The Waterfront neighborhood begins at the intersection of Causeway Street and Commercial Street stretching all the way down Atlantic Avenue, with some overlay into the North End and is in walking distance to Downtown. The Waterfront wraps around the inner harbor offering the HarborWalk which links the water’s edge to the city’s open space system and established parks. Housing in this area is located in historic repurposed wharfs offering spacious loft-like living with exposed bricks & beams and balconies that offer spectacular harbor skyline views. Newly constructed residential housing in this area is made up of mixed-used developments (residential with a hotel component) offering luxury full services and amenities. Many of the condominium complex’s along the Waterfront feel like retreats or resort communities with gated access/security and on-site conveniences that range from private marina slips (offered at Battery Wharf, Burroughs Wharf, Union Wharf and Rowes Wharf), spa facilities (Battery Wharf, Rowes Wharf, InterContinental Boston), swimming pools (Union Wharf, Lewis Wharf, Harbor Towers, Rowes Wharf, InterContinental), on-site restaurants/in-room dining (Battery Wharf, Rowes Wharf, InterContinental Boston) and exclusive deeded parking.
Each wharf located on the Waterfront has its own special history. Battery Wharf where the luxurious Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel & Residences is located is the newest developed wharf. Battery Wharf not only is known for the retreat-like Fairmont but has on-site the Battery Wharf Museum, educating maritime and Coast Guard history with a free 24-hour observation deck, water taxi to Logan Airport and other locations along the harbor. Burroughs Wharf is home to Boston’s Fire Marine unit (two vessels: 76-foot fire pump boat and 30-foot high speed pump boat), beautifully landscaped gardens, a promenade, benches, lighting and views of the Charlestown Navy Yard. Lewis Wharf is one of the Waterfronts oldest wharf buildings to become mixed-use residential condominiums and retail/office condominiums. At Lewis Wharf is one of the most beautiful private hidden gardens known as the “Secret Garden” overlooking the harbor and home to the Boston Sailing Center. Lewis Wharf has a large on-site public parking lot for visitors to the neighborhood. Commercial Wharf was built in the 1830s originally as mooring areas for working clipper ships and today offer marina slips to tie-up to. At Commercial Wharf is the Boston Yacht Haven, a marina with accommodations for crews and also docked are mega-yachts overlooking Long Wharf. India Row where Harbor Towers (the first high-residential building on Boston’s Waterfront at 40 stories tall) is located was built in 1807 by Charles Bulfinch, used as a departure point for ships headed to India and the Far East. Today, the wharf is gone and the HarborWalk continues through Harbor Towers and on its premises is a sculpture by David von Schlegell. Rowes Wharf is the location of the world-renowned Boston Harbor Hotel, its multi-story rotunda and luxury yachts at the slips of the Rowes Wharf marina, commuter boats as well as harbor cruise boats. The Boston Harbor Hotel is home to some of the collection of maps of Boston Harbor by Norman B. Leventhal. During summer months, the hotel presents its annual city entertainment from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Tuesdays through Friday.
The Waterfront is home to the New England Aquarium at Central Wharf and Fidelity Park. Opened in 2007, Fidelity Park provides shaded seating and links Long Wharf with the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The New England Aquarium, opened in 1969 (continuously updating and expanding) is a state-of-the-art aquarium facility and adjacent IMAX Theatre. Christopher Columbus Park, is also found in the Waterfront which is the Boston’s first waterfront park, originally opened in 19776 for the Boston Bicentennial . Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was honored with a rose garden enclosed by a wrong iron fence added in 1987 as she was born nearby in the North End at 4 Garden Court. Later the Central Artery/Expressway was transformed to become the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Christopher Columbus Park is a wisteria of covered trellis that provide shade and beautifully lit during the holiday seasons. The park is enjoyed by both Waterfront and North End residents and has free WiFi.
Buildings located on the Waterfront: Fairmont Battery Wharf, Burroughs Wharf, Union Wharf, Lewis Wharf, Commercial Wharf East, Rowes Wharf and the InterContinental, The Prince at 63 Atlantic Avenue, Lincoln Wharf, The Mariner, The Bulfinch, Strada 234, Harbor Towers and The Atlantic at 50 Fleet Street.
Hotels in the Waterfront: Fairmont Battery Wharf, InterContinental Boston Hotel, Boston Harbor Hotel, and Boston Marriott Long Wharf.