Boston Neighborhoods

Back Bay

Back Bay waterfront real estateBack Bay has many of the most sought after properties in Boston thanks to its excellent location along the Charles River in the heart of Boston. This neighborhood is famous because of its iconic Victorian brownstone homes and world-class shopping and restaurants. Back Bay is home to the Prudential Center and the Boston Public Library, as well as parks like the Common Wealth Avenue Mall and The Charles River Esplanade.

For shopping and entertainment, the Back Bay is unrivaled in Boston thanks to places like Newbury Street which is home to dozens of boutiques and local businesses, and Copley Place. The numerous art galleries like Boston Artwork and Childs Gallery help invigorate the cultural spirit of the neighborhood. The local bars are music venues feature performances from many of the cities most popular musicians.

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Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill Real EstateBeacon Hill, one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in the United States, is a thriving residential community and a popular tourist destination, located just a short walk from Boston's theater district. This charming historic region, with its Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian architecture is known for its historical landmarks, and its many antique shops, boutiques, and fine eating and drinking establishments. The area, approximately one-half to three-quarters of a mile square, is bounded by Cambridge Street on the north, Somerset Street on the east, Beacon Street on the south, and Storrow Drive on the west. The Massachusetts State House, with its magnificent gilded dome, is a prominent landmark on Beacon Street just across from the Boston Common, a popular park enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

Charles Street is the main commercial street on The Flat of the Hill, being famous especially for the wonderful antique shops lining the street, as well as for its many boutiques and restaurants catering to diverse interests and tastes. But Cambridge Street also is home to antique shops and other businesses. A trip to Boston would not be complete without spending a day exploring the numerous antique shops, filled with interesting and beautiful reminders of times past, and sampling the delectable foods available in the many restaurants in Beacon Hill's Flat of the Hill.

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Brookline

Homes in Brookline MAThe lovely community of Brookline surrounds some of Boston's most iconic neighborhoods and offers a wide range of beautiful urban and suburban homes, apartments and condos. First settled in 1638, Brookline's impressive history is reflected by the area's classical architecture and vibrant culture.

Brookline is part of Norfolk County, which has the second highest per-capita income in the state of Massachusetts. Located only a few miles from the prestigious Boston Medical School and Boston University, Brookline has a higher percentage of residents with doctoral degrees than any other town in the United States. 

Brookline real estate offers a wide range of homes including condos in vibrant urban settings to homes in quiet suburban neighborhoods.

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Cambridge

Cambridge MA, Boston SuburbCambridge, aka the “intellectual capital of the world”, is home to many college students and young professionals. The prestigious Harvard University and MIT are both located in Cambridge, so there are many well educated residents in the community. The beautiful Boston suburb is situated northwest of Boston, just across the Charles River.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy exploring a variety of interesting museums with outstanding exhibits in art, history, and culture. There are lots of cafes, bars, and bookstores in Harvard Square. Cambridge also has some fabulous restaurants with a variety of cuisine to suit everyone’s culinary preferences. Whether you’re looking for Italian, Japanese, seafood, or local fare, this community has it covered. 

Cambridge MA real estate is in demand because it is such a great place to live, work, learn, and play. You’ll find a variety of housing options ranging from single family homes and condos to apartments.

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Chinatown

Boston's Chinatown NeighborhoodBoston’s Chinatown neighborhood is the only Chinatown in New England. Located on the southern edge of downtown, the community is bordered by Surface Road as well as Essex, Kneeland, and Tremont Streets. The eastern entrance is marked by an elegant gate across Beach Street. Residents enjoy easy access to the Theater District and Boston's dynamic waterfront. 

As a center of Asian-American life, the neighborhood offers a mix of historic buildings and Asian themed shops and restaurants. Chinatown Park has beautiful unique water features and bamboo, in addition to the beginning of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The community is rich with history, tradition, culture, and excitement. There are several annual Chinese holiday celebrations and cultural festivals, along with some of the best Chinese food in the United States.

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Fenway

Fenway neighborhood in BostonThe Fenway neighborhood of Boston is most famous for being the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, but this neighborhood is also an amazing place to live and work. Homes and condos in Fenway are highly desirable because of their close proximity to several MBTA stops and excellent schools like Boston University and Northeastern.

The Fens is a large park and urban wildlife area in the Fenway neighborhood. This park is a great place is a haven for those who want the convenience of living close to downtown Boston but also enjoy outdoor recreation. Fenway, often called Fenway-Kenmore, is also home to Kenmore Square which is a center of culture and commerce in the city. For music, the House of Blues is one of the most popular venues in the city, attracting musicians from across the country.

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Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain Boston Residents in Jamaica Plain live in one of the most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods in Boston. The community has a mix of cultures and is home to many young families, educated professionals, artists, and activists. 

