East Boston—lovingly nicknamed “Eastie”—is a fast-growing neighborhood across Boston Harbor. With easy access to Logan International Airport and many of Boston’s best beaches, it’s no wonder that Eastie is an increasingly popular place to call home. The area features historic older buildings and new construction residences, and offers magnificent views over the water toward the downtown skyline.
East Boston began as a chain of close-set islands. Today’s Eastie began to take shape through gradual landfill expansion projects during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Until the 20th century, however, East Boston was accessible only by sea—via steamboat, primarily. In 1832, William H. Sumner, a prominent Boston attorney, formed the East Boston Company with a few wealthy associates. The East Boston Company took control of the outer harbor islands and transformed them from cattle-grazing marshlands into a bustling seaport community. Though Sumner himself didn’t live to see it, East Boston achieved his long-held goal of diversifying the area’s transportation: in 1904, the United States’ first undersea subway tunnel linked East Boston to Boston proper. In the 1930s, tunnel transport to Eastie expanded to include the Sumner Tunnel. Sumner’s namesake landmark still carries cars below the harbor today.
The mid-20th century also saw the expansion of Logan International Airport. In the 1940s, 1,800 acres of new land were filled in from the harbor to create space for new runways and terminals. Logan kept growing through the 1960s and 70s, until residents pushed back against its encroachment on their homes and parks. Eastie’s easternmost communities now maintain a balance between bustling international airfields and family-friendly residential streets.
Eastie has long been home for immigrant families, with a strong Irish community arising early in the area’s history. John F. Kennedy’s great-grandparents left Ireland for East Boston in the mid-1800s, and the Kennedy family was proud of their Eastie roots. Italian, Russian Jewish, and Southeast Asian communities sprang up throughout the 1900s. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, East Boston became a hub for the South American community. Today, over half of East Boston’s residents identify as Latino, with cultures from more than twenty Spanish-speaking countries proudly represented throughout the area.
Traditional triple-decker homes line Eastie’s streets in pastel rows. Picturesque, historic brick churches dot tree-lined avenues, leading to town-square-style centers with convenient shopping and dining. In waterfront-facing Jeffries Point, new construction projects are infusing East Boston with modern architecture and a growing population of young professional residents. As you travel north through East Boston’s peninsula—just take the T’s Blue Line to Wonderland—sprawling marshland nature preserves give way to ocean escapes, like the panoramic crescent of Constitution Beach.
- Median Sale Price: $528,000
- Average Sale Price: $558,121
- Average Price Per Square Foot: $407
- Single-Family Homes Sold: 72
- Highest Single-Family Home Sale Price: $920,000
- Condominiums Sold: 304
- Highest Condominium Sale Price: $975,000
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East Boston Lifestyle
With so many South American cultures represented among Eastie’s residents, East Boston restaurants offer a full menu of diverse dishes. Sample Salvadorian, Peruvian, or Brazilian cuisines, alongside old-staple Italian eateries. Walk off a meal by exploring the huge Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, or head further north to the aptly-named Beachmont neighborhood to catch a sea breeze. Rushing to Logan Airport? Logan’s massive terminals offer unbeatable shopping, with a wide variety of stores within reach before you board.
- Lighthouse Woodworks
- The Bead Factory
- Sunglass Hut
- New England Collections
- Local Charm
- Johnston & Murphy
- Airport Wireless
- Angela’s Cafe - Puebla Mexican
- Rino’s Place - Italian
- Royal Roast Beef & Seafood - Traditional American
- Rincon Limeno Restaurante - Peruvian
- New Saigon - Vietnamese
- Olivera’s Steak House - Brazilian Barbecue
- Jeveli’s Restaurant - Italian
- Mi Pueblito Restaurant - Mexican & Salvadorian
- Santarpio’s Pizza
- KO at the Shipyard - Australian
- El Peñol - Colombian
- Luna’s - Italian and Latin
- Sunny Cafe - Sushi
- D’Parma Restaurant - Italian