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Get to Know Downtown Boston

Downtown Boston is a loose term that encompasses the areas of the Financial District, Government Center, and Downtown Crossing. The neighborhood is also sometimes referred to — especially in real estate listings — as Midtown, though the term “Midtown” is rarely used by Boston natives in spoken conversation. The downtown (or midtown) designation serves as less of a geographical description than an acknowledgement of its status as Boston’s commercial and business hub. Housing here is, as expected, limited almost entirely to luxury high-rise condominium towers that are situated in between office buildings and downtown’s iconic landmarks, like Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. The central location of downtown is its biggest draw and it’s just a short walk to offices in the Financial District or Tufts Medical Center. Downtown Boston also has stops on the T’s Red Line, Green Line, and Orange Line, making it a quick ride to anywhere in the city.

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Living in Boston

Boston has a strong sense of place, befitting a city that inspires incredible loyalty in its residents. It’s also a city steeped in history, culture, and personality, with iconic institutions and landmarks in every neighborhood, and a distinct vernacular that’s influenced by everything from Fenway Park to Harvard Yard. Boston is a gorgeous city, blessed with four temperate seasons, with the extremes of summer and winter moderated by its waterfront location. The city’s architecture is clad in red brick, creamy marble, and somber granite, with the occasional flash of sparkling glass for the skyscrapers rising along the water’s edge. The sea is always close by, whether it’s the gentle ripples of the Charles River or the magnificent waves in Boston Harbor, while the city’s many parks and gardens soften the urban grid, offering green spaces to enjoy all year round.