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Overview of South End
The South End neighborhood was developed in the 1800’s and was well-known for its wealthy residents and fountained squares. Over the past 20 years, the area has gone through many changes. Bow-front houses neatly line the streets creating a peaceful and uniquely quaint neighborhood. South End is also home to the largest number of Victorian style, row-houses in the country. The residential neighborhood is full of life with families each living their own version of the American dream.
19th century Union Park townhouses call to up and coming professionals, while small studios might be the option for artists looking to make it in the SoWa art and design district. Full-service doorman buildings are also available for those who choose to live in luxury and style. The city boasts tree-lined streets with homes upwards of 200 years old. The SoWa (short for South of Washington) district is full of art galleries, a well-known farmer’s market and a large outdoor market that offers many different arts and crafts. A host of food trucks travel the streets making it easy to eat lunch on the run.
Known as one of Boston’s most vibrant neighborhoods, South End offers fine dining at some of the best restaurants in New England. Culturally diverse and rich in history, the South End was originally developed to accommodate the overflow of residents from Beacon Hill and downtown Boston. Originally surrounded by salt marshes, the strip of land was used to create the South End. Charles Bulfinch was in charge of designing the neighborhood. Bulfinch also designed many other historical areas including the Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House and a large portion, the Capitol Building (US).
By the mid-1880’s, the majority of well-to-do families that made the area home had vacated to other, more prestigious areas like Back Bay. As the wealthy left, immigrants from Greece, Italy, and Ireland began to take their place. Settlement houses and tenements were built to house the new residents. Over the last 100 years, the area has become incredibly diverse, welcoming everyone from different cultures and lifestyles.
In terms of restaurants, Barbara Lynch is also well-known in the South End for restaurants like B&G Oysters, Butcher Shop, and Aquitaine Bar a vin Bistrot. For all of the high-end restaurants, there is a large selection of restaurants where you can find more affordable fare that tastes great. You can also find many different boutiques and specialty stores to explore. There are also a variety arts and entertainment venues in the area.
The South End of Boston is surrounded by Roxbury, Back Bay, and Chinatown. It is named in the National Register of Historic Places and has within its borders eleven residential parks scattered throughout. The entire neighborhood was built on tidal marshes with back and fill dirt being brought in by train from many areas throughout the state. Located directly south of downtown Boston, South End is one of the most unique neighborhoods in the Boston area.
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