Other than living in New Hampshire until the age of 5, I have only ever lived in Massachusetts. I grew up just 45 minutes south of Boston and spent my childhood and adolescence exploring New England and going into the city for field trips with school. Some of my earliest memories are in Boston; visiting my dad at work, eating pizza with my parents in Post Office Square, visiting the Museum of Science, and running around Faneuil Hall.
As I got older and started to apply to colleges, I dreamed of leaving Massachusetts behind and starting a whole new life in a faraway city but when it came down to it, I couldn’t fathom having to plan trips home far in advance. I wanted to be able to get home in just a few hours so if I wanted to. In the end, I went to college in Western Massachusetts and after I graduated (and moved back home with my parents), I started thinking about what the heck I wanted to do with my life. After accepting a job offer at a Boston-based marketing company and getting a taste of city life, I knew moving to Boston (and out of my parent’s house) was something I wanted and needed to do.
Five years (three apartments, a dog, and a fiancé) later, I still absolutely love living in Boston with no plans on ever leaving.
Whether you’re planning a trip to our historical city or are thinking about moving here, here are some of the many reasons why I love living in Boston, and you will, too!
5 Things I Love About Living in Boston
It’s Big, but Not Too Big
In my opinion, Boston is the perfect city. It’s big enough that there’s a lot to do but it’s small enough that if you want to walk from one end of the city to the other, it’s definitely doable. It’s also small enough that you still feel like a part of the community, not just another person trying to navigate this thing called life. There are also so many different neighborhoods to choose from whether you want to explore a new area on the week, or are in search of a new apartment. And each neighborhood has its thing. Maybe you want to be in a more family-friend area or want more nightlife, having the option to choose makes settling into a new apartment that much easier.
Walkability in a city is truly the best. In an area that is so dense and populated, driving can be the biggest pain and if you can walk to (at least!) 80% of the things you need in life, that’s good in my book. As someone that works from home, walkability is also so important for me as a means to get out of the house. And who doesn’t love being able to walk to get a coffee in the morning and just take in the hustle and bustle of the city?!
Accessible Public Transportation
While Boston is a very walkable city, public transportation is a game-changer, especially when you’re trying to get to areas that are close but just a little too far. The T (subway) in Boston is really easy to navigate and makes it easy to get to areas north and south of the city, as well as to the airport and over to Cambridge!
The History & Architecture
I am a sucker for good architecture and Boston has plenty of it! From the quaint homes in Beacon Hill and the South End to the design details on buildings throughout the city, there’s so much to see. There’s also so much history in the city! I’m always learning new things and there are so many incredible museums and historic sites to explore.
The Food Options
While the food in Boston is nothing compared to Boston or other U.S. cities, it is really good! There have been so many new restaurants that have opened over the years that are absolutely phenomenal and there’s always a new takeout spot to try. And don’t even get me started on Tatte… probably one of the best parts of living in Boston is easy access to their delicious sandwiches and pastries!
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