The Back Bay
The Back Bay is considered one of Boston’s premiere neighborhoods, running alongside the Charles River, Beacon Street, Marlborough Street and Commonwealth Avenue. All are home to some of Boston’s most exclusive, and expensive, single family properties and condominiums. Newbury Street is known for its high-end shopping and restaurants. The buildings tend to be more “Federal” style, with higher ceilings and lots of detail. The Back Bay is centrally located, within walking distance to Boston’s financial district, Charles River and easy access to the Green line.
The South End
The South End neighborhood is known for its Victorian brick row houses, trendy restaurants, boutiques and eclectic mix of young professionals, families and artists. The South End has become one of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods, and the number of new, luxury construction continues to grow to meet the demand. Parks can be found on almost every corner and the Southwest Corridor Park runs from Dartmouth Street to Mass. Ave with playgrounds, dog parks, tennis and basketball courts all open to the public. The South End is adjacent to the Back Bay, and accessible to the Green, Orange and Silver lines.
Beacon Hill is considered Boston’s most charming neighborhood by many locals and tourists alike. You’ll find many parks and gardens among its quaint, historic buildings and cobblestone streets. Many of the brick row houses have been converted to condos, but you’ll find limited new construction in this neighborhood. The State House sits atop Beacon Hill and the Charles River borders the flat of the hill. Beacon Hill is in walking distance of the Financial District and the Back Bay, and is easily accessible to the Red and Green lines.
The North End
The North End is the oldest neighborhood in Boston, and is known for its Italian restaurants and culture. The North End has a small town feel with its weekly summer festivals and local specialty markets where residents do their shopping. As the Rose Kennedy Greenway is completed, the North End will soon find itself with the Boston Harbor on one side and a beautiful green park on the other. The North End is a quick walk to the financial district and the Orange and Green lines.
Charlestown isn’t just home to the historical Bunker Hill Monument; it is also a quaint neighborhood with cobblestone streets, gas street lights and great restaurants. Charlestown has seen significant growth over the past decade resulting in lots of rehabbed buildings and new construction. The Navy Yard area has taken old ship-building warehouses and transformed them into upscale lofts and condos – many overlooking Boston Harbor. There’s even a water taxi that runs between the Navy Yard and the Financial District.
South Boston (aka Southie) is known for its beaches (yes, in the city), its loyal residents and its triple-decker houses. Shops, restaurants, bars and pubs provide plenty of shopping and entertainment for residents. There are lots of parks and walking paths throughout, and South Boston is also home to the Fort Point Channel area, where new luxury lofts and condos are being developed. The neighborhood is just a 15 minute ride on the Silver line to the Financial District as well as the Red line to the Park Street station.
Brookline enjoys the reputation of an urban/suburban community, with many of the conveniences of the city while giving its residents some of the luxuries of living in the suburbs (e.g. more space). The diverse architecture in Brookline gives prospective buyers lots of options, from single family homes to duplexes to brownstones. It is close to the Longwood Medical area, where many of Boston’s major hospitals are located. Brookline is on the Green line, and typically a 20-30 minute ride to the Financial District.
Cambridge is often referred to as “Boston’s Left Bank,” and is home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge is a diverse community, with cafes, boutiques, bookstores and restaurants on almost every corner. The architecture is varied, giving each neighborhood a distinct look and feel. Cambridge is also home to some of the world’s best biotech companies. Cambridge is on the Red line, and typically a 20-30 minute ride to the Financial District.