South End

South End is a lovely neighborhood in Boston noted for its Victorian-style homes.

Welcome to South End

The perfect blend of history and creativity
South End is a lovely neighborhood in Boston noted for its Victorian-style homes, ample green space, and elegant restaurants. This walkable community has a more relaxed vibe than others nearby and maintains a neighborly feel to it. It’s easy to walk along the streets during the day, stopping at any of the top-notch restaurants or locally-owned specialty shops, greeting friends, and catching up with neighbors.

Much of the land that makes up South Land was originally marshlands from the South Bay. It was filled in, and construction began on the over 300 acres of row houses in 1849. Since its early founding, South End has been one of the most diverse areas of Boston.

This captivating community offers a range of home styles. The historic Victorian-style row houses are still present and often some of the most sought-after real estate here. Additionally, condominiums and modern mid-rise apartments complete the local housing market. Rental apartments are also a common option, many located in those historic buildings with 19th-century architecture.

What to Love

  • Exemplary eateries, art galleries, and designers.
  • A relaxed tempo and a family-friendly appeal.
  • Exceptional restaurants and cultural institutions.

Local Lifestyle

South End is diverse with a historic feel. It’s well preserved and maintained, with manicured gardens and ample green space throughout the community. It’s common to see ivy climbing the brick walls of the homes here. Many take to the parks for a morning jog and find themselves walking their pets along the same paths later in the day. It’s easy to feel at home here as many people seem relaxed, welcoming, and accommodating.

Saturday mornings are often filled with residents walking through the area to their favorite shops to pick up fresh baked goods from one of the artisan shops or shopping artisanal goods at Sunday markets. Meeting with friends for lunch at one of the restaurants is also common, as is spending a romantic evening out at one of the fine dining establishments.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

When it comes to South End’s traits, it's impossible not to mention its incredible dining options. Dozens of small cafes, bistros, and locally-owned shops exist. A stop at Blackbird Donuts first thing in the morning is a must. For lunch, a meal at Frenchie's may be in order – its wall-length wine bar and garden solarium help make this a fabulous, easy-going dinner location as well.Some may prefer the popular Beehive Restaurant, an eatery and bar in Boston Center for the Arts complex. It’s a Bohemian-inspired menu that often includes live jazz music, an excellent night out. Other must-stop destinations include Mistral and the recognized Formaggio Kitchen.

For shopping, small shops line the community, especially along Tremont Street. SAULT New England and Olives & Grace are two of the most noted shops.

Things to Do

Exploring South End means taking in the many activities here, whether that’s just meandering through the city’s streets to stop at the local shops or taking in a meal and a show. For those that want an immersive experience, the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts is an excellent choice. It’s the local destination for galas, seminars, and weddings, but one of the most beautiful buildings in the city as well.
Several notable destinations are located in South End. Titus Sparrow Park is one of them. It’s an open green space with various children’s events throughout the summer. Peters Park is another outdoor treasure for those with children, but it is also home to well-manicured gardens, an off-leash dog park, tennis courts, and much more.
The SoWa Open Market is one of the most recognizable things to do in the city. It’s a celebration of food, music, and local artisans that happens from May to October on Sundays.


South End is home to several schools, most of which are a part of Boston Public Schools, though private institutions exist as well. Perhaps the most recognized is Josiah Quincy Elementary School, as it was founded in 1847 and has provided education to Boston students since that time at the elementary school level. Other schools nearby include:
  • McKinley South End Academy High School
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Hurley K-8 School


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Overview for South End, MA

27,168 people live in South End, where the median age is 38 and the average individual income is $104,221. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for South End, MA

South End has 14,321 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South End do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 27,168 people call South End home. The population density is 42,037.506 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.77 / 51.23%

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Around South End, MA

There's plenty to do around South End, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Biker's Paradise
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Bake & Bloom, The VU, and Ouimillie.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.51 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.53 miles 35 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.27 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.58 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.31 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.95 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in South End, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby South End. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Cathedral High School
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