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Key Takeaways:

  • Massachusetts dominates New England with 40 zip codes in our top 50.
  • Boston’s 02199 is most expensive New England zip at $3.7 million.
  • Vermont’s most expensive zip code logs a $535,000 median.
  • Middlesex County is New England’s priciest, originating 40% of its most expensive zips.
  • Connecticut’s Gold Coast supplies the state’s priciest zips.
  • Seven New England zip codes are among the 100 most expensive nationwide.

After releasing our traditional year-end report of the 100 most expensive zip codes in the U.S., we were curious about the 50 priciest New England zip codes in 2019.  After all, the region placed seven zip codes among the 100 most expensive in the U.S. – including 02199 in Boston, the #6 most expensive zip code nationally at $3,699,000.

In order to create the most accurate benchmark, we analyzed residential sales that occurred in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont, and calculated the median sale price for each zip code. Due to three zip codes tying for the same median sale price, 52 zips made it into our New England top 50.

Massachusetts Dominates New England Real Estate Landscape with 77% of Its Priciest Zips

As expected, Massachusetts led the region in pricey zip codes, contributing 40 of the total 52 that ranked as New England’s most expensive zips. Connecticut followed from a comfortable distance with nine zips on the list, while New Hampshire contributed two zip codes and Rhode Island added one.

Maine and Vermont medians were not high enough to rank among New England’s most expensive zips. In 2019, Maine’s top zip had a $647,000 median, while Vermont’s priciest zip was at $535,000. The last entry in our New England top 50 was Boston’s 02109 with a median sale price of $800,000. For more details on Maine and Vermont, scroll down and explore their 10 priciest zip codes.

Of New England’s top 50 most expensive zips, 26 positions (representing 28 zips) registered medians greater than the $1 million mark, including seven entries that were among the 100 priciest zips in the country in 2019. The undisputed leader was Boston’s 02199, which was the most expensive zip code in New England with a median sale price of $3,669,000.  Covering Back Bay’s Prudential Center area, 02199 ranked as the #3 most expensive zip code in the U.S. in 2018 but dropped to #6 in 2019 due to a 23% year-over-year contraction of its median.

Boston’s 02199 was the only New England zip to feature a median sale price higher than $3 million, with New Hampshire’s 03871 the next priciest at $1,900,000.  Located in the small community of Rye Beach, 03871 was the #2 most expensive zip code in New England in 2019. Connecticut also had a strong showing, as Riverside’s 06878 scored the #3 most expensive zip in New England with a median sale price of $1,630,000. Both zips ranked nationally, of course, with Rye Beach landing at #46 and Riverside at #70.

Home to 40 of the 52 zip codes on our list, Massachusetts claimed 77% of New England’s priciest zip codes. Analyzing New England’s top zip codes from a county perspective, the concentration of affluence and pricey real estate is even clearer. Specifically, within Massachusetts, Middlesex County reigned supreme, originating 21 of New England’s top zips – a whopping 40%.

As such, Middlesex County was New England’s most expensive, followed by Massachusetts’ Norfolk County and Connecticut’s Fairfield County with nine zips each. Suffolk County – home to New England’s most expensive zip, 02199 –came in third place with eight of the region’s priciest zips.

At $3.7 Million, Back Bay Zip Code is Most Expensive in Massachusetts and New England

Massachusetts dominated our top of New England’s priciest zip codes, claiming 40 spots, including the #1 most expensive zip code in New England: 02199 in Boston’s Back Bay. With a median sale price of $3,669,000, Boston’s exclusive Back Bay 02199 zip was also among the 10 most expensive zip codes in the country, reaching #6. In fact, 02199 has consistently ranked among the 100 priciest zips in the U.S., achieving its highest position ever in 2018, when it reigned as the third-most expensive with a $4,772,500 median sale price.

Massachusetts’ #2 most expensive zip code in 2019 was 02481 in Wellesley Hills. With a median sale price of $1,474,000, the Norfolk County zip also ranked as the fifth-most expensive New England zip. Wellesley Hills’ pricey median also meant that 02481 was among the 100 most expensive zip codes in the U.S. for its third consecutive year, settling at #90 in 2019.

With its $1,437,000 median sale price, Weston’s 02493 was the #3 most expensive zip code in Massachusetts. It, too, made it onto our list of the priciest zip codes in the U.S., albeit for only the second consecutive year. Weston’s 02493 was one of 19 Massachusetts zip codes to post medians higher than $1 million in 2019.

All in all, Boston originated four of New England’s 10 most expensive zips and eight of its top 50 zips. Consequently, Boston was New England’s #1 most expensive municipality. At the same time, Massachusetts was home to the top three most expensive counties; with Middlesex in the lead with 21 of the region’s priciest zips, followed by Norfolk with nine counties – a tie with Connecticut’s Fairfield County – and Suffolk with eight leading zip codes. All in all, Massachusetts was home to 77% of New England’s leading 50 zips.

