This neighborhood is about as charming as you can find in Boston, and the residents are very proud of their area of Boston. This residential neighborhood has a small town feel and sense of community, which means people often enjoy a simple lifestyle, relative to other neighborhoods close by.
Due to the neighborhood being almost exclusively residential, there are a ton of choices when it comes to what kind of properties you want to rent. Whether you have the funds to rent a nice and modern apartment with waterfront views or prefer to save some money and rent a room in an older wooden house in the middle of the neighborhood, the choice is yours.
The population in this neighborhood is fairly diverse as everyone from single professionals to families are represented. Professionals love how close this neighborhood is to the tons of opportunities in downtown Boston, and families like the fact it is a largely residential neighborhood with tons of parks and schools that their children will love. However, one thing that is not quite as diverse is just how much money people in this neighborhood make. The median household income of this neighborhood is nearly $110,000, which is around $40,000 higher than the state average.
This area’s history is actually so old that it was inhabited a year before Boston was originally settled in 1630. In addition to being old, the neighborhood has a lot of history including being where Paul Revere started the “Midnight Ride,” as well as being important in many other ways to the American Revolutionary War. The land where the neighborhood now sits continued to develop over the years until it became the popular residential neighborhood that it is today.
The overall cost of living here is similar to the rest of the city, except for the rent. Due to the waterfront views throughout the neighborhood, the high median income, and the fact that the neighborhood is within close proximity to the heart of Boston, the rent is definitely not cheap here.
This neighborhood is incredibly easy to get into and get around in via a number of different ways. While driving a car is the most popular way to get around and commute to the rest of Boston, the neighborhood is also very accessible by public transportation. There are public transportation stops in the neighborhood and they can get you to the heart of Boston within minutes via bus, train, or subway.
Even though public transportation is great in this neighborhood, the preferred method of getting around is driving. About 40% of residents either drive or carpool to work. Being that this is a largely residential neighborhood, parking is readily available and the streets are fairly quiet and clear most of the time, which makes for easier and quicker driving.
In addition to those methods, walking is also quite nice in this neighborhood. The numerous parks, as well as the quiet streets, make going for a walk here a relaxing and fun time. While it may not be practical for going to work or getting groceries, walking for recreation or enjoyment is definitely something you can do in the Thompson Square - Bunker Hill neighborhood.
- Northwestern University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- The Charles River is the source of most of the great waterfront views in this neighborhood and flows throughout central Boston. The river is 80 miles long and allows visitors to run, bike, swim, as well rowing and kayaking.
- Located on the Charles River, is the 8.5 acre North Point Park. This park allows for people to walk or bike throughout in and the park features a number of islands and is populated by a ton of shrubs and trees.
- The USS Constitution was one of the oldest naval ships in existence and was first launched in 1797. No longer in commission, this ship has been docked in this neighborhood and acts as a museum. The public is free to come on board and check out the boat, and the rest of the naval yard is also worth checking out.
- The Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in the state and one of the most legendary in the country. People such as George Washington and Ben Franklin have enjoyed sipping a cold one here and it has been open for well over 200 years.
The Bunker Hill Monument is one of the greatest feats of architecture in the neighborhood. This monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill and stands over 200 feet. You can also go inside the monument and take the near 300 steps to the top.
- Downtown Boston is only a few minutes away so frequent trips down there to eat, shop or just hang out are incredibly simple and quick.