Get to know the neighborhoods of Boston.
Neighborhoods of Boston
I have broken down the main neighborhoods in Boston by section. Review the drop-downs to see specific area attractions, schools and well known historic landmarks that make Boston, Massachusetts one of the most desirable places to live in the world.
Back Bay is one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods. The area showcases Parisian-style boulevards and the beautiful landscaping of Frederick Law Olmstead. Back Bay is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the best-preserved examples of 19th-century urban architecture.
The area is home to Copley Square, John Hancock Tower, Boston Public Library, Prudential Center, and Trinity Church. You can find a variety of shops, local restaurants, and beautiful vintage homes on the main streets of Boylston Street, Newbury Street, and Commonwealth Avenue. Residents enjoy the outdoors at Charles River Esplanade, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Boston Common, and Boston Public Garden.
The historic area of Beacon Hill is one of the most adored neighborhoods in Boston. Antique lanterns light up many of the Victorian and Federal-style houses on the narrow brick streets. The quaint neighborhood is home to Suffolk University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Charles River Shopping Center. Popular historic sites include Public Garden, America’s first public botanical garden; and Boston Common, the first public park in America. Massachusetts State House and Boston African-American National Historic Site are some other historical landmarks in the area.
Charles Street has many antique shops, local restaurants, and other businesses. Residents enjoy outdoor concerts hosted by Hatch Shell. Faneuil Hall Marketplace includes shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
Charlestown is the second oldest neighborhood in Boston. The area is home to the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship, U.S.S. Constitution. Other historical landmarks include Bunker Hill Monument and Charlestown Navy Yard. The Freedom Trail leads to sixteen historically significant sites. The City Square and Main Street provide local shops and restaurants.
The Charlestown Bridge connects Charlestown and the North End, offering residents easy access to the Financial District and downtown. The MBTA operates a ferry that transports residents from the Navy Yard to Long Wharf. There are multiple full-service condominium buildings in the Navy Yard, including Flagship Wharf, Parris Landing, and Starboard.
The centralized Midtown neighborhood includes Downtown Crossing and the Theatre District. The area has benefited from significant real estate development activity and interest over the past decade while providing an easy commute for people who work downtown. Residents enjoy an easy walk to Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, and shops on Charles Street and Newbury Street.
Downtown Crossing is a pedestrian retail area with a variety of stores, bakeries, and restaurants to enjoy. Downtown Crossing is one of the central transportation hubs, serving three subway lines and fifteen bus lines.
The Theatre District is home to the Wang Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, Paramount Theatre, Charles Playhouse, and Boston Opera House. Residents are able to enjoy an array of theatrical performances year round. The Theater District also has dozens of restaurants and bars to suit every taste.
The Seaport District, also known as South Boston Waterfront and Innovation District, is the fastest growing and newest neighborhood in Boston. It is one of the only neighborhoods in Boston with direct water access. The recent development of luxurious residential condos and commercial property, including hotels, restaurants, and shopping are close to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The area has recently become popular among young professionals.
South Boston “Southy”
South Boston, referred to as “Southie” by residents, is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in the country. The area is home to Dorchester Heights National Historic Site. The MBTA has several stations in the neighborhood, including Andrew Square and Broadway on the Red Line, and the World Trade Center Station on the Silver Line. Castle Island is a popular recreation area with great places to walk, picnic, swim, jog, or just sit back and enjoy the views.
The South End
The South End is the largest and one of the most popular neighborhoods in Boston. This centrally located, culturally diverse community is home to a great collection of restaurants, art galleries, and bars. A wide variety of ethnic restaurants are on Tremont Street.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, the neighborhood has many small parks and recreational areas, including eleven residential parks and sixteen community gardens. Other places of interest include the SoWa (South of Washington) market, Boston Center for the Arts, and Boston Ballet.
Located just across the Boston Harbor, East Boston is minutes from the North End and Midtown. In recent years, East Boston has become very popular with young professionals because of the renovated condos and apartments. Direct access MBTA Blue Line makes commuting into the city quick and easy.
The neighborhood has a variety of shops and ethnic restaurants. Residents enjoy beautiful waterfront views of the skyline over the Boston Harbor. The East Boston Greenway provides access to the beach and connects Bremen Street Park, Wood Island Bay Marsh, Piers Park, Belle Isle Marsh, and Memorial Stadium.
The Waterfront & North End
The North End is the oldest and one of the most visited neighborhoods in Boston. The area includes a large section of Freedom Trail and is home to significant historical landmarks, such as Paul Revere House and Old North Church. The Italian-American community is also known as Boston’s Little Italy. Hanover Street and Salem Street offer tasty restaurants and unique shops. Commercial Street properties in the wharf buildings, situated on top one of the North End’s steep slopes, have beautiful views of Boston Harbor.
Boston Harborwalk connects the neighborhoods and provides residents with recreational activities, such as walking, jogging, biking, swimming, and fishing. Restaurants, stores, museums, art galleries, and access to public transit, including water transportation, are on this public walkway. Waterfront parks in the area include Prince Street Park, Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, and Langone Park.
John Eliot School is known as one of the best public schools in the city, and St. John School is a highly regarded private school.