Traditional Neighborhoods, Waterfront & New Development
South Boston or "Southie" offers a mix of tradition, beachfront living, and an ever-changing landscape among its place in the city of Boston. Once a more traditional neighborhood, it is transforming into a hotspot of activity with new developments, housing, eclectic cafes and nightlife adding a new degree of appeal.
HistoryFirst called Dorchester Neck, South Boston was once a part of Dorchester. It was originally an isthmus that linked Colonized Dorchester and Dorchester Heights, and its land area was later expanded by landfill. Its place in Revolutionary War history was sealed in 1776 when, starting at Dorchester Heights, George Washington and his troops forced the British to finally flee from Boston. Some 600 acres of what we know of today as South Boston was annexed by the City of Boston in 1804 to become one of its early neighborhoods. Irish immigrants came to the neighborhood in large numbers for trade and service work in the 1800's as the area became more active as an industrial center with factories machine shops, and based on its immediate proximity to shipyards. The neighborhood grew into a working class community through the years and the majority of its residents Irish, with pockets of Polish and Lithuanian residents whose families settled in later. South Boston was in the national news on a regular basis in the 1970's with coverage of residents' animated protests against the enforced desegregated school busing at the time. While it still retains its Irish heritage and identity, the steady influx of new young professionals and growing families in recent years drawn to the neighborhood has made it much more diverse. Its competitive property values and close proximity to both Downtown Boston and the water has made South Boston one of the most popular neighborhoods in Boston for both developers and residents over the past 20 years.
ArchitectureSouth Boston contains a mixture of architectural styles including 19th Century Victorian brownstones and wood frame townhomes that have been converted to condominiums, simple wood frame 2-3 family homes on densely settled streets, converted factories and churches, and state of the art Gold LEED certified newer construction developments like the McCallen Building.
AmenitiesSouth Boston has a distinct neighborhood feel with all daily needs served by both small shops and major grocers. Recently, smaller specialty grocers like Foodies have joined the neighborhood. Many pubs that have been part of the neighborhood for generations offer residents ample options for meeting and entertainment. Residents have immediate access to parks within the neighborhood and can walk to Castle Island, Pleasure Bay, M Street Beach and Carson Beach, all close by.
TransportationSouth Boston is served by the MBTA Bus System with ready service into the Financial District and the Back Bay. In addition, the Broadway T Red Line serves the West Side, and Andrew Square T is within walking distance of some parts of West Side. The Silver Line Bus also serves parts of the north side of the neighborhood.