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Neighborhoods

Written by Ysmay.

When you move to Boston, we know how important it is to find a neighborhood that speaks to you, and the life you want. It may seem like a daunting task, but it's not. We are here to help! Read on to learn more, and find a neighborhood in Boston to call your home.

Back Bay

Created out of a large scale land filling project in the 1800s, this neighborhood was a tidal bay with a large portion of it being exposed as flat during low-tide. Largely fashioned after the renovation of Paris, the Back Bay is currently one of Boston's most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods with classical 19th century architecture, fashionable boutiques, and large hotels.

Average home price: $843,560.

Beacon Hill

This largely residential area has cobblestone alleyways, interesting architecture, gas-lights, and lots of trees. Here one will find Massachusetts General Hospital, and the gold domed Massachusetts State House. Beacon Hill is a district that is proud of its history. A French fortress was located at the site of Louisburg Square in Beacon Hill and was sacked in 1745 at the Battle of Louisburg. Currently, Beacon Hill (and more specifically Louisburg Square) is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the United States costing several million dollars to purchase a townhouse.

Average home price: $1.1 million.

Charlestown

This old area of Boston was originally a separate city, and the capitol of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Settled in 1629, Charlestown is where Paul Revere began his famous ride, and Charlestown is also where one will find the famous ship "Old Ironsides" (USS Constitution). Charlestown is home to Warren Tavern, established in 1780 and just steps from the Freedom Trail.

Average home price: $463,316.

Chinatown/Leather District

One of the largest Chinese neighborhoods in the nation, and was established by Chinese immigrants in the 1880s. Don't let the name fool you; in Chinatown you can find an excellent array of Vietnamese food as well. Chinatown was home to the Garment District, when many clothing manufacturing plants moved into the neighborhood. Go down Beach Street for a variety of restaurants, groceries, and gift shops.

Average home price: $943,616.

Downtown Crossing

A bustling neighborhood by day, and a quiet neighborhood by night, Downtown Crossing is defined by the intersection of Washington Street where Winter Street becomes Summer Street, Downtown Crossing is mostly a shopping district near Government Center, the Financial District, and Chinatown. Boasting the Downtown Crossing Partnership, the neighborhood is kept clean, well maintained, and safe.

Average home price: $1.4 million.

Fenway/Kenmore

Home to Fenway Park, and many large educational institutions including Harvard Medical School and Boston University, you will never run out of things to do in Fenway as it is has Symphony Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, cafes and many independently owned shops.

This neighborhood is known for featuring a large Citgo sign above the intersection of Beacon Street, Commonwealth Avenue (Comm. Ave) and Brookline. Boston University is close by and as a result the area is teeming with college students. The quaint college-town appeal is slaughtered anytime there is a baseball game causing the fans to rush nearby Fenway Park a mere three blocks away. The shops and bars are attractive to college students and young college grads. Kenmore Square is technically in the neighborhood of Fenway, but this seems to be purely for administrative purposes.

Average home price: $423,422.

The Financial District

It may go without saying, but it is home to many large mutual fund companies, banks, insurance companies, legal firms, and large skyscrapers. Located near Chinatown and Government Center, this district has a few pubs which remain open after business hours, but is generally pretty quiet in the evening. This is not a residential neighborhood.

Government Center

Not surprisingly, Government Center is home to the state and federal offices and City Hall. Surrounded by Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Government Center has boasted a subway stop since the Boston Subway was first built in 1897. This is not a residential neighborhood.

The North End

One of the city's oldest neighborhoods, home to many generations of immigrants throughout the history of Boston. Predominantly an Italian neighborhood for the 20th century, it has evolved into an area abundant with young professionals. Hanover Street is the main drag, and on Hanover you can find many Italian restaurants, gelato shops, cafes, and yoga shops and studios. The Paul Revere House is a popular destination in the North End and is located just off Hanover on North Square.

Average home price: $593,800.

South Boston

Also called "South Boston Waterfront" and "Seaport District" this area was formerly called Dorchester Neck. Characterized by working class Irish-Americans, South Boston boasts some of the oldest housing projects in America. A variety of restaurants make this area interesting. Called "Southie" the main drags are Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue.

Average home price: $495,740.

The South End

Not to be confused with South Boston, the South End is packed with Victorian row houses. The South End has rich ethnic diversity and a large gay population. Some of the most popular restaurants in Boston are in the South End. Tremont Street has become a destination for diners, and Washington Street has the large Peters Park. The South End is not, despite the name, directly south of downtown.

Average home price: $675,015.

The Waterfront

A narrow area running along the Inner Harbor down to South Station, the main drag is Atlantic Avenue, which is kept very clean by the city. This area was once home to many wharves, warehouses, and piers. Now the Waterfront is lush with many restaurants, marinas, offices, and hotels.

Average home price: $1.34 million.

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