Moving to Boston has its perks. It’s one of the most walkable cities in the country. The culture is incredibly diverse. And it isn’t short on things to do – beautiful outdoor spaces, Fenway Park, art museums and culinary hotspots in each neighborhood. Choosing a Boston neighborhood is no easy feat– there are a lot of great options.
Choosing a Boston neighborhood that fits your lifestyle and needs is key, especially if you’re downsizing to a smaller space. There are three neighborhoods we think would be perfect for you.
Boston’s historic, cobblestone filled North End neighborhood exudes charm. It’s a mecca for Italian restaurants and cafes, is the heart of the Freedom trail, and isn’t short on boutiques or fitness studios.
Whether you decide on a waterfront condo or a place right in the middle of Hanover Street, you’re going to love this neighborhood’s sense of community. In the warmer months, you can count on festivals every weekend and walks along the Greenway. You’re within walking distance of Boston Public Market, Celtics games and Faneuil Hall.
If you love brownstones, Back Bay is your dream come true. The tree-lined streets of Marlborough Street and Commonwealth Avenue will have you swooning, especially in the wintertime when holiday lights glow.
Back Bay is home to Newbury Street, where you can shop, dine or just stroll as you people watch. You’re within walking distance of the Boston Public Garden and are just a couple of trains stops away from the Theatre District and Chinatown.
Boston’s Seaport is booming with new development that is perfect for someone looking to downsize their home. Move into a waterfront concierge building where you have everything you’d ever need at your fingertips.
The Seaport is home to the Institute of Contemporary Art, some of Boston’s best dining spots, and Trillium Brewing Company. If you’re looking for a perfect Saturday morning, you can always pop into SoulCycle or CorePower Yoga and follow it up with brunch at Eat by Chloe.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.