South End

Welcome to South End, Boston

South End is a magnificent amalgamation of a neighborhood. It offers the sidewalks of Paris art galleries and studios of Brooklyn, New England's character, and the London-like charm of townhouses set around gardened squares. 

Modern-day South End is a neighborly, vibrant, diverse district built on reclaimed marshland. The 300-acre community houses the most extensive collection of Victorian houses in the country, making them a distinguishing feature of the neighborhood. 

Sitting between Chinatown, South Boston, Back Bay, and Roxbury, South End is like a crossroads. The neighborhood boasts several one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, playgrounds, small parks, and the best restaurants in Boston. 

What to Love

  • The vintage market, decor shops, galleries, and artist studios occupy the former industrial buildings and warehouses of the SoWa (South of Washington) district.
  • SoWa open market has shops with food purveyors, artisans, and local vendors set in an alfresco setting.
  • The collection of Victorian-era row houses makes the neighborhood a land-marked historic district.

People and Lifestyle

South End is a charismatic neighborhood with exciting culinary destinations, green spaces, vintage clothing shops, and high-end apartments. The neighborhood features young professionals and very liberal residents, making it a fun and calm environment. 

Being an untouristed and walkable neighborhood, South End residents get to enjoy outdoor weather during the warmer months. It's also ideal for families with young children, thanks to the lovely parks and playgrounds.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

The breadth of the restaurants in South End is quite impressive — you don't have to leave the neighborhood to indulge your palates. For example, Toro has an eclectic, carefully curated wine list and classic-inspired cocktails, while Brasserie provides you with a French culinary adventure.

The Elephant Walk, helmed by acclaimed Executive Chef Nadsa de Monteiro, offers an exciting menu highlighting Cambodian-French fusion cuisine. In addition, the menu has a broad range of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian meals. Finally, after a long day at work, you can stop by Mike's City Diner for large portions and great food to help you unwind. 

For South End residents, there's no end to luxury shopping options. At SAULT New England, you can find outdoor gear and workwear for men, while the Viola Lovely boasts a variety of women-wear from boutique brands all around the world. And for lovers of contemporary handmade jewelry, Michele Mercaldo is the place to be.

Things to do

Most South End residents love art, as proven by Boston's most iconic art venue, The Cyclorama, which is a venue for artists, exhibitions, and creative performances. For personal antique travel prints, stop by the International Poster Gallery. There you can find global original vintage posters that you can add to your living space.

SoWa Art and Design district, on the southeast edge of the neighborhood, has home decor showrooms, artist studios, galleries, and fashion boutiques. All of these are housed in an elegant reclaimed industrial warehouse building.

If you are looking for handmade crafts, check out the South End Open Market at SoWa. The market is held every Saturday from May to October and is considered one of Boston's best farmer's markets.

For dog owners, Peter's Dog Park is Boston's first sanctioned off-leash dog park and is 100% volunteer supported. This park also includes a designated area for sports and leisure when you are out with your pup and friends. 

If you are new to South End, Ink Block offers luxurious apartments with open floor plans, sleek modern kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, and botanical roof gardens. Whatever your taste or preference, you can be sure to find a home that suits your needs in South End.


There are various learning institutions in South End that cater to people of all ages. Some of the notable learning centers include:

Overview for South End, MA

27,168 people live in South End, where the median age is 38 and the average individual income is $104,221. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in South End, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby South End. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Demographics and Employment Data for South End, MA

South End has 14,321 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South End do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 27,168 people call South End home. The population density is 42,037.506 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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