South End

The South End has a complex cultural history and known for its diversity. Beginning in the 1880s, waves of Irish, Lebanese, Jewish, Greek, and Hispanic immigrants have settled in this neighborhood. It remains diverse to this day, integrating people of nearly every race, religion, and sexual orientation. It is also known as one of Boston’s main restaurant districts, boasting a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world.

Over the past few decades, the South End has undergone a period of gentrification. It has become increasingly known as an upper-middle class neighborhood, although there are still areas of subsidized and low-income housing. The South End is rather large, bordered by Roxbury, Back Bay, and South Boston. It boasts many public parks, including the Southwest Corridor Park, a five-mile bike and walking path scattered with basketball and tennis courts which runs all the way to the Forest Hills district of Jamaica Plain. There is also a series of sixteen community gardens in the South End.

Today, the South End is one of the city’s more artistic neighborhoods. It houses many art galleries and studios, and features a large open-air craft and farmer’s market in the summer. The South End is also home to the Boston Ballet and the Boston Center for the Arts. It has a rich music history as well, known through the 1950s as a Boston jazz mecca.

The MBTA Orange Line and Silver Line both run through the South End. The neighborhood features mostly mid-nineteenth century bowfront housing- aesthetically uniform rows of five-story, red-brick structures for both commercial and residential use. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a Boston Landmark District, the South End is North America’s largest surviving Victorian residential district.



Learn more about the other Boston neighborhoods we serve:
Longwood Medical AreaBack BayBeacon HillBrookline North End