East Boston — or Eastie, as the locals call it — is a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood that sits on a peninsula surrounded by Boston Harbor. Living in East Boston comes with plenty of perks: Not only can you get downtown in minutes on public transportation, but you also have parks, beaches and bike trails right in your backyard and a diverse mix of shops and restaurants to choose from. With historic homes sitting next to luxury high-rise condo buildings, Eastie strikes a balance between the old and the new.
Eastie’s real estate market is booming, with investors and homebuyers competing for properties in Jeffries Point, Orient Heights and the Eagle Hill waterfront. There’s also been significant new development in recent years, with many residential and commercial projects still underway. Prices reflect the neighborhood’s popularity, particularly among young professionals and families who want the convenience of city living but not the exorbitant prices of the South End or Back Bay. The average sale price of a home here is $528,824, with homes closing a whopping $53,970 over asking price.
Eastie has always been a community of immigrants, with most hailing from Italy, Central and South America and Southeast Asia. The neighborhood’s eclectic dining scene reflects its melting pot population. Santarpio’s Pizza is a long-time favorite in the neighborhood and rated as one of the best pizza places in the U.S. There’s also family-owned Mexican restaurant Angela’s Cafe and the new Cunard Tavern, which serves globally inspired pub fare in a former cabinet-making shop in Jeffries Point.
You also don’t need to leave the neighborhood to buy what you need. Maverick Square and the newly renovated Central Square are Eastie’s two main commercial districts. Businesses range from mom-and-pop shops to numerous international grocery stores and national chains.
Even though the neighborhood is densely populated, there are plenty of parks and open spaces where you can enjoy some fresh air. LoPresti Park is a great place for a workout with basketball courts, a street hockey rink and an artificial turf soccer field. Piers Park on the waterfront has a playground and spray fountains that kids love. While you’re there, you can stroll along the promenade or hop on the outdoor fitness machines. In warmer months, Piers Park offers free outdoor concerts, and you can take lessons at its nonprofit sailing center.
Eastie is also home to the 152-acre Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, Boston’s last remaining salt marsh, and Constitution Beach, a popular city beach in Orient Heights.
Getting Around Town
It’s easy to get around Greater Boston when living in Eastie. The MBTA Blue Line runs through the neighborhood, and it’s only one stop from Maverick Square to downtown. There are also multiple bus lines that connect the neighborhood to various points in the city, as well as a ferry line and water taxis. Eastie is also a perfect home base for frequent travelers — it’s a quick shuttle ride to the nearby Boston Logan International Airport.
The East Boston Greenway offers a shared use path that running along a former railroad line perfect for walking, running and biking. It connects several neighborhood parks and open spaces, as well as the MTBA stations and the airport.
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