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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music median real estate price is $1,582,149, which is more expensive than 95.4% of the neighborhoods in Massachusetts and 97.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music is currently $4,520, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 86.8% of the neighborhoods in Massachusetts.

Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music is a densely urban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) apartment complexes/high-rise apartments and small apartment buildings. Most of the residential real estate is renter occupied. Many of the residences in the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood are relatively historic, built no later than 1939, and in some cases, quite a bit earlier. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music has a 12.2% vacancy rate, which is well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than 70.1% of American neighborhoods). A relatively large percentage of housing here is seasonally occupied (6.9%), which can occur in some markets dominated by colleges or vacation homes. If you live here year round, you will find many of the homes or apartments are empty for all or a portion of the year.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.

Modes of Transportation

More people in Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music choose to walk to work each day (40.5%) than almost any neighborhood in America. If you are attracted to the idea of being able to walk to work, this neighborhood could be a good choice.

Also, if your dream is to be able to ride your bike to work each day, look no further than this unique neighborhood. With 3.6% of residents in the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood commuting on a bicycle to and from work daily, this neighborhood has more bicycle commuters than 96.7% of all neighborhoods in the U.S., according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis.

Finally, in the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood, 16.6% of people ride the train to work each day. This is a very high percentage compared to most places. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this is a higher level of train ridership than in 96.7% of the neighborhoods in America.

Real Estate

The Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood is very densely populated compared to most U.S. neighborhoods. In fact, with 46,553 persons per square mile in the neighborhood, it is more packed with people than 98.3% of the nation's neighborhoods. Even if you drive or take transit to your place of employment, many people enjoy being able to walk in their neighborhood. What many people don't realize is that most of America's premier vacation locations are also very walkable. The Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood is among the top 5% of American neighborhoods in terms of walkability.

In addition, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 89.1% of the residential real estate here is classified as such. This puts this neighborhood on the map as having a higher proportion of large apartment buildings than 98.1% of all neighborhoods in America.

Furthermore, the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood is very unique in that it has one of the highest proportions of one, two, or no bedroom real estate of any neighborhood in America. Most neighborhoods have a mixture of home or apartment sizes from small to large, but here the concentration of studios and other small living spaces is at near-record heights. With 87.5% of the real estate here of this small size, this most assuredly is a notable feature that makes this neighborhood unique, along with just a handful of other neighborhoods in the U.S. that share this characteristic.

Also of note, 90.5% of the real estate in the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.

Finally, do you watch 'This Old House' on Public Television? Do you love the idea of fixing up a Colonial or Victorian era home, complete with the charm of yesteryear? Do you like to stroll or drive streets lined with gracious older residences? If you found yourself nodding yes to any of these questions, you are going to be interested in this unique neighborhood. The Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 71.2% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 98.8% of the neighborhoods in the United States.

People

NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood has a greater concentration of residents currently enrolled in college than 99.2% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. With 49.6% of the population here attending college, this is very much a college-focused neighborhood.

Car Ownership

Most American households own a car or other vehicle. Many own two cars or perhaps three. In the United States, it is useful to have an automobile not only for commuting, but also for shopping and getting to other services one needs. But NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed that households in the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood have a highly unusual car ownership. 47.6% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in 98.6% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Migration / Stability

The freedom of moving to new places versus the comfort of home. How much and how often people move not only can create diverse and worldly neighborhoods, but simultaneously it can produce a loss of intimacy with one's surroundings and a lack of connectedness to one's neighbors. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research has identified this neighborhood as unique with regard to the transience of its populace. In the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood, a greater proportion of the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is found in 98.5% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood, more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.

Diversity

Did you know that the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood has more Greek and Iranian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 2.5% of this neighborhood's residents have Greek ancestry and 1.2% have Iranian ancestry.

Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 1.9% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Russian at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.4% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood in Boston are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 61.2% of U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, 9.2% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 52.8% of America's neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood, 66.4% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 18.3% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations (12.5%), and 2.8% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.

Languages

The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood is English, spoken by 63.8% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Chinese and Langs. of India.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood in Boston, MA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Asian (17.1%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (16.6%), and residents who report Italian roots (10.2%), and some of the residents are also of English ancestry (7.7%), along with some German ancestry residents (7.7%), among others. In addition, 20.4% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in Back Bay West / Berklee College of Music neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (35.9% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (40.5%) hop out the door and walk to work to get to work. In addition, quite a number also take the train to get to work (16.6%) and 12.5% of residents also drive alone in a private automobile for their daily commute. This is a special neighborhood for the number of people who walk to work. Combining exercise, low cost, and reduced pollution, plus the chance to see your neighbors, walking to work is fairly uncommon in America but likely to increase as people try to reduce their dependence on automobiles, and this neighborhood offers that opportunity today.


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