Remember the dingy, tiny apartment that Will Hunting used to live in in the movie Good Will Hunting? It was located on the first floor of a ramshackle building located in the lower end of South Boston.
Well, the second-floor apartment -a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is on the rental market for $4,500 per month. Just another example of how much the neighborhood has transformed in the last three decades. Back in 2017, Will’s unit was renovated and put on the market for $729,000.
Good Will Hunting – 26 Years Later
Good Will Hunting put Southie on the map. South Boston was always an under-the-radar, sometimes misunderstood, Irish Catholic working-class neighborhood of Boston. After Good Will Hunting debuted in movie theaters in 1997, people from all over the world caught a glimpse of Southie and fell in love. The story of the broken but lovable orphan/janitor/math genius from Southie, Will Hunting (Matt Damon), and his struggles coming to grips with the reality that he is extraordinary and deserves happiness. He needed to escape the dismal existence of living in Southie.
Flash forward 26 years later, Will Hunting would hardly recognize the Southie of his childhood. We’ve got Starbucks, yoga studios, multimillion-dollar condos and lines galore on the weekends. And he certainly wouldn’t recognize his own apartment – it sold a few years ago for over $700,000.
Now the storyline of Good Will Hunting wouldn’t really make sense in the Southie of 2023, right? Comedian Will Noonan ponders what that plot line might look like!