Dorchester real estate – no longer a well-kept secret!
While we wouldn’t go so far as to say Boston’s most populous neighborhood has been gentrified, Dorchester has come a long way in recent years. Her bones have always been good after all. Dorchester was largely rural until the 1870s, when Boston’s elite flocked there for its easy country living. Soon after it developed into a bedroom community and streetcar suburb with easy access to the city. Many of the grand homes that the Victorian Bostonians built are still standing, and many Dorchester apartments for rent are carved out of these former single family residences.
Luckily for those seeking Dorchester apartments, the neighborhood never developed past its beginnings as a suburban bedroom community, so the area is filled with historic homes and landmarks that managed to escape the razing that accompanies industrialization. The two oldest houses in Boston are on Columbia Road in Dorchester and more than a dozen pre-Revolutionary War structures are still standing. Other historic places include the first chocolate mill built in the United States and Roswell Gleason’s famous pewter and silver works on Washington Street in Codman Square.
Dorchester’s wealth of apartments for rent are a boon for those looking for a wide variety of choices for living arrangements. A Dorchester apartment might be a floor in a triple decker, a small studio in a pre-war brick building, or a single family home with an attached garage and basement. And no matter where you live in Dorchester, you’ll usually have easy access to transportation via highway, bus or train and plenty of options for shopping and nightlife. Dorchester is anything but a sleepy bedroom community these days. Instead it’s a diverse, bustling, and lively community that offers great city living for an affordable price.