South Boston is among the largest neighborhoods in the city, so big that the northern half of the neighborhood is often seen as its own neighborhood. The D Street/West Broadway neighborhood is characterized by its waterfront properties to the north, but the neighborhood also goes south into the heart of South Boston. Make sure to search through the properties in this neighborhood on RentHop to find the perfect apartment for you.
Like the rest of South Boston, D Street/West Broadway has a ton of character and that can be seen in everything from the hard working and prideful individuals that live there, to the architecture which can often date back centuries. However, you can’t talk about this neighborhood without making heavy mention of the fact that around half of it is bordered by waterfronts. As a result, there are many beautiful waterfront properties and views that you can check out from numerous different spots in this neighborhood.
The area used to be home to primarily Irish-Catholic working class individuals, but the waterfront properties and views to the north have brought in a ton more wealthy professionals and families. As a result, there is now many different races, classes, and types of individuals that call this neighborhood home. However, down to the south of this neighborhood, the traditional way of life in this neighborhood still remains quite prevalent. The sense of community is also still very strong in this part of the neighborhood, as a large portion of the development has taken place up north.
Being as this is a neighborhood of South Boston, it came about in 1804 when the whole of South Boston separated from the historic Dorchester neighborhood. For the next century or so, it had a reputation for being a tough neighborhood that was fairly rough around the edges. However, within the last few decades, property values in the neighborhood have skyrocketed, mostly to the north as they provide very desirable waterfront views. As a result, rich individuals started buying up real estate in this neighborhood and began to turn it around and gentrify it.
While this neighborhood was once a fairly affordable place to live (due to the fact it was “rough” and didn’t have a lot of new real estate), it is now fairly pricey throughout, but especially up to the north. This goes both for cost of living and the cost of renting. The character, lifestyle and waterfront views of this neighborhood make it desirable; you have to match that desirability against how willing you are to pay a premium.
Getting around in this neighborhood, like most of Boston, is fairly easy. Both the bus and the “T” makes stops in and around this neighborhood, so you are never too far away from a quick ride to downtown or any other part of Boston. However, if you can, walking around the neighborhood is a great option. The neighborhood is beautiful with stunning old architecture and sleek and modern buildings too. There are also a lot of differing landscapes throughout the neighborhood, including some picturesque views to the north, which should definitely be walked if you have the chance so you can stop whenever you’d like to take it all in.
Driving is an option throughout this neighborhood, but there is a policy in the neighborhood of South Boston as a whole that restricts the amount of parking spots that are available to use This policy was made to promote carpooling/public transit use and also to reduce air pollution. While it is largely a good policy, there is also some who don’t enjoy it as it stops them from being able to drive and park as often as they’d like to.
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D Street - West Broadway is located within Suffolk County, Massachusetts. This area currently has 767,719 residents in 299,658 households. Out of the total population, 25.75% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 32.4.
When looking at residents older than 25, 23.33% have graduated from high school, 23.92% have a bachelor's degree, and 18.80% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 63.4% and the median income in this county is $57,439.
At least 64.20% of those living in this county rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by car with an average commute time of 30.6 minutes.
Geographically, Suffolk County, Massachusetts is a part of the Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area. This county is currently home to 4,343,828 residents, or 1,635,254 households with a median income of $77,009. the Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area residents have a median age of 38.2 and 40.37% are currently renting their homes in the area.