Once a thriving immigrant community, Boston’s West End underwent a near-total leveling in the 1950s. Today, the rebuilt West End is home to the majority of Massachusetts General Hospital’s campus, and features contemporary high-rises with stunning views across the Charles River.
Like much of central Boston, most of the West End’s land is man-made. In the early 1800s, Bostonians took substantial height off the hills of nearby Beacon Hill in order to fill in Mill Pond and marshland along the Charles. Once the actual ground was in place, the new residents of the West End laid the groundwork for a vibrant neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch, a famous 19th-century Boston architect, was integral in the planning and design of the area. The Bulfinch Triangle streets and Bulfinch’s First Harrison Gray Otis house are historic landmarks of the neighborhood’s early years.
In the early 19th century, the West End became a center for Boston’s African American community. During the Civil War era, the area was home to many prominent abolitionists and flourished as a locus of African American politics and culture. In the latter half of the 19th century, the West End saw a rapid influx of immigrant arrivals, with new residents from Irish, Italian, Jewish, Ukrainian, Syrian, and many other diverse backgrounds. By the 20th century, the West End was a crowded but burgeoning urban neighborhood, full of tenement-style buildings on winding streets—much like the adjacent North End. However, beginning in the 1930s, city officials advanced plans to bulldoze the area in the name of urban renewal. In 1958, the city evicted thousands of residents and tore down 46 acres of historic buildings.
Today, the leveling of the West End is recognized as one of Boston’s biggest missteps. However, some historic buildings remain, and a vibrant neighborhood has grown anew in a changed cityscape. Now a mixture of sleek skyscrapers, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and exciting commercial enterprises, today’s West End might look different, but it has come full circle as a prized community to call home.
High-rise condominiums showcase jaw-dropping views and contemporary urban luxury. The TD Garden, New England’s largest sports venue, draws fans to live in and love the neighborhood, The West End is home to a number of famous sports bars and restaurants— even The Sports Museum. Encircled by the Science Park/West End, North Station, Haymarket, Government Center, Bowdoin, and Charles/MGH stations, the West End is well-served by all of Boston’s T lines. West End residents are steps from both scenic riverbanks and Boston’s urban heart, making for convenient commutes downtown and throughout the Boston area.
Median Sale Price: $630,000
Average Sale Price: $658,152
Average Price Per Square Foot: $703
Condominiums Sold: 67
Highest Condominium Sale Price: $1,500,000
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West End Lifestyle
With the TD Garden, the Museum of Science, and Old West End preservations all side by side, West Enders and visitors alike can experience entertainment, science, and history any and every day of the week. If you find yourself in this exciting neighborhood, don’t forget to grab a bite or a drink—or both—at the West End’s many famous bars and eateries.
- Crush Boutique
- The Ski Monster
- The Wine Cave
- Hilton’s Tent City
- J. Pace & Son
- Scampo - Italian
- Causeway Restaurant & Bar - Barbecue
- CLINK. - New American
- Porters Bar & Grill - Traditional American
- Viva Burrito - Mexican
- Finch - American
- Cafe Rustico - Italian
- Alibi - New American
- Banners Harbor View - Contemporary American
- Bishop’s Mediterranean
- The Fours - American & Sports Bar
- The Dean’s List - Traditional American
- Equal Exchange Cafe - Fair Trade Coffee & Tea
- West End Johnnie’s - American & Bar