Due to the history and age of this neighborhood, it is a very charming neighborhood and the residents enjoy a true sense of community. The neighborhood has a town square and a main street that give it a very small town feel, despite being so close to the big city. The neighborhood is quite quiet and people there often enjoy a simple living without the craziness that can often take place in big cities.
The neighborhood is favored both by professionals and families alike. Professionals love the neighborhood for its quick commute to the downtown areas, and families love it thanks to the parks and great schools that populate the neighborhood. The neighborhood also has a reputation for being fairly wealthy as the median household income for the neighborhood is over $100,000.
As a whole, the neighborhood is largely residential, with lots of waterfront views. There is also a wide range of properties from brick row houses lining the streets, to older wooden homes, to newer and more modern properties and buildings. There is no shortage of variety when it comes to cool architecture to check out and rent if you so choose.
The history of Charlestown actually goes back further than the city of Boston itself. Boston was first settled in 1630 and Charlestown was settled a year earlier. Not only is the neighborhood old, it has a ton of history too. In fact, Charlestown played a very important role in the American Revolutionary War as it is the location where Paul Revere began his famous “Midnight Ride.” The neighborhood also has a reputation for the presence of the Irish mob in the mid-20th century, but that has since faded away a bit.
While the neighborhood is currently only a mile or so in size, it actually used to be its own municipality and had many other parts of Boston included in it. However, as time went on, it eventually became just a neighborhood in the big city of Boston. While it has a lot of history, the neighborhood is largely now a residential space with a few institutions scattered about.
As you could likely expect with the history, median income, quaint living and proximity to the heart of Boston, the cost of living in Charlestown is quite high. The biggest culprit in why the cost of living here is so high is definitely the rent. While the rent varies depending on location, view, building type and more, you can expect to pay a big chunk for a 1 bedroom. Rent can of course be found cheaper, but they will often be studios or be in less than desirable condition or location.
Getting into and traveling around this neighborhood is incredibly easy in a number of different ways. The neighborhood is easily accessible via numerous public transportation stops and a bus or subway can get you into the heart of Boston in mere minutes.
Despite this, however, driving a car is the most popular and easiest way to get around Charlestown. In fact, nearly half of the population of this neighborhood drives or carpools to work. There is ample parking throughout the neighborhood and the fact it isn’t incredibly busy all the time makes driving a viable option.
While many people may not walk to go to work or walk to get groceries, this neighborhood is great to take a stroll in. The many historical monuments and variety of architecture make it a great place to spend walking outside on a nice day.
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Northwestern University
- The USS Constitution is one of the oldest ships in the country and is now permanently docked in Charlestown. It now acts as a museum as the public can come on board and see the boat the made its maiden voyage way back in 1798. The rest of the naval yard and park where it sits is also worth checking out, as there is lots to see and plenty of green space.
- The Bunker Hill Monument was erected to commemorate one of the first major battles in the American Revolutionary War, which took place at this location. It is a 200+ foot obelisk with 294 steps to the top.
- The Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in the entire state and is one of the most historic bars in the country. It has been around since 1780 and many famous people frequented the establishment such as Ben Franklin and George Washington.
- With the neighborhood being the oldest in Boston, there is a ton of cool, old and historic architecture to check out from buildings, to monuments, to restaurants, to parks and more.
- Near the southern tip of this neighborhood sits Paul Revere Park. This 5-acre park that features a large lawn, a playground, and a place for performances to take place.