The neighborhood of Shawmut, like the rest of the South End may not be the oldest or most historic in Boston, but it is among the most vivid. There is always something going on here and you will see a clean and high class population, that still manage to be down to earth. If you are interested in renting in this neighborhood, be sure to check out the apartment listings on Renthop.
As soon as you enter this neighborhood, you will see how clean and polished it is. The foliage, streets, walls and buildings throughout the neighborhood are all maintained and many of the streets are lined with old Victorian styled homes. However, if you are looking to rent in other types of buildings, Shawmut has a variety of those too.
The neighborhood is quite diverse and its location makes it popular for commuting professionals. The large number of parks throughout the neighborhood makes it perfect for families as well. The restaurants, shops, and cafes in the neighborhood also help to give off a “posh” type of feel as well.
Rest assured, however, that the people here are still great. While you may expect them to be stuck up and elitist, that is not the case. Despite the look and feel of their neighborhood, people from Shawmut are down to earth and accepting of everyone, which makes sense as their residents come from all different types of backgrounds, cultures, and races.
While the South End of Boston (and thus the neighborhood of Shawmut) was built and inhabited many years after other neighborhoods in Boston, there is still a lot of history in this neighborhood. Shawmut and the rest of South End was first constructed as a residential area for people in the crowded areas of in the Downtown and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. It worked for a while as wealthy people moved in, but after some financial crises, the area became poor. A large number of immigrants called this area home, as did a large number of gay men. This reputation of a diverse but poor neighborhood persisted for a while, but then soon it became a wealthy, diverse, and desirable area again and this high-class vibe has stuck around.
Like most of the South End of Boston, the rent in the Shawmut neighborhood is quite high in comparison to other neighborhoods around Boston. In fact, it is normal to see rents well over $2000 for standard one bedroom apartments. You can find places to rent for a few hundred dollars less, as long as you are okay with a studio or a lack of amenities and style. Of course, if you want something bigger or more stylish, you will be paying a pretty penny. The location of this neighborhood, and the fact that there is always something going on here, definitely factor into the relatively high rents.
While public transit is quite common and plentiful throughout Boston, there are no subway routes that go within this neighborhood. While this can be a tad annoying, there are a few stations located within only a few minutes of this neighborhood so a bit of walking can help you if taking the subway is your goal. If taking public transit is your preferred method of traveling to and from Shawmut, taking a bus is the way to go, as there are a few stops in or around this neighborhood.
The polished and manicured roads, sidewalks, shrubs, and parks also make this neighborhood an attractive place to walk, if you are able to. Driving is always possible, but can be difficult and weary in this neighborhood. There is a lack of parking available in this neighborhood and with the almost constant foot traffic, it can take you awhile to get anywhere, even if you are only going a short distance.
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Shawmut is located within 02118. This area currently has 27,664 residents in 12,558 households. Out of the total population, 25.75% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 33.6.
When looking at residents older than 25, 14.89% have graduated from high school, 24.22% have a bachelor's degree, and 30.82% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 62.5% and the median income in this zipcode is $59,589.
At least 65.52% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 26.1 minutes.
Geographically, 02118 is a part of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. This county is currently home to 767,719 residents, or 299,658 households with a median income of $57,439. Suffolk County, Massachusetts residents have a median age of 32.4 and 64.20% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Suffolk County, Massachusetts is a part of the greater Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area is currently home to a population 4,343,828 across 1,635,254 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $77,009 and median age of 38.2. In general, at least 40.37% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.