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Mapping the 15 Most Expensive Boston Home Sales of 2012

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Boston's priciest home sales this year ranged from a $12,500,000 deal for a dictatorial townhouse on Commonwealth to a $4,500,000 one for a not-so-dictatorial-but-still-make-your-friends-jealous triplex on Commonwealth. And in between were price-chops galore, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, the "ultimate 1 percenter status symbol," and other high-end madness. A few notes before we get to the goods: info culled from our pals at LINK Boston and Zillow, as well as from our archives; closed deals only (we're not including the Ames-Webster Mansion, for instance); and it's not our fault these 15 fall in just a couple of neighborhoods, basically.


· Boston's Newest Real Estate Parlor Game: the Ames-Webster [Curbed Boston]

[15 Commonwealth Avenue, which went for $12.5M this year]

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1. Mandarin-Oriental, #W11-B

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776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

This 6,111-square-foot, 3-BR, 6-BA condo traded in February for $10,300,000, after asking as much as $12,500,000.

2. Tom Brady's Place at 310 Beacon, #4

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310 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

Oh, yes: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's $9,200,000 trade in June ended the year's biggest real estate saga. The 5,311-square-foot, 3-BR, 3.5-BA duplex had been asking as much as $10,500,000.

3. 100 Beacon Street, #PHB

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100 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

The 4,083-square-foot penthouse traded in August for $9,000,000, well below its original asking of $10,500,000.

4. Four Seasons, #1515

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220 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

We called this the "ultimate 1 percenter status symbol" back in August, and we stand by that. That was around the time the 4,022-square-foot spread traded for $7,350,000—$600K under asking and after nearly two years on the market.

5. 100 Beacon Street, #PHB

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100 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

Not to be confused with its $9M neighbor, this 4,083-square-foot penthouse traded back in February for $6,500,000, after being listed for as much as $6,990,000 and after exactly four years on the market.

6. Mandarin-Oriental, #W11-A

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776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

This 3,168-square-foot 2-BR sold in February in under two weeks for its asking of $5,575,000.

7. 31-35 Beaver Place

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31-35 Beaver Place
Boston, MA

This 4,664-square-foot, three-story carriage house traded in November after barely five months on the market. It went for $5,400,000, after an original asking of $5,995,000.

8. 171 Commonwealth Avenue, #3

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171 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

This 4,144-square-foot, 3-BR, 3.5-BA duplex penthouse traded in June for $5,000,000 even, after being listed in February for $5,299,000.

9. 21-23 Marlborough Street, #2

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21-23 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA

This 5,841-square-foot duplex sold after barely seven months on the market for $4,800,000, more than $1M off its original asking. That came to a relatively low $822 a square foot.

10. The Bradley Mansion, #H/J

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409 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

This $4,740,000 trade is, along with the 33 Beaver Place deal, the youngest entrant on our list, having closed on Nov. 20. The 4,306-square-foot condo sold after 14 months on the market for below its $5,175,000 asking.

11. 184 Beacon Street, #1/2

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184 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

This 3,768-square-foot triplex traded in well under two months for $100,000 under its original asking of $4,750,000.

12. 24 Commonwealth Avenue, #1

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24 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

A quarter-mill was knocked off this 4,181-square-foot triplex before it traded in August for $4,500,000. It spent eight months on the market.

13. 6 Otis Place

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6 Otis Place
Boston, MA

This 4-BR, 5.5-BA townhouse spreads over 5,100 renovated square feet and includes a 1,100-square-foot garden out back. It went for $5,700,000 in September, $100K off its last listing.

14. 3 Louisburg Square

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3 Louisburg Square
Boston, MA

The 6,570-square-foot, 5-BR, 5.5-BA townhouse traded for $11 million in April, at least $1M under the last asking.

15. 15 Commonwealth Avenue

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15 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

After more than 1,000 days on the market, the 15,000-square-foot, 10-BR mansion traded in April for $12,500,000, after a gradual slide from more than $15M. The spread is being used as a private home, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, after having gone back and forth from commercial use over the years.

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1. Mandarin-Oriental, #W11-B

776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

This 6,111-square-foot, 3-BR, 6-BA condo traded in February for $10,300,000, after asking as much as $12,500,000.

776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

2. Tom Brady's Place at 310 Beacon, #4

310 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Oh, yes: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's $9,200,000 trade in June ended the year's biggest real estate saga. The 5,311-square-foot, 3-BR, 3.5-BA duplex had been asking as much as $10,500,000.

310 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

3. 100 Beacon Street, #PHB

100 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

The 4,083-square-foot penthouse traded in August for $9,000,000, well below its original asking of $10,500,000.

100 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

4. Four Seasons, #1515

220 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

We called this the "ultimate 1 percenter status symbol" back in August, and we stand by that. That was around the time the 4,022-square-foot spread traded for $7,350,000—$600K under asking and after nearly two years on the market.

220 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

5. 100 Beacon Street, #PHB

100 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Not to be confused with its $9M neighbor, this 4,083-square-foot penthouse traded back in February for $6,500,000, after being listed for as much as $6,990,000 and after exactly four years on the market.

100 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

6. Mandarin-Oriental, #W11-A

776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

This 3,168-square-foot 2-BR sold in February in under two weeks for its asking of $5,575,000.

776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

7. 31-35 Beaver Place

31-35 Beaver Place, Boston, MA

This 4,664-square-foot, three-story carriage house traded in November after barely five months on the market. It went for $5,400,000, after an original asking of $5,995,000.

31-35 Beaver Place
Boston, MA

8. 171 Commonwealth Avenue, #3

171 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

This 4,144-square-foot, 3-BR, 3.5-BA duplex penthouse traded in June for $5,000,000 even, after being listed in February for $5,299,000.

171 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

9. 21-23 Marlborough Street, #2

21-23 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

This 5,841-square-foot duplex sold after barely seven months on the market for $4,800,000, more than $1M off its original asking. That came to a relatively low $822 a square foot.

21-23 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA

10. The Bradley Mansion, #H/J

409 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

This $4,740,000 trade is, along with the 33 Beaver Place deal, the youngest entrant on our list, having closed on Nov. 20. The 4,306-square-foot condo sold after 14 months on the market for below its $5,175,000 asking.

409 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

11. 184 Beacon Street, #1/2

184 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

This 3,768-square-foot triplex traded in well under two months for $100,000 under its original asking of $4,750,000.

184 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

12. 24 Commonwealth Avenue, #1

24 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

A quarter-mill was knocked off this 4,181-square-foot triplex before it traded in August for $4,500,000. It spent eight months on the market.

24 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

13. 6 Otis Place

6 Otis Place, Boston, MA

This 4-BR, 5.5-BA townhouse spreads over 5,100 renovated square feet and includes a 1,100-square-foot garden out back. It went for $5,700,000 in September, $100K off its last listing.

6 Otis Place
Boston, MA

14. 3 Louisburg Square

3 Louisburg Square, Boston, MA

The 6,570-square-foot, 5-BR, 5.5-BA townhouse traded for $11 million in April, at least $1M under the last asking.

3 Louisburg Square
Boston, MA

15. 15 Commonwealth Avenue

15 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

After more than 1,000 days on the market, the 15,000-square-foot, 10-BR mansion traded in April for $12,500,000, after a gradual slide from more than $15M. The spread is being used as a private home, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, after having gone back and forth from commercial use over the years.

15 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA