Boston’s breathtaking Waterfront district forms a crown of coastline stretching from the North End toward South Station. Busy downtown streets give way to breezy parks and piers overlooking Boston Harbor. A blend of historic wharves and modern mid-rises, the Waterfront embodies Boston’s past and envisions its future.
Independence started here—on December 16, 1773, the Waterfront witnessed the Boston Tea Party. By the time of this infamous protest, the area had shifted from a Native American trading hub to a colonial shipbuilding center and international port. During the early years of the new nation, the Waterfront’s primary residents were involved in the fishing and shipping trades. In the mid-1800s, the area’s Port of Boston became a major hub for immigrants escaping the Great Irish Famine.
More recently, Boston’s infamous Big Dig megaproject gave the Waterfront a fresh new face. With Interstate 93 running underground instead of cutting through the neighborhood, residents can enjoy easier commutes and a more peaceful environment. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a picturesque ribbon of parks and gardens, was planted atop the old length of highway. The pedestrian Harborwalk curves along the water’s edge, tracing a 43-mile stretch of sealine splendor.
Today, the area’s magnificent hotels draw a number of Boston visitors. The area is also a highly desirable residential locale for those working in the nearby Financial District. The Waterfront’s harbor-centric attractions and marina amenities give the neighborhood a resort vibe, especially in the summertime.
Historic Waterfront wharves have transformed into stylish loft properties, often with gorgeous harbor-view balconies. Newer high-rise and mid-rise buildings are often a combination of luxury condominiums and high-end hotels, such as the chic Residences at Battery Wharf and the Battery Wharf Hotel. Residents are more likely to be professional couples than families—there are few schools in the area—but the Waterfront’s blend of nautical history and contemporary elegance has broad, fast-growing appeal.
- Median Sale Price: $1,025,000
- Average Sale Price: $1,259,258
- Average Price Per Square Foot: $997
- Condominiums Sold: 169
- Highest Condominium Sale Price: $4,150,000
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The Waterfront is the place to be for fresh, delicious seafood. Enjoy classic New England clam chowder after a day at sea on a harbor cruise, then stroll through nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace for some shopping. Don’t forget to visit the New England Aquarium and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, or sample from the food trucks along the sunny Rose Kennedy Greenway.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace
- Divine Design Center
- A Prima Creations
- Local Charm
- Urban Outfitters
- L’Attitude Boston
- Banana Republic
- Denise Hajjar Boutique
- Chart House - Seafood & Steakhouse
- Rowes Wharf Sea Grille - Breakfast & Brunch, Seafood
- Legal Sea Foods - Seafood & Oyster Bar
- Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar - New American
- James Hook & Co - Lobster & Seafood
- Trade - American & Mediterranean
- Smith & Wollensky - Steakhouse
- Il Molo - Mediterranean
- Anthony’s Cafe on Waterfront - Italian, Breakfast & Brunch
- Boston Sail Loft - American Seafood
- Rocco’s Cucina and Bar - Italian Cuisine & Sports Bar
- Tia’s Waterfront - Seafood & Cocktails
- Greenway Mobile Eats - Food Trucks