Where You Can Go Carless in Boston

The Study

We conducted a study to rank the most affordable places to live in Boston without a car to follow-up our similar study in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

According to WalkScore, Boston is the 3rd most walkable city in the United States! But what are the best (and most affordable) neighborhoods for getting around by foot, bike, or public transit?

 

We analyzed data provided by WalkScore.com for Boston neighborhoods (Walk Score, Bike Score and Transit Score) and combined that data with our data on current median home sales prices to produce a carless/affordability ratio. Check out the results below!

 

The Results

#1: Allston

  • Median Price: $280,000

  • Walk Score: 86

  • Transit Score: 80

  • Bike Score: 82

  • Aggregate: 83

  • What Kind of Homes: Mostly condos

  • What to Do: Catch a concert (indie, up-and-comers) at Great Scott or Brighton Music Hall (yes, Brighton Music Hall is in Allston). Wind down at the Sunset Grill & Tap who claim to have largest selection of beer on the East Coast!

 

 

#2: Brighton

  • Median Price: $302,500

  • Walk Score: 79

  • Transit Score: 76

  • Bike Score: 62

  • Aggregate: 72

  • What Kind of Homes: Lots of condos; single-family homes at higher price points

  • What to Do: Go for a run at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir or catch a concert at Paradise Rock Club!

 

 

#3: Jamaica Plain

  • Median Price: $392,000

  • Walk Score: 77

  • Transit Score: 76

  • Bike Score: 85

  • Aggregate: 79

  • What Kind of Homes: Mostly condos near median price, single-family homes available at higher price points

  • What to Do: Check out the Sam Adams brewery, and walk off those beer calories in the Emerald Necklace park system.

 

 

#4: North End

  • Median Price: $466,000

  • Walk Score: 96

  • Transit Score: 99

  • Bike Score: 76

  • Aggregate: 90

  • What Kind of Homes: Mostly condos

  • What to Do: Weigh in on the Mike’s versus Modern Pastry cannoli battle! You’ll be glad to bike or walk after taste testing! The North End is Boston’s Little Italy.

 

 

#5: South Boston

  • Median Price: $440,250

  • Walk Score: 79

  • Transit Score: 64

  • Bike Score: 69

  • Aggregate: 71

  • What Kind of Homes: Mostly condos, a few single family homes

  • What to Do: Bike to Castle Island Beach or visit Thomas Park atop Dorchester Heights hill, a historic site and a popular place to view Fourth of July fireworks. Also known as “Southie”!

 

 

#6: Charlestown

  • Median Price: $550,000

  • Walk Score: 81

  • Transit Score: 73

  • Bike Score: 75

  • Aggregate: 76

  • What Kind of Homes: Mostly condos near median price

  • What to Do: Hang out at the Warren Tavern – the oldest tavern in Massachusetts! Or if you’re into maritime history, go check out the Charlestown Navy Yard.  Charlestown is notably the oldest neighborhood in Boston!

 

 

#7: Beacon Hill

  • Median Price: $699,000

  • Walk Score: 97

  • Transit Score: 100

  • Bike Score: 77

  • Aggregate: 91

  • What Kind of Homes: Condos near median price; single family homes into multi-millions

  • What to Do: Go shopping on Charles Street or visit the Massachusetts State House, which is part of the Freedom Trail. The gas lamps lining the narrow streets add to Beacon Hill’s charm!

 

 

#8: South End

  • Median Price: $734,500

  • Walk Score: 94

  • Transit Score: 95

  • Bike Score: 82

  • Aggregate: 90

  • What Kind of Homes: Mostly condos

  • What to Do: Catch a show at the Cyclorama, buy produce at the SoWa open market or eat dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in this neighborhood (e.g. The Beehive, Toro).

 

 

#9: Downtown

  • Median Price: $784,500

  • Walk Score: 94

  • Transit Score: 100

  • Bike Score: 83

  • Aggregate: 92

  • What Kind of Homes: Mostly condos

  • What to Do: Participate in an Irish pub crawl (very popular on St. Patrick’s Day) - you’ll be glad you’re carless! Or check out some of the marine life at the New England Aquarium!

 

 

#10: Back Bay

  • Median Price: $895,000

  • Walk Score: 95

  • Transit Score: 97

  • Bike Score: 88

  • Aggregate: 93

  • What Kind of Homes: Condos at or near median price; single-family homes run into the multi-millions

  • What to Do: Catch up on your reading at the Boston Public Library, the “first public library to allow people to borrow books and other materials and take them home to read and use”; plus it’s gorgeous! Or if you feel like being outdoors, go for a run on the Charles River Esplanade!

 

 

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Boston or not, you can look for every property’s WalkScore published on its home detail page!

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