Along the Red Line, Cambridge, Somerville, Park Street, South Boston, and Quincy neighborhoods provide picturesque and trendy tree lined streets, coffee houses, pubs, boutique shopping and an overall environment of historic restoration. Housing here can range from quaint to luxurious, with most being within classic buildings. The same is true for the Beacon Hill neighborhood of the Red Line, with much more upscale amenities as a standard and tonier dining, cultural pursuits and boutiques all around.
If living "green" without sacrificing urban convenience, socialization and upscale amenities are of interest, then the Red Line's Alewife station is a great place to initiate a search for the right apartment or condo. All around Alewife and some of its subsequent stations are several newly constructed buildings with LEED ecological certifications and fit, outdoor oriented lifestyle amenities. This area of Boston is also very pet friendly. Pet ownership is elevated to a level of being social here, such as in dog parks and designated dog play areas. Around Alewife, primarily mid-rise buildings cater to apartment dwellers and condo seekers with most spacious apartments featuring amenities such as 9- to 10-foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, walk-in closets, eat-in gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, and private patio or balcony. There are several remarkable new developments in this area with upscale finishes, fixtures and appliances providing polished style as a mix with resort and fitness amenities available to residents. One complex provides complimentary bike rentals, on-site Zipcar, putting green, chef-inspired kitchens, spa style bathrooms and other resort attributes to ensure residents are comfortable. Another features a bocce court, pool with cabanas and rooftop lounge. If urban loft style is a more attractive option, area condominiums will not disappoint those seeking to buy into loft living, or even to rent a loft life.
Closer to the heart of Boston, the Red Line stops in the Leather District where lofts are heavily sought and constantly being developed within authentically industrial buildings. Most have a view of the city skyline or waterfront and amenities can range from artsy spaces with heavier industrial appeal to highly luxurious lofts sparing no desirable amenity. The Financial District melds loft living potential with added options of high rises and waterfront apartments and condos. In this area of the Red Line's route, cash can be king for getting whatever one desires in a residence.
As riders leave the heart of Boston on the Red Line, buildings become progressively shorter from stop to stop with a few exceptions. Rents also become lower as one heads toward Quincy or Mattapan. With the lower pricing and buildings of less "stature," room sizes also grow outward and greenbelts are more frequent, parks more plentiful and open spaces common. Most of these areas around Red Line stations are very walkable from beginning to end of the route. Residents seeking apartments and condos find that MBTA station areas are very accommodating to area residents as a rule, providing almost everything a resident needs within a walkable distance.