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BOSTON'S SOUTH END

This page is not cluttered with historical or demographic data. That information is available elsewhere. The focus here is on the things which you might find important. Instructions for viewing South End real estate listings are found at the bottom of this article...

Old Ironsides

The South End is bordered: on the North and West by the prestigious Back Bay area; on the Southwest corridor park, which runs between Columbus Avenue with it's fabulous restaurants, and beautiful St. Botolph Street with its lovely brownstone homes; on the South and West by Massachusetts Avenue, which features Chester Square, with its brownstone homes; on the North and East by Berkeley/East Berkeley Street, beyond which is charming Bay Village and the Theater District.

Boston’s trendy South End, characterized by its aesthetically uniform rows of five-story, predominantly red-brick and brownstone, bow-front (bay window) townhouses with iron railings and tiny gardens surrounded by iron fences, along with scattered small green parks - such as Union Park, Rutland Square, Concord Square, and Worcester Square, with fountains in the middle - tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, and community gardens, is actually a separate neighborhood from South Boston - despite the name, it is not directly south of the center of downtown Boston! Although other houses have been constructed to reflect a variety of different architectural styles, Boston's first planned community is now the country's largest Victorian architectural district, much of which has been converted into luxury South End condos, which, along with many beautiful churches, add to the visual interest of the area. The South End has more public playgrounds per square foot than other Boston neighborhoods.

Union Park

Considering the close proximity to Boston's downtown area, it is not surprising that South End real estate makes up one of the most popular communities in the city - with high rents and property values, and a variety of commercial enterprises catering to this developing market. South End real estate owners are a diverse population, including professionals, artists, and families along with a thriving gay and lesbian community. Low-income housing makes the South End a place where people of differing financial circumstances, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual preference live as neighbors.

The SoWa district, on Harrison Avenue, is filled with art galleries and artists’ studios. The South End Open Market, also on Harrison, is where local artists and small businesses sell their wares on Sundays, from spring until fall.

Real estate options here consist of single-family detatched homes, attached town homes, and condominiums. However, you will not find any single-family homes in the South End for under one million dollars, but you will not have any trouble finding a one or two-bedroom condo for three hundred to five hundred thousand. Cars are not necessary for this walking city and Logan International Airport is just a 15-minute ride by taxi.

Boston is a city of neighborhoods by means of annexation. Access the City of Boston's official website, including the South End neighborhood. If you have school-age children, South End lies in the Boston Public School district. Its transportation policies are outlined here.

With a comparatively low incidence of street crime, the South End blends the vibrant city feel with the warmth of a small-town community. You might wish to visit South End Boston which has helpful information and links for the South End.

To keep up with daily goings on you can check in online with the My South End News, Boston City Paper, The Patch, or, of course, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald. The Boston Courant which serves the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Downtown, Fenway, and South End does not currently have a web site.

If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy, The City of Boston maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston does offer a residential tax break for primary residences for which you might need to apply after your purchase.

To view all current MLS real estate listings in the South End, you will need an ID which is "2433728" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime, daily or weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window if they also require an accompanied showing.

Some of the city's finest dining can be found lining Tremont Street and the arts shine at the Calderwood Pavilion and the Boston Center for the Arts. Take Boston.com's tour of the South End and then call Jim to find your new home.