Charlestown is Boston's oldest and one of its most historical neighborhoods. Sitting on the Charlestown Peninsula right across the Charles River from Downtown, this was settled in 1624 by Thomas Walford, who was sent there by Massachusetts Bay Colony's first governor. It would serve as the colony's first capital until Boston rose to prominence within the next 20 years.
In June of 1775, the town was the site of the Continental Army's defeat at Bunker Hill. Both Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill are within the neighborhood's boundaries today. The city became part of Boston in 1874 during the midst of an influx of Irish immigrants. The neighborhood still has a pretty Irish feel to it, but anyone's welcome to rent a place.
Apart from Bunker Hill, another popular landmark is the USS Constituition, which has sat in Charlestown Navy Yard for over two centuries. Residents will find that this is a down-to-earth community despite all the history surrounding it. There are shopping centers, grocery stores and excellent restaurants that are very easy to get to, and five public schools can also be found. The MBTA's Orange Line has two stations serving this area that go right into Downtown. There are also two bus lines and a ferry service that runs from the naval yard to Long Wharf.
Renting options are in high demand, and there are plenty of individual listings available. If you're looking to be part of a community, then consider Parris Landing near the naval yard. This recently converted complex has a choice of 1 or 2-bedroom spaces with plenty of square footage, and every space is luxurious with cherry wood floors, granite counter tops and updated kitchens. Residents also get to enjoy a beautiful courtyard, an extensive fitness center and an outdoor pool in warmer weather. A 24-hour concierge is available, and access to the building is controlled.
Luxury Apartment Buildings in Charlestown
- 275 Medford Street
- The Anchorage Apartments
- Gatehouse 75
- Harborview at the Navyyard
- Mezzo Lofts
- Navy Yard 33