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By Zach Giordano | video by Sam Crimmins and Aaron Weiss
In many cases, Charlestown’s reputation precedes it. The sight of one of the most famous battles of the Revolutionary War, it’s a neighborhood rich with historical significance just north of Boston Proper. Today, its streets are winding and hilly, all leading to quaint residences and small businesses that add plenty of personality to its already charming aesthetic and storied history.
Down its cobblestone streets are plenty of places to feel at home at—from neighborhood restaurants to personal gift shops—as well as a few spots to bask in the beauty of your surroundings, including a dining spot with one of the best views in the city. Watch the video below to take a tour of all the highlights Charlestown has to offer and scroll down for more details, as well as more information on how to turn this neighborhood into your new home.
Bunker Hill Monument
Erected in the early 1800’s, the Bunker Hill Monument is one of Boston’s most iconic memorials, commemorating the first major battle between British and Patriot forces in the Revolutionary War. The granite obelisk stands at 221 feet tall so bring your walking shoes—it takes 294 steps to reach the top.
City Square Park
If you need a quiet place to sit amid a Sunday stroll through the neighborhood or simply want to admire the sights, City Square Park is a modern oasis along the streets of Charlestown. This large patch of green space is located on the spot where the neighborhood was founded in 1628. The park’s fountain, sculptures, and memorials also occupy the land where John Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first governor, built his home.
The Bank Building
Formerly a bustling local bank, One Thompson Square currently houses luxury residences that allow tenants to reside in a piece of local history. Its amenities include wood finishings, high ceilings, and, yes, a secure vault that now also houses offices for employees of a more modern bank.
Place and Gather
Need a place to find fun and festive personal gifts for any occasion? Look no further than the lush trellis along the Freedom Trail, signifying the storefront of local gift shop, Place and Gather. A go-to shop for home embellishments and quirky gifts, this sweet shop was founded in 2016 with the mission of elevating the everyday with simple design and a dash of fun.
Visit the first floor of a renovated factory building on Medford Street and you’ll be met with the work of some of Charlestown’s finest artists. The Stove Factory is a gallery space showcasing everything from ceramics, paintings, and jewelry to wood sculptures and abstract art. Stop by to explore the displayed works or look out for gallery nights where they host the work of featured artists as community event.
Want to grab a good meal with a side of panoramic views of the Boston harbor? Check out Pier 6, who’s menu features classic New England dishes and highlights the region’s fresh seafood and local ingredients—all with an unmatched view of the surrounding city.
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