One of the main trade-offs city dwellers make is choosing convenience over space. You’re bound to get less square footage in the city than you would in the suburbs, but you’ll be closer to work, restaurants and friends.
And if you’re close enough to an MBTA stop, you can probably avoid owning a car altogether.
But how much does that last convenience cost? Well, as seen in a new map from real estate site Estately, not all stops are created equal.
Analyzing six months worth of home, condo, and townhouse sales within a half-mile radius of each transit stop on the MBTA Green, Blue, Red, Silver, and Orange lines, Estately found the average price per square foot paid in each area.
Maybe not so surprisingly, the most expensive T stop to live near is Arlington on the Green Line, which boasts an average home price of $1,076 per square foot. Copley, Back Bay, Chinatown, and Boylston all fall close behind, with average prices per square foot over $1,000.
On the other end of the spectrum, as Boston Magazine points out, the Beachmont stop on the Blue Line came in as the least expensive station to live near, with an average home price of $193 per square foot. Revere Beach, Braintree, Mattapan, and Suffolk Downs also ranked low on the list with prices under $250 per square foot on average.
Estately also looked at the map on a line by line basis, finding that the Silver Line has the highest average price per square foot at $754. The Blue Line on average was the cheapest, with a $479 price per square foot average.