No matter what time of the day or night, there’s a good chance you can find something to do in St. Elizabeth. Some of the local restaurants stay open until 2 a.m., ensuring that if you get a late-night craving, there is something to satisfy you. The presence of so many young people living in St. Elizabeth has also led to the neighborhood developing a reputation for its pub-based nightlife. Practically any night of the week, you can find the local bars filled with students and young professionals.
Shopping venues tend to be clustered along Commonwealth Avenue and Washington Street. Although St. Elizabeth is not known for its high-end boutiques, you will find a large number of specialty stores. For everyday shopping, the community of St. Elizabeth offers a number of nearby small markets along with several larger stores, including a Whole Foods Market. Allston Village Farmers Market is a popular choice on Saturdays for locals who are looking for fresh, locally sourced produce.
St. Elizabeth is also home to an impressive number of parks and outdoor recreational spaces. Rogers Park, with more than eight acres of green space with running paths, playgrounds, and sports fields and facilities, is a great place to head if you are looking for a place to exercise or just enjoy some fresh air. Another park is Ringer Park, which offers free multi-use fields and is a popular favorite among locals taking their dogs out for walks.
The neighborhood is also home to a number of seasonal festivals and street fairs, including the Allston Village Street Festival, which hosts a variety of events designed to provide support to community causes throughout the year. Take a stroll around the neighborhood on practically any given weekend, and there’s a good chance you will find something interesting to do.
St. Elizabeth boasts a relatively low crime rate, which also makes it a popular choice not only among college students and singles but also for families who want a safe place to raise children while maintaining easy access to cultural pursuits.
The larger neighborhood of Allston, which encompasses St. Elizabeth, was originally a part of the town of Brighton. In the late 1860s, the opening of a new railroad depot led the area becoming known as Allston. It was around the railroad and livestock operations that the community of Allston developed.
Compared to the rest of Boston, the cost of living in this neighborhood is relatively average. While many other neighborhoods in the area have experienced a significant cost of living increases, St. Elizabeth’s has remained affordable. Expect a one-bedroom apartment to cost about $1,800 per month. A three-bedroom apartment will run upwards of $3,000 per month. The cost of public transportation can be relatively inexpensive in this neighborhood, but if you plan to drive on your own, expect to pay for the convenience. Gasoline prices tend to be somewhat higher and you can also expect to pay a premium for paid parking.
Getting around St. Elizabeth’s is incredibly easy. In fact, the neighborhood has been ranked as one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Boston. Here, you’ll find spaciously wide sidewalks and numerous bus lanes that make it ideal for cycling enthusiasts. For those who prefer to use public transportation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Green Line offers stops along Commonwealth Avenue. Additionally, there are several bus routes that extend throughout St. Elizabeth. If you prefer to drive on your own, be aware that parking in this neighborhood can often be challenging, although there are some fee-based lots situated around, but expect them to be somewhat steep in price.
The community of St. Elizabeth is located near two major universities, Harvard University and Berklee College of Music, the latter of which has its rehearsal and practice building located near Commonwealth Avenue. For college students who are looking for a vibrant atmosphere near a college campus, St. Elizabeth could be a good option.
Whether you're a local or someone just stopping by, it's worth it to check out the Allston Village Farmers Market on Saturdays, which is a great place to get fresh fruits and veggies, directly from the source! With an impressive number of parks, including Rogers Park, the whole family can be working out as there are jogging paths, playgrounds, and sports fields. After sweating it out, residents love going to Jim's Deli and Restaurant for some comfort food. Here, you can enjoy cafeteria-style specials served by the owners. And, as mentioned, there are bars for all styles – whether you want to dance and drink all night or grab a beer with friends, St. Elizabeth has plenty of night spots. All in all, St. Elizabeth has it all.