The South End neighborhood was built upon a former tidal marsh, part of a larger project to fill in what we call the Back Bay today. Predominantly built from the 1830’s to the 1870’s the architecture is mostly defined by red brick Victorian bow fronts that were originally built as single family homes. Although some single family homes do still remain intact, many have been renovated and split into condominium units. In the mid 1970’s local residents worked to protect the neighborhood from the urban renewal of the 1960’s by successfully petitioning the Government to have the neighborhood added to the National Register of Historic Places and a Boston Landmark District.
A sub-district in the South End that has evolved over the past 30 +/- years – “SOWA” ( South of Washington Street), roughly from Albany to Washington Streets and East Berkeley to Mass Ave. This is the site of much new housing development in recent years with new developments in the pipeline for the next few years.
The South End is convenient to the Financial District via public transportation or walking. The Orange line, Green line, Silver line as well as numerous bus routes make it a very convenient neighborhood for getting in and out of the City as well as getting to Logan Airport within about 15 minutes. It is also convenient to the Mass Pike and other major highways.
The South End offers close proximity to many of the colleges & universities that Boston and Cambridge are known for.
The South End is popular as an entertainment and restaurant center in the City with many fine options for dining. It is also the home to the Speakeasy Theatre as well as the Huntington and other small theater groups.
Though housing in the South End is expensive by most standards – one bedrooms start about $400,000.00 – it remains a less expensive option to the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the Seaport.
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