Living in Boston
Bordered by the Charles River, the Public Garden, Columbus Avenue, and Kenmore Square, Back Bay is a historic district known for Victorian-era brownstones and brick townhouses. This high-end neighborhood is famous for its broad, tree-shaded streets - including Commonwealth Avenue Mall - the green lawns of the Charles River Esplanade, and the world-class shopping of Newbury Street. Homes vary from pristine 1-bedrooms to grand limestone mansions. Architectural details range from pressed brick and sandstone of the French Academic, stained glass and wrought iron of the High Victorian Gothic, to the carved gargoyles at copper cresting of the French Chateauesque style.
Boston's most cherished neighborhood, Beacon Hill is home to the centuries old State House, the center of Massachusetts government. Home of the city's elite, Beacon Hill is bordered on the South by the 50-acre Boston Common and Public Garden. To the North is Cambridge Street, home of the nation's #1 ranked hospital, Massachusetts General. To the west sit the banks of the Charles. Beacon Hill, separated in two by the village shops of Charles Street, consists of 150 to 175-year-old townhomes that line the Hill proper, and mostly elegant, late 19th and early 20th century homes on the area known as the Flat of the Hill.
Located South and West of the Charles River campus of Boston University, Brookline is an idyllic, 6.8 square mile town was settled in the 17th century, incorporated in 1705, and now consists of over 20 distinct neighborhoods. These offer everything from urban, condominium living to rambling, 19th-century estates.
Charlestown is steeped in New England history and has a charming housing stock to match. It has been the site of massive gentrification since the late 1980s due to its proximity to the City and its intact 19th-century architecture. The streets are lined by Federal and Victorian-style townhouses. The area's feel is similar to Beacon Hill, especially as you climb the sloping streets leading to the Bunker Hill Monument.
Famed as the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, the Fenway area, including Kenmore Square, is a dynamic residential and commercial hub that promises unbeatable accessibility to culture, parks, commerce, and public transportation. Located West of Back Bay, Fenway began as mudflats of the Charles River Basin. In the 1870s, the land was filled, giving the topography that we know today.
Just minutes from Downtown Boston, Jamaica Plain offers a rare combination of urban and suburban conveniences. Originally part of Roxbury, it was annexed to Boston in 1873 and the once farming community became a destination for country estates of Boston’s well to do. A site of many 19th-century transportation developments - from horse-drawn omnibuses to railroads, streetcars, and parkways - the area transformed into a 20th-century streetcar suburb attracting commuters to single-family houses, two-family dwellings, and three-deckers in the neighborhood.
Newly popular and skirting the eastern edge of the Boston Common is a revitalized, mixed-use urban neighborhood known as Midtown. Popular for its nightlife and Theater District, this compact, walkable neighborhood boasts the chic W Hotel and residences anchoring one end of the district and the elegant Ritz-Carlton hotel and residences at its opposite end. Midtown residential is comprised almost entirely of contemporary condominiums with a few renovated lofts repurposed from late 19th century office and manufacturing buildings.
Boston's story can be told right here, where Boston began and Paul Revere lived, where waves of Jewish, Irish, and finally, Italian immigrants recast this neighborhood in their own cultural traditions. Today, the North End retains its old-world charm; Italian is still heard in the streets, fresh pasta and cannoli's still sold from small shops, and wonderful restaurants abound. But it is also very much of the 21st century, connected to the Greenway and offering unique residential opportunities.
The tides are changing quickly in Boston’s Seaport. No longer a land of parking lots and warehouses, the Seaport has become the newest mixed-use neighborhood with office buildings, luxury condos, retail stores, cultural offerings, and restaurants. All these amenities, coupled with the location — across from downtown, off the highway, and a short T ride to the airport - transformed the Seaport into a highly desirable area for Boston luxury real estate.
South Boston is steeped in Revolutionary War history - the site where George Washington forced the evacuation of British troops from Boston in 1776. The neighborhood stretches from Fort Independence on Castle Isle to Dorchester Avenue and includes over 3 miles of public beach. South Boston has a long history as a working port. That tradition continues today with cruise ships pulling in to the Black Falcon Terminal and high-end furnishings coming and going from the Boston Design Center. It is also homes to the Convention & Exhibition Center, designed by Rafael Viñoly.
Developed in the mid-19th century around a series of fountained squares, the South End was once home to many of Boston's well to do residents. Marked by neat rows of bow-front houses, the South End has seen a complete renaissance over the past two decades. It is known for its energy, its embrace of the arts in the SoWa district of art and design, and its many fantastic restaurants and bistros. Housing can be as simple as a self-contained studio or elaborate as a restored, 19th-century Union Park townhouse. The South End is also home to many of Boston's full-service, doorman buildings.
The Waterfront is located below the North End and follows the shoreline of Boston Harbor and Fort Point Channel. Historically, the Waterfront served as the manufacturing and storage hub of Boston’s bustling harbor. Today, it is home to some of the most exclusive Waterfront properties, many of them restored wharves that have been refurbished into luxury town homes and condos. The Waterfront is highly sought after for its stunning views, its proximity to the Financial District, as well as its close relationship to Boston's linear urban park system, the Rose Kennedy Greenway.