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For a new variety of shopping and entertainment opportunities, the independent borough of Allston/Brighton has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. Home of Boston University and Boston College, students and commuters gain easy access into Boston by way of the Green Line. Brighton is farther from downtown and offers the most residential areas and open spaces such as Chandler's Pond--ideal for those who work in the city but prefer suburban life. Allston has more of an urban feel with many opportunities to rent. Though having less natural scenery, Allston is more active, with a variety of night-time entertainment in its many bars and restaurants.
In the heart of the city, Back Bay offers both urban excitement and natural beauty. Elegant apartment buildings, a plethora of chic shops and restaurants are clustered in Copley Place, the Prudential Center, and Boylston and Newbury streets. A thriving entertainment area, it includes the Wang Center, Colonial Theatre, and the Majestic Theatre. To escape the commercial aspects of the city, simply enjoy the serenity of the Boston Public Library, take a walk along the Esplanade and stroll through Boston Common and the beautiful Public Gardens. Accessible by all Green Line trains, the convenience and eclectic nature of this area has filled it with some of the higher rents in Boston.
Accessible by the MBTA stations at Government Center, Park Street and Charles Street, this charming neighborhood filled with 200-year-old homes is a favorite for residents and visitors alike. Clustered around the golden-domed State House, the elegant brick facades and the quaint shops along Charles Street make this a highly desirable--and pricey--place to live. A warm community spirit is prevalent, especially during the holiday season. Even if you can't afford to live there, the atmosphere of old world charm and the sumptuous dining make this area worth a visit.
Surrounded on three sides by Boston, Brookline is easily accessible by the MBTA's C and D lines, as well as by bus or highway. A mixture of thriving urban and quaint suburban life, Brookline offers upscale shops and restaurants, mostly located in Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village, as well as brick apartment buildings and beautiful wood houses. The southwestern portion offers larger estates and a quiet, more affluent setting. Mainly residential, Brookline resists a completely urban transformation, though there has been recent commercial growth along its major thoroughfares. Offering both public and private schools, Brookline also boasts historical museums and National historic sites--including the birthplace of JFK. Many recreational parks offer golf, hiking, and a variety of individual and team sports. No overnight street parking.
The proud home of both MIT and Harvard University, Cambridge is far from being considered a "college town." The incredible diversity of the shops, pubs, and restaurants of Harvard Square make it a desirable place to live or to visit, via the Red Line's Kendall, Central, Harvard, Porter, and Davis Square stops. More traditional shopping at the CambridgeSide Galleria can be obtained by taking a short trip on the E Line to Lechmere. The botanical, historical, and art museums are also popular places to visit. The Fresh Pond neighborhood offers recreational activities such as golf, tennis and boating on the Charles River. The river is also home to the annual Head of the Charles, the largest crew regatta in the world. Beyond Kendall and Harvard Square, the beautiful homes demonstrate a thriving residential community.
Boston's oldest and most historic neighborhood has a wide variety of rentals--renovated buildings as well as newly constructed buildings throughout. City, Thompson, and Sullivan Squares--accessible by the Orange Line--have become thriving areas, making this a very desirable place to live. You can also visit the amazing U.S.S. Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument, and an assortment of restored historic houses, stores, and taverns. A five minute walk to the North End, Waterfront, and Fleet Center.
As Boston's largest community, Dorchester remains very much a residential neighborhood despite its urban influence. Dorchester has become more stable largely due to the revitalization of thriving businesses. Upham's Corner and the Strand Theatre represent the center of community involvement. Accessible through the Red Line's JFK/UMASS station is a variety of regal Victorians, triple deckers, and waterfront spots in Savin Hill and Columbia Point. This old community is accessible by public transportation--bus and T.
A thriving residential community with a distinct neighborhood feel, having resisted commercial expansion. The Callahan and Sumner Tunnels, as well as the Blue Line's Maverick and Orient Heights stations, provide direct routes to downtown Boston. The construction of Logan Airport had a distinct impact on the neighborhood years ago, as local industries declined in favor of airport-related development. Since then, East Boston has become a stabilized community. The new Third Harbor Tunnel will reduce airport-bound traffic on residential streets. Multi-family housing is common. In Jeffries Point there are many triple-deckers, while atop Orient Heights and Harbor View single-family units abound. The most popular areas center around Maverick, Day, and Central Squares, where there are diverse restaurants and a vibrant mix of ethnic foods and specialty shops.
