7 Things to Know Before Relocating to Boston

04/1/22  |  Nouné Karapetian

Boasting the distinction as one of America’s oldest cities, Boston is also home to a plethora of modern attractions and amenities.

7 Things to Know Before Relocating to Boston

Boston has all the attributes of a world-class city. As the capital of Massachusetts, the city is known for its impressive diversity, fantastic public transportation, stunning architecture, and substantial history. Aesthetics are highly valued here with parks that glow with fall foliage and treasured New England beaches located nearby. The advantages of the city are well known, as the real estate market broke records in 2021 and is primed for growth in Watertown real estate and other surrounding areas.

Let’s take a look at all the benefits you can expect when becoming a Bostonian.

Leaders in education

Some of the best universities and colleges in the world call Boston home. Iconic institutions such as Harvard, Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University enrich the area with unparalleled research and educational opportunities. Some of the greatest minds alive today come here to teach and learn and go on to influence the political, cultural, and societal conversations for years to come.

The focus on superior education at the university level spills over to the public and private K-12 school systems. Massachusetts has some of the top-ranking school districts in the country, with The Boston Latin School being the first public school in America and still in the top three best schools in the state. This impressive institution is a public college preparatory school serving students in grades 7-12 located only twenty minutes away from Belmont houses for sale.

World-famous seafood

You are probably already familiar with Boston Clam Chowder – one of the staple comfort foods of the Northeast. Some of the best oysters in the country are harvested in Massachusetts, with Duxbury being the closest harvest location to Boston. Oysters are a fascinating culinary experience as their flavors are impacted by the body of water from which they originate. Even if it is the same species growing a few miles apart, the algae it feeds on, the mineral content of the seafloor and the varying strength of the currents all influence the prized flavors of the oysters the Massachusetts Bay Area is known for.
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You can take a break from touring Belmont houses for sale and enjoy oysters prepared by world-leading Chef Barbara Lynch at B&G Oysters. Sample the raw bar and then enjoy a hot buttered lobster roll. Another local favorite is the Atlantic Fish Co., where you can stop by for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Be sure to try one of their famous craft cocktails – they even have them to-go. If you are near Watertown real estate, stop at Porcini’s. They are a locally owned favorite with Rustic Italian dining prepared with fresh local ingredients.

The Hub or Beantown?

Bostonians often refer to the area as “The Hub,” a term that, like the area itself, has roots deep in history. Since 1858, Boston has strived to be in the center of it all – the “Hub of the Universe” – by being at the forefront of the commercial industry and intellectual development. Additionally, just twenty minutes from Belmont houses for sale is the gold-clad dome of the Massachusetts State House. It stands out prominently as if it is the “Hub of the Solar System.” Between the two, Boston’s beloved nickname as “The Hub” was born.

The Puritans took to the beans cooked by Native Americans with maple syrup, venison, and corn. Years later, sailors passing through loved the quick, cheap meal and started referring to the area as “Beantown.” The Braves were formerly called the Boston Beaneaters, and the tourism slogan in the 1900s was “You don’t know beans until you come to Boston.” As much as people still love Boston Baked Beans, Bostonians prefer their hometown be called “The Hub.”

Strong sports scene

Bostonians are proud and possibly obsessed with their sports scene, and it is no wonder why. Between all the college and pro sports in Massachusetts, they have more championship-winning teams than any other state in the country.

Even if you are not a sports fan, you will enjoy the excitement of a Boston Red Socks game at Fenway Park or a New England Patriots Game at Gillette Stadium, which is only a half-hour away from Watertown real estate. Additionally, the New England Revolution – a major league soccer team – also plays at Gillette Stadium. The Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics play at TD Garden, where you can also find lively concerts, family entertainment, and many other fun events.

Beaches to enjoy

The summers in Boston are fabulous! The weather is the perfect temperature for enjoying the many parks in the area and the area’s beaches. Carson Beach has three miles of shoreline to enjoy swimming in the ocean, a pedestrian walkway for strolls along the beach, and is located only twenty minutes from Belmont houses for sale.

Farther out on City Point’s peninsula, Castle Island is a 22-acre park with plenty of swimming areas, playgrounds, picnic tables, and sweeping vistas of the bay and Boston skyline. For the history buffs, guided tours of Fort Independence are available from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The nearby Constitution Beach also provides a gentle swimming area with views of ships sailing through Boston Harbor. All beaches are equipped with public restrooms, lifeguards, and picnic areas.

Popular neighborhoods

Boston is divided among South Boston, the South End, North End, and Back Bay. South Boston, where the residents are referred to as a “Southie,” is where you find young professionals and families. It’s near downtown Boston and features high-end restaurants, exciting shopping opportunities, and gorgeous brownstones. The North End is a favorite area for tourists because it is close to TD Garden and is the most historic part of the city. Bordering the Boston River with Beacon Hill just to the north is The Back Bay – known for its iconic architecture and proximity to Fenway Park and Newbury Street.

If you prefer a suburban area, Cambridge, Somerville, and Arlington are popular options. You will also want to explore Belmont as it has plenty of green space and traditionally has been a popular area for artists, educators, scientists, authors, and physicians working in Cambridge and Boston. Watertown real estate is booming while remaining a tight-knit community with lots of locally owned businesses. The city also has easy access to the Massachusetts Turnpike, making it a great option for commuters.

Finding the best Belmont and Watertown real estate

If you’re looking for Belmont houses for sale or are moving to Boston from out of state, work with a local real estate agent who understands the area and knows the crucial differences between the neighborhoods. They can help you find the best area for your lifestyle and the ideal home for your budget. By employing their extensive experience and expertise, they’ll guide you to place a winning bid in this competitive marketplace.

To learn more about what to know before relocating to the city or about Watertown real estate, contact Nouné Karapetian today.

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