Living in Boston's North End

07/22/22  |  Nouné Karapetian

North End is the oldest and most colorful neighborhood in Boston. It used to be called Little Italy. The residents have changed over the years, though, and there is a smaller percentage of Italians living here compared to 30 years ago. Now North End is increasingly diverse. The neighborhood still has many businesses, social clubs, and religious institutions that celebrate the neighborhood's Italian heritage. 

North End is only quiet in the mornings, before 10am, kind of like in Italy, everything comes to life later, the shops and cafes open their doors and tourists start pouring in. I love going there at 9am on a weekend, when everything is still sleepy and just walk around.


It Has Fabulous Food


North End has fabulous pizza stores, Delis, top-of-the line restaurants that serve authentic Italian cuisine. Coffee shops sell cannoli and Italian pastries. When you are here, you have to treat yourself to fabulous food! When you live here, you will feel like you are in Europe. There are so many amazing restaurants here!


It’s Walkable


If your job is in the Financial district, you can actually walk to work every day. It’s only a 10 min walk there and a 13 min walk to Boston Common or to the TD Garden. 


There Is So Much History


I don’t want to go too much into history, you can spend hours in this small neighborhood and keep discovering more and more.

The Freedom trail runs right through the narrow streets of the neighborhood, Paul Revere house is here, part of Copp's Hill was converted to a cemetery, called the North Burying Ground, now it’s known as Copp's Hill Burying Ground. The earliest grave markers located in the cemetery date back to 1661.


Grocery Stores Galore


Besides many Italian shops with products flown directly from Italy, there are also supermarkets close by, like the Star Market and also the Boston Public Market, which is a very cool indoor market with lots of vendors and all types of food that are seasonal and locally sourced from Massachusetts and New England


Great for Young Professionals


It’s an excellent location for young professionals working in downtown Boston who want to be close but don’t want to pay downtown prices and rents.


Many Art Events and Festivals


 The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) and the Improv Asylum Theater are located on Hanover Street.

There are also many summer festivals to honor the Patron Saints of different regions in Italy. Statues of these Saints are paraded down the streets with marching bands, food and live music. This year there are 12 processions and feasts in North End, it usually happens from June 5 to the first weeks of September. 


Varied Transportation


MBTA's Orange and Green Lines and Haymarket and North Stations and the Blue Line at the Aquarium Station, 4 commuter rail lines and the North Station and many bus lines serve North End.

If you love water, you will enjoy being close to it and can even use ferries from Long Wharf to get to Hull, Hingham, Charlestown, and Logan Airport. North End has 5 docks where you can take a water-taxi. 


North End Real Estate


There are not many single family homes in the North End. The average sale price for a single family house in the last 3 years was $1,200,000, only 4 were sold in that time period.

Avg. Sale price of condos  in the last 6 months was $722,670. There were 4 multi-families sold in the last 6 months and their average sale price was $2,657,500. These are usually 4-5 unit buildings.


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