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Boston Neighborhoods: Discover the Hidden Historical Gems

When you think of Boston, it’s almost second nature to think of American history — you can literally walk inside Paul Revere’s home or step on the very grounds of the Boston Tea Party. Boston was founded in 1630, and some of its most historic neighborhoods have been largely preserved from the city’s beginnings — a huge draw for anyone looking to buy a house that is equal parts eclectic and elegant. Historic Boston neighborhoods have a certain charm to them that cannot be reproduced through any amount of development.

While certain historic Boston neighborhoods may be out of reach for many, there are other hidden gems with equally fantastic history and charm that are perfect for first-time homebuyers. Often, what you already know about a city is secondary to what you discover by moving there, and Boston is no exception.

Owners.com has targeted five neighborhoods with historical properties that are at a perfect price point for first-time homebuyers.

East Boston

Residents of East Boston enjoy fantastic waterfront views of the city skyline and some of the metropolitan area’s most competitive pricing, a perfect combination for a first-time homebuyer. Complete with a modern branch of the Boston Public Library and an updated dog park, East Boston has quickly become a haven for those who are more active and pet-friendly. If you’re looking to move to East Boston, also consider the popular Jeffries Point neighborhood (another historical gem), where you can find affordable options with city views near many local dining hotspots.

Roslindale Square

According to the Boston Globe, Roslindale offers the best of both the city vibe and safety of a suburb for young families. There are plenty of single-family homes for sale, and being roughly 15 minutes from the city, you’re still able to take advantage of what the city has to offer. It’s also home to the Arnold Arboretum, which accounts for 65.8 acres of the neighborhood’s total 214.7 acres of green space. Rumor has it, neighborhood gem Delfino’s restaurant is a must-try, too.

Roxbury Highlands/Fort Hill

The city of Boston reports that hundreds of new business and housing initiatives have revitalized the neighborhood’s Dudley Square, Crosstown and Grove Hall areas, which make up Roxbury Highlands. Curbed reports that real-estate seekers can find brand-new homes for around $375 per square foot, which is considered a great deal in Boston’s current market.


Charlestown is actually considered the oldest neighborhood in Boston. Curbed.com recently posted a blog about a gorgeous 2,000-square-foot house in this area listed for under $600,000 — Charlestown offers old town charm with average housing prices. In recent years, waterfront properties have been added to the brick and wood row houses, with green space and piers in full-view of the Boston skyline.

Savin Hill

Savin Hill is one of Dorchester’s most popular neighborhoods offering easy access to the MBTA Savin Hill subway station. Development abounds and is reshaping this community with hotels, shops and restaurants. Homeowners who want the convenience of a downtown experience — without downtown prices — can enjoy the amenities of this thriving community.

A house in a historic neighborhood can be more than just a cozy place to call home. According to Quicken Loans, research shows that property values increase in historic districts significantly more than the rest of the market. As a first-time homebuyer, picking a property with strong signals of increased value is a smart buying decision. To view the latest historic homes for sale in the Boston area, visit Owners.com today.


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