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1220-1230 Adams St, Boston, MA 02124
$2,015 | 1 Bed | Condo for Rent
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214 Harvard St, Boston, MA 02124
$4,105 | 2 Beds
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11 Minot St, Boston, MA 02122
$2,700 | 2 Beds
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241-247 Talbot Ave, Boston, MA 02124
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Dorchester, MA Apartments for Rent

Historic, diverse, exciting – Dorchester contains the best of Boston and adds its own dynamic twist. Tree-lined streets lined with historic brownstones lead to neighborhood pocket parks and to trendy restaurants and antique stores. This large neighborhood was once an independent city, but it was annexed by Boston. Because of this, Dorchester is a self-contained community filled with a variety of fun things to do.

Dorchester was settled by Puritan immigrants in 1630. Most of them were from Dorchester, Dorset, England. They named their new community “Dorchester” in honor of their home. Their ship, the Mary and John, landed at today’s Columbia Point (or Harbor Point). Some of those first settlers helped create a new nation – including John Mason, who was appointed the captain of the local militia upon arrival. He later planned and oversaw the building of a fortification on Castle Island that would later be called Fort Independence. Fort Independence, built in 1634, is the oldest continuously-fortified site in the US. It maintained a military presence from 1634 until after WWII. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Independence is a state park offers free guided tours.

Dorchester is directly south of Downtown Boston along the Boston Harbor. It is home to the University of Massachusetts-Boston, the state’s third-largest campus. UMass Boston is located on Columbia Point, near Old Harbor Park. The peninsula is also home to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate. UMass Boston was established in 1852 as Boston State College.

If you choose to rent an apartment in Dorchester, you’ll be able to visit some of the Boston area’s finest parks and historic sites. Pope John Paul II Park is located along the river and offers playgrounds, the two-mile Quincy RiverWalk trail, soccer fields, and picnic areas. Considered the Emerald Necklace’s crown jewel (the series of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted), Franklin Park is the largest of the historic parks. This park features a wooded preserve, the Playstead (a recreational area), a golf course, and the Franklin Park Zoo. The park, which originally covered 527 acres, today covers 485 acres.

The oldest house in the historic city of Boston is located in Dorchester, on Columbia Road (about 400 yards from where it was originally built). The James Blake House is located in Richardson Park and it is a very important structure. Built in 1650, it is one of few remaining examples of West England country framing. The house was built by James Blake, who arrived from England in 1635. He was a constable and served as the Deputy to the General Court, and he was the Deacon of First Church for 14 years. The lovely home is two-story and features a center chimney. It was considered a grand house for the time. Archeologists are excavating artifacts from this historic site; particularly that of the filled-in pond that used to be in the front yard of the Blake House (and why the street next to it was named “Pond Street”).

Living in a Dorchester apartment, you’ll enjoy this fantastic, pedestrian-friendly area and all that it offers: beautiful parks, UMass Boston, the soon-to-be-favorite restaurants that line Dorchester Avenue, the beautiful Italianate Mansard homes of the Harrison Square Historic District, the diversity, amazing restaurants featuring everything from Irish to Vietnamese to Mexican, shopping at the Fields Corner Famers’ Market, easy access to mass transit, and taking the MBTA train to quickly access downtown Boston.

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