Back Bay - It’s no secret as to why the Back Bay is one of America’s most desirable neighborhoods. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are lined with unique shops, trendy restaurants and vintage homes, making the Back Bay an extremely fashionable destination for Boston residents and visitors. In fact, it’s not uncommon to spot celebrities strolling up and down these picturesque streets.
Beacon Hill - One of Boston’s oldest communities, Beacon Hill gets its name from a beacon that once stood atop its hill to warn locals about foreign invasion. Approximately one square mile in size, Beacon Hill is reminiscent old colonial Boston from it's architecture consisting of brick row houses with beautiful doors, decorative iron work, to the layout brick sidewalks, narrow streets, and gas lamps. Beacon Hill is also home to the Massachusetts State House and Charles Street, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare which is lined with antique shops and restaurants.
Charlestown - Situated on the banks of Boston Harbor and the Mystic River on the north side of the city, Charlestown has translated its historical roots into a thriving 21st Century neighborhood. As the home to such significant landmarks as the U.S.S. Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument and the Navy Yard, Charlestown’s allure has enticed young professionals to join its traditionally Irish-American population. Residents, new and old, frequent the local watering holes and longtime established restaurants along Main Street and in City Square.
North End - Home to American patriot Paul Revere, the North End is one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods. The North End is most well known for it's rich history as an enclave of Italian immigrants. Today the North End is populated by a mixture of Italian Americans and young professionals who are attracted to the neighborhood’s tight-knit feel and access to downtown. Tourists come from near and far to sample authentic Italian cuisine, enjoy a cannoli or a cappuccino, and explore its narrow streets. In recent years, a number of boutiques have opened in the North End specializing in everything from trendy clothing to jewelry. The North End also offers access to Boston’s waterfront along Commercial Street. Residents and visitors can enjoy strolling and relaxing in the newly renovated Christopher Columbus Park, and during summer evenings the park is host to a performing arts series.
Fenway / Kenmore - Perhaps most recognized as the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, Fenway/Kenmore also boasts many of the City’s top cultural institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. Fenway/Kenmore also has lively night scene with numerous bars and clubs along Lansdowne Street. The Fenway is another central thoroughfare that encircles the Back Bay Fens, the neighborhood’s preeminent green space, which was designed by late great Frederick Law Olmstead.
South End - Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, in recent years the South End has become one of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods. It has attracted a diverse blend of young professionals, families and a vibrant gay and lesbian population to this Boston Landmark District. You will be sure to notice the South End’s renowned Victorian brownstone buildings and homes as you walk along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Some of Boston’s finest restaurants, a thriving arts community and nearly 30 parks also call the South End home.
South Boston - Once a predominantly Irish Catholic community, in recent years South Boston has become increasingly desirable among young professionals and families who are attracted to the neighborhood’s strong sense of community and quick access to downtown and public transportation. People from all over the city enjoy taking a stroll around Castle Island, a Revolutionary War-era fort and 22-acre park that is connected to the mainland. “Southie Pride” is on full display in March when city residents flock to the neighborhood to enjoy the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Fort Point / Seaport District - Today the breathtaking South Boston Waterfront is emerging as Boston’s newest neighborhood. Already home to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, planned development for the Waterfront includes residential, office, retail, and hotel use. The Institute for Contemporary Art, slated to open in September, stands as an iconic symbol of the South Boston Waterfront’s unlimited potential.
Leather District - Located between Chinatown, Downtown and South Station, in recent years the Leather District has emerged as a distinct Boston neighborhood. Made up of old leather factories transformed into residential and commercial uses, the Leather District boasts a historic appeal while offering 21-century amenities. Residents cherish the “loft living” options that characterize this community. The Leather District will soon experience the splendor of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway as this innovative project nears completion.
Inman Sq. / East Cambridge - East Cambridge, one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Cambridge, has a major commercial and transit center at Lechmere Square, with a longstanding neighborhood retail strip to the west along Cambridge Street. The Charles River waterfront contains hotels, luxury apartment buildings, high-tech businesses, a regional shopping mall, and the Boston Museum of Science. The upper part of East Cambridge, is known as “North Point” and will be part of a redevelopment over the coming decades. Inman Square's main strip is located along Cambridge Street. There you can find many wonderful places to eat and interesting shops to explore.
Kendall Sq. / MIT - Kendall Square is home to the largest 'High-Tech Community' in Massachusetts which makes logical sense since it is located next to one of the world's leading technology schools, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The neighborhood is almost entirely occupied by the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). and contains MIT’s student housing.
Central Sq. / Cambridgeport - Cambridgeport is a dense and diverse neighborhood. Cambridgeport can be characterized as having a mostly residential core with single and multifamily homes on smaller streets found, for the most part, in a grid layout. The Massachusetts Avenue edge includes commercial uses and multifamily residential buildings and is home to Central Square, the main neighborhood commercial center, including an MBTA Red Line station and serves as a hub for many MBTA bus routes. A significant amount of new development, including new retail, office/laboratory, residential, and institutional uses, has taken place within the former industrial area along the southeastern edge of the neighborhood.
Hardvard Sq. -West Cambridge is home to Harvard Square, a true pedestrian area and contains a diverse crowd. Harvard University calls this area home as well as some of the brightest minds the world has ever known. Street performers, musicians, and artists can be seen here regularly.
Porter Sq. - Is a neighborhood known to have eclectic housing types ranging from single and multi-family homes to large apartment buildings. Porter Square is a main commercial and transit center with Red Line, commuter rail and bus stations. The main avenue through North Cambridge is Massachusetts Avenue, which extends from Porter Square to the Arlington border and features a variety of retail, office, and residential uses and types.
East Somerville / Sullivan Sq. - East Somerville possess many mom and pop shops as well as restaurants serving home cooking type meals. A main location for many local artist, it is also situated with a MBTA subway station and a hub for buses.
Union Sq. - Somerville is Arts Central, and Union Sq. and Sullivan Sq. are it's hubs; only New York has more artists per capita than the City of Somerville. Through the local artists, Somerville has become one of the most vibrant and exciting arts centers in the country. Union Sq. also boasts wonderful and diverse foods from all corners of the earth and is home to the location of the first flown American Flag in 1776.
Davis Sq. -Davis Square is filled with bookstores, coffee shops, music stores, restaurants, and nightlife to help anyone while away the time day or night. Commercially, the square features some prime office space and houses high-tech corporations. Tufts University is located within walking distance to this thriving area and Davis Square also has a movie theatre showing the always loved yet sometimes forgotten films of yesterday.