Back Bay: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

the original material girl

$11 million dollars? Harrumph. Like that’s even a lot…Back Bay has at least two complete homes (128 Comm Ave and 51 Comm Ave #C-G) on the market for that price. And sure, their backyards might not come with full-size “tea-houses”, but they also don’t come with noisy, smelly commuter rail tracks, either. And with gas at record prices, have fun driving, well, everywhere – unless you plan on using that deep-water dock for sailboat commuting.

Seriously, everywhere you turn, it’s like someone’s trying to out Back Bay Back Bay. I suppose I should be glad that at least the more loathsome aspects of the neighborhood are moving out, too – perhaps you noticed the minor uproar that erupted when some South End mom bragged about not having to clean up her child’s spilled Cheerios in restaurants. At least it brought my new favorite blog back into action.

In all honesty, what’s always gotten me pumped about Back Bay – and Beacon Hill, as well – is the broad range of properties available in a small area. For every million dollar trophy home, there’s a 7 Hereford St. or a 183 Comm Ave; comfortable, comparatively affordable residences in walkable, architecturally gorgeous neighborhoods that offer a staggering variety of services.

There’s less productivity lost commuting, less ecological impact, and more fun stuff to do. Try finding Sonsie and The Other Side each half a block from a home in stuffy old Manchester-by-the-Sea. And don’t forget the changing demographics of this recent economic downturn – move out the suburbs and you may find yourself smack dab in the middle of the same blight your parents fled the city to avoid.

Image: Screenshot from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes trailer. Howard Hawkes, 1953. Public Domain (copyright expired), via Wikipedia.