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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (4) Back Bay vs. (13) Jamaica Plain

The second annual Curbed Boston Cup, our award for the Hub neighborhood of the year, is under way with 16 enclaves vying for the prestigious fake trophy. We'll have two match-ups per day this week, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends after 24 hours. Let the eliminations commence!

Oh, Back Bay, mightiest of the Boston 'hoods! Womb of its most famous real estate deal of the year, Tomsele's $9.2M sale on Beacon Street. Keeper of what could turn out to be the single, biggest residential trade in modern Boston history. Guardian of big-time developments that moved closer to reality this year, like the Copley Place tower (at least, we think it did) and 40 Trinity. Etc., etc. You know Back Bay. It had another good year in 2012.

As David Bates noted in October, Jamaica Plain hosts perhaps the city's hottest price-range: JP condos retailing for between $600K and $699K. Not only that, but the neighborhood hosted perhaps Boston's most contentious development fight of 2012: that over the planned Olmsted Place at 161 South Huntington Avenue (it's a go, by the way).

Poll results

· Monday Morning Quarterbacking Tom Brady's Penthouse Deal [Curbed Boston]
· Boston's Newest Real Estate Parlor Game: the Ames-Webster [Curbed Boston]
· 40 Trinity Plans: 33 Floors of Four-Star Hotel Rooms, Apts. [Curbed Boston]
· The Mystery of Copley Place: Developer Halts Major Tower [Curbed Boston]
· Boston's Hottest Price Range [Curbed Boston]
· Two Apartment Projects Move Forward: Olmsted Place, Pier 4 [Curbed Boston]

Ames-Webster Mansion

306 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116

Olmsted Place

161 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130

310 Beacon Street

310 Beacon Street, Boston, MA