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Get to Know Seaport

The Seaport is the latest Boston district to rise out of seemingly thin air, and then immediately become the hottest spot in town. This is a well-traveled path for Boston neighborhoods — in the 1800s, the architects of Beacon Hill and Back Bay imposed housing on previously uninhabited hills and marshland, with both enclaves quickly becoming coveted addresses. The Seaport has had a similarly meteoric rise but starting 150 years later: The transformation of this former expanse of parking lots began with the 2007 conclusion of the Big Dig, Boston’s massive 16-year highway construction project. The new underground highway system restored the Seaport’s connection to the rest of the city and kicked off a building frenzy that continues today. The neighborhood is anchored by the dramatic cantilevered glass boxes of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and boasts luxury condos in soaring new development towers or as expansive lofts in converted warehouses.

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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.