The neighborhood offers easy and streamlined access to the heart of Boston, while also being far enough away to allow peaceful and quiet living. This neighborhood features both new and old homes, with some of the greatest waterfront properties in the entire northeast. This neighborhood is five different islands merged together and as a result, there are water views in almost every direction. There are also a couple of nice parks to check out around the neighborhood too.
The demographics here are very diverse, thanks to the fact that East Boston has been welcoming to immigrants for decades. As a result of the diversity, this neighborhood features a wide range of different restaurants and shops. The population is largely working class, but professionals have slowly begun to flock here as well. Matter of fact, well over half of the people living in this area are renters. This means that there is likely a fair bit of competition for possible renters in the neighborhood.
East Boston was first established way back in the mid-1830s. As mentioned, five islands were combined together to make East Boston more livable. Still, the area struggled due to the fact there was no direct link to the mainland. The owners of the island knew that if it was going to be a valuable asset, a direct link had to be made. A suspended railway was created for this purpose, and it finally made transportation easy from Boston to East Boston. Eventually, East Boston was a desirable place to live. It has long served as a hub for immigrants from all over the world and the population exploded in the early 1900s.
Transportation has been an integral part of the success of East Boston as a neighborhood. There are a number of car tunnels, which connect the traffic of Downtown Boston to East Boston. This makes it extremely easy to travel to and from this neighborhood. Despite this, it’s still common for people to take the subway or bus when commuting to work. The MBTA Blue Line subway makes numerous stops in East Boston and is likely the most common way for commuters to get to Boston. An often underrated option is to bike to work, as it can often only take a half an hour. Even walking from some areas in East Boston to Downtown Boston can be very quick.
- Northeastern University
- University of Massachusetts, Boston
- Harvard University
- The first ever branch library in the country resides in East Boston. The Boston Public Library opened a branch there in 1870. This is a piece of American history that is worth a visit.
- The Boston Harbor is without a doubt one of the coolest things about Boston, and you get amazing views of it from East Boston. You also see the skyline of Downtown Boston when you watch the harbor, which just adds to the beauty of the view.
- East Boston is home to a number of parks, but Piers Park is arguably the best. Piers Park is in the west of East Boston which means you get a stunning view of the harbor and Downtown Boston. This makes for a great backdrop as you walk along one of its many trails.
- If you like nature, checking out the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation is a must. This is the largest salt marsh in all of Boston and is home to a ton of plant and animal life that is rare to find in metropolitan areas of the country.
Santarpio's Pizza is truly legendary among locals and is the place to go if you want some great pizza. This place has been in operation for over 100 years as a bakery and pizzeria.
- Constitution Beach is among the most popular in all of Boston. The beach sits directly across from the airport, so it is very easy to get to. Amenities include a public bathhouse, numerous sports courts and a nice pedestrian walkway.