The decision to purchase a home brings feelings of excitement and anticipation as well as uncertainty and questions. Where should I buy? What are the logistical benefits of one neighborhood versus another? Will I fit in with the other residents? If you are contemplating moving to Boston, relocating from within Boston, or investing in property, check out these 5 up and coming neighborhoods in Boston.
From funky and energetic to multi-cultural and academic, these Boston neighborhoods are sure to have something for everyone:
Nicknamed by Airbnb.com as the "Intersection of Sports Fans & Students," the Fenway neighborhood in Boston is home to baseball fans, Boston University graduates and art enthusiast. Marrying together the academic side of Boston with the city's most enthusiastic sports fans makes this area a fun and dynamic neighborhood. During the off-season residents and visitors can enjoy the Boston Museum of Fine Arts or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum.
- Median House Price: $502,900.00
- Average Rent for one-bedroom: $2,380.00/month
Know by locals as "Eastie", East Boston is known for its extensive multi-cultural atmosphere. Once mainly the home to families, it has recently entered the radar of college graduates and young professionals. Residents and visitors to East Boston can enjoy nature at its most beautiful at Piers Park, located directly on the water. Thanks to the MBTA Blue Line, residents are just a train ride away from downtown Boston, allowing them to enjoy tranquil suburbia, with the benefit of a big city nightlife.
- Median House Price: $424,100.00
- Average Rent for one-bedroom: $2,025/month
Home to Boston College and Boston University students and graduates, Allston boasts everything you would expect from a college town. From bars and gastropubs, dance parties and take-out, Allston caters to its 20-something residents. According to Wikipedia, 78.3 percent of Allston's residents are ages 18-34. Named for painter and poet Washington Allston, this area is also home to many budding artists.
- Median House Price: $454,000.00
- Average Rent for one-bedroom: $1,790.00/month
Jamaica Plain is home to trendsetting 20-somethings and their equally trendy families and children. Residents come from all different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. As a result, Jamaica Plain offers a diverse dining atmosphere, ranging from tapas restaurants to street cafes, and all genres in-between. Considered one of the greenest neighborhoods in Boston, this area contains or borders the Emerald Necklace Park System, which consists of a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parlays and waterways; perfect for an afternoon play-date.
- Median House Price: $554,500.00
- Average Rent for one-bedroom: $2,541.00/month
Somerville's close proximity to area colleges and universities fosters a population comprised of students, graduates, young professionals as well as families. Despite the vast demographic of its residents, Somerville is a tight-knit community that is close enough to most things, yet far away enough from everything. Reporter Mara Vorhees of Lonelyplanet.com, describes Somerville as having a thriving art scene, a slew of trendsetting restaurants and breweries, and a community calendar packed with unusual events. Somerville is a perfect pairing of modern sophistication and eccentric quirkiness.
- Median House Price: $592,900.00
- Average Rent for one-bedroom: $2,500.00/month
Take it from the experts; we at R.H. Blanchard have been managing Boston properties and remodeling buildings in the greater Boston area for years. Whether you are looking for a neighborhood with an artistic flair or subdued sophistication, these five up-and-coming neighborhoods are sure to have a little something for everyone.