On the main roads, Washington Square features aesthetically pleasing brownstone buildings that contain apartments, restaurants, taverns, and more. When you get deeper into the side roads of the neighborhood, you begin to see many single-family detached homes. There are also tons of trees and foliage throughout the neighborhood that give it a more suburban feel, even though it is only a few minutes from downtown.
With numerous parks and good schools for children and teens to attend, this area is perfect for those families who want a nice suburban life, while still only being a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. However, we can’t talk about Washington Square without talking about about its famous and legendary restaurant scene. People travel from all over the city and many of the best chefs in the area have set up shop at restaurants in this neighborhood.
The average age of residents is 42 years old and 51% of the residents are homeowners. This is high compared to many areas in Boston that have a much lower average age and many less people own their homes. This is likely due to the fact that there are no large universities directly in the neighborhood. While some are close (Boston College and Northeastern University), there are definitely more affordable places that are closer to those campuses that attract most of the younger student population. While some students do live here, they are definitely a minority.
This area began way back when Boston was first being colonized as a rural area, something that has continued to this day. Wealthy individuals throughout history have called this area home because of the fact it is close enough to the downtown neighborhoods to be convenient, but still makes you feel like you are in the suburbs, away from all the commotion that Boston sometimes has to offer.
This history of fairly wealthy individuals calling Washington Square home has continued to this day, as buying the single family homes in the area isn’t cheap. A more affordable route to take in this neighborhood would be to rent. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood is around $1900, which is right around the average for Boston. The other components of the cost of living in the area are fairly similar to the rest of Boston.
Due to the fact that most of the places of interest in this neighborhood are close together (with the neighborhood only spanning a few blocks), walking is likely the most common way of getting around. If you need to get a bit further or venture into other neighborhoods of Boston, a quick trip on any of the various subway or bus services near the neighborhood will suffice.
Driving a car is not a common option, as it’s common throughout most of Boston. Despite this, there is a lot of available public parking for people living or visiting the neighborhood, which is somewhat rare to find in Boston.
- Boston College
- Northeastern University
- Boston University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Griggs Park is located just off of Washington Street and features a large circular park which is bordered by apartment buildings and large willow trees. In addition to the green space, the park offers paved walking paths and a playground for the children.
- Golden Temple is just one of the many upscale and famous restaurants you can check out in Washington Square. It is a luxury Chinese food restaurant that puts a modern spin on traditional and famous dishes that are sure to satisfy your appetite.
- Corey Hill Outlook Park is one of the most popular places for runners and joggers to go in the entire neighborhood. People often come and run their dogs here too. The park is particularly popular for its great views of the city.
- Coolidge Corner theatre is a popular attraction for people in this area to see shows and performances. While it is not located directly in Washington Square, of course, it is a very popular place nearby.
- During the warmer months (in neighboring Coolidge Corner) there is a popular farmers market which has a number of vendors that sell everything from organic food to art. The market runs from Junes to November and can be a great place to spend a few hours.
- There are simply too many wonderful restaurants in this neighborhood to name, you should make an effort to check out a number of the restaurants and chefs in the neighborhood. When somewhere gets this famous and well-known for their restaurant scene, it is definitely worth visiting a few times.