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Home prices along the Boston Marathon route

Home prices in the Bay State tend to be higher the closer you get to the city.

Home prices in the Bay State tend to be higher the closer you get to the city.

The nation's oldest 26.2-mile race takes place this week and tens of thousands of runners will be moving at a brisk pace past hundreds of properties. With this in mind, the Boston Globe did a price check of the homes along the marathon route to see if they, too, will be moving at a swift pace if they're up for sale.

Starting in Hopkinton and ending in Boston, runners goes through seven towns before crossing the finish line, and the Boston Globe reports that those towns host some of the priciest properties in the state, generally increasing as the participants move closer to the city.

Using home pricing information from the Warren Group, the Globe found the least expensive prices were at the race's starting point, Hopkinton, as the median price in the area is $334,000, down 25 percent since last spring. But once racers reach Wellesley, the average price of a home skyrockets to $807,400.

But that's nothing compared to what the median price is in Brookline and Boston, averaging $1.1 million and $2.9 million, respectively.

Trulia.com recently reported that sellers are decreasing their asking prices nationwide, but not so much in the Bay State, as discounts are few and far between.