Like many of Boston’s neighborhoods, Charlestown is steeped in history—Revolutionary War history, to be more specific. It’s served as a meeting place for historical figures and as a battleground, which is all immediately apparent from the neighborhood’s abundance of landmarks and plaques, and that much-loved brick strip in the ground known as the Freedom Trail.
Today, there are less powdered wigs and more Vineyard Vines quarter-zips. Charlestown is not exactly the gritty neighborhood portrayed in The Town, but it hasn’t been completely ravaged by high-earning yuppies, either. While young professionals and families do make up a large chunk of the population—you’ll likely see dozens new moms pushing top-of-the-line baby strollers within a 200-foot radius—Charlestown offers glimpses of its Irish working-class roots every now and again.
Charlestown is comparable to Back Bay and Beacon Hill in terms of laid-brick charm, yet often lists houses and condos for a fraction of the price of those places. Where else in Boston can you buy an antique single-family home on a gas lamp-lit street for under $1,000 per square foot? It has shops and restaurants, while great, are clustered along Main Street and Whole Foods in City Square.
Charlestown is still a lively little community—and a close-knit one at that. If living in a centuries-old home not far from downtown sounds up your alley, then Charlestown might be your next move.