The 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 its 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 the 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.
The lovely town of Brookline, MA, neighbors 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.
Beacon 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.
Back 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.
The 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.
The 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 luxurious real estate. The condos buildings in the Seaport give residents access to cultural centers like the Lawn on D, Blue 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.