Charlestown is a highly desirable neighborhood for both families and professionals. Because it is a tiny one-square-mile peninsula, it has the feel of a small tight-knit community even though it’s right on Boston Harbor. All that waterfront also means plenty of beautiful views for residents, if not right from their homes, then certainly on their walks with their strollers or dogs. Despite all this, the price per square foot here remains below what it is in Back Bay and Beacon Hill.
As is the case in many of Boston’s neighborhoods, having a car is completely optional with all the public transport available. With lots of residences and not that much space, finding street parking in Charlestown in definitely a challenge, especially at the end of the work day. However, if you aren’t using your car to commute every day then you won’t have to move it until the weekly street sweeping day. Another option for car owners is to buy or lease a garage spot so you never have to worry about looking for parking.
Because Charlestown borders I-93 and is divided by Route 1, residents have two major roads to choose from to head the mile and a half south into Boston or north to the suburbs. There are also two orange-line subway stops in the northwest and southwest corners of the neighborhood that are just a couple of stops from downtown Boston. The most relaxing commute of all is taking the ferry from the naval yard to Long Wharf in downtown Boston. For weekend adventures or longer commutes outside of town, North Station is just one or two subway stops away and provides access to trains traveling to many points north and west of the city.
Charlestown residents have the rare opportunity to allow their kids to walk to school every day, no matter their grade, since there are public schools at all levels within its small footprint. There is only one private school in Charlestown – Good Shepherd School – but there are plenty of top-notch private schools in Boston and beyond to choose from.
With multiple places to pick up groceries in this small neighborhood, there is no need to pull out your car to grocery shop. Choose between Whole Foods, Boston Organics, Sanchez Market, and Tedeschi. From June through October, residents can also take advantage of the Charlestown Farmer’s Market that runs every week.
Most of the restaurants in Charlestown run along Main Street with many options to choose from. Here are just a few we recommend:
Warren Tavern – Once the haunt of Paul Revere is popular with local and tourists alike for its pub fare
Figs by Todd English – A cozy spot to grab some wood-fired pizza or other Italian plates from the accoladed chef
Madera 83 Tapas Bar and Kitchen – Another cozy spot but for authentic and delicious Spanish small plates
Besides the seemingly endless waterfront to walk and explore, there is actually quite a bit of green space to enjoy in Charlestown. Take your pick from Ryan Playground, which also has baseball diamonds and a street hockey rink; Paul Revere Park; City Square Park; Barry Playground; Galvin Memorial Park; the greenspace surrounding the Bunker Hill Monument or at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Things to Do
The Freedom Trail historic walking tour runs right through Charlestown and is one of Boston’s must-dos for visitors to town. One of its stops is the Bunker Hill Monument, where you can climb the obelisk marking this famous battle spot and admire the views of Boston and beyond. And of course, your visitors won’t want to leave before they see the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat, the USS Constitution. If you love the water, taking a sailing lesson out of the Navy Yard is a great day out.
Charlestown, as part of Boston, has a strong Environmental Department and is #1 for energy efficiency in the U.S. The Environment, Energy, and Open Space Commission focuses on the environment, energy systems, and open spaces. There are also several green initiatives, including the Adopt-A-Tree Program, Greenovate Boston, and the Mayor’s Carbon Cup, which all encourage participants to improve the environment.
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