With its laid-back atmosphere, prestigious universities and colonial-style architecture, the city of Boston provides a perfect blend of old-world charm and new-world convenience. Running at a far more relaxed pace than the famously hectic New York City, properties in this East Coast gem are understandably popular with everyone from European expatriates to up-and-coming American professionals.
Although its winters aren’t for the faint-hearted, the balmy springs, hot summers and picture-perfect autumns are ideal for outdoor pursuits, so it’s not surprising that Boston scores notably highly in US health surveys. Unlike many western cities in which cars and taxis rule supreme, the accessible walkways and parks make this a great place for pedestrians, runners and even roller-skaters to get out and stretch their legs.
To explore the city on foot, start with a stroll along the Charles River esplanade. The Back Bay area, along the Charles River Basin with a view of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the other side, provides a particularly picturesque setting thanks to its numerous ‘brownstones’ – Victorian townhouses now synonymous with old-world eastern cities. Head across the river via Massachusetts Avenue and make a small detour to Copley Square, where the Boston Public Library features some amazing murals by John Singer Sargent. From there, continue straight across the street and wander down to the beautifully manicured Public Gardens, then journey north via Charles Street into the Beacon Hill area to explore the narrow, cobbled streets and rows of brick houses that characterise this area.
Of course, all this activity is going to require some fuel – and luckily, in Boston it’s never hard to find fresh and often organic produce. With a population of only 650,000, the small city is only a short drive away from thriving farms out in the countryside, and the restaurants and shops subsequently have a strong focus on locally produced food. The region is particularly well known for its shellfish – for the best oysters in town, make your way to the North End for Neptune Oyster on Salem Street.
No visit to Boston would be complete without crossing the river to Cambridge. It might not be quite as old as the original English university town, but the establishment here is still a strong rival for the title of ‘best university in the world.’ The hallowed halls of Harvard attract some of the world’s finest young – and slightly older – minds, with classic establishments like Henrietta’s Table greeting students and tourists alike with welcoming New England hospitality and delicious French-inspired cuisine.
It’s not just the fresh air and fresh food that keeps this city so healthy – Boston is also famously sports-mad, with beloved local teams including the Red Sox in baseball, the Celtics in basketball, the Bruins in ice hockey and the New England Patriots in football. It’s not all about spectating here, either; Boston is also the founding city of the November Project, a free fitness movement that encourages people of all ages to take part in regular group workouts.
If the city’s good life is starting to sound rather appealing, there’s no time like the present to invest in Bostonian property. To get your share of this welcoming atmosphere and energetic attitude, simply visit the Engel & Völkers website to start searching for a brownstone of your very own.