RankZip CodeLocationMedian Sale Price 2019County
102199Boston$3,669,000Suffolk
202481Wellesley Hills$1,474,000Norfolk
302493Weston$1,437,000Middlesex
402108Boston$1,400,000Suffolk
502210Boston$1,399,000Suffolk
602554Nantucket$1,398,000Nantucket
702468Waban$1,341,000Middlesex
802110Boston$1,337,000Suffolk
902142Cambridge$1,329,000Middlesex
1002459Newton Center$1,263,000Middlesex

Connecticut’s Gold Coast Continues to Lead State in Expensive Real Estate

Not to be outdone, Connecticut gave Massachusetts a run for its money, contributing three zips to our national rankings, as well. Riverside’s 06878 was Connecticut’s #1 most expensive zip code with a median sale price of $1,630,000. That figure made 06878 New England’s third-most expensive zip code in 2019, as well as #70 nationally. In 2018, 06878 was #49 nationally, but a 12% year-over-over contraction of its median sale price and outsized appreciation of California medians pushed Riverside down into the second half our national top 100 in 2019.

In Old Greenwich, 06870 was Connecticut’s #2 most expensive zip code in 2019 with a median sale price of $1,625,000. As a result, 06870 came in as the 71st-priciest zip in the U.S. in 2019, down from #65 in 2018. That came as a result of a 2% year-over-year contraction of its median sale price.

Zip 06830 in Greenwich was Connecticut’s #3 most expensive zip code with a $1,450,000 median sale price, placing 95th in our national top 100. It, too, experienced negative growth, with its 2019 median finishing more than 10% lower than it did in the previous year. As a result, it dropped in our national top 100 from #74 in 2018 to #95 in 2019.

The decrease in median sale prices in Connecticut’s most expensive zip codes hit Cos Cob’s 06807 the hardest. While its 2018 median sale price was $1,442,500 – thus ranking as the 97th-most expensive zip nationally – a 34% year-over-year decrease meant it was nowhere near high enough to rank among the priciest zip codes in the country in 2019. In fact, with a median sale price of $945,000, Cos Cob barely made it into Connecticut’s top 10, checking in as the 9th-most expensive zip code in the state.

Overall, Connecticut was the second-priciest state in New England, securing nine spots in the region’s top 50. It was also the only state in New England where the top 10 most expensive zip codes all originated in one county: Fairfield. Hence, Fairfield County tied with Massachusetts’ Norfolk County for the second-priciest county in New England. In fact, the state’s 10 priciest zips were all from Connecticut’s notoriously pricey Gold Coast.

RankZip CodeLocationMedian Sale Price 2019County
106878Riverside$1,630,000Fairfield
206870Old Greenwich$1,625,000Fairfield
306830Greenwich$1,450,000Fairfield
406831Greenwich$1,200,000Fairfield
506820Darien$1,178,000Fairfield
606853Norwalk$1,113,000Fairfield
706840New Canaan$1,099,000Fairfield
806880Westport$955,000Fairfield
906807Cos Cob$945,000Fairfield
1006890Southport$734,000Fairfield

New Hampshire Is Home to New England’s Second-Priciest Zip Code

Meanwhile, New Hampshire made two appearances among New England’s 50 most expensive zip codes. The state’s #1 most expensive zip code, 03871 in Rye Beach, was also New England’s #2 most expensive zip in 2019. With a median sale price of $1,900,000, the tiny community was also the 46th-most expensive zip code nationally in 2019, tied with zip 92651 in Laguna Beach, California. This marked the first time that a New Hampshire zip code ranked in our national top 100.

New Hampshire’s #2 most expensive zip originated from another Rockingham County community. New Castle’s 03854 ended 2019 with a median sale price of $1,200,000, earning the designation as the 16th-most expensive zip code in New England and tying with 06831 in Greenwich, Connecticut, and 02421 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

The #3 most expensive zip code in New Hampshire, however, was far from seven-figure territory. In fact, at a median sale price of $650,000, Rye’s 03870 was about one-third of that of its neighbor Rye Beach, home to the state’s priciest zip. Rye’s 03870 was one of seven Rockingham County zip codes to make into New Hampshire’s top 10 priciest zip codes.

Additionally, Grafton County provided two zip codes, with its most expensive being Etna’s 03750 at #4 with a median sale price of $560,000. Hillsborough County rounded out the list with 03049 in Hollis, New Hampshire’s eighth-most expensive zip code at $481,000.

