Where sports mania and academia intersect


The Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is deceptively small—only about 1.25 square miles in size—and full of appeal. Its star landmark is, of course, America’s oldest baseball stadium. Fenway Park, termed “magical” by some and loved by most, is home field for the popular Boston Red Sox and arguably one the city’s biggest tourist attractions.

81 times a season, the sights, sounds and energy of the stadium spill out onto the streets lining Fenway. The ballpark is surrounded by many of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, including Lansdowne, Boylston and Beacon Streets, the infamous Yawkey Way and Brookline Ave. Kenmore Square is also steps from the park, providing patrons with even more sports bars, taverns and restaurants to frequent.

Fenway Park may take center stage April through October, but this neighborhood has much more to offer than just baseball. Most properties in the area are five- to six- story apartment buildings, close to or over a century old. Thanks to its nearby colleges and universities, Fenway maintains a gigantic student population. Residents enjoy easy access to The Art Institute of Boston, Northeastern University, parts of Boston University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Simmons College (just to name a few).

West Fenway also contains part of the Longwood Medical Area, a district rising in popularity among young families and professionals. Hospitals, research centers, and institutions like Harvard Medical School help comprise the world-class medical campus.

The renovated Landmark Center houses a mix of retail and office spaces at the intersection of Park Street and Brookline Ave. The Back Bay Fens, a beautiful parkland representing part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, is conveniently situated in the center of Fenway. You can even find two of Boston’s most celebrated museums here—the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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