East Boston, which for a long time has been considered a modest, blue-collar residential neighborhood and home to many of the city’s Latin American, Russian and Irish immigrants, is quickly attracting a different demographic. The neighborhood, lovingly referred to as “Eastie” by Bostonians, is appealing to college students and young professionals that may be priced out of Downtown Boston, but still want waterfront views showcasing the city skyline, new eateries and night-life venues, easily-accessible transportation options and newer homes at a lower price.
To satisfy residential demand, Jeffries Point, Maverick Square, and the Eagle Hill waterfront are seeing a wave of new development projects, including Lend Lease’s Clippership Wharf development, which will bring approximately 492 new rental apartments and condominium units with public green space along the waterfront. Other projects in the planning process or under construction include: Portside at East Pier with 454 rental apartments and 103 condominium units, 248 Meridian Street with 66 condominium units, 151 Liverpool Street with 24 rental apartments and 917 Bennington Street with 42 rental apartments.
In addition to a plethora of residential units, Eastie is welcoming new restaurants and bars. According to a recent article from Eater Boston, Cunard Tavern, the upcoming restaurant from Ducali owner Philip Frattaroli, is under construction and is slated to open in Jeffries Point next summer. Tipico Dominicano, an authentic Dominican restaurant, just opened at 386 Chelsea Street. Some other local restaurants include Pavia Italian Cuisine and the new KO Pies at Shipyard, to say nothing of the established neighborhood favorites like Rino’s Place, Santarpio’s Pizza, and some of Boston’s best Mexican and Latin American food.
Transportation has long played a role in the appeal of East Boston, from the connecting subway tunnel that debuted in 1904, to the airfield which debuted in the early 1920s and would later become known as Logan International Airport. Today, Eastie offers convenient accessibility to the entire City of Boston and beyond. MBTA’s Maverick Station and Airport Station Blue Line stops offer quick transportation to downtown Boston with connections to the Orange and Green lines, making the location a viable option for commuters. Access to water taxis affords residents with a scenic transportation option to Charlestown, Downtown and South Boston. Additionally, if you’re planning to travel for leisure or business, Logan International Airport is a short drive or T ride away.
All of these components together are the driving force behind Eastie’s popularity with all Bostonians. According to a recent article in The Boston Globe, “The number of students living in East Boston grew by 115 percent between 2006 and 2013, the latest year that complete city data are available.” Our prediction, as new developments continue to come to fruition, Eastie will continue to thrive.