New, concierge-style developments like Parris Landing and Flagship Wharf stand near charming single-family homes ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 square feet. Densely populated, upscale and urban, Charlestown is often exactly what young and middle-aged professionals are looking for.
The history of Charlestown goes well back into the 1600’s, making it one of the oldest cities in the area. Nestled along the banks of the Mystic River and Boston Harbor, it lies just to the north of Boston proper. It has a rich Irish history and is well-known for its role in Naval history. The Charlestown Naval Yard and the U.S.S. Constitution, aka Old Ironsides, are both close by. As part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Charlestown was named as the first capital of the area.
In terms of architecture, Charlestown is one of the most beautiful cities in the area. Homes constructed in both the Victorian and Federal style set alongside the city’s well-maintained streets. Much of the architecture from the 19th century is still intact and reminds visitors of nearby Beacon Hill. The Bunker Hill Monument and several other historical landmarks are within walking distance. The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum is also close by. Opened in 1780, the Warren Tavern is considered one of the oldest bars in the entire area, if not the oldest. Both George Washington and Paul Revere were known to frequent the small drinking establishment.
As a waterfront town, Charlestown’s connections to the Navy are visible at every turn. Lying so close to both the Mystic River and Boston Harbor, residents can easily take a day and spend it on the water having fun with family and friends. Charlestown is connected to the city by the orange line, making the trek from one city to the other simple and worry-free. With its close proximity to Boston, residents of Charlestown take advantage of all the perks of the big city while still living in a smaller, less hectic area.
People who work in the city are taking up residence in many of the concierge-style condos and apartment buildings. The area’s population is growing quickly and is the perfect place for young families first starting out or professionals who are looking for a quiet, upscale neighborhood. The area is extremely diverse in terms of population Both the poor and wealthy can be found in growing numbers almost anywhere in the city. Residential areas dot the waterfront and are continuing to grow.
In terms of quality of life, Charlestown is close enough to Boston for its residents to be able to work in the big city and make their home back across the river. The city is family friendly with several parks and recreational areas located nearby. A predominantly Catholic neighborhood, St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church is one of the most beautiful churches/cathedral in the Boston area. Charlestown’s quaint culture has made it one of the most popular areas for families and individuals alike to relocate to. From historical monuments to waterfront parks, Charlestown is one of the most memorable of Boston’s suburbs.