The Commonwealth Blog
The kids are out of the house, retirement is in reach (or in progress), and suddenly your suburban home is feeling a little too big. So what’s the solution? For many empty nesters who own homes outside of Boston, the next logical step is to downsize to a townhouse, condo, or apartment in the city.
Back in 2015, Realtor.com ranked Boston as the top city retirees would flock to in 2016, and it’s easy to see why. Many of the luxury condos and apartments in Boston seem tailor-made for Baby Boomers who have recently sold their suburban homes and are looking for a change of pace. Many empty nesters are ready to reduce their commuting time and home maintenance while still staying active. Downsizing to an apartment or condo in Boston gives those empty nesters easy access to entertainment, dining, shopping, and outdoor activities.
If you’ve been thinking of making the move to Boston once your kids leave home, be sure to check out the four great neighborhoods below.
The Seaport District
The Seaport district may be primarily known for its hotels and office buildings, but in the past several years, new residential development has begun drawing in affluent empty nesters. Luxury condos like 100 Pier 4 and the stunning Twenty Two Liberty building appeal to the buyer who’s looking for modern home design and waterfront views. In the historic Fort Point neighborhood (a part of the Seaport district), many older industrial buildings have been transformed into loft-style apartments and restaurants. For home buyers who truly want to live in the center of Boston, Seaport is a great option.
Back Bay is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods for Boston residents of all ages. Although this centrally-located neighborhood is famed for its historic brownstones, there are also newer luxury condos available to buyers and renters. Back Bay is a particularly appealing neighborhood for empty nesters who love getting outside and staying active. The Esplanade, which runs along the Charles River, provides a quiet place to walk, jog, or bike, and Back Bay Fens and Boston Public Garden offer plenty of green space.
Charlestown has the distinction of being the oldest neighborhood in Boston. However, that doesn’t mean it’s outdated or on the decline. The One Charlestown development project is adding more housing, increasing green space, and improving the neighborhood’s walkability. Residents often describe Charlestown as having a strong sense of community, and there are lots of local events for empty nesters who want to get to know their neighbors. Charlestown also provides easy access to downtown, Cambridge, and the North End—no driving necessary.
For those empty nesters who want to be within arm’s reach of Boston but would like a little more space (and maybe even a parking spot), Brookline is a great choice. Brookline is technically considered its own small city, but with downtown Boston just a few stops away on the Green Line, it’s hardly a challenge to access big city amenities. Brookline boasts a mix of condos, townhouses, and detached single-family homes, and nearby entertainment runs the gamut from the beloved Coolidge Corner Theatre to the Thursday afternoon farmers’ market. Brookline is also known for its excellent and diverse mix of restaurants, and residents are never at a loss to find somewhere good to eat. The four neighborhoods described above are popular choices for empty nesters who want to move to Boston, but they’re far from the only good options. Talk with a CENTURY 21 Commonwealth Realtor to find the neighborhood and home that best matches your lifestyle.
The four neighborhoods described above are popular choices for empty nesters who want to move to Boston, but they’re far from the only good options. Talk with a CENTURY 21 Commonwealth Realtor to find the neighborhood and home that best matches your lifestyle.