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7 Hippest Communities for Young Professionals in the Boston Area

You’ve worked hard. You’re at the top of your career. And now you’re looking for a place to settle down. You’ll be in your home for at least 5 years, so make sure your neighborhood offers lots to love by checking out any of the awesome communities below.

  1. Brighton

musicGreat bars, live music, and a young crowd are what distinguishes Brighton. You’ll find a plethora of local bands and indie groups playing at any number of venues. It’s also easier to score an affordable, yet beautiful, condo right here. As for the commute, you’re just a manageable seven miles away from downtown Boston with bus and Green line service.


  1. Somerville

art sceneSomerville boasts one of the easiest commutes for any young professional—it’s just three miles away from downtown Boston. It’s also an extremely well-run city. It has the awards to prove it: it’s won the All-American City Award twice and was named “the best-run city in Massachusetts” by The Boston Globe. Somerville also boasts a healthy art and cultural scene, as well as plenty of one-of-a-kind restaurants.


  1. Cambridge

cambridgeIf you love the idea of living in a multi-cultural area where old world charm is given a distinctly modern flare, then Cambridge is for you. You’ll find a great mix of shopping, dining, and nightlife all within minutes of your new home. The comedy clubs deserve particular mention, offering plenty of options either for date night or a solo after-work pick-me-up.





  1. Malden

maldenIf you’re dreaming of a house with a yard, then Malden is the place to start looking. Spacious, well-kept homes are both affordable and available here. The community is known for its love of the great outdoors, offering dozens of parks and other places where you can get moving. Don’t want to drive the six miles into Boston? Use one of the 18 bus routes or the Orange Line to get where you need to go instead.


  1. Dorchester

dorchesterIf a thriving night life is your biggest concern, then go to Dorchester—that’s where the action is. This neighborhood is known for its high-quality bars and clubs. You might be surprised to learn that spacious single-family homes are far more common here than condos—and these houses are all available at great prices. The six-mile commute to downtown Boston doesn’t hurt, either.


  1. Quincy

quincyIf you just want a quiet neighborhood where you can buckle down and get your work done, then look no further than Quincy. It’s a residential suburb where life is typically very peaceful. At 10 miles away from Boston’s downtown the commute is longer, but there are enough public transit options in Quincy to keep life convenient all the same.


  1. South Boston

Once, South Boston had a rough reputation. But the Waterfront is now under heavy development, hosting, among other things, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Other young professionals are flocking to this neighborhood, so you’ll be in good company. You’ll also be close to restaurants, upscale coffee shops, and Castle Park. Finally, the 1.8-mile commute into Boston downtown is hard to beat…the Silver Line can have you there in five minutes.

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