This neighborhood is filled with cultural sites and night-time entertainment. Home to Fenway Park and colleges such as BU, Simmons, Wheelock, and Northeastern, as well as The Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Christian Science Museum, and the hospitals of the Longwood Medical District, all are easily reached by the E Line's Northeastern, Brigham Circle, or Museum stops. This area also boasts a portion of Boston's Emerald Necklace--The Back Bay Fens provides ample recreational space among the streets of brownstone and brick apartment buildings. Kenmore Square offers a more social, urban atmosphere. The famous Citgo sign serving as a landmark, the bars, restaurants, and shops are popular places to hang out, as are the Lansdowne street clubs for late-night action. All accessible via the Green Line's Kenmore and Fenway terminals.
The furthest of Boston's neighborhoods, Hyde Park has a strong industrial base of its own, yet it has never sacrificed the natural beauty of the Blue Hills, Neponset River, and Stony Brook Valley. A wonderful mix of single and multi-family homes comprise its Fairmont, Readville, and Stonybrook neighborhoods. Accessible by T and bus routes.
In this ethnically diverse area, commuters take advantage of a convenient location and equally diverse residential opportunities. Homes range from luxury high-rises to smaller multi-family apartments and three-decker buildings, as well as from historic Victorian and Colonial to more contemporary styles. Removed from the bustle of downtown, but still connected via the Forest Hills end of the Orange Line, J.P. still attracts a lot of families in search of affordable housing. Despite the dense development, it still retains its open areas in the Olmstead Park, Franklin Park Zoo, Jamaica Pond, and the 265-acre Arnold Arboretum. Centre Street reflects the cultural diversity of the area, featuring some famous pubs and excellent restaurants.
A stop on the Red Line's Ashmont train, the neighborhoods of Mattapan are conveniently connected to Boston. Mattapan Square is one of Boston's oldest shopping areas and in recent years the neighborhoods have experienced a promising growth in population. The Franklin Field area, filled with two-family wood or brick units and triple deckers, has been stabilized due to market improvement and public housing investments. Single family homes are prominent in South Mattapan and Wellington Hills.
One of Boston's oldest residential neighborhoods retains the festive flavor of the Old Country. Multi-family housing lines quaint streets lively with bakeries, restaurants, and small espresso bars.The bustling Haymarket area offers shoppers a dazzling array of fresh produce. Historic sights include the Paul Revere house and the Old North Church. In the southern corner of the North End, The Waterfront is close to the downtown area and has a more contemporary style. Filled with fantastic waterfront condos and apartments, open space and revitalized historic buildings, this area is a short distance from the Fleet Center, the New England Aquarium (a stop on the Blue Line), as well as the exciting Faneuil Hall outdoor marketplace (Government Center stop on Green or Blue Line). Stroll along the harbor and sailboat watch three seasons of the year.
From farming district to classic streetcar suburb, Roslindale has grown in its own niche. For the workers who accompanied the extension of the first trolley system, Roslindale offered affordable housing. Roslindale has remained a thriving residential community, with bus and commuter rail access into the city. The heart of Roslindale Village has grown commercially in its own right, and its residential streets and parks such as Healy Playground attest to the spirit of this community.
The community grass-roots effort to stop extension of I-95 into downtown Boston resulted in the creation of the Southwest Corridor Park, which, in 1988, was Boston's first major new open space in the past century. Many established businesses have their roots in the Roxbury area. Due to the work of Boston's Main Street program, districts strengthen existing businesses and nurture new ventures. Consisting primarily of double- and triple-decker buildings offering tremendous opportunities for lower rents and downtown convenience, reachable by way of the Orange Line's Roxbury Crossing and Jackson Square stops. One of developers' favorite places for renovation and updating.
Many families fill this peninsula, mainly in single-family units, which is characterized by a long-standing Irish tradition. Residents enjoy the best of both worlds by living in this seaside community with an easy commute to downtown via Broadway and Andrew Square on the Red Line. With a trip downtown as far away as a trip to the beach, South Boston is a colorful and peaceful neighborhood with close ties to city excitement and natural beauty. All types of apartments and homes can be found here, including terrific detailed multi-families and open air lofts.
With a culture combining ethnicity with non-traditional households, this area has become a highly desirable place to live. With a more relaxed urban atmosphere, the South End has attracted an artistic community to blend with long-established residents. The majority of dwellings consist of Victorian rowhouses, and the area also boasts the revived and charming Chester Square, which is one and a half centuries old. Tremont and Columbus Streets provide a multitude of shops and restaurants. Back Bay, the Financial District, and the Theatre District are just a short walk away.
As one of the most suburban of all neighborhoods surrounding Boston, West Roxbury is perfect for families looking for single-family units, mostly to own. Many residents are active in religious, community, or civic associations in town. A vibrant shopping district on Centre Street boasts mainly sole proprietors who have their businesses and homes in the area. With quiet streets and a short distance from downtown, West Roxbury offers the best of suburbia in the city. In addition to this, the construction of a 100-acre park with access to the Charles River is already underway.