The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is Centre Street, where you’ll find an eclectic mix of independently owned shops and restaurants. There are many green spaces and strong local businesses in the area. Surrounded by Boston’s Emerald Necklace and Franklin Park, the community offers plenty of recreational opportunities. It’s also home to Jamaica Pond, a popular place for rowing, sailing, and kayaking.

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Midtown

Midtown BostonBoston’s Midtown is located in the heart of the city, anchored by the Boston Common, Theater District, and Financial District. It is a revitalized, mixed-use urban community with lots of contemporary condos and some renovated lofts.

The neighborhood boasts many of Boston’s most popular and historic restaurants. Downtown Crossing features a pedestrian mall with a variety of shops, restaurants, and other small business establishments. Numerous shops, dining options, bars, and clubs are located throughout the area.

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North End

North End BostonThe North End neighborhood is filled with young professionals, families, and life-long residents. It’s no wonder the community is also referred to as “Boston’s Little Italy” since the community has a variety of great restaurants and delicious Italian cuisine. The area is bordered by Boston Harbor to the north and Christopher Columbus Park to the south.

Many parks, old world cafes, and historical attractions are in the North End, along with a large portion of the Freedom Trail. Hanover and Salem Streets are lined with great restaurants and shops. The community features a variety of architectural styles, including colonial-era structures, tenement buildings, and more. It is the oldest and one of the most visited neighborhoods in the city.

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Seaport

Seaport District in BostonThe Seaport is Bostons hottest new neighborhood. Over the last decade or so, this section of South Boston has seen incredible renovation and development and it is now home to luxury real estate. The condos buildings in the Seaport give residents access to cultural centers like the Lawn on DBlue Hills Bank Pavillion, and Laugh Boston. Other popular destinations in the Seaport include the Harpoon Brewery, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and Boston Children's Museum.

Seaport is serviced by the MBTA's silver line as well as several bus lines. This neighborhood is perfectly located with views of Boston Harbor and easy access to downtown Boston and the North End.

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South Boston

South BostonAlso known as “Southie” to locals, South Boston is a highly desirable urban neighborhood offering convenience with a variety of amenities, including restaurants, shops, and bars. The area is home to the Fort Point Channel Historic District, which is a hub for the arts community.

Residents enjoy the waterfront and skyline views of downtown in addition to easy access to nearby beaches and parks. Popular attractions include Dorchester Heights, a national historic site, and Castle Island. The breathtaking South Boston waterfront has emerged as its own community, the Seaport District. South Boston is home to the famous St. Patrick's Day Parade and is the city's predominant Irish-American neighborhood.

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South End

South Boston Real EstateThe South End is next to Boston’s Back Bay district and close to Beacon Hill and downtown Boston. It extends from Massachusetts Avenue on the west to Berkeley Avenue on the east, and north to south, from Columbus Avenue to Harrison Avenue. From its earliest years, the main commercial streets of the South End have been Washington Street, Tremont Street, and Columbus Avenue.

It’s hard to imagine that Boston’s trendy South End with brick and brownstone townhouses, tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, and community gardens, was originally a narrow strip of land, the Boston Neck, connecting Boston to Roxbury and surrounded by a tidal marsh. Prior to the 1840s, the area included only a few mansions, set in open fields. In the 1840s, however, because Beacon Hill and the downtown area were overcrowded, the city added land to the Neck by filling in the marshy areas with earth imported from Needham, Massachusetts, to form the area now called the South End. 

In the 1850s, Charles Bulfinch, a renowned architect, created a plan for the newly enlarged region. The plan included building connected brick bow-front (bay window) townhouses, with iron railings and tiny gardens surrounded by iron fences, and scattering small green parks, often with a fountain in the middle, throughout the area. For the next fifteen years, the new South End became a fashionable place for well-to-do young families to build their homes. The houses they constructed reflect a variety of different architectural styles, which, along with many beautiful churches, add to the visual interest of the area.

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Waterfront

Boston's Waterfront NeighborhoodThe Waterfront neighborhood is home to much of Boston’s contemporary cultural scene. It’s a premier destination for locals and visitors alike, especially in the warmer months. This nautical community features some beautiful harborside homes, luxury condominiums, and high-end apartments.

Along the water’s edge, the Boston Harborwalk connects neighborhoods and recreational, cultural and historical attractions. Many of the parks and restaurants offer stunning views.

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West End

Boston's West EndThe West End displays a mix of old and new Boston and this vibrant community is ethnically diverse. You’ll find some new residential buildings on Canal and Friend Streets. The area also has riverside parks and lots of industrial architecture and high rise office buildings. Located just north of Beacon Hill and west of Downtown Boston, residents enjoy beautiful views across the Charles River and towards Boston Harbor. The community is within walking distance of the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, Downtown, Beacon Hill, and Cambridge.

The neighborhood is home to Massachusetts General Hospital and TD Garden, and North Station is just minutes away. It’s the perfect place for sports fans who want to be in the center of the action. 

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