Located just south of Back Bay, the South End is a highly sought after urban neighborhood, attracting diverse young professionals, families and gay population. The famed Boston architect, Charles Bulfinch created the master plan for the South End originally built on tidal flats during the mid-1800s. Bulfinch’s vision was to attract the wealthy merchant class with a regular street grid, elegant townhouses (today the South End is the United States’ largest Victorian residential district) and nearly 30 parks.
Remaining a popular area for the restaurant scene, the South End is a mecca for some of the city’s best dining establishments all having a unique and very hip vibe all influenced by the art scene found here (The Boston Center for the Arts brings numerous performances to the neighborhood each year). There is a range in choices of rentals and condominiums including renowned Victorian brownstone buildings/homes along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue plus some lofts.
Small business owners also enjoy the amenities of the neighborhood supported by the national aware winning Washington Gateway Main Streets Program as well as the South End Business Alliance. The neighborhood has a thriving arts community adding vibrancy to the overall ambiance, in the summertime SoWa Open Market attracts artisans and shoppers from all over the city. Cyclorama, a round conference space at the BCA, hosts private and public events.