South Boston real estate has traditionally been characterized by three deckers and row houses, and many have neen totally renovated. There are lots of single family homes and condos in the neighborhood too.
South Boston has lately undergone a large amount of renovation and construction activity, bringing in a crowd of downtown professionals, who share the neighborhood with families that have been here for generations. This neighborhood is on a sharp upward trajectory.The west side of this neighborhood has seen some beautiful new larger scale luxury real estate developments, bringing in lots of new occupants as well as the restaurants, retail, and other amenities that cater to them. There are also numerous new rental projects.
One of the prime reasons folks love living in South Boston is that it is right on the water. Pleasure Bay, which is on the extreme eastern end of Southie, features a popular beach, as well as Castle Island (which is no longer actually an island), upon which sits Fort Independence, a war of 1812 era fort which can be toured. There is a 2+ mile walk/bike path around Pleasure Bay, which continues past the M Street Beach and around to Carson Beach.
For history buffs, there is Dorchester Heights, also called Telegraph Hill, whose cannon emplacements forced the British from Boston in 1776. From there, you can see a panoramic view of the surrounding area, as well as the July 4th fireworks from surrounding towns. South Boston Bark Park, is an off-leash dog park situated near Pleasure Bay. Go ice skating at Murphy Memorial Rink. Or just have lunch, brunch, dinner or cocktails at one of the many great restaurants along West Broadway. And just over the bridge is the South End, with its great shopping and dining.
For groceries, there is a large Whole Foods right across in the South End, as well as Foodies on W. Broadway, a nice mid-sized grocery. Bell's, on Dorchester Street, is a small gem that has a great wine and craft beer selection.
The west side of South Boston features some great new places to dine and cocktail at: Fox and the Knife, Moonshine 152, The Lincoln Tavern. Capo, The Broadway. There are also the great old stalwarts such as Armrhein's, which has been serving diners since 1890.
South Boston is served by Boston Public Schools.
South Boston is served by the red line at Broadway station, making it very convenient to Downtown Boston, Cambridge, UMass, Quincy. and Braintree, with easy transfers to the green line, orange line, and blue line. There are also numerous bus routes running through the neighborhood. It's also very convenient to I-93 and the Mass Pike.
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