Location, location, location - that's the number one rule in real estate, but it's especially true when buying a home in Boston. The city of Boston is distinguished by its eclectic mix of vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. From Back Bay to Charlestown to The North End, each area is charming in its own right. Components such as architecture, food, and resident population create a unique personality and appeal to all of the Boston villages.
As a buyer, it is critical to spend a good amount of time in each neighborhood, both during the day and at night, to get a feel for the atmosphere and personality of each. For example, The South End has a very particular and dynamic vibe that you might not find anywhere else in the city. Some claim the South End to be Boston's version of Greenwich Village, with its incredible number of good restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops. For those looking for a more traditional feel, Back Bay is an appealing option with the gaslight lanterns lining Marlborough St and large brownstone homes along Comm Ave and Beacon. The shopping on Newbury St is some of the most recognized in the country. Venturing into The Fenway/Kenmore Square area, you will find plenty of activity. With many colleges in the area, as well as Fenway Park, and a number of medical centers, these neighborhoods are experiencing a lot of growth.
Boston is home to an assortment of people, but pride in their city is a universal characteristic. So while restaurants, local activities, and proximity to highways and public transportation are all important things to consider, make sure that the neighborhood you decide on is one that you will feel proud of calling home. Afterall, the city will become your backyard, so you want to feel as comfortable outside your home as you do inside. For more specific information on Boston's neighborhoods, contact the experts at Charles Realty who live, work and play amongst them all, 617-236-0353.