Fenway

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More commonly known as Fenway-Kenmore, this is the home of Fenway Park and the Red Sox, and cultural institutions like the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. The neighborhood is named after the Fenway, the main thoroughfare, laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, and draws numerous students and young professionals.

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History

Fenway–Kenmore is an example of what can happen when a city has the opportunity to build a neighborhood from the ground up. The area was formed by land annexed from neighboring Brookline in the 1870s, as the city sought to create recreational lands in the area of tidal marshland and mud flats located between Brookline and Boston. The then newly-established Park Commission chose the plan designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted called the park the Back Bay Fens, from the British term for a low, marshy area. The design solved a major drainage and pollution problem caused by sewage and stagnant water, while creating a chain of parks that winds through Boston, known today as the Emerald Necklace.

Originally, the whole area was meant to be a high-class neighborhood. The buildings built along the Fenway parkway were meant to house high-wealth residents. As property values rose, however, it was educational institutions that sprung up along the Fenway's route. By 1907, there were twenty-two educationally focused organizations, including nine colleges and universities. Residential buildings that were built needed their frontages to be approved by the Park Board so that a "poor-looking building [did not] depreciate the value of the whole neighborhood". The Board also had a say in whether it felt a proposed building was suitable for frontage along the park and parkway.

Today, the Fenway is a residential and commercial hub for Boston, forming the link between Downtown Boston to the east and Allston and Brighton to the west.

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Real Estate

Because parts of Boston University, Northeastern University, the Berklee College of Music, and the Boston Conservatory of Music are located in here, a large part of Fenway-Kenmore is comprised of students. However, also scattered throughout the neighborhood are brownstone townhomes, brick walk-ups, and five- to six-story apartment buildings, typically constructed between 1880 and 1930.

Fenway is ringed by the MBTA Orange Line Ruggles subway station, a number of MBTA Green Line trolley stops, and various MBTA buses connecting it to the city proper and the surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

2017 Statistics*

  • Median Sale Price: $518,000 
  • Average Sale Price: $600,381 
  • Median Price Per Square Foot: $763 
  • Single-Family Homes Sold: 1
  • Highest Single-Family Home Sale Price: $2,162,500
  • Condominiums Sold: 212
  • Highest Condominium Sale Price: $2,800,000

*For the most up-to-date real estate market analysis of the neighborhood, contact us directly.

 

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Fenway Lifestyle

The neighborhood's main green space, the Back Bay Fens, was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who is considered the father of American landscape architecture. Home to numerous academic and medical institutions, Fenway has a thriving young population and a number of music venues and clubs, bars, restaurants, theaters, and national retailers.

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