Spotlight on Boston’s Back Bay NeighborhoodSeptember 24, 2011
There are several great neighborhoods in Boston and all have their own charm, particular characteristics and distinctive appeal. Back Bay is one of the most exceptional Boston neighborhoods where the luxury real estate market has proven strong this season. Back Bay’s name is very fitting, since it was swampland before the early 1800s. The area has since been filled and built up with row houses and large, ornate mansions.
There have been several transformations to this area full of rich history. After the 19-century filling project, grand houses were built with multiple levels, and families employed a full staff to maintain their lifestyles - representing the grandeur of the era. The mid 1900s were not so prosperous, and the neighborhood became run down with rooming houses. The Back Bay was completely transformed once again into what it is today - a great residential neighborhood with coveted Boston luxury homes.
The town houses, once all single family homes, have been tastefully refurbished into condominiums or single family homes. They boast modern amenities, beautiful cabinetry, and many have open decks or roof terraces. The modern conveniences are contrasted by the historic, old details preserved in the plastering and moldings of the antique houses. Many beautiful, bustling streets create the Back Bay neighborhood.
Commonwealth Avenue, the Grand Dame of the Back Bay, is a wide boulevard with a tree-lined mall in the middle. The mall reminds me of the most beautiful boulevards in Paris or Rome – it has a very European feel to it, both chic and relaxed. Residents of 287 Commonwealth or 51 Commonwealth Ave can stroll along the landscape and walk their pets only steps away from their front door.
Marlborough Street, a quaint gas-lit street with a lot of charm is another favorite of many residential buyers. And nearby is a shopper’s paradise – the Rodeo Drive of Boston, or Newbury Street. If you’re looking for high fashion, look no further: Armani, Max Azria, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Cartier, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, and the list goes on…
Beacon Street also has gorgeous Boston luxury homes with incredible views of the sail boats sprinkled across the Charles River. All the smaller cross streets cut through these main thoroughfares to create such a uniquely Boston neighborhood. The beautiful homes of Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, and Exeter Streets add their own charm to the lovely area.
What do you love about your favorite Boston neighborhood?