Boston is just as defined as much by its cobblestoned streets, Victorian brownstones, and colonial city park—--Boston Common, the oldest in America—--as it is by its professional sports teams and sleek downtown high-rises. What makes Boston truly unique is that the city is able to effortlessly combine its two cultural “undercurrents” – the historic and the intellectual – into a single multifaceted personality.
Back Bay: With broad streets, beautiful Victorian brownstones, and close proximity to Fenway Park, shopping, and the Charles River, the Back Bay is one of the liveliest and most beautiful neighborhoods of Boston. The area gotearned its name because it was literally a 570-acre salt marsh in the bay until it was filled during the city’s development! Today, the Back Bay is home to Boston University and boasts a wide variety of shopping and dining options, making it a fun place to walk around and explore on the weekends. Between the students and recent graduates living in the Back Bay, the neighborhood certainly feels like the “youngest” part of the city and is sure to entertain.
Beacon Hill: Resting atop the only hill in Boston, Beacon Hill is widely known as the “cutest” neighborhood in the city. With narrow, cobblestone-stoned streets and gas lanterns lighting sidewalks at night, Beacon Hill remains in touch with Boston’s historical roots and provides a quiet sanctuary tucked away in the midst of a bustling city. While Beacon Hill is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Boston, its proximity to Boston Common and the Back Bay places you squarely in the middle of the city, allowing for easy access to any of the major attractions or popular neighborhoods. The neighborhood is sure to be a draw for history buffs, as Beacon Hill has been home to many notable Bostonians in the course of over its over two-hundred-year developmentlifetime, including Louisa May Alcott, John Hancock, and Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
North End: The North End, Boston’s own “Little Italy,” is renowned for its Italian cuisine , cannolis, and historical charm. In addition to being one of the city’s most popular dining destinations, the North End is also the oldest part of the Bostonneighborhood also holds the title ofas being the oldest part of the city. Here you’ll find the fabled Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House, both harkening back to the days of the American revolution. While the North End today certainly is home to a large number of Boston’s Italian-Americans (comprising a third1/3 of the neighborhood’s population), in recent years it has also become an attractive neighborhood for young professionals and students as well in recent years. The neighborhood’s newfound desirability is unsurprising: sSurrounded on three sides by water and steps away from several parks, the North End is one of the mostre scenic parts of the city. Public transportation will bring you within steps of the neighborhood, but don’t expect to do much driving through the North End’s narrow cobblestoned streets.
Cambridge: Just a short trip over the Charles River lays Cambridge, home to several universities and many of the young professionals living in the Boston area. Technically its own city, Cambridge is a hotbed of ethnic dining, quirky bars, and unique shopping. Young Cantabrigians residents tend to cluster around the city’s five “squares” (some of which are round): Porter Square, Harvard Square, Central Square, Kendall Square, and Inman Square. Each of these areas boasts lively entertainment, dining, and shopping options and is easily accessible by public transportation. The Cambridge’s slightly more laid-back vibe found in Cambridge provides a relaxing contrast to the more bustling downtown areas of Boston.
Somerville: Located just north of the city yet still serviced by the MBTA, Somerville is a more economical option for those looking to live in the area and have accessenjoy to the amenities of Cambridge and Boston without breaking the bank. Davis Square and Tufts University are two of the more visible parts of the city, each with a range of restaurants and bars to entertain Somerville’s young residents.