North End real estate is characterized by brick rowhouses, many of which have been converted into condominiums. The rowhouses, unlike the South End and Back Bay, were not designed originally as single family houses. They were mostly first constructed in the late 18th and early 19th century as apartments, and later converted indo condos.
Boston's North End neighborhood is positioned at the very northern tip of downtown Boston. As such, it is surrounded by waterfront. On the eastern side are historic wharves that have become residential, including Battery Wharf, a newly constructed luxury condominium project, as well as several older ones. Defining the Southwest edge of the North End is the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, replacing the hulking elevated John Fitzgerald Expressway. This has basically reconnected the North End to the rest of the city, helping it to regain it's popularity as a great place to live. Younger professionals who work in the financial district live cheek-by-jowl with families that have lived here for generations.
The North End still has a traditional old Italian-European vibe to it. Not only are there tons of well-loved restaurants, but there are many old-school meat, produce, and cheese shops, making it a gastronome's delight. There are also several summer street festivals which are lots of fun, with great food and music. The neighborhood has a vibrant sidewalk and retail life.
This is a neighborhood that has had strong roots, but is also welcoming a more varied, younger crowd.
The North End is widely known as the neighborhood where for generations, the dominant group has been comprised of families whose forebears emigrated from Italy. As tourists and Bostonians alike know, the best place to get an Italian meal is here in the North End, and everybody has a favorite. (free plug: unreal homestyle Italian--Pagliucca's on Parmenter Street. But be ready to wait on line!)
What is not as widely known is the history here. The North End is the city's first neighborhood, settled in the 1630s. Paul Revere lived and worked here as a silversmith during the second half of the 18th century. His house still stands. Additionally, the Old North Church is located here, on Salem Street.
File under tragic but....weird: In 1919, the Boston Molasses flood occurred here. Check it out.
Bricco Salumeria on Board Alley is fantastic for cheese and salumi. Alba Produce on Parmenter. Sulmona meat market is your go-to butcher. Of course, there's the famed Haymarket where you can get fresh local produce and flowers. If you need a larger supermarket, there's a Star Market on Causeway Street.
The best Cannoli in the universe outside of Italy is on Hanover Street at Mike's Pastry, The Modern, and Caffe Vittoria, all on Hanover. Fabulous homestyle Italian at Euno on Salem, & Pagliucca's on Parmenter. Try L'Osteria on Salem St. for white-tablecloth Northern Italian.
Boston's North End neighborhood is positioned at the very northern tip of downtown Boston. As such, it is bordered on the north and east by the Waterfront.
On the eastern side are historic wharves that have been redeveloped into residential condo buildings. Defining the Southwest edge of the North End is the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, replacing the hulking elevated John Fitzgerald Expressway.
The North End is reachable by the Orange Line and Green Line North Station and Haymarket stops. There's an exit right off of I-93 that gets you right into the North End as well. Just a few minutes by car to Logan Airport, Rt. 1, I-93, I-95. Easy walk to the financial district, the waterfront, The Boston Garden.