A Snarky Guide to Boston Neighborhoods: Part One Fenway, The South End, Beacon Hill

annotated map of Boston
Boston Area Map

An article published  in Boston Magazine presents a stereotypical view of the neighborhoods of Boston. The article features the work of a California company called  Mapurbane , which designs humorous maps of different cities.  In Part 1 of this series, we cover three neighborhoods:  Fenway, The South End and Beacon Hill.

Mapurbane Boston Map

Fenway: Welcome to Red Sox Nation

If you value your life, never go out wearing a Yankees cap in this neighborhood — or for that matter, anywhere in Boston. Otherwise, the Fenway neighborhood offer an odd mix of modern stores, such as  Best Buy and Bed, Bath and Beyond, and old architecture. The Good News: You’re  near Fenway Park, Boston University and Northeastern University. The Bad News: You’re Near Boston University, Northeastern University and Fenway Park. That means good luck getting a seat on the slow and overcrowded B and E lines that service this area.  Expect lots of noise, even at O’Dark Thirty!

What makes it worth it: The  Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens. This is an ideal spot for quiet reflection.
Rose Garden Back Bay Fens

The South End: A  Fauxhemian Village

During the 1980s,  notes Time Magazine, the South End  was considered dangerous and remote — code words for cheap.  As such, it  attracted a mosaic of immigrants from all parts of the globe, artistic types and people of different sexual persuasions. Then, the neighborhood gentrified, and became too pricey for the early adopters. Although some artists and performers still live here, a new generation of finance industry types and trendy families now occupy many of the townhouses and brownstones.  Thanks to area’s ethnic diversity, the South End is one of the best places to find a diverse selection o French, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Indian, Italian, Venezuelan, African, Peruvian, Latin American, Thai, and Japanese  restaurants. If you crave Chinese food, Chinatown lies within walking distance. Even if you do not decide to move here, don’t miss the Sunday SoWa Market. Browse tents selling food tee-shirts, jewelry, art, etc., or simply indulge in some people and puppy watching.

South End Side Streets


Beacon Hill: Brahmans and Brownstones

Brownstones, brick rowhouses and cobblestone streets characterize the Beacon Hill neighborhood.  Real estate agents use words like “quaint, charming” and “historic”  to describe this upscale  district,  but these words are sometimes euphemisms for narrow streets, lack of parking and closet-sized apartments. Of course, if you can afford an urban mansion near Louisburg Square, you will have a lot more space.  Still, with the Public Gardens in your back yard, and an enticing selection of boutiques and restaurants, even the smallest Beacon Hill apartment can be someone’s idea of paradise.

Acorn Street Beacon Hill

Each of these neighborhoods have their issues for movers. At Discount Packing Supplies, we can advise you on the regulations, best time to move, and anything else you need to know about Boston neighborhoods.