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It's JP vs. Beacon Hill in Suddenly Wide-Open Field

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It will be tough to top Monday's upset win by East Boston over defending Curbed Boston Cup champ South Boston, but here we go: The next match-up in the Elite Eight pits No. 6 Jamaica Plain against No. 3 Beacon Hill. To the polls!

Jamaica Plain has had quite the 2013 development- and sales-wise. One nugget, courtesy of our David Bates in September: The neighborhood had only one sale in the $700K to $799K range in the first eight and a half months of 2012; through the same period in 2013, it had 13. Now, developments! There was the ribbon-cutting just recently for 225 Centre Street, the first piece in the 14-property Jackson Square puzzle. There was also the ruthlessly transit-friendly Commons at Forest Hills (rendered), which will add hundreds of apartments to an area already seeing a fair amount of residential development. And there was, of course, all the rigamarole on South Huntington Avenue, some of which carried over from 2012. Remember that year?

Oh, Beacon Hill! Land of titanic deals, like the ones for 36 Lime Street (finally!) and 78 Beacon Street and, well, we could go on and on re: big Beacon Hill deals (and price-chops for that matter, which tended to be on the big side as well). There wasn't much new development, of course, because new development is not the neighborhood's thing, as evidenced by the brouhaha surrounding the renovation of the 148-year-old townhouse at 124 Chestnut Street (pictured). Yeah, real kerfuffle that.

Poll results

· 2013 a Busy Year for Hub's High Price Points [Curbed Boston]
· Jackson Square Mega-Redo About So Much More Than Housing [Curbed Boston]
· Take the Orange Line to the Commons at Forest Hills [Curbed Boston]
· South Huntington Ave. Readies for Another Round [Curbed Boston]
· Final Twist for 36 Lime: Sale Saga Ends in Seven-Figure Deal [Curbed Boston]
· Dictatorial 78 Beacon Street Lands a Buyer [Curbed Boston]
· Curtain Drops on 124 Chestnut Renovation [Curbed Boston]
· At 124 Chestnut Street, Buyer Be-really-ware [Curbed Boston]
· Beacon Hill's Sunflower Castle Sprouts Year's Biggest Cut [Curbed Boston]

36 Lime Street

36 Lime Street, Boston, MA