Take a dash of Beacon Hill, mix with waterfront charm, deduct some price per square foot and you might arrive in Charlestown. As one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, Charlestown reflects its long, colorful history with colonial brick homes, gas-lit streets, constant views of harbor and skyline, plus inspired modern architecture. For many, it’s the best way to live in the heart of Boston.
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Although Charlestown’s historic glory is often linked to the Revolutionary War, its roots actually extend back to the 1620s. Back then it covered miles of territory. But as small hamlets (like Everett, Woburn and Malden) grew up and broke away, Charlestown finally settled into its current, one square mile of peninsula.
By 1786, the first bridge across the Charles River connected Boston and Charlestown; in 1800, Charlestown’s famous Navy Yard was established. Businesses and light industry formed around existing churches and taverns. And an influx of Irish immigration in the 1860s helped create a close-knit, working class community in the red brick row houses along its cobbled streets.
Charlestown did go through a rough period that peaked in the 1960s. But like similar areas in Boston, it began to gentrify in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Today, Charlestown is almost fully restored and highly coveted for its vintage beauty and easy access to Boston’s North End and downtown.
Yet another of Boston’s towns-within-a town, the Charlestown community is known for its warmth and friendliness. Size has something to do with that, as well as its unique, waterside setting. Charlestown can truly feel like a world apart, with all the charm of a small New England village. Its monuments to Bunker Hill, the Freedom Trail and the U.S.S. Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) only add to its illusion of time standing still.
But the fact is that today’s Charlestown is quite diverse and forward-facing. Here, a mix of wealthy and middle-class homes, housing projects and a large working-class, Irish-American culture create a uniquely Boston feel.
Extremely walkable, with jaw-dropping views and fine shops and restaurants to discover on its main street and town square, Charlestown offers its residents plenty to smile about. If you’re thinking of living away from the hustle of Boston while remaining within striking distance, Charlestown could be for you.
Is Now A Good Time To Buy In Charlestown?
As a lower-priced option to its bigger, noisier neighbor, Charlestown has been consistently appealing year after year—especially for families and empty nesters. And Charlestown’s prestige continues to rise in the world. There may never be a better time to find your place in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
143 High Street #1
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262 Medford Street
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8 Hancock Street
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