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Considered one of the nation’s best cities for runners, Boston offers plenty of opportunities to lace up your running shoes. Whether in the park, on the sidewalk or off the beaten trail, the Greater Boston area enjoys some great running routes.

While you’ve likely heard of the Boston Marathon, it’s certainly not the only opportunity for runners. Whether you’re training for the next big race, or you just want to keep in shape, some of Boston’s best running routes also offers up some fantastic views.

If you want to experience scenery along the way, consider the one-and-a-half-mile loop around Chestnut Hill Reservoir. This route offers up views of the city skyline and Boston College.

Around the same length, some runners enjoy the loop

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As it continues to gain new restaurants and craft breweries, Jamaica Plain is quickly evolving into Boston’s hidden culinary gem. From fine dining establishments to trendy hotspots, a place to grab a quick bite on the go or a spot to pick up a meal for the family, you’ll find it all in Jamaica Plain.

This thriving neighborhood is full of delectable options, from Dominican-inspired food to Ethiopian creations. Whether you’re craving a traditional Irish pub, some Scottish food or something with a little Cuban flair, it’s likely an option in Jamaica Plain.

Other possibilities include indulging in tapas and live entertainment at a combined restaurant, book and music store, or picking up some street tacos to go. If you’re in need

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ross playground - hyde park maPhoto: Ed Lyons

As the southernmost point in Boston, the Hyde Park neighborhood is said to feel more like “A Small Town in the City”. While far enough from downtown to give off a suburban vibe, in reality Hyde Park is only a couple of stops away from downtown via the Commuter Rail.

The neighborhood offers quiet streets and easy highway access, too. It also provides plenty of enticing things for families to do and enjoy.

In the old days, many people flocked to the Hyde Park neighborhood to escape some of Boston’s cramped urban neighborhoods. Generations later, some continue to praise Hyde Park for its easy access to available green space.

Whether exploring the trails of Stony Brook Reservation, casting a line at Turtle Pond or using one of the

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If a Back Bay lifestyle sounds appealing but doesn’t exactly match your budget, it may be time to consider the Fenway neighborhood as a less expensive alternative. This Boston neighborhood is said to give buyers a more affordable option than others in the area, although prices may be inching up.

While perhaps best known for its baseball stadium, there’s much more to the neighborhood than simply Fenway Park. Baseball fans are no doubt drawn to the area, but so are recent grads, young professionals and others interested in living in a vibrant neighborhood that has plenty to offer its residents and visitors alike.

Buzzing with opportunity, this vibrant and sporty community also offers a diverse selection of nightlife and cultural

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walter baker chocolate - dorchester ma

You’ll find plenty of history in the Boston area, but perhaps no other location’s history is quite as sweet as Dorchester. That’s because Dorchester was once the epicenter of chocolate.

While Dorchester is now considered Boston’s largest neighborhood, it was actually founded by English Puritans in the 1600s as its own town. Before it was annexed to Boston, however, the sweet treat of chocolate was introduced to the American colonies.

As the story goes, an Irish chocolate maker brought in cocoa beans from the West Indies with the goal of refining them in the Dorchester area. He eventually teamed up with an American physician and investor to open America’s very first chocolate mill and factory in the Lower Mills.

No long after, a second

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charlestown street - boston maPhoto: Tim Rodenberg

Chock full of history and charm, Charlestown is a great place to live in the Boston area. Like many places in the region, Charlestown has a rich history all its own.

To begin with, it’s located in one of the oldest sections of Boston. The neighborhood once served as a meeting place and battleground during the Revolutionary War.

You’re able to experience some of that history by visiting one of the many landmarks and plaques throughout the neighborhood, or by jumping on the Freedom Trail. Charlestown is additionally home to the Bunker Hill Monument and Museum.

It’s also the place to visit Old Ironsides and its museum. Also known as the U.S.S. Constitution, it is the Navy’s oldest commissioned ship and you’ll find it in the

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Noted as Boston’s very first loft district, the Leather District changed from an industrial area to a mixed-use area in more recent years. Once the center of Boston’s leather industry, the Leather District is now where you’ll find countless loft-style residences mixed in throughout the 19th century brick warehouse buildings.

Prized for its loft-style living floor plans, the community also holds the advantage of sitting merely a short distance away from Boston’s South Station. This makes the Leather District one of the most accessible neighborhoods in Boston.

Sometimes referred to as the “LD”, the nine-block area isn’t just residential. It is also home to everything from small restaurants to large corporations. One of the nation’s oldest

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healey playground roslindale - boston maPhoto: Ed Lyons

Boston is a great place to call home, and that’s especially true for families. If you’re looking for a family-friendly neighborhood, you don’t have to look far. From great local schools to affordable homes, you’ll want to check out some of the city’s best neighborhoods for families.

East Boston

Budget-friendly home options and a family-friendly atmosphere make East Boston a great choice for families. The neighborhood is home to popular East Boston Memorial Park and Constitution Beach. You can also check out the natural beauty of Belle Isle Marsh Reservation or choose from one of the neighborhood’s many great places to grab a bite to eat.

Brighton

First-time homebuyers and young families are often drawn to Brighton. The

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A popular place to take a stroll or hit the beach, Southie’s Castle Island continues to attract visitors centuries after its beginning. While connected by a roadway today, and technically no longer an island, the story of Castle Island is one that dates back generations.

In fact, its story goes back at least to the 1600s. That’s when it was used primarily by the military to help defend the City of Boston. The very first fort on the island went up during this time period.

During the early 1700s, a fort on the island became known as Castle William. It played a part during events like the Boston Tea Party. By the next century, a new fort went up on the island and was called Fort Independence.

Years

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From churches to condos, some of the oldest churches in Boston are being transformed in an entirely new way. Some of the historic churches are now being turned into large apartment complexes and condos.

201 West Brookline

One such example sits at 201 West Brookline Street. The old Concord Baptist Church now houses nine condo units within its historic walls. Reflective of its original roots, condos in the building retain such period details as tall windows, and high ceilings.

The building also still presents a marble foyer. Set at the corner of W Brookline Street and Warren Avenue in the South End, the property additionally features underground parking. The location positions residents close to restaurants, cafes and galleries.

The Lucas

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