The Back Bay in Haiku

basho, master of haiku337 Commonwealth Ave #40
2 beds, 2 baths. $945,000, 1,294 sq. ft.

Assessed price? Beauty
Cannot be assessed. Buy me.
My skylight taunts you.

74 Commonwealth Ave #7

1 bed, 1 bath. $509,000, 611 sq. ft.

Bright. High ceilings. Brick
Exposed. Kitchen small but smart.
Wash. Dry. Includes Heat.

1091 Boylston St. #47

Studio, 1 bath. $204,000, 311 sq. ft.

Address: fun. Nearby,
The T. But price betrays me
As Grandma’s wolf teeth.

497 Beacon St. #1

1 bed, 1 bath. $325,000, 507 sq. ft.

Stately while small-sized.
My price implies a basement.
I am no basement.

37 Commonwealth Ave

0 beds/baths. $12,500,000, 11,000 sq. ft.

Like great wealth I stand,
Envy of all passers-by,
But inside, hollow.

Image: Statue of Basho. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Kevin

    1091 Boylston is Back Bay? Are you kidding me?

    I love how what realtors call “Back Bay” is now creeping further and further west across Mass Ave into the Fenway.

    Oh and I love how the listing pictures show the building’s hallways and not the unit itself. Very nice!!

  • cosmo.catalano

    As you might notice in comments on previous posts, there’s plenty of hemming and hawing over where Boston neighborhoods begin and end.

    1091 is technically in Fenway, but it’s not because it’s west of Mass Ave; it’s because it’s south of the Pike (and the train tracks that predate the Interstate). Charlesgate East is pretty universally considered the Back Bay’s western border.

    Anyway, 1091 Boylston is essentially cut off from the rest of the Fenway neighborhood by the Muddy River, Fens and Charlesgate Overpass. Other than the fantastic dive bar TC’s Lounge, the businesses and amenities of the Back Bay are far closer to this property than anything in the Fenway.

    Historically, this building fits better with the Back Bay than with Fenway, as Charlesgate essentially marks where the city stopped expanding in the very early 1900s, before backfill populated the space between Brighton and Kenmore Square.

    While “neighborhood drift” does bother me a bit, the fact remains that continued development over the Mass Pike will reduce that corridor’s presence as a neighborhood divider, same as redevelopment in the South End has pushed the only obvious separation from Roxbury down to Melnea Cass Boulevard.

    As for the photos, 1091 is (I believe) being converted from rentals to condos. Given the building’s proximity to local colleges, one can assume a few of the units have seen rough use.

  • mike.martin

    Best blog ever…I wish I’d thought of this.

  • cosmo.catalano

    Thanks, Mike. Feel free to adopt it to the North Shore market anytime.