RankZip CodeLocationMedian Sale Price 2019County
103871Rye Beach$1,900,000Rockingham
203854New Castle$1,200,000Rockingham
303870Rye$650,000Rockingham
403750Etna$560,000Grafton
503862North Hampton$554,000Rockingham
603856Newfields$551,000Rockingham
703755Hanover$550,000Grafton
803049Hollis$481,000Hillsborough
903087Windham$450,000Rockingham
1003801Portsmouth$447,000Rockingham

$860K Median Ranks Top Rhode Island Zip Code 42nd Regionally

Unlike Connecticut, where all 10 of the state’s most expensive zip codes were from one small area in Fairfield County – Connecticut’s Gold Coast – Rhode Island’s 10 priciest zips were located in four counties; the counties of Washington, Newport and Kent each provided three zips and Bristol County had one zip on the list. Because the medians of the state’s most expensive zips ranged between $386,000 and $860,000, no Rhode Island zip code ranked nationally in 2019.

Furthermore, Rhode Island was represented by just one zip code in our ranking of New England’s 50 most expensive. With a median sale price of $860,000, Block Island’s 02807 ranked 42nd among the region’s priciest 50 zip codes and was thus the #1 most expensive Rhode Island zip code in 2019.

Block Island was followed by Jamestown’s 02835, which at a median sale price of $527,000, was Rhode Island’s #2 most expensive zip code. Next was Newport’s 02840 as Rhode Island’s #3 most expensive zip code with a median sale price of $475,000. The rest of Rhode Island’s top 10 priciest zips posted medians within a close price range, closing the list with 02831 – in Hope in Kent County – at #10 with a $386,000 median.

RankZip CodeLocationMedian Sale PriceCounty
102807Block Island$860,000Washington
202835Jamestown$527,000Newport
302840Newport$475,000Newport
402837Little Compton$462,000Newport
502874Saunderstown$460,000Washington
602882Narragansett$448,000Washington
702806Barrington$435,000Bristol
802818East Greenwich$425,000Kent
902817West Greenwich$390,000Kent
1002831Hope$386,000Kent

Cumberland County Boasts Highest Number of Expensive Maine Zips

Rhode Island was the last New England state to contribute zips to our top 50 ranking of the region, as no Maine or Vermont zips’ medians were higher than $800,000, the median posted by Boston’s 02109, New England’s #50 most expensive zip code in 2019 on our list. Maine’s top 10 priciest zips posted medians ranging from the low $400,000s to mid-$600,000s, suggesting a far more balanced real estate market than in Massachusetts or Connecticut, where the difference between the #1 zip in the state and the #10 zip was as large as $2.4 million.

In Maine, Cumberland County contributed half of the state’s 10 most expensive zip codes, including its #1 most expensive: 04110. With a median sale price of $647,000, Cumberland’s 04110 was followed closely by Maine’s #2 most expensive zip code, 03907 in Ogunquit. It posted a 2019 median of $630,000, making this zip code the priciest in York County.

York County was represented by three additional zip codes in our Maine top 10, including the state’s #10 priciest zip: 03909 in York, which featured a median sale price of $428,000. However, Maine’s #3 most expensive zip code was from Cumberland County, with Falmouth’s 04105 closing 2019 at a $512,000 median. Hancock County also made an appearance, albeit a solitary one, with Mount Desert’s 04660. The island zip code reached a $460,000 median sale price in 2019.

RankZip CodeLocationMedian Sale Price 2019County
104110Cumberland$647,000Cumberland
203907Ogunquit$630,000York
304105Falmouth$512,000Cumberland
404107Cape Elizabeth$506,000Cumberland
503902Cape Neddick$482,000York
603905Kittery Point$473,000York
704096Yarmouth$470,000Cumberland
804660Mount Desert$460,000Hancock
904079Harpswell$453,000Cumberland
1003909York$428,000York

Leading Vermont Zip Code Nearly 7 Times Cheaper Than Priciest Massachusetts Zip

Similar to Maine, Vermont’s price performance was not up to competing with heavy hitters like Connecticut and especially Massachusetts. After all, Vermont’s most expensive zip code was nearly seven times more affordable than Massachusetts’ top zip. Moreover, Vermont’s top zip was less than half as pricey as Massachusetts’ tenth-most expensive zip.

With a median sale price just above the half-million mark at $535,000, 05055 in Norwich was Vermont’s #1 most expensive zip code in 2019 and Windsor County’s priciest. However, it was also the lowest figure posted by any New England state’s #1 zip code. It was followed by fellow Windsor County zip 05091. Located in the Windsor County seat, Woodstock, zip code 05091’s median sale price was $488,000.

Lamoille County’s sole presence in our top 10 came in as the #3 most expensive Vermont zip code, claimed by 05672 in Stowe, which posted a $425,000 median. Vermont’s top 10 was further completed by zip codes from the counties of Chittenden, Bennington and Washington.

