East Boston is The Hub’s latest neighborhood to watch. With property values increasing at the highest rate in the city and waterfront property drawing the attention of developers, it seems Eastie might well be growing into the shoes of Charlestown and Cambridge, it’s ‘across the water” competition. Famous for its stunning skyline views and home to historic city businesses such as Santarpio’s and Suffolk Downs, this is an understated neighborhood that has been a presence since the beginning. Whether seeking a family vibe and great schools or lower then average rent with easy access to downtown – you have some to the right place.
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Eastie offers a unique mix of Boston classics, Latin American eateries, and some incredibly well hidden gems. Whatever your mood, it’s accessible and probably unique to the neighborhood. We picked our favorite four below.
A. D’AMELIOS (seafood)
26 Porter St, Boston, MA (617) 561-8800
A Phantom Gormet feature located right in the heart of Eastie, there’s no place better for homestyle Italian and ultra-fresh seafood than D’Amelio’s Off the Boat. Many claim this Italian eatery blows it’s north end competi-tion out of the water, antl save your from battling the tourists in the process. Famous for massive portions, incredible home made sauces, and deserts to die for.
B. SANTARPIO’S (Italian)
111 Chelsea St, Boston, MA
Bostonians love their pizza and Santarpios makes what is widely considered the tastiest pizza pie in the city. Established in 1903, serving Pizza and Italian dishes in an understated and homie atmosphere, it has been inducted into Boston’s hall of fame and named Test of Boston’ three Years running. This is a Boston classic, and not to be missed.
C. RINCON LIMENO (Peruvian)
409 Chelsea St, East Boston, MA
A tiny restaurant serving exquisite Peruvian Cuisine deep in Eastie, this is a yelp favorite. Reviewers cite the beautiful execution, excellent and friendly service, and diverse menu as the standout elements of this hole in the wall. It’s inexpensive, different. and a perfect way to mix up a Friday evening out.
D. KO MEAT PIES
256 Marginal St, Boston, MA (617) 418-5234
A VERY hidden gem on the Eastie waterfront in Jefferies Point, KO offers Australian meat pies, sandwiches and sides. This restaurant will give you that ‘I can’t believe this is serer feeling whilst serving up ultra affordable, hearty meals that can’t be beat. Have a beer, enjoy the shipyard vibe, and mingle with the locals who adore KO as much as their neighborhood.
East Boston is not Boston’s place to go for nightlife. While grabbing a post dinner drink at ECCO, LA HACIENDA, OR EDDIE C’S might hold you over, we suggest jumping on the T to explore the vast options just a few stops away in the Financial District, North End, and Waterfront.
ECCO 107 Porter St. East Boston, MA (617) 561-1112
EDDIE C’S 34 Maverick Square, Boston, MA (6171 567-9395
Take a look at a current nightlife events list here!
East Boston is separated from Boston Proper by the harbor, but that doesn’t mean transportation is limited. The blue line can take you into the city in as little as one stop (Maverick to Aquarium) and two tunnels offer easy access to 1-90 and 1-93.
Maverick Station, Airport, Wood Island, Orient Heights, and Suffolk Downs stations (Blue Lille)
Ted Williams and Sumner Tunnels 11-90, 1-93, Downtown
Eastie is an understated neighborhood that shows its beauty only to those who know where to look. Your first shop should most certainly be the Piers park waterfront, where you can admire the financial district skyline whilst sitting in the gazebo or even taking an East Boston Sail Club class. Don’t miss a horse race at the downs (something everyone considering this neighborhood should consider – despite the mixed crowd) and cap it all off with one of Boston’s favorite old time restaurant experiences – Santarpio’s.
Currently Boston’s fastest growing neighborhood in terms of value, Eastie offers an option for all budgets and lifestyles. It serves as a great option for investment and or lower cost living close to the city.
Media Sale Price: $289,000
Average Rental (single family): $1,800
Increase in Value (year over year): 22%