South End

An area famous for art and architecture


Walking through Boston’s South End, you’ll encounter some of the premier architecture found within the city limits. Streets are teeming with 19th century bow-front row houses—five-story, primarily red-brick properties. This red brick, combined with slate or granite trim and cast iron railings, contributes to the harmonized look of the neighborhood. The South End is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the largest existing Victorian residential district.

This Boston Landmark District has grown in popularity over the past few decades. The area maintains a thriving gay and lesbian community, and is a favorite among young professionals and families. The neighborhood has traditionally been one of Boston’s most diverse, with various races, religions and incomes represented here. Main roads include Tremont and Washington Street and Columbus and Massachusetts Ave.

Green space can be found on any given corner in the South End, with a plethora of residential parks and community gardens available to the public. These days, the count is up to nearly 30 parks. The area even has more playgrounds per square foot than most other Boston neighborhoods.

Additionally, the South End has strong roots in the arts. In the 1950s, the neighborhood was proclaimed a jazz mecca. Today, it’s home to several art galleries, the Boston Ballet and the Boston Center for the Arts.

As one of the city’s most vibrant communities, dining in the South End is also a treat. Award-winning eateries line Tremont Street, often referred to as “Restaurant Row.” Brazilian, Ethiopian, French, Indian, Japanese, Peruvian, and Southern cuisines are just the beginning of a long list of food options available here.

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