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Primarily residential and largely unrecognized, Bay Village hails as Boston’s smallest neighborhood, comprised of just six square blocks. Bay Village sits north of South End neighborhood, east of Back Bay and south of the Theater District, with I-90 running along the southern border and Massachusetts Route 28 running along the western border.

Full of small pocket gardens scattered throughout the neighborhood and in close proximity to the Theater District, Bay Village attracts residents who want to live in a close-knit community while being within walking distance of a thriving cultural center.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Boston, MA is $3,575 for one bedroom, $5,790 for two bedrooms, and $2,787 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Boston has decreased by -1.5% in the past year.

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Ratings

98 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
100 Transit Score® Rider's Paradise
72 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Parks

Bay Village does not have any parks, but the adjacent neighborhoods of Back Bay and South End do have a few parks that sit close to the neighborhood. Frieda Garcia Park in Back Bay sits the closest, between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue. The playground equipment makes it a good choice for kids. Carleton Court Dog Park, the closest dog park, lies on the opposite side of Columbus Avenue. Concrete covers most of this park.

Shopping

Bay Village does not have a real shopping area, but many chain stores and a few specialty boutiques, ranging from high-end to high-value, sit along Newbury and Boylston streets just to the north, in adjacent Back Bay. One local boutique, Bobbles and Lace, specializes in brand-new woman’s clothing and accessories. Reasonably priced, everything in the store sells for under $100, even the expensive-looking knock-offs. Lipstick is yet another women’s clothing and accessories boutique located in Back Bay. This small shop includes selections of belts and unique jewelry items.

Copley Square Farmers Market takes place on Boylston Street, just a few blocks from Bay Village’s Stuart Street boundary. The market runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from mid-May to the end of November.

Cost

The typical rent for a one-bedroom apartment is slightly above $3,000 a month, compared to the rest of Boston at $2,700 a month.

Transportation

Walking remains one of the easiest modes of transportation in Bay Village, due to its small size and proximity to other neighborhoods. Arlington, Back Bay, Boylston and Tufts Medical Center have relatively close Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stations, and bus route 9 passes along the Bay Village's southwestern border. Other options include calling a taxi or booking a ride through Uber.

Public street parking is available throughout Bay Village. Additionally, the Motor Mart, technically in Park Square, has an entrance on Stuart Street. Rates can exceed $30 for a full day, but the lot accepts validations from certain establishments. I-90 runs along the neighborhood’s southern boundary and Massachusetts Route 28 runs along the neighborhood's western boundary, making both easily accessible to residents.

As Boston’s third most-walkable neighborhood, most errands in Bay Village can be accomplished on foot. Due to the narrow streets, no bike lanes exist, but the streets remain safe thanks to sparse traffic.

Restaurants

Very few restaurants are in Bay Village, and those that do showcase a mixture of cuisines. Most lie along the edge of the neighborhood, especially on Stuart Street and Charles Street South. Two restaurants within the neighborhood’s boundaries are Erbaluce and Liquid Art House, both of which received accolades from the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine.

For lighter-tasting fare made with fresh ingredients and without butter or milk, visit Erbaluce, voted best Italian restaurant by the Improper Bostonian four times. The popular restaurant offers a white-tablecloth and candlelit dining experience and features dishes such as dandelion greens, razor neck clams and rack of wild boar. After your meal, you may even receive a special treat of a few chocolate truffles and meringue on the house. Parking can be a bit rough in this tucked-away spot, so if you’re driving, park in the paid garage at 200 Stuart Street and get your parking ticket validated.

Liquid Art House qualifies as both a restaurant and an art gallery. Gaze at the amazing paintings for sale as you dine on duck confit with medjool dates and blue cheese or hamachi crudo with ginger and black garlic. When you arrive, you receive three menus: a wine list, a dinner menu and an art list. Prices and information for all of the featured pieces are listed in the art menu. Arrive before 8 pm to avoid the rush, and ask for the eatery's special gluten-free cornbread instead of the usual appetizer breads. For live music, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston lies just outside the Bay Village boundary in Back Bay. Founded in 1978, it serves as Boston's premier chamber orchestra, and educational youth outreach programs keep it deeply connected to the community.

As with restaurants, most of the area's bars and night spots sit in neighborhoods adjacent to Bay Village, within easy walking distance. Jacques Cabaret features hysterical performances by “miss-leading ladies” in drag and holds regular karaoke nights. Tables are booked more than two weeks in advance, so plan to snag a spot early. Emerald Lounge is a dance club with live DJs that sits on the northeast corner of the Bay Village's boundary, and enforces a business-casual dress code after 9 pm. Or you can head over to Tam's, an Irish dive bar, located a few blocks northeast of Bay Village's boundary in the Theater District. It sells a line-up of cheap brews and even has regular trivia nights.

History

Formerly known as Church Street District, Bay Village was created in the 1820s when a portion of the Back Bay was filled in to support development. As other neighborhoods were built in the same manner, the entirety of Bay Village had to be raised several inches to prevent flooding issues. This resulted in older buildings having their entrances on the second floor. Beginning as mostly lower and middle class, the neighborhood began attracting more affluent residents in the 1990s.

In 1942, a fire broke out at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, killing nearly 500 people and leading to strict fire codes across the nation. In 1809, Edgar Allan Poe was born on the street now known as Charles Street South. He did not live in the area for long, as his parents, who were well-known actors in the nearby Theatre District, moved to another city less than a year later.

Theater 1, located on the northern boundary of the neighborhood, offers the closest place for performances and presentations. The floor seating features smaller couches, with each space housing a workstation and power source. The Revere Hotel in Bay Village hosts the Boston Film Festival every September.

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Apartments for Rent in Bay Village, Boston, MA

Primarily residential and largely unrecognized, Bay Village hails as Boston’s smallest neighborhood, comprised of just six square blocks. Bay Village sits north of South End neighborhood, east of Back Bay and south of the Theater District, with I-90 running along the southern border and Massachusetts Route 28 running along the western border.

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