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Curbed Boston Cup 1st Round: (4) Back Bay vs. (13) South End

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The third annual Curbed Boston Cup, our award for the Hub neighborhood of the year, has kicked off, with 16 enclaves vying for the prestigious fake trophy. We'll have two match-ups per day through Thursday, 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 continue!

Time for perennial favorites Back Bay and the South End to face off.

Arguably Boston's toniest neighborhood, Back Bay comes out of 2013 again smelling like very expensive, non-CVS roses. There were titanic deals all around, including the $14,500,000 sale of the Ames-Webster Mansion, the priciest home trade in modern Boston history; and titanic listings, like the $13,950,000 tag for the Benjamin Mansion, which, incidentally, is being rented for $40,000 a month. There were also groundbreakings and proposals galore, including for the 52-story addition to Copley Place and the 33-story John Hancock neighbor called 40 Trinity Place. That puppy's supposed to have a two-floor lobby starting on the 18th floor (rendered), fit for beholding those who can't afford to live in Back Bay.

The South End romped to victory in the inaugural Curbed Boston Cup back in 2011. Since then, it's been doing its South End-y thing of quietly racking up high six-figure/low seven-figure deals and debuting some of Boston's more interesting new developments. Take, for instance, the Chevron at 518 Tremont Avenue, where the Parisian-style floor-throughs traded this year for more than $3,100,000 each. Or the massive Ink Block project, which broke ground in the spring and which includes the Sepia condo (rendered). Or! The developments around the Ink Block, like 345 Harrison.

Poll results

· Boston's Most Expensive Home Sale Ever! [Curbed Boston]
· Mad-Crazy Benjamin Mansion Can Again Be Yours [Curbed Boston]
· Quite Likely Boston's Priciest Residential Rent Ever [Curbed Boston]
· Wondering How the Copley Place Tower Will Meet the Street? [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Happens to 40 Trinity Place [Curbed Boston]
· The Curbed Boston Cup Neighborhood of the Year: South End! [Curbed Boston]
· Here's What New South End Floor-Through Condos Sell For [Curbed Boston]
· Ink Block's Sepia Boston Comes Into Sharper Focus [Curbed Boston]
· 9 Awesome Things We Learned at the Ink Block Block Party [Curbed Boston]
· South End's Constructionpalooza Rocks On at 345 Harrison [Curbed Boston]

Benjamin Mansion

74 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Copley Place Tower

100 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116

The Ink Block

Harrison Avenue and Herald Street, boston, Ma

345 Harrison Avenue

345 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA