Boston’s Top 10 Most Popular Neighborhoods for Real Estate Buyers

Over the 10 years I’ve been a mortgage loan officer serving the Greater Boston community, I’ve learned all about the wonderful neighborhoods that make up this great city. Each one has its own unique appeal to homebuyers.

English: Sunset at Charles River in Boston, US...
English: Sunset at Charles River in Boston, USA Deutsch: Sonnenuntergang am Charles River in Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Trulia recently released their list of the ten Boston neighborhoods that get the most online views, I couldn’t help but think of all my clients who have secured homes there with the help of a solid mortgage. While online views doesn’t necessarily translate into home purchases, I can confirm that all of these areas are hot spots and amazing places to live.

1. Back Bay

Renowned for its 19th century Victorian brownstones, it’s no surprise to see gorgeous Back Bay at the top of this list.

2. South Boston

Also known as Southie, South Boston is another historic neighborhood with many sought-after homes. Dorchester Heights in South Boston played a critical role in the American Revolution.

3. South End

Full of beautiful 19th century red-brick bow-fronts, the South End contains stunning homes that offer a quaint look back in time.

4. Dorchester

Popularly called Dot, Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood covering 6 miles. Mixing old and new, the historic area has recently been popular with young professionals.

5. Brighton

A dissolved municipality, Brighton is closely aligned with the nearby neighborhood Allston. Quieter than Allston, Brighton is full of college students, families, and delicious restaurants.

6. Beacon Hill

One of the most expensive and attractive neighborhoods in Boston, Beacon Hill is home to the Massachusetts State House, stunning Federal rowhouses, and historic gas streetlights.

7. Charlestown

The oldest neighborhood in Boston, Charlestown is still a bustling area on a peninsula along the Charles River. Full of history, Charlestown contains much of the beloved Freedom Trail and was the starting point of Paul Revere’s legendary midnight ride.

8. North End

The North End is Boston’s oldest continuously inhabited area, with residents as early as 1630. Containing the Paul Revere House and several other historic landmarks, it’s currently populated with diverse people, restaurants, and attractions.

9. Roxbury

A culturally rich neighbor which “serves as the heart of Black culture in Boston,” according to the city’s official profile, Roxbury is an up-and-coming neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance.

10. Jamaica Plain

Containing much of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, Jamaica Plain is a historic area that attracts plenty of professionals and artists. Called the “Eden of America” in the 19th century, the neighborhood has an abundance of beautiful parks.

Each of these areas is a great place to get a house or condo or refinance your existing home, because they’re such attractive places to live. They’re also superb real estate investment areas. If you want mortgage advice or a great deal on a mortgage in these Boston areas, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m standing by.

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Phil Ganz (354 Posts)

Philip D. Ganz is a Boston Mortgage Broker and Boston Home Loan specialist. For information, expertise, consulting, or advice about home loans, refinancing mortgages, or commercial property loans, contact Phil with no obligation: 617-529-9317


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