Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the nation’s founding.
Considered a suburb of Boston, this cosmopolitan Town is far from what many consider a suburb. Brookline is a diverse community, from its international population to its many different neighborhoods and the variety of housing stock, offering a wide selection of life styles. One way to catch Brookline’s flavor is to look at each of the neighborhoods and try to describe them. Better yet, we suggest you visit each one and decide for yourself.
NEWTON has a well earned reputation as “the garden city. But physical beauty is only a small part of it’s allure. Rich is historic ethnic, and cultural makeup, Newton’s heterogeneous population blend gives the city a marvelous character and dynamic personality. Newton is a wonderful place for those who love diversity. This is a city of villages. Each of the thirteen villages has its own unique character, culture, and style. Consistently posting one of the highest bond ratings in the state, Newton residents are proud of their city’s reputation of stability.
Roslindale is a part of Boston in Suffolk County with the zip code 02131 and is known by the locals as Rozzie. It borders the Boston communities of Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Many consider Roslindale Boston’s best kept secret since it is a great place to live, convenient to all of Metro Boston and still remains affordable. It has all you need right in the area along with having easy access to a public golf course and a 500-acre forest called Stoney Brook Reservation. Yes, you are in the city, but you can find open green space!
West Roxbury is an area of Boston that is known for its quality homes and neighborhoods. It abuts both Brookline and Newton. The areas of Brookline and Newton that border West Roxbury shares the same zip code, Chestnut Hill’s 02467. The rest of West Roxbury has the zip code 02132. All of the neighborhoods of West Roxbury have many important features.
Allston and Brighton are a part of Boston in Suffolk County. Different postal districts, 02134 for Allston and 02135 for Brighton separates them. Their boundaries entwine and are considered by many of its residents as one large community. Area residents describe Allston as the area closer to Cambridge abutting the Charles River and including the commercial area called Allston Village. Others describe Brighton as the section closer to Brookline and Newton Lines stretching from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and including Brighton Center.
The Fenway–Kenmore area was formed by land annexed from neighboring Brookline in the 1870s as part of the Brookline-Boston annexation debate of 1873 as well as from land filled in conjunction with the creation of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted parks in the 1890s When planned, it was thought that the buildings built upon the Fenway parkway would house high-wealth residents and that the whole area would be a high-class neighborhood. As property values rose, however, it was educational institutions that sprung up along the Fenway’s route.
Jamaica Plain is a part of Boston in Suffolk County with the zip code 02130 and is known by the locals as J.P. It borders the town of Brookline to the north, the Boston communities of West Roxbury and Roslindale to the west and south, and the Boston communities of Roxbury and The Fenway to the east. Its notable feature is the area’s mixture of an urban environment with beautiful open green space. The famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, designed the renowned Emerald Necklace stretching from Back Bay to Franklin Park running the length of Jamaica Plain.
Today Watertown is rich in ethnic diversity and culture, boasts a high level of citizen involvement and many amenities such as shopping malls, high-end restaurants, swimming pools, country and tennis clubs, skating rinks, eleven fine parks and public transportation providing easy access to Boston and surrounding communities.
The Back Bay is a man-made neighborhood, taking its name from the body of water that was filled to create one of the city’s most active and well-known districts. With boundaries roughly defined as Massachusetts Avenue on the west, Arlington Street on the east, the Charles River to the north, and the Prudential Center and Copley Place developments on the south. The Back Bay, which lies behind the Public Garden, holds some of the most exclusive real estate in Boston.
The very name calls forth the essence of Boston: cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks lit by gas street lamps, historic homes and beautiful gardens enclosed by ivy-entwined fences. The wealthiest and most prominent members of Boston society settled Beacon Hill in the early 19th century, and it remains one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the country.
The South End, with its blocks of Victorian brick row houses, upscale restaurants, art galleries and unexpected little parks, is one of the most popular places to live in Boston. It is filled with a diverse mix of ethnic, social and professional and blue-collar residents. Many creative people contribute to its thriving artistic center. Restored townhouses, condominium conversions and painstaking renovations have all contributed to the neighborhood’s turn-of-the century charm.
Midtown/ Financial District
Bordered by North End, Waterfront, Beacon Hill, and Chinatown, the Downtown/Financial District is a bustling neighborhood of tourists and business oriented professionals. The Downtown area, a mixture of skyscrapers and brick buildings can be seen everywhere as tourists flock to many popular attractions such as the ever famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Also called Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall comprises of a cluster of restored market buildings with many attractions such as restaurants, bars, and food courts. Other attractions include the New England Aquarium, the John Hancock Observatory, and the Boston Harbor Cruises.
South Boston is a portrait of neighborhood pride. Its residents are famous for their love of and loyalty to their neighborhood. And it’s no wonder. Southie boasts miles of beaches and waterfront parks that culminate in Castle Island. This is a densely populated area, known for three deckers and row houses as well as single-family homes.
Just steps away from the hustle of Boston’s downtown and the Faneuil Hall marketplace lies “little Italy,” Boston’s oldest residential neighborhood. The small, densely packed Italian community is one of Boston’s most vital and friendly neighborhoods. It is home to grocery stores, bakeries, pizza shops and cappuccino cafes. The Freedom Trail winds through the streets, past the Paul Revere House, the only 17th century wooden home still standing in the United States. Nearby is the Old North Church, where the two lanterns hung in the steeple on April 18, 1775, starting Revere on his famous midnight ride.
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.
The Seaport is Boston’s hottest neighborhood — where modern architecture, new restaurants, active nightlife, urban waterfront parks, and vibrant cultural institutions come together with an energy and vitality unlike anywhere else in the city.
In a city famous for its tangled, colonial streets, the Seaport was designed and built for today — with wide sidewalks, bike lanes, public transit, highways, waterways and direct access to Logan International Airport. It’s an unmatched transit hub that’s only a short walk (or ride) to downtown Boston.