When people think about living in Boston, they often think about the high prices that come with living downtown. However, what if someone told you that you could live just outside of downtown while paying an affordable monthly rent? That’s exactly what you can get with the Columbus Park-Andrew Square neighborhood.
Columbus Park-Andrew Square is made up of 0.738 square miles – holding a population of 8,326. With a population density of 11,288 people per square mile, the neighborhood comes in just below Boston’s average population density of 12,906 people per square mile. However, that extra breathing room doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of things to do.
While Columbus Park-Andrew Square is more than 50 percent Caucasian, the demographic makeup also includes large Hispanic, Asian, and African American communities. The area has an annual turnover rate of 16 percent (two percent below the city average), with 30 percent of residents calling the neighborhood home for five years or more. The median age of residents is 32 years old (five years younger than the city’s median average).
Columbus Park-Andrew Square is highly sought after because it’s both affordable and convenient. Andrew Station is one of the main stops on the MBTA Red Line (situated right between the JFK/UMass and Broadway stops).You can also get to the area via the North Station commuter rail and Downtown Crossing. Furthermore, it’s a main transfer point for the central bus lines. All of that to say this: whatever Columbus Park-Andrew Square lacks in comparison to more ritzy Boston areas, it makes up for by having direct access to any location in the city.
However, you don’t have to leave Columbus Park-Andrew Square to find something fun to do. The South Bay Shopping Center is close by – with all the major retailers you need (including Target, The Home Depot, OfficeMax, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more). You can also find a number of local shops and eateries on Dorchester Avenue.
When compared to adjacent areas in Boston, Columbus Park-Andrew Square is relatively flat. There are some taller apartment buildings and townhomes, but nothing in comparison to vertical areas closer to the center of the city. However, this isn’t much of a surprise, as south Boston is predominantly flat.
The history of Columbus Park-Andrew Square isn’t the most illustrious in Boston. In fact, it wasn’t but a decade ago that the area was crime-ridden and dangerous. That goes to show just how far the neighborhood has progressed and the direction it’s going. As the center of Boston becomes increasingly crowded and expensive, many are retreating to this quieter, southern side of the city.
Just recently, plans for a massive development at the intersection of Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street were made public. The proposed development would bring 700 new apartments, additional parking, and plenty of mixed-development areas with retail stores and restaurants. IT would have two residential towers (each around 20 stories) and would be targeted towards middle class renters. There would also be a 1.4-acre park for added green space.
There’s plenty going on in Columbus Park-Andrew Square and the surrounding areas. It’s just a short ways from The Institute of Contemporary Art which offers incredible performances, a stellar contemporary museum, and fantastic views of the Boston Harbor.
Speaking of the Boston Harbor, you can be on the trendy water front in less than 10 minutes. Here you’ll find fine dining, great views, the New England Aquarium, and more.
Grab a slice of pizza and relax with friends at Andrew Square House of Pizza, grab a quick morning coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts on your way to work, or enjoy craft beer at Telegraph Hill on Dorchester Street.