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Which Boston Neighborhood Should I Live In?

Boston is full of history. We’re all familiar with the Boston Tea Party, but what about Boston Common, the oldest public park, established in 1634. Did you know that Boston is home to the biggest art heist in history? It took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 – the stolen art was worth a whopping $500 million! And, it has yet to be recovered.

In 1919, a storage tank filled with millions of gallons of molasses flooded the city. Thankfully, that will be of little concern when choosing which of Boston’s 23 neighborhoods will best fit your lifestyle. 

So, how does one decide which of Boston’s 23 neighborhoods is best for them? Following are a few things you’ll want to consider. 

How do you prefer to get around? 

If you’re a car person, you’ll definitely want to consider areas further from the city center. In the city, you’ll pay hundreds per month for a garage space, or be constantly playing “move the car” to keep up with street parking restrictions. That is, if you can even find a parking space. 

West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Roslindale

These areas are great areas for families and car people. It’s a bit slower-paced with more room to roam… and park your car.

At Isaac’s Moving & Storage, we know how busy things can get raising a family. We’ll even help you pack

Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, and Dorchester

If you don’t mind walking or taking public transportation, and appreciate being close to shops and restaurants, nearer the city center may be your ideal location. These areas are full of train stations and buses. Definitely worth consideration.

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What’s your budget?

Boston is consistently noted as one of the priciest places to rent. Purchasing a house isn’t cheap either and, due to demand, they are often snatched up before you can cross the threshold for a simple showing. 

Back Bay, East Boston, the North End, and Beacon Hill

Due to their closer proximity to Boston proper, these areas boast higher price-points, but also offer history and a variety of restaurants and shops. 

Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Mission Hill

Jamaica Plain is home to many young professionals and families. It’s also home to Olmsted Park and the Arnold Arboretum. Lots of space to roam with ample access to public transportation in these areas. 

What are you looking for in a neighborhood? 

Are you a young hipster? A college student? Retired? A young family? Each Boston neighborhood seems to have it’s own oddities, advantages, and disadvantages. For example, Boston’s North End is a tourist hub, while the South End is full of young professionals. Allston is home to many college students. East Boston, Dorchester, and Hyde Park are known for their immigrant populations; a culture-rich area full of worldly restaurants and houses of worship. 

If you’re a student moving to Boston, check out our “Packing Checklist for College Students in Boston.” 

Each of the 23 Boston neighborhoods offers up its own charm. Start your search by prioritizing what you think is most important in the neighborhood you want to call home – perhaps it’s accessibility to public transportation, highly-rated schools, close proximity to shops and restaurants, or even history. 


Once you’ve nailed down your priorities, we’re confident you’ll find the right place for you! 

Don’t forget to call Isaac’s Moving & Storage to ensure an effortless move, and enjoy a slice of that heralded Boston cream pie when you arrive. 

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