Charlestown Real Estate Information

Charlestown is a peninsular section of the city of Boston, located in the northern portion of Beantown. Charlestown has a motto of “Liberty, A Trust To Be Transmitted To Posterity.”, a tribute to the colonial and revolutionary history of the community. Charlestown is situated between the Mystic River and the Charles River, and has shifted somewhat from its original boundaries due to an extensive system of landfilling waterlogged marshy areas. There are two notable regions in Charlestown in addition to a series of residential and commercial sections. City Square is the place to find the original city hall, while Thompson Square is found at the meeting of a number major streets and an old Charlestown Elevated stop.

The area which is now considered Charlestown was originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Algonquian Tribe, although they lost influence rapidly after the arrival of European setters in the first portion of the seventeenth century. The first two English settlers of Charlestown were Thomas and Jane Walford, who arrived in the area in the year sixteen twenty five. Charlestown was originally known as Mishawaum, and was dominated by Puritan influences for the first century of its existence. Charlestown was the site for the Battle of Bunker Hill, and later became heavily Irish in ethnic composition around the time of the American Civil War. Recently, the crime rates in Charlestown have dropped significantly, an indication of the changing socioeconomic composition of the neighborhood, which has been steadily trending upwards in a process of gentrification.

The educational needs of the residents of Charlestown properties are met primarily by the Boston Public Schools, although there are also a number of private institutions, colleges, and universities in the Greater Boston area. Notable attractions in Charlestown include the Freedom Trail, the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and Saint Mary's Church. Notable residents of Charlestown throughout the years include Samuel Morse, William Austin, Jack O'Callahan, Robert Sedgwick, Jim Vesey, and Charles B. Atwood. Charlestown real estate is also located in close proximity to a number of other Boston attractions, including world class shopping and dining.