Seaport Real Estate
A Little Bit of History
Boston’s Seaport District used to be just a pile of mud in Boston Harbor. In the early 20th century, the area became a shipping port for raw materials. The Seaport, as we know it today, was an industrial area full of parking lots and old warehouses for quite some time. Development of this area began in the 60s but didn’t take off until Mayor Thomas Menino pushed for the construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the ICA in the early 2000s. In just a few short years, the area has completely transformed and is now home to hundreds of residences, hotels, and businesses. With over a dozen new construction projects planned, the Seaport isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Life in The Seaport
The Seaport is all about modern amenities. The area almost operates as a standalone city. If you live and work in the Seaport, you may not have much reason to leave. The list of the neighborhood’s offerings is seemingly endless, including a variety of boutique fitness facilities, beauty salons, fast-casual dining, bars, fine dining, shopping, a luxury movie theater, museums, comedy clubs, and more. A Trader Joe’s recently opened in the area and put an end to what was once a major downside to the Seaport, the lack of a grocery store.
Given that the Seaport has been recently developed, area organizers have been intentionally creating and fostering community. Their efforts include farmer’s markets and outdoor workout classes in the summer and the Snowport Winter Village, with a tree market and ice skating rink, in the winter. The Seaport also has various spaces dedicated to pop-up shops to ensure residents have access to a rotating selection of trendy boutiques and entertainment options.
If you work outside the Seaport, have no fear. Less than a mile from Boston’s Financial District, a typical commute would be less than 15 minutes. Just a little bit further and you’ll be in Downtown Crossing or the Tufts Medical Center area. Additionally, the MBTA’s Silver Line runs through the entirety of the Seaport, but if you’re on the northern side of the district it’s just a short way over the bridge to one of the city’s main transportation hubs, South Station.
Where You Would Live
A majority of the housing in the Seaport consists of luxury high-rise apartment buildings, most of which have been built within the last decade. Many of these buildings are within a few blocks from each other and in the heart of the Seaport. With that location comes incredible ocean views. Roof decks are not uncommon in this neighborhood. A typical apartment building in the Seaport comes complete with doormen, gyms, common spaces, and even Amazon hubs. In the Fort Point area, renters looking for more character will find renovated warehouses and historical, industrial lofts.
Advice For Seaport Buyers
"The Seaport District is now the hottest section of the city! This seaside section has been enhanced by developers who have brought, and continue to bring, some of Boston's best to the area. In my opinion, the Seaport has some of the best restaurants, nightlife, and city views.
A stroll along the Harborwalk will show you the new side of the Seaport. Along the way, enjoy an exhibit at the ICA, go for a cruise on the Spirit of Boston, eat at one of the many restaurants that call the Seaport home, or catch a show at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavillion. At night, find out why the Seaport is also known for its incredible nightlife."
- Egi Gjikondi, Senné Associate
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