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Best known for its high student population due to its proximity to Boston and Harvard Universities, Allston’s diverse population also includes immigrants and young professionals. Allston houses hip bars, unique restaurants and the Harvard Business School. Allston sit to the east of the rest of Boston, cut off from the city by the neighborhood of Brookline, and southeast of Cambridge. Charles River forms its western, northern and eastern boundaries, while North Beacon Street forms its southern boundary, dividing it from the neighborhood of Brighton. Students live here for the convenience of living near campus, while business professionals enjoy it for both its proximity and distance from Boston. Affordability also makes this neighborhood an attractive option.
As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Allston, MA is $1,940 for a studio, $2,299 for one bedroom, $2,595 for two bedrooms, and $3,115 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Allston has increased by 1.6% in the past year.
Allston's dining options include a diverse mix of cuisines, such as a large selection of Asian establishments, along with Middle Eastern, Italian and Mexican fare. American favorites, such as barbecues, burgers and vegan options, are plentiful. Many of Allston's restaurants sit off Brighton and Harvard Avenues. Deep Ellum serves the latest brunch in the area, until 3 p.m. with options such as duck confit hash. If the space inside is too packed, grab a seat on the outdoor patio, which is candlelit at night. They rock loud music at night, so don't come here expecting a quiet dinner date. Deep Ellum has been mentioned on several lists by CBS Boston, mostly for its beer options. Garlic ‘n Lemons offers a build-your-own-shawarma plate, with your choice of meat sauce and salad, plus hummus and rice. The portions are large enough to be split between two people or to be taken home to eat later. Carlo's Cucina Italiana provides homemade, authentic Italian food in an intimate and often romantic setting. As a smaller establishment, waits can be long on busier evenings. As Allston's rock ‘n roll bar, O'Brien's Pub features live local bands on most days of the week. Loud and a bit shabby, this bar delivers on its promise of beer and bands, and nothing more. Great Scott is both dance club and music venue. Watch live bands and dance the night away near the stage, or get a little elbow room farther back near the bar. The Draft Bar and Grille dubs itself "Allson's #1 Neighborhood Bar."Specials include cheap wings on Monday and a burger and beer special on Tuesdays. The burger and beer special is priced nearly as low as the beer alone, so if you'll be drinking, you might as well eat too. The Draft even has a gluten-free brew on tap.
Once part of Watertown when it was first settled in 1630, Allston was given to Cambridge, which it remained a part of until 1807. The completion of the Allston Depot in 1887 drew professionals from Boston, who began building houses nearby. Harvard University followed shortly after, purchasing 80 acres of land from an Allston farmer in 1890. Once a place for farmers, the development of both the Allston Depot and Harvard campus brought in students and business professionals.
Notable residents of Allston include the members of Aerosmith, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, actress Emily Deschanel, comedian Janeane Garofalo and actor/musician Jared Leto. The Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum, located near Boston University, showcases exhibits and original artwork. Art School 99 sits off Franklin Street and has classes for budding artists of all ages. The Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Allston farmer's market and held in October, features local music and food.
Nearly 50 percent of Allston’s residents use some form of public transportation. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority's green line runs along Commonwealth Avenue, also running several buses though the area, including bus routes 57, 64, 66, 70 and 86. Residents can also call a cab or book a ride through Uber. Both I-90 and US Route 20 run through Allston, making them easily accessible to residents.
As Boston’s 13th most-walkable neighborhood, most errands in the neighborhood can be accomplished on foot. The entire area being relatively flat makes the neighborhood easy to bike around, and it also has multiple bike lanes and other accommodations for bike riders.
The cost of living in Allston hovers right above $40,000 a year, over 50 percent lower than the state average. Rent prices for a one-bedroom apartment sit just above $1,600 a month, compared to Boston at $2,700 a month.
Most shops in Allston line Franklin Street. These include high-end and high-value specialty shops and chain stores. Cheap Chic, a thrift store in Allston, has good finds for a cheap price, and it can also come by your house to take away your donations. At the Buzzer, a shoe store located on Harvard Avenue, name-brand shoes and cleats can be found. As one of the first shoe stores on the main road, the company has earned the dedication of many locals. Get your game on at Replay'd, which sells used video games and electronics. Students get a discount with a student ID. The small Sunrise Market sells Latin American and Asian foods, and has low prices on produce. They also carry high volumes of spices and sauces, such as soy and hot sauce. If you prefer to have your groceries delivered, Happy Speedy fits the bill. Just order what you need and its drivers will deliver it in no time. Linden's Superette comes to the rescue when other markets are closed. This convenience store won't have everything, but it does have food items that you can pick up quickly, which is ideal when you've just run out of something. Allston hosts The Market at Allston Village which is held in front of Jackson Mann School every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Ringer Park sits on over 12 acres of land between Brighton Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue. It features tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball field, a playground and walking paths. It is also pet friendly, as long as owners clean up after and control their furry friends.
Smith Playground is in the north of Allston, and has softball diamonds, basketball courts and an asphalt court that residents can use for hockey, soccer and other games. Come to Smith on a nice day and catch a game of bike polo, which is exactly what it sounds like.
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