South Boston is steeped in Revolutionary War history, being 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 the East to Dorchester Avenue on the West and includes over three miles of public beach. South Boston has a long history as a working port, and that tradition continues today with cruise ships pulling into the Black Falcon Terminal and high-end furnishings coming and going from the Boston Design Center. Boston’s Convention & Exhibition Center, designed by Rafael Viñoly and the largest in the Northeast, calls South Boston home.
Known in the 19th to mid-20th centuries as a predominantly Irish Catholic community, South Boston has become the go-to neighborhood for young professionals in the past decade with a renovation of 150-year-old row houses and the introduction of full-service buildings like the LEED certified Macallen Building. Families are also drawn by South Boston’s strong sense of community and close proximity to the South End, Financial District, and public transportation.
Miles of paths have been created along the South Boston Waterfront, perfect for jogging or walking, and culture has burst onto the scene with the opening of The Institute of Contemporary Art. Planned development for the South Boston Waterfront includes residential, office, retail, and hotel use.