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Imagine Boston: thousands of young, bright, college students roaming the manicured streets, fanatical sports fans singing “Sweet Caroline,” charming trollies, and there you have it: one of America’s oldest cities. Home to such historical landmarks as Boston Common (the oldest public park in the United States), the Freedom Trail, and trusty old Paul Revere’s home, Boston is a historic city that’s easily walkable and holds over one hundred unique nabes to explore!

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  • Jamaica Plain

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    Called “JP” by locals, Jamaica Plain is described by its residents as “neighborhoodie.” This nabe is a tight-knit, largely residential community with good shopping, dining, and outdoor parks–especially Arnold Arboretum. On weekend afternoons, there are often block parties and other colorful community events. Jamaica Plain has great access to

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  • Union Square

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    While Union Square isn't served by the T, it offers residents and visitors great eats and unique shopping opportunities. A strong sense of community is evident in Union Square and its surrounding hills' quirky festivals and weekly farmers markets. Union Square is served by MBTA bus lines.

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  • Mid Cambridge

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    As its names suggests, Mid Cambridge is in the heart of Cambridge proper, surrounded by such hotspots as Harvard and Iman Squares. It is a densely populated, residential area with single family homes, brownstones, and apartment buildings of all sizes. Mid Cambridge is a leafy green nabe despite its high …

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  • Emerson Garden

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    Named for and characterized by a lovely park at its center, the neighborhood of Emerson Garden is a sweet respite from the rest of heavily traffickedBrookline Village. A mix of 2-3 family homes, mansions, and colonials surround the park where dog owners, ball tossers, and stroller pushers congregate daily.Technically

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  • Lessons From Your Neighborhood Dive Bar

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    Objectively speaking, there’s not much to love about dive bars—most are dingy, dark and have a lousy drink selection. But you can’t help but fall for them, not just for the dollar drafts and the free popcorn, but because it’s your neighborhood bar, your place to kick your feet up
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  • Dorchester

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    Dorchester is a charming hodge-podge of a nabe that is hard to understand in one glance. Its northern section, bordering on South Boston, has a largely urban, commercial feel, while the southern region retains a more residential atmosphere. In-between, one can find almost anything else: from a wide array

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  • Hyde Park

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    As Boston's southernmost nabe, Hyde Park offers the amenities of city life and the space and pace of suburbia. Here you will find evidence of Boston's industrial past, row houses, some lovingly preserved Victorian homes, and an increasing amount of modern development. Hyde Parkers enjoy plenty of green space

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  • Auburndale

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    Auburndale, just south of the Charles, remains one of Newton's quieter villages. Little has changed in Auburndale in comparison to neighboring Waban and West Newton, which have become a bit ritzy and urban recently. The residents of this nabe enjoy all the foliage and space available to them in …

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  • Harvard Square

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    One of the most well-known areas of Boston, Harvard Square surrounds the university and square that give the area its name. Harvard Square has become a major intellectual, cultural, and nightlife center. While the area is home to many restaurants, bars, and shops, it also maintains a serene and

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  • West Cambridge

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    Described by one local as having “everything you need to live well,” West Cambridge is as well stocked as Mary Poppins' carpet bag. You've got your quiet neighborhoods off of Mt. Auburn Street, your close proximity to the urban hubub of Harvard Square, your bike paths along the Charles,

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  • East Somerville

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    The oldest neighborhood in Somerville, East Somerville is known for its rich history and tight knit vibe: a thriving main street, community gardens, and annual festivals (there's a Fluff Fest every year–last year's theme was “whoopie pies!!”) Residents here take advantage of the fairly inexpensive rent and proximity to larger …

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  • Buttonwood Village

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    Buttonwood Village, nestled between Jamaica Plainand Chestnut Hill, is one of Brookline's most affordable nabes. There are some multi-family and condo options, though residents live mainly in mid 20th century single family homes with back yards, basketball hoops, and gardens. This nabe enjoys close proximity to many parks and

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  • Allston/Brighton

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    Allston/Brighton, a set of two interlocking nabes that are traditionally considered one because of their fuzzy geographical boundaries, has a lot more to offer than cheap food and watery beer. Although Allston does have that gritty, PBR soaked reputation, there is a thriving arts scene and Brighton has some charming …

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  • North End

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    The North End is one of Boston's most iconic nabes. One of the focal points along Boston's Freedom Trail, The North End is home to many famous, historical landmarks like the Old North Church and Paul Revere's House. The North End was the tragic site of the “Boston Molasses

