in the Navy Yard which is a neighborhood in Charlestown. The Charlestown Navy Yard was actually one of the original six yards that formed to support the US Navy and was one of the oldest ship building facilities for the military branch. Today the Navy Yard has been transformed to a residential community that attracts thousands of tourists while offering lavish apartments, condos and townhouses with awe inspiring waterfront views. (More about Flagship Wharf and the Navy Yard Below)

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Moving to Boston: East Boston vs. South Boston - The Title Town Duel

Title Town Duel: East Boston vs. South Boston

Today we are going to witness an anticipated match against East vs. South. In the Red corner we have South Boston who is officially weighing in as the home to 32,000 residents. And in the Blue Corner, we have East Boston who is officially weighing in as the home to 40,000 residents. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!

To choose the victor of the battle between East and South Boston, we will be looking at and comparing 7 different categories. These categories include Commuting Access, Affordability, Education, Culture & Environment, Green Space, Amenities and Crime Rates. Now, by law because I am a licensed professional... I am not allowed to say which neighborhood is better or which neighborhood is the winner… SO, that means it is up to YOU. You get to decide who the winner is… Put your vote for which neighborhood is the winner in the comment section below. The winning neighborhood will move on to the next round.

Now I am assuming that you know all about East Boston and South Boston. But if you are looking to learn more about these exceptional towns then at the end of this blog be sure to check out our in-depth analysis of each of these amazing Boston neighborhoods.

So... Let's get this competition going! 

Crime Rates

This one should be an easy comparison. As facts don’t lie… But again, because I am licensed… I am not allowed to spout out any crime stats. It’s absurd. This I know. But what I can do, is point to research done by someone else and talk about that… So here we go!

I utilized the website Areavibes.com. This website has a lot of information about different areas around the country and includes grades on things like Cost of Living or Amenities… Or Crime!

So according to Areavibes, ...

The Final Walk Through - What it is. Why it's Important. When it is done.

The Final Walk Through

The Final Walk Through. Let’s talk about what it is. Why it is important. And when it happens.

Hey it’s Jeff Chubb, welcome to the channel. To learn more about real estate then don’t forget to click the subscribe and like button. And if you want to talk Real Estate mano ye mano… Then find my info in the description below!

The final walk through is an essential step of the home buying and selling process.

So, what is it? The final walk through is just that. It is a time when a buyer walks through a property that they are purchasing to verify that they are receiving the property in the promised condition and there is no debris left behind.

When does it happen? The final walk through generally happens the day of or the day before closing. The reason that the final walk through happens so close to closing is that the buyer owns any and all issues that happen between the actual walk through and when they have closed.

Why is it important? This is an actual example that happened to me. We had a closing scheduled for Thursday. My client moved out of the house over the weekend with the last day of them being in the property on Sunday night with no issues and the property ready to be delivered in “broom swept” condition.

The buyer had scheduled the final walk through on Wednesday night. They showed up and started walking around the house when they noticed some water. They opened the basement door to find the basement literally full of water. Sometime between Sunday night and Wednesday night, a pipe burst in the second-floor bathroom. Traveled down from the second floor through the first floor and into the basement. If this was a car, the equivalent of this would be the house being totaled if you will....

Neighborhood Guide - South Boston: Boston, MA

NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE - SOUTH BOSTON, MA

With its rich history and strong sense of community, South Boston is an evolving, vibrant neighborhood located in Boston, MA.

From the Departed to Good Will Hunting, South Boston (colloquially known as ‘Southie’) has been the setting of many well-known movies over the years. However, you’ll find that South Boston is quite different from the neighborhoods these movies have often portrayed.

This traditional community is one of the city's most storied and historically rich areas, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s stuck in the past! Over the past few years, South Boston has been changing and reinventing itself. The community has seen new life with the opening of new restaurants, hotels and markets all over, as well as new housing developments, from stunning condos to the refurbishment of many of the original Victorian-era style buildings.

Neighborhoods here are filled with life and character. And, with the influx of working professionals and families streaming into the area, it’s no secret that South Boston has become one of the city’s most sought-after areas.

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History of South Boston

Previously fertile farmland, the first formal settlement in South Boston dates back more than 350 years, with the Anglo-Saxon Protestant Puritans’ arrival in 1635. This piece of the neighborhood's history is quite ironic since South Boston would later become famous as a haven for Irish Catholic immigrants in the following centuries.

After being annexed in 1804, South Boston became a center of rapidly growing industrial development. As factories producing everything from glassworks to chemicals became the economic focus of the area,...

Boston Neighborhoods - Where to Live?

Boston Neighborhoods – Where to Live?

The city of Boston has designated 23 Neighborhoods in the city. One of the best things about Boston is that all the neighborhoods have different personalities... And that there is literally a neighborhood for anyone and everyone in Boston!

To make things even more confusing... Unofficially, Boston has many overlapping neighborhoods... within larger towns. Take South Boston or otherwise known as “Southie” as an example. Boston recognizes the neighborhood of South Boston, however to residents it is broken up into two distinct parts. There is the East Side & West Side. But within the two sides, there is the neighborhood w/in the neighborhood. Take Andrew Square or City Point. Both are in Southie. Andrew Square is on the West Side of South Boston while the neighborhood of City Point is on the East Side. And both are two very distinct areas with very different personalities.

So where do we start? Let’s start with the Designated 23 Neighborhoods in the city and then be on the lookout for future videos that go more in depth for each neighborhood. So lets scratch the surface if you will…

The official neighborhoods of Boston are: Allston, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway- Kenmare, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston. South End, West End and West Roxbury. Boy… Say that 5 times fast!

Keep in mind that Boston today looks A LOT different than a couple hundred years ago. Knowing this, Boston may make a little more sense when you see all the roads criss cross in chaos when looking at a map!

Much of what we know as Boston today was actually a Bay that would be later filled in. So geographically speaking when we say north End or South End, they used to refer to their...