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Codman Square and Savin Hill price difference highlights the savings of a longer commute in Boston

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How much can staying on the train that much longer save?


The average asking price for Dorchester’s Codman Square area was $235 a square foot as of April, according to an analysis of market-rate listings from real estate research site NeighborhoodX.

A little farther up the Red Line, in Savin Hill, the average was $467 a square foot.

That’s not necessarily surprising. As NeighborhoodX research director Constantine Valhouli noted over email: “Savin Hill, along with Lower Mills ($475 a square foot), is among two of the most expensive neighborhoods within Dorchester. The former has the historic architecture, water views, and proximity to the beach and downtown. The latter is a beautiful historic mill complex that feels unlike any other section of Boston.”

What is interesting is that Codman Square and Savin Hill are separated by basically two stops on the Red Line (plus a bit of a walk or a connecting bus ride). What was that about longer commuters to find less expensive housing?