There are lots of people out there who think density is the be-all and end-all of environmentally conscious urban planning. But that’s simply not the case; there are plenty of arguments against it, plenty of examples that undermine it, and today, another study that refutes it.
Columbia University recently found that children on tree-lined streets—which generally suffer in the highest density communities due to lack of sunlight, root pressure and a variety of other problems—suffered drastically lower asthma rates than children raised on streets without trees.
The good news is that most of Back Bay and large portions of Beacon Hill are built around trees, and those trees aren’t going anywhere; residents are militant in their arboreal support. Just try locking your bike to a neighborhood sapling if you don’t believe me.
Here are some home offerings in particularly well-planted areas:
167 Commonwealth Ave #1 – $895,000
1 bed, 1.5 baths, 1,243 sq. ft.
The Comm Ave mall, an impressive green strip running between the eastbound and westbound sides of the finest real estate in the city, was seen as such an eyesore by concrete-lovers that some nuts once planned to build a series of towers there. So you know those have to be some nice trees. The fact that you can snag a million-dollar looking home there for less than 900k doesn’t hurt the location, either.
447 Marlborough St. #4 – $410,000
1 bed, 1 bath, 429 sq. ft.
For some people, tree-lined just isn’t enough. They need quiet, too, and it doesn’t get much quieter than the western end of Marlborough Street. Though it lies between two major thoroughfares (Charlesgate Overpass and Mass Ave), most eastbound traffic uses Storrow or Boylston, and most westbound traffic takes Beacon. Now, I don’t think that makes a plaincake studio worth a grand per square foot, but maybe for you it does.
author’s note: the following listing is *actually* in Charlestown, but I think it’s a pretty fantastic deal, so I’m going to leave it up.
30 Chestnut St #3 – $475,000
2 beds, 1 bath, 855 sq. ft.
Hard to knock a two bed for less than 500k on the south slope, but one look at the roof deck…wow. Forget about the frickin’ trees. For those of you who are thinking there must be a catch, an open house this coming Sunday will give you the chance to scope the place out for yourself.