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As well as any city in the United States, Boston has maintained its historical feel while embracing modern American urban society. Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America’s oldest cities.

The City of Boston is diverse in many ways. People from around the world travel to Boston to start a life in America or to attend one of its world-class universities. Throughout Downtown Boston and it's many neighborhoods, restaurants and businesses of every kind imaginable welcome both residents and visitors.

Boston real estate, whether it's multi-family homes in one of it's neighborhoods or luxury condos Downtown, is equally diverse.

Boston's Neighborhoods

Allston: This vibrant neighborhood is best known for its student population, due to its proximity to many colleges and universities. In recent years, an influx of immigrants and young professionals has taken an increasingly active role in the neighborhood. This varied mix of people creates one of the most energetic and diverse populations in Boston. Harvard Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Avenue host many ethnic restaurants and popular watering holes. The Honan-Allston branch public library, named after the late Boston City Councilor Brian Honan, is a treasure of information and genuine resource for the entire community. Search For Allston Real Estate

Back Bay: It’s easy to understand 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 both Boston residents and visitors. In fact, it’s not uncommon to spot celebrities strolling up and down the Back Bay's picturesque streets. This bustling neighborhood also houses the two tallest members of Boston’s skyline, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower, in addition to architectural treasures such as Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Search For Back Bay Real Estate

Bay Village: One of the smallest neighborhoods in the City of Boston, Bay Village more than makes up for its lack of size with its inviting, charming and friendly atmosphere. Created by a landfill in the 1820's by developer Ephraim Marsh, Bay Village has been known as the Church Street District, South Cove and Kerry Village. Many of the homes look like smaller versions of luxurious Beacon Hill townhouses because the craftspeople who built the Beacon Hill residences settled in this area and built local residences for their own use. The neighborhood is also centrally located near several restaurants, the Theater District, New England School of Law and cultural attractions. The Boston Commons and Public Garden are a short walk from this Boston neighborhood. Search For Bay Village Real Estate

Brighton: Multi-family homes and condominiums line the streets of Brighton, which is located in the northwest corner of Boston, on the shores of the Charles River. Many of Brighton’s small businesses are located along Washington Street, which runs straight through Brighton Center to Oak Square. The Brighton Center Main Streets Program has been actively attracting new businesses to the neighborhood, as well as offering grants for storefront renovations. St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and the Franciscan Children’s Hospital (New England's largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital) also call Brighton home. Families, young professionals and undergraduate and graduate students are all lured to Brighton for its tranquil yet dynamic atmosphere. Search For Brighton Real Estate

Beacon Hill: A mix of grand townhouses, tiny apartments and tony shops, Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s smallest, most historic and most exclusive neighborhoods. Close to Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Common, and also home to the Massachusetts State House, Beacon Hill is a monument to charm and influence. Charles Street blends antique stores and boutiques with restaurants and a few local bars. The neighborhood is home to United States Senator John Kerry and former GE chief executive office Jack Welch, but you'll see plenty of young professionals as well. Parking on Beacon Hill is quite difficult. Search For Beacon Hill Real Estate

Charlestown: Situated on the banks of Boston Harbor and the Mystic River on the north side of the city, Charlestown has traveled from its historical roots to 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 a new generation of immigrants and young professionals to join its traditionally Irish-American population. Residents, new and old, frequent the local restaurants and establishments along Main Street and in City Square. Many young professionals live in condominiums in Charlestown's Navy Yard. Search For Charlestown Real Estate

Chinatown / Leather District: Boston's Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Located between the city's Financial District and Theater Disctrict, Chinatown is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Boston. Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the area’s large selection of Asian restaurants and bakeries, where they can sample everything from dim sum to almond cookies. During the popular August Moon Festival, children carry brightly colored lanterns and revelers eat sweet cakes known as Moon Cakes, each containing a secret message. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, which opened in 2005, is a tremendous resource for the community, providing residents with English-language classes, childcare, and social and recreational opportunities. 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 also benefit from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway as that project nears completion. Search For Chinatown / Leather District Real Estate

Dorchester: Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood, is also one of its most diverse. Long-time residents mingle with newer immigrants from Ireland, Vietnam and Cape Verde. The nation’s first Vietnamese Community Center is located in the Fields Corner section of Boston, the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston. Dorchester Avenue anchors the neighborhood business district with a unique mix of ethnic restaurants, beauty salons, electronics stores and pharmacies. Franklin Park, which features 527 acres of green space and walking paths, a zoo, and an 18-hole municipal golf course, is located in Dorchester. Bordered by the Neponset River and Boston Harbor, Dorchester residents enjoy the riverfront amenities of Pope John Paul II Park as well as harbor beaches and boating opportunities. Search For Dorchester Real Estate

Downtown: Downtown Boston is the center of business and government, but it includes many historic sites, shopping destinations and Faneuil Hall, a popular destination for tourists from around the world and residents from around the block. The area will soon benefit from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Search For Downtown Boston Real Estate

East Boston: Originally a center of shipbuilding, East Boston has always been a neighborhood of immigrants. Today its population is made up largely of Italian-Americans and immigrants from Central and South America and Southeast Asia. That diversity is reflected in the neighborhood’s myriad of ethnic restaurants and stores. The nation’s first branch library was built in East Boston in 1870. The housing is a mixture of old and new, including many restored multi-family homes and condos with breath-taking views of the Boston skyline. Logan International Airport is located East Boston, making "Eastie," as locals affectionately call it, a gateway to people from around the world. Search For East Boston Real Estate

Fenway / Kenmore: Perhaps most recognized as the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood also boasts many of Boston’s top cultural institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. Fenway/Kenmore also has a strong academic presence, including Boston Latin School, America’s first public school, as well as several institutions of higher learning. Many of these undergraduate students, as well as young people throughout the city, are drawn to the lively bars and clubs along Lansdowne Street. Search For Fenway / Kenmore Real Estate

