The North End—Boston’s oldest residential community—has been known as a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood since the late nineteenth century. This reputation endures to this day, drawing many tourists to the area to sample excellent Italian cuisine at popular eateries on Hanover Street. The North End is highly popular for working professionals who enjoy an easy walking commute to downtown and the Waterfront, as well as the area’s exciting local flavor.
The North End region was first settled in the early 1600s by the English Puritans. It wasn't long before the area had a large enough population to support its own church, called the North Meeting House. By the 18th century, the North End was drawing a number of prominent British residents. Wealthy families shared the neighborhood with artisans, journeymen, laborers, servants, and slaves. After the war, many of the wealthier North End residents who remained loyal to Britain left the area, either returning to England, or moving to eastern Canada, to other parts of Boston, or to the suburbs.
The neighborhood experienced a notable decline throughout the 19th century. Waves of Irish, Jewish, Portuguese, and Italian immigrants flooded the North End, large mansions were replaced by tenements and lodging houses, and warehouses and dockyards were built to meet the needs of what became the major industry in the area, shipping. The neighborhood's Italian population increased over the years as other immigrant groups moved elsewhere. By 1930 the area was largely Italian.
During the late 20th century through the early 21st century, the North End suffered through Boston's infamous Big Dig project. Throughout the construction process, access to the North End was difficult for both residents and visitors; as a result, many North End businesses closed. The neighborhood survived, however. Today, it's an example of Boston's sky-rocketing property values and growing population of vibrant young professionals.
The North End is an architectural quilt stitched from all periods of American history. There are structures such as the early Georgian Old North Church, the Post-Medieval Paul Revere House, and the Italianate former McLaughlin Elevator Building (the oldest cast-iron building in New England), among others. But the bulk of the North End's architecture dates from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, when tenement architecture replaced mansions and other buildings to accommodate the influx of immigrants.
Starting in the mid-1970s, the abandoned industrial area along the North End's waterfront was rebuilt and converted into a luxury housing and business district. Since then, developers have been converting tenements into larger apartments and condominiums.
- Median Sale Price: $600,000
- Average Sale Price: $676,019
- Average Price Per Square Foot: $854
- Single-Family Homes Sold: 9
- Highest Single-Family Home Sale Price: $2,365,965
- Condominiums Sold: 72
- Highest Condominium Sale Price: $1,727,000
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North End Lifestyle
The North End's reputation as an American-Italian community endures to this day, drawing many tourists to the area to sample excellent Italian cuisine at popular eateries on Hanover Street. Regular performing arts series bring culture to the neighborhood just beyond the brand-new Rose Kennedy Greenway and Christopher Columbus Park.
- LIT Boutique
- Shake The Tree
- Loft & Vine
- Sedurre Boutique
- Beantown Organizer
- Romano Florist
- Aqua Pazza - Italian
- Giacomo's Ristorante - Italian
- North Square Oyster - Seafood
- Neptune Oyster - Seafood
- Carmelina's - Italian
- Scopa - Italian
- The Daily Catch - Italian
- La Famiglia Giorgio's - Italian
- Ward8 - American
- Al Dente Ristorante - Italian
- Mike's Pastry - Bakery