The Fenway Neighborhood

The Fenway area of Boston is a vibrant and popular hub for Greater Boston. It is an essential part of the overall fabric and spirit of Boston, and there is a seemingly endless amount to do and see in the area. Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) and the neighborhood’s famous music venues and bars make the neighborhood stand out as a popular destination. Beyond that, the diverse retail options and high concentration of restaurants and bars make the neighborhood an exceptional place to visit and to live. The neighborhood encompasses a large area of Boston, and has a diverse set of apartments and condominiums available for rent or sale. In sum, Fenway/Kenmore has one of the most exciting neighborhoods to live, work, and play in the entire country, and anyone can enjoy it.

Living in Fenway has always been an attractive option for students and graduate students who attend the outstanding colleges in the neighborhood. The two large institutions in Fenway are Northeastern University (located along Huntington Avenue in the southern section of the neighborhood) and Boston University (located on the west side of Kenmore Square). Other colleges in the neighborhood are Berklee College of Music (on the east side of the neighborhood near the Back Bay), Emmanuel College, Wheelock College, and Simmons College (all in the western half of the neighborhood), and Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (in the southern section of the neighborhood). Of course, Boston College, Harvard University, and MIT are also nearby (among others). With so many colleges within a short distance in such a popular area, the number of student apartments has grown drastically in all sections of Fenway over the years. Along with the explosion of the student population, the variety of amenities and social options available to those students (and all residents) continues to expand. As such, there is continuous growth in the popularity of Fenway as a place to live, learn, and enjoy life.


The neighborhood is also home to many who work at the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, which includes Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. The “Longwood Medical” area, in the southwestern part of the neighborhood, is an important part of Boston’s overall medical and health apparatus. Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine are all part of the Longwood Medical area, and many medical students from those schools rent apartments within easy walking distance.

Fenway is at the epicenter of the Boston social structure, and the students and young professionals living in the neighborhood are a big part of the neighborhood’s fun-loving reputation. In many ways, the heart of the neighborhood is Fenway Park - home of the Boston Red Sox. The immediate area around Fenway Park is always a beehive of nightly activity - especially during the warm months when the Red Sox are playing in town. Due to the area’s popularity, there is a constantly improving dining and social scene in the neighborhood. Lansdowne Street, behind Fenway Park’s left field wall, has seen dramatic improvements in recent years, and is now famous for its clubs, restaurants and music venues, including the House of Blues. Immediately to the west and south of the park, along Brookline Ave and Boylston Street, are a variety of popular bars, “brewpubs”, and streetside eateries. Even when thousands of people swarm the Fenway Park area on game days and weekend nights, there is always room for everyone to find the type of social fulfillment and entertainment that suits their taste.

Most retailers and businesses in the Fenway area do one of two things - either they provide the living staples and conveniences that support the area’s busy young residents, or they provide social activities, nightlife, and recreation for the entire public to enjoy. The Landmark Center, located at the west end of Brookline Ave, is an important retail resource for the neighborhood. The Landmark Center site, which includes the iconic Sears building, currently has a modern multiplex cinema, national brand retailers on the ground floor, and office space on the upper floors. Approved site expansion plans include building an underground parking garage with a  new one-acre public park above, hundreds of new housing units, and a supermarket.

Fenway has “an embarrassment of riches” with regard to its world-class museums and performance arts venues. The Museum of Fine Arts (the “MFA”) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are both located in the southern portion of the neighborhood off of Huntington Avenue. Boston Symphony Hall (home of the Boston Pops Orchestra), and the Boston Conservatory (a performing arts conservatory), are both located along Huntington Ave as well. Those venerable institutions add great appeal, notoriety, and respect to the neighborhood at large. The primary green space in Fenway is the Back Bay Fens, which includes gardens (some of which is planted and maintained by the public) and a large recreational/sports field that is widely used by residents.

Accessing Fenway – Fenway is situated in the heart of Boston. It is bordered to the north by the Kenmore Square and the Charles River, to the east by the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods, to the south by Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain, and to the west by the town of Brookline. Fenway boasts a number of transportation options. The MBTA Green Line has an underground stop in Kenmore Square. West of Kenmore Square, the Green Line B branch provides multiple outdoor stops along Commonwealth Ave, servicing the Boston University campus and points beyond. The MBTA Green Line C branch provides multiple area stops along Beacon Street, the Green Line D branch has stops next to the Landmark Center and at Longwood Medical Center, and the Green Line E branch provides stops along Huntington Avenue, servicing the Northeastern University campus and points beyond. Fenway first MBTA Commuter Rail Station, named Yawkey Station, is now open, providing another convenient commuter option for Fenway apartment renters. Numerous MBTA bus routes also service the various neighborhoods of Fenway. Access to the Massachusetts Turnpike is via Cambridge Street in Lower Allston, a short distance away. Fenway’s proximity to all college campuses and to Boston’s Back Bay and downtown financial districts allows many students and young professionals to ride bicycles, or walk, to classes and to work.

Need Parking in Fenway? – Although many students and young professionals choose to not have cars while living in a convenient Fenway apartment, there are a range of parking options available depending on the specific neighborhood and living situation.  There is resident parking and metered parking on most Fenway neighborhood streets. There are also large lots that provide overnight parking on either a nightly or monthly basis. Additionally, residents can make exclusive arrangements with parking space owners to pay a monthly fee for a parking space. Live Realty Boston advises all our clients in how to best fulfill their parking requirements, as needed.

Fenway Real Estate & Fenway Housing Market – The style and quality of real estate in Fenway varies greatly, both for rental property and owner-occupied homes, which has allowed a variety of residents to find the rental or home that suits their tastes and budgets. Brick apartment buildings of anywhere between 4 and 10 stories are quite common (and popular among renters) in the area below Boylston Street and in the area between Berklee College of Music and Huntington Avenue/Northeastern University.

Every Live Realty Boston agent thoroughly understands every aspect of Fenway real estate market, including the current available apartment inventory in each neighborhood. With each new renter/client we work with, we leverage that local knowledge to become a trusted neighborhood resource for them. Even after a client chooses a Fenway apartment that suits them, our agents are always available to provide any needed guidance that helps them get off to a great start in their new neighborhood.

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