Chittenden County’s priciest zip was 05482 in Shelburne, claiming #4 with a $421,000 median, while Bennington’s most expensive zip was 05251 in Dorset. Its $418,000 median was Vermont’s fifth priciest. Washington County’s most expensive zip code was 05673 in Waitsfield, which claimed #7 statewide with its $371,000 median.

RankZip CodeLocationMedian Sale Price 2019County
105055Norwich$535,000Windsor
205091Woodstock$488,000Windsor
305672Stowe$425,000Lamoille
405482Shelburne$421,000Chittenden
505251Dorset$418,000Bennington
605401Burlington$375,000Chittenden
705673Waitsfield$371,000Washington
805465Jericho$370,000Chittenden
905677Waterbury Center$366,000Washington
1005495Williston$358,000Chittenden

Explore the table below for the full list of the top 50 most expensive New England zip codes in 2019:

RankZip CodeLocationCountyStateMedian Sale Price
102199BostonSuffolkMA$3,669,000
203871Rye BeachRockinghamNH$1,900,000
306878RiversideFairfieldCT$1,630,000
406870Old GreenwichFairfieldCT$1,625,000
502481Wellesley HillsNorfolkMA$1,474,000
606830GreenwichFairfieldCT$1,450,000
702493WestonMiddlesexMA$1,437,000
802108BostonSuffolkMA$1,400,000
902210BostonSuffolkMA$1,399,000
1002554NantucketNantucketMA$1,398,000
1102468WabanMiddlesexMA$1,341,000
1202110BostonSuffolkMA$1,337,000
1302142CambridgeMiddlesexMA$1,329,000
1402459Newton CenterMiddlesexMA$1,263,000
1502030DoverNorfolkMA$1,250,000
1606831GreenwichFairfieldCT$1,200,000
1602421LexingtonMiddlesexMA$1,200,000
1603854New CastleRockinghamNH$1,200,000
1706820DarienFairfieldCT$1,178,000
1802116BostonSuffolkMA$1,155,000
1902482WellesleyNorfolkMA$1,143,000
2002492NeedhamNorfolkMA$1,120,000
2106853NorwalkFairfieldCT$1,113,000
2206840New CanaanFairfieldCT$1,099,000
2302535ChilmarkDukesMA$1,050,000
2402461Newton HighlandsMiddlesexMA$1,020,000
2501890WinchesterMiddlesexMA$1,010,000
2602467Chestnut HillNorfolkMA$1,000,000
2702478BelmontMiddlesexMA$985,000
2801773LincolnMiddlesexMA$982,000
2902466AuburndaleMiddlesexMA$967,000
3006880WestportFairfieldCT$955,000
3101742ConcordMiddlesexMA$951,000
3202111BostonSuffolkMA$948,000
3306807Cos CobFairfieldCT$945,000
3402420LexingtonMiddlesexMA$940,000
3502465West NewtonMiddlesexMA$927,000
3602446BrooklineNorfolkMA$925,000
3702445BrooklineNorfolkMA$911,000
3802460NewtonvilleMiddlesexMA$910,000
3902118BostonSuffolkMA$902,000
4002462Newton Lower FallsMiddlesexMA$875,000
4101741CarlisleMiddlesexMA$865,000
4202807Block IslandWashingtonRI$860,000
4302138CambridgeMiddlesexMA$855,000
4402025CohassetNorfolkMA$854,000
4502458NewtonMiddlesexMA$840,000
4602494Needham HeightsNorfolkMA$839,000
4702144SomervilleMiddlesexMA$831,000
4802139CambridgeMiddlesexMA$820,000
4902143SomervilleMiddlesexMA$801,000
5002109BostonSuffolkMA$800,000

Methodology

To determine the most expensive New England zip codes in 2019, we looked at residential transactions closed between January 1, 2019, and November 22, 2019, taking into account condo, co-ops and single- and two-family homes in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont. All package deals were excluded.

For an accurate representation, we only considered zip codes that registered a minimum of three residential transactions.

Due to three zip codes tying at the same median sale price, 52 zip codes made it onto our list of the top 50 most expensive New England zip codes in 2019.

Median sale prices were rounded to the nearest $1,000.

Eliza Theiss

Eliza Theiss

Eliza Theiss is a senior writer reporting real estate trends in the US. Her work has been cited by CBS News, Curbed, The Los Angeles Times, and Forbes among others. With an academic background in journalism, Eliza has been covering real estate since 2012. Before joining PropertyShark, Eliza was an associate editor at Multi-Housing News and Commercial Property Executive. Eliza also writes for CommercialEdge. Reach her at [email protected]