The historic neighborhood of Back Bay is situated along the Charles River and adjacent to the Public Garden and downtown Boston. Home to some of the city’s most iconic streets such as the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the exclusive shopping destination, Newbury Street, as well the historic Boston Public Library and the Charles River Esplanade. With stately Victorian-era brownstones and brick townhouses, Back Bay is home to some of the most desirable real estate in the city.
Charlestown, founded in 1692, is the city’s oldest neighborhood. Bordering the Boston Harbor and the northside of Downtown Boston, Charlestown is home to the Navy Yard and the historic Bunker Hill monument. A combination of brick and wood row homes, Charlestown is seeing a recent surge in residential development, specifically along the waterfront. Commercial amenities along with historic details and tree-lined streets make Charlestown a modern city with reminders of the past.
FENWAY / KENMORE
The Fenway neighborhood, is one of Boston’s most beloved neighborhoods, home to the Boston Red Sox. Iconic streets such as Landsdowne and Yawkey Way, Fenway has expanded over the last 5 years to house the “Green Monster,” restaraunts, hotels, clubs, bars and an array of condominiums and apartments. Fenway is also home to several universities and institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The Seaport, also known as the “Innovation District,” has seen a surge of development in recent years, with new additions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, numerous hotels, the Boston Convention Center, restaurants, retail and condominium and apartment buildings. Bordering Fort Point and Downtown, Seaport is becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city attracting new residents every year as development continues.
The Waterfront neighborhood is in between the Financial District of downtown Boston, the North End and the Seaport district. It is also home to the new Intercontinental hotel, the Boston Harbor hotel, the New England Aquarium as well as luxury condominiums and converted lofts with breathtaking harbor views. This neighborhood offers fine dining and shopping which is a welcome retreat for the corporate Bostonian.
Bay Village is a small and historic neighborhood nestled in between Back Bay and the South End. Individuals who helped build Beacon Hill, modeled their homes in Bay Village after the similar townhouse style in the early 20th century. After 1983, any alterations to the neighborhood have to be approved by the Historic District Commission making Bay Village one of the most untouched neighborhoods in the city. With narrow winding streets, historic facades and brick sidewalks, residents enjoy the accessibility to their larger surrounding neighborhoods.
Chinatown is located at the southern edge of Downtown Boston and is the commercial and cultural hub for the city’s Chinese population. A mixed use area home to residential, commercial, transportation and institutional uses. Popular ethnic restaurants make this neighborhood a draw and residents enjoy city living with cultural flair. Chinatown also has easy access via MBTA (orange, green, red and commuter rail lines) and major roadways.
Fort Point is known as the oldest artist colony in America, tucked between South End, South Boston, Downtown and the new Seaport neighborhood. Real Estate has become more popular in this neighborhood as restaurants, shops and commercial amenities have recently moved in attracting residents. Condos and apartments in this neighborhood tend to either be new construction or converted industrial spaces which are now modernized lofts. Artists continue to work and live in the neighborhood, giving it a unique creative vibrancy.
South Boston spreads across a peninsula just south of Downtown Boston and east of the South End and Dorchester. South Boston is home to both long-time residents and a new wave of young professionals who are drawn to the area’s open space, emerging nightlife, and easy access to downtown. The neighborhood boasts miles of beaches and waterfront parks, including Carson Beach, L Street Beach, Pleasure Bay, and the Strandway.
The West End is a small behind Beacon Hill and bordering downtown Boston. The West End is home to Massachusetts General Hospital and is a popular residential neighborhood for medical staff, as well as professionals who work in the city. The real estate landscape is a mixture of condos and apartments in high-rise buildings with luxury amenities such as concierge, 24-hour gyms, valet parking to accommodate the busy schedules of their residents.
Beacon Hill is located south of Downtown Boston and one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. Spread over 3 hills, this neighborhood boasts some of the most iconic and historic homes in Boston, including the Massachusetts State House. East and West Beacon Hill are separated by the famed Charles Street, lined with small shops and commercial amenities. Real estate in Beacon Hill ranges in age, with town homes on the hill ranging from 150-175 years of age while homes on the Flat of the Hill were built between the late 19th and 20th century.
DOWNTOWN / MIDTOWN
The Downtown-Midtown neighborhoods are the heart of the city. Bordered by Beacon Hill, Back Bay and the Waterfront/North End neighborhoods, the Downtown neighborhood has been the hub of the city since the 1700’s. Home to City Hall, corporate headquarters, residential buildings and numerous historic attractions, such as Faneuil Hall and Quincy market. Real Estate options are varied, with luxury condominiums and apartments, industrial spaces converted to residential units and waterfront living.
The North End is infamous for the numerous Italian restaurants and strong connection to Italy and the Italian culture making it Boston’s “Little Italy.” Historic elements, such as the North Church, still stand and attract residents and tourists due to the charm and culture of the neighborhood. Surrounded on two sides by the Boston Harbor, the North End is close to Downtown and Charlestown giving it commercial accessibility with an historic feel.
The South End neighborhood has become one of the most popular places to reside in Boston. The juxtaposition of old Victorian row houses, which have been slowly gentrified since the 1960’s, and new developments have blended the resident demographic in this convienent and diverse neighborhood. Young professionals and empty nesters are drawn to the area with trendy restaurants, unique shops and boutiques and a support for the arts, with theaters, comedy clubs and live music available every night. The South End is home to Boston Medical Center as well as the SOWA market, which is open from Spring-Fall which houses antique vendors, artists and the up and coming food scene in Boston every Sunday. Real Estate is valued at a premium in this neighborhood due to the boom of popularity and rivals the prices of Back Bay or Beacon Hill properties.