After an off-season filled with generous amounts of hot air and sizzling hot takes, the NFL is finally back—and not a moment too soon. Finally, It’s time to move past all those summertime money squabbles, broken QB jaws (God bless you, New York Jets), and nonsense about PSIs. In fact, the only “-gate” we’d like to discuss right now is the private gate to a luxurious backyard. Leading to a luxurious living room. Leading to a 65-inch TV where we can gawk at every moment of tonight’s season opener.
All eyes will be on the opening matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots, with the champion Pats favored by a touchdown.
We don’t know if the Pats will cover the spread, but as a not-so-independent investigator of real estate trends, we do know how the two teams’ home bases measure up in housing.
We chose Boston as our proxy for New England and pitted it against Pittsburgh in a no-holds-barred housing faceoff. So, are you ready for some real estate?
The Steel City wins the battle of affordability in a rout, and Boston’s most expensive listing dwarfs the price of Pittsburgh’s priciest home. We’ll call it 14-7 Steelers at the half. But there’s another half of football left.
After our tale of the tape, we dove deeper into each market and picked a house in three distinct price ranges for both cities.
These homes are indisputably at the top of their markets. We have to give the edge to Pittsburgh’s stately Tudor built in 1920. Put 3 points on the board for Pittsburgh.
Scouting report: “This opulent space juxtaposes old with new in an intelligent and savvy way.”
The 50-yard line
Right down the middle, these homes aren’t luxurious—but they’re far from a bargain. Both homes have their charms, but the Boston home takes it to the house because it’s brand-new. It’s a touchdown for New England.
Scouting report: “New construction offered by premier West Roxbury builder.”
Even where prices are up, you can still pick up a place to live for less than $300,000. It’s great for first-time buyers. In terms of points, we’ll take the (cheaper) house over the condo. This brick house in Steel City is worth another 3 points for Pittsburgh.
According to our (not-so-scientific) scoring, Pittsburgh sneaks away in this real estate sudden-death faceoff with a narrow 20-14 victory. New England has pricier palaces, but the aspect of affordability pushed Pittsburgh over the top. Congrats, Steeler Nation! Stay tuned for next week’s head to head.