Reasons to Live in Boston
Labor Day weekend in Boston is always classified by hundreds of college students moving into dormitories or apartments throughout the city. If you walk along the streets in Brighton, Brookline, Fenway, or Kenmore Square over the weekend don’t be surprised to see a lot of U-Haul trailers and students carrying all of their belongings into their new buildings.
There are more than 100 colleges in the Greater Boston Area contributing over 250,000 students to the city’s population just in Cambridge and Boston alone. The city’s biggest universities include Boston University, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and Boston College. The influx of students in the fall attending these schools significantly contributes to the city’s economy – an estimated $4.8 billion annually. Not only do these students add to the economy of the area they also add to the atmosphere of the city. Despite being one of the country’s oldest cities, Boston has a very youthful feeling. Boston is the perfect place to live as a young professional.
One activity always associated with summertime is going to the movies. Boston in the summer can be a little stifling at times and getting out of your hot, city apartment and into the cool, air-conditioned movie theater can be quite refreshing and, depending on the movie you see, a really enjoyable experience.
Summer is one of the biggest time periods for movie releases and 2011 has been no exception. While there are still a few weeks left of summer, let’s review a few of the biggest blockbusters over the past few months.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($337,892,000) – The third chapter in the Transformers series has grossed the highest amount for the summer movie season up to this point. The reviews for the third movie were much better than those of the second – its special effect and 3-D shots really brought the action scenes in this movie to life. A few of the criticisms about the film were that the run time was too long (2 hours 30 minutes) and that the script and character development were mediocre. However, if you’re an adrenaline junkie the last 30 minutes of this movie are well worth the wait.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($318,460,000) – Although the final chapter of the Harry Potter series was only released two weeks ago it has been the second highest grossing movie for the summer thus far. The midnight premiere alone grossed over $43.5 million, beating the previous midnight premiere record set by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Potter fans have been raving about the finale saying, “It was the perfect ending.” Even if you’ve already read the books, this action packed movie will have you on the edge of your seat wondering how it all ends.
The Hangover Part II ($252,628,017) – There were big shoes to fill with the release of the sequel to The Hangover. The biggest criticism of the film was that the plotline of the second movie was almost identical to the first, just in a different city. While there are definitely a few classic lines in the movie and some laugh-out-loud funny scenes, overall the second movie fell a bit short. Although the sequel was a bit of a letdown compared to the first film, The Hangover II has grossed the third highest amount so far this summer.
So if you haven’t gotten the opportunity to do so already this summer, get out of your Boston apartment and head over to Fenway or to the Loews Theater on the Boston Common to enjoy this summer’s biggest movie hits!
This past weekend residents from all over the city, from Allston to the North End, flocked to the 18th Annual South End Garden Tour. Despite forecasts of rain for the day, the sun shone just for this event. The self-guided tour started just outside the Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont St this past Saturday morning.
Participants received a map as a guide to visit the 25 featured gardens throughout the South End neighborhood. These gardens range from small patio spaces, to rooftop terraces overlooking the city skyline, to neighborhood parks and Land Trust community gardens.
Tourists are always pleasantly surprised at how creative the city gardeners can be within their space. And one of the best parts about the tour is that the variety of gardens changes from year to year – it’s never the same tour twice! A new addition to the tour this year was the creation of original work by local artists throughout various locations on the tour. This event is a great way to showcase how residents maintain their “green thumb” while living in their Boston apartments.
This event is a testament that if you’re looking to move to Boston it is possible to have your own coveted city garden. Contact a Phoenix Realty agent today to find a city apartment with your own patch of gardening space.
1. Getting Around
Boston has great, cheap, and safe public transportation provided by the MBTA. There are multiple MBTA subway lines, as well commuter rail trains with a farther reach than the MBTA trains, and a multitude of buses to choose from when planning your travel route. In addition to the fine public transportation available to city residents and visitors, Boston is also known as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., earning the nickname “America’s Walking City.”
2. Historical Destination
Boston is one of the most culturally rich cities in the United States, being dubbed “America’s Athens” with its centuries-old architecture and historical sites including the Freedom Trail and the site of the famous Boston Tea Party. It is also the unofficial “Capital of New England” for its economic and cultural impacts as one of the oldest cities. Boston also has a variety of excellent walking tours and trails to explore throughout the numerous neighborhoods.
Boston is a great place to look at when choosing a college or university; it is one of the largest college oriented destinations in the United States. There is a great range of four-year and two-year schools, medical, business, vocational, and law schools, and schools for the performing or liberal arts. The city is also home to the iconic Harvard University, Boston College, and Boston University. Phoenix Realty can help you find a Boston apartment in close proximity to your school.
There are lots of fun things to do at night in Boston with a great variety of restaurants and nightclubs that cater to different groups including upscale lounges for those in their mid-late twenties, low-key sports bars for Red Sox and Celtics fans, and great ‘dive bars’ for the younger college crowd. Boston is also home to numerous convention centers, theaters, and other entertainment venues, to ensure you’ll never have a boring night!
The Red Sox won the World Championship in both 2004 and 2007, creating an even more loyal fan base than they already had, with fans flocking to historic Fenway Park to cheer on their favorite baseball team to even more victories. The communal nature of the Celtics and Bruins fans also adds to the charm of the city.
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