The Cost of Watching the Marathon from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Every year is a battle to find and secure the best spot to watch and celebrate the Boston Marathon. It is that one time of the year where for 26.2 miles, Bostonians come together to cheer on family, friends, and strangers. Many try to find the best viewing spot, whether that be on the street alongside the race, from the inside of a restaurant, or the lawn of your own home.

The luxury of watching from your own place comes at a price — a price that varies depending on where along the route you are looking to secure. Owners.com provided research on the average home prices for the towns the marathon runs through.

 

The eight cities: Ashland, Hopkinton, Framingham, Natick, Newton, Wellesley, Brookline, and Boston all represent different price points; however, all of them represent a significantly higher price now than their price in the 1940s. The cheapest of them all is Framingham, the third city on the road to victory. At a home price of $360,800 today, Framingham ranks low in comparison to the others.

 

Coming in as most expensive, Newton averages out to a home price of about $855,700 — a significantly larger number than in Framingham. Surprisingly, Boston, the location for the finish line ranks somewhere in the middle of all the cities at $634,500.

 

To put the cities in greater perspective, here is a list in order of the home prices today and 1940 home price (in today’s dollars):

Framingham:

1940 Home Price: $26,794

2017 Home Price: $360,800

Ashland:

1940 Home Price: $50,582

2017 Home Price: $361,400

Natick:

1940 Home Price: $43,689

2017 Home Price: $47,000

Hopkinton:

1940 Home Price: $51,832

2017 Home Price: $526,900

Boston:

1940 Home Price: $61,597

2017 Home Price: $634,500

Wellesley:

1940 Home Price: $67,612

2017 Home Price: $706,300

Brookline:

1940 Home Price: $60,043

2017 Home Price: $720,000

Newton:

1940 Home Price: $69, 014

2017 Home Price: $855,700

 

Photo by WEBN-TV under CC BY-ND 2.0

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