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  • Allston/Brighton

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    Allston/Brighton, a set of two interlocking nabes that are traditionally considered one because of their fuzzy geographical boundaries, has a lot more to offer than cheap food and watery beer. Although Allston does have that gritty, PBR soaked reputation, there is a thriving arts scene and Brighton has some

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  • West Newton

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    One of the oldest villages in the city of Newton, West Newton is a quaint, residential neighborhood with beautiful homes just outside of Boston proper. West Newton Square forms the town center and is home to a quiet collection of locally owned businesses and bistros, including the historic West Newton …

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  • City Point

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    City Point is a nabe where “Southie” charm (read: dive bars, raucous St. Patties Day celebrations, and coffee shops without pretense) mixes with North Shore lifestyles (read: ocean view parks, beaches, and a yacht club.) Condo complexes and two and three family houses are the norm in this nabe.

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  • Belmont

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    Belmont is the neighborhood every 1990s sitcom used as a backdrop for the beginning credits to establish the nice, cozy, 3 car garage context for its toothy, big-haired characters. A clean suburban neighborhood, Belmont has a great farmers market, an old-fashioned movie theater, a growing restaurant scene, and is

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  • Ten Hills

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    Located on the south bank of the Mystic River and separated from other Somerville nabes by Interstate 93 and Rt 28, Ten Hills is a tiny nabe predominated by–despite what its name suggests–one single hill. Named after John Winthrop's Ten Hills Farm, this nabe has ample access to recreational activities, …

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  • East Arlington

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    East Arlington and its main commercial hub, Capitol Square, is a dynamic nabe with eclectic, locally owned shops, great eats, and its very own historic Main Street Cinema. Residents and local businesses are active in organizing community events, such as 3rd Thursday Art Walks, and family-centric story hours. Homes

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  • Government Center

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    Government Center is a bustling weekday nabe located smack in between Beacon Hill and the North End. While it's not the most aesthetically pleasing area of town–rather sad, institutional concrete buildings make up City Hall Plaza–it's the home of Boston City Hall, two Suffolk County courthouses, several state and federal …

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  • Beacon Hill

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    Residents of Beacon Hill enjoy walks to work along narrow streets lined with gas lights and brick row-houses from the Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian periods. They sip Cape-Codders on rooftop decks with views of the State House’s copper dome just a stone’s throw away and they run into

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  • Brookline

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    The town of Brookline lies just outside Boston, but is slightly more suburban and quiet. The area boasts large Victorian houses, but also offers many great restaurants, shops, clubs, and bars, despite its more suburban feel. Coolidge Corner is Brookline’s trendiest spot, and the best place for students. The

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  • Waban

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    Waban, another of Newton's several villages, is home to a mix of large single family mansions and more modestly sized homes in a manicured, suburban setting. An authentic old fashioned market hardware store add dimension the nabe, and the Waban Improvement Society organizes community events and projects to rouse pride …

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  • Neponset

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    Neponset is a nabe in the southeast corner ofDorchester and the most heavily populated neighborhood in Boston. A recent influx of young professionals and creative types have given Neponset a fun and modern vibe. With a thriving commercial and cultural center and a plethora of funky restaurants, Neponset is

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  • Riverside

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    Riverside is a residential nabe bordered by Harvard Square, Central Square and the Charles River. Boasting beautiful views of the river, abundant housing options, and some of the oldest settled parts of Cambridge, this nabe is a favorite among students and faculty at nearby universities. The city of Cambridge

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  • South Boston

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    Formerly known as Dorchester Neck, South Boston marks the historic site where George Washington evacuated the British in 1776. These days it is better known as the location of Ben Affleck's more mature works. “Southie” as locals say, exudes a cinematic quality: sweeping views across Pleasure Bay, ample park space, …

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  • Central Village

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    Central Village in Brookline is a pretty little nabe located just a short walk from the commercial hub ofBrookline Village. Residents keep tidy gardens next to their front doors and enjoy the recreational activities offered in several nearby parks and playgrounds. Housing options here range from single to multi-family

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  • Secret’s Out: Interview With a Southie Native

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    A lifelong City Point resident and owner of Clair Anne’s Flower Shop, Clair tells us about the highlights of City Point.

    How much has the neighborhood changed in the past few decades?

    It’s unbelievable. When I was your age and I worked at Gillette, they didn’t like South Boston. They …

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  • Belmont Hill

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    Belmont Hill is Belmont, just fancier, more spacious, and higher in altitude. Among its big named one time residents are: Mitt Romney, Yo Yo Ma, and the late Nobel laureate Henry Kissinger. Several acres of Audubon conservation land in Belmont Hill attracts migratory birds and provides excellent walking and

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