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Get to Know South End

South End is, and always has been, a welcoming community for every kind of Bostonian. As a result, it’s one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods and boasts a fabulous art and dining scene. South End was created in the mid-1800s by filling in the marshes around Boston Neck, a narrow stretch of land that originally connected Boston to Roxbury. Architects envisioned a London-style neighborhood, with orderly lines of Victorian row houses punctuated by central green spaces in between. The result is charm incarnate, with five central garden squares and an abundance of pocket parks scattered throughout the neighborhood. Community gardening has deep roots in South End’s history, and you’ll find communal vegetable plots and lushly planted alleyways throughout the nabe. SoWa, or South of Washington, is a mini neighborhood, and home to artist studios and galleries, as well as a popular, seasonal market of makers, artists, and farmers.

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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.