Four Boston-Area Neighborhoods to Watch in 2019

While Boston and the surrounding area consists of numerous neighborhoods that are worth watching closely, several of these neighborhoods are poised to make a particularly big splash over the next year. Here is a look at some of the Boston neighborhoods that are soon to burst on to the scene in a much bigger way.


With Harvard in the process of building out the 36 acres it owns in Allston, there is soon to be a great deal of development going on in this neighborhood. Other projects in the neighborhood include a six-building project with 334 apartments and condos on Harvard Avenue and Cambridge Street and a three-building project with 353 apartments and condos on Linden and Pratt streets. The enclave may also soon be getting a new commuter-rail stop.

Back Bay

The Back Bay neighborhood is scheduled to get a number of new towers around Back Bay Station, a project that will involve the redevelopment of the Clarendon Garage. In all, the project is expected to bring 1.26 million square feet of housing, retail and office space to the neighborhood. The Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, which will be the region’s tallest building since 200 Clarendon in 1976, will also soon be opening in the Back Bay.

Kendall Square

As home to M.I.T., the Kendall Square neighborhood will soon see some changes spearheaded by the university. This includes the redevelopment of the 14-acre Volpe transportation center site, which the university acquired in early 2017. The university is also looking at brining in six new buildings with 1.8 million square feet of housing, office and retail space. In a plan the university has dubbed the “Kendall Square Initiative,” the first part of the development will be a 17-story building anchored by Boeing and located at 314 Main Street.

A number of other projects that are not related to M.I.T. are also taking place in the neighborhood. These include a 22-story, 280-unit apartment building at 88 Ames Street and the planned redevelopment of 325 Main Street into an 18-story office tower. 145 Broadway is also undergoing redevelopment plans into a 34-story residential building.

The South End

While a number of developments have already made changes to the South End, several more are also in the works. For example, the Boston Planning & Development Agency signed off on plans to redevelop the site of the Boston Flower Exchange back in August 2018. Plans call for transforming the space into a 1.6 million-square-foot technology and life sciences hub consisting of four buildings. Construction of the $1 billion complex, which is being overseen by developer The Abbey Group, is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.

Other South End projects currently underway include the two-building Smith apartment complex at Dedham and Albany streets that will bring 60 units to the neighborhood and the redevelopment of the Hotel Alexandria site at Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Meanwhile, the Revolution Hotel, which was designed specifically to target millennials, was just opened in early December of last year.

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