Hyde Park: Hyde Park is Boston’s southernmost neighborhood, and it offers the intangibles of city life as well as the open space more commonly associated with the suburbs. The historic Neponset River runs through Hyde Park. Hyde Park’s community spirit is on display in the many small shops and restaurants dotted along Hyde Park Avenue, River Street and Fairmount Avenue, the area that makes up the Cleary and Logan Square business districts. During the warmer months, many city residents flock to Hyde Park to golf at the George Wright Golf Course, one of the city’s two municipal golf courses. Search For Hyde Park Real Estate

Jamaica Plain: Jamaica Plain, or "JP" as the locals call it, has evolved into one of Boston’s most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. The ethnically diverse area is home to many Latinos, young families, and a growing gay and lesbian community. Hyde and Jackson Squares have significant Spanish-speaking populations from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. This blend of cultures is reflected in local businesses, such as the many different restaurants, which line Centre Street, one of Jamaica Plain's main streets. Residents and visitors enjoy walking, biking, and running along Jamaica Pond situated on the Riverway. Search For Jamaica Plain Real Estate

Mattapan: The Native American Mattahunt Tribe once inhabited Mattapan in the early 1600’s. Since then, a diverse population of Irish, Jewish and Haitian immigrants has settled Mattapan in large numbers. Today, Mattapan’s population is largely made up of African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean. The city has recently established the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative, a collaboration of city agencies, residents, non-profits, and businesses to encourage investment, create jobs and promote business development in the neighborhood. Search For Mattapan Real Estate

Mission Hill: With the addition of mixed-income housing, the renovation of One Brigham Circle and a strong business district along Tremont Street and Huntington Avenue, Mission Hill is alive with renewed energy while still retaining its original character. The community consists of a large African American and Hispanic population, a healthy collection of students from nearby colleges and young families that work in the Longwood Medical Area, making it an extremely diverse Boston neighborhood. New condominiums now join the traditional brick row houses and many three-decker homes that mark this architectural landmark district. Located just one mile from downtown Boston, Mission Hill also houses the historic Mission Church. Search For Mission Hill Real Estate

North End: Here, the streets are narrow and compact, and there is history everywhere, including the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house and burial grounds. The neighborhood is packed with restaurants, virtually all of them Italian, and the neighborhood is still deeply rooted in Italian culture. Residents hold annual festivals (also known as feasts) to honor patron saints of Italian villages. Today the North End is populated by a mixture of Italian Americans and young professionals that are attracted to the neighborhood's tight-knit feel, access to downtown and wonderful condominiums. For decades, the Central Artery separated the North End from the rest of the city visually. Today, the elevated highway has been torn down, and the difference is stunning. 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. The North End also offers easy access to Boston's Waterfront. Search For North End Real Estate

Roslindale: Once considered a “suburb” of Boston, today’s residents of Roslindale are still attracted to the neighborhood’s natural beauty. Local residents walk and bike in the Arnold Arboretum, a 265-acre oasis within the city. Many of the neighborhoods’ large colonial homes are being converted into condos to accommodate the influx of young professionals and families. Roslindale Village is the city’s original Main Street district and now one of the city’s most vibrant, featuring several bistros, unique shops, and wireless Internet access. The MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail provide commuters with easy access to downtown. Search For Roslindale Real Estate

Roxbury: Once a farming community, Roxbury is home to the historic Shirley Eustis House, the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial Governor. Today this neighborhood is undergoing a renaissance. Hundreds of new business and housing initiatives have revitalized the neighborhood’s Dudley Square, Crosstown and Grove Hall areas. The dramatic transformation of Blue Hill Avenue from a street lined with vacant lots to a dynamic business district is one of city's proudest achievements. The Roxbury Center for the Arts, Culture, and Trade, which opened in 2005, celebrates the cultural richness of the community through the visual and performance arts. Search For Roxbury Real Estate

South Boston: Once a predominantly Irish Catholic community, in recent years South Boston, or "Southie" as long-time residents refer to it, has become increasingly desirable among young professionals and families that 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. City residents flock to the neighborhood to enjoy the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Today the breathtaking South Boston Waterfront is emerging as Boston’s newest neighborhood, featuring luxury condominiums. 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 stands as a symbol of the South Boston Waterfront’s fantastic potential. Search For South Boston Real Estate

South End: The South End is located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, and 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 neighborhood. 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. Small business owners thrive in this neighborhood, which is home to some of Boston’s finest restaurants, a thriving arts community and nearly 30 parks. Search For South End Real Estate

West End: The West End, considerably impacted by Urban Renewal of the 1950s and 1960s, is a small but significant community tucked behind Beacon Hill. Drivers on Storrow Drive recognize the West End from the famed signs outside the Charles River Park condo and apartment complex that read “If You Lived Here…You’d Be Home Now.” Historically an ethnically diverse and vibrant neighborhood, the West End today is economically anchored by Massachusetts General Hospital. Search For West End Real Estate

West Roxbury: West Roxbury, located in Boston’s southwest corner, was originally part of the town of Roxbury and home to a 19th century experimental, utopian community frequented by such notable writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Today, West Roxbury is known for its civic activism (West Roxbury residents vote in large numbers) and youth programming. Its tree-lined streets and mostly single-family homes give this city neighborhood a real suburban feel. Centre Street anchors the neighborhood’s business district, which consists of restaurants, banks and shops. Residents love Millennium Park, a former landfill that has been converted into 100 acres of trails, ball fields and picnic areas. Search For West Roxbury Real Estate

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