A Vibrant & Dynamic City

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Boston is a truly exceptional place to live with something to offer for all. The city is distinguished by its proud, vibrant and unique neighborhoods, each with its own individual flair and character. More than 11 million annual visitors and residents frequent Newbury Street, Copley Place and the Prudential Center for shopping. With 37 sports titles, Boston is known as “The City of Champions.” There are miles of pathways for exercise and leisure along the Charles River and Jamaica Way. Nearby athletic options include cross-country skiing or golfing at Franklin Park, hiking at the Blue Hills Reservation and sailing and swimming at 20 regional beaches.

Boston’s diverse restaurants serve up everything from Ethiopian to Japanese to Colombian cuisines. Hundreds of food trucks operate day and night across the city. Almost 30 neighborhood farmers markets are sprinkled throughout the city.

While Boston is perhaps best known for its rich history, it is also full of true arts and culture gems, like the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Opera House and Boston Creates, which rotates public art displays and soundscapes along the mile-and-a-half long Rose Kennedy Greenway. The city also comes alive during each season with different festivals, concerts, markets and crafts fairs.

Beyond all the great experiences Boston offers residents, Massachusetts is consistently ranked among the top places in the country to raise a family. The years in residency can be as formidable personally as they are professionally, and many current and former Mass General residents have started their own families during their time here.


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Welcome to Boston - Boston offers the best of a large, cosmopolitan city, coupled with a small-town neighbood style of life. Virtually all attractions are within walking distance or are a short trip away as are several world-famous institutes of higher learning and numerous high-tech and bio-tech companies. This combination results in Boston being a vibrant and dynamic citiy in which to live.

The Boston area has a tremendous wealth of cultural, educational, athletic, and recreational opportunities.

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Neighborhoods - The Boston area is home to more than 50 colleges and universities, with a young, educated, and international population. The city center is surrounded by neighborhoods. Each has its own flavor, style and attractions and are well-worth exploring. A walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail is a great way to learn the history of the city which prides itself on being the seat of the American Revolution.

Some of the better-known areas where MGH residents have lived include Harvard Square / Cambridge, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End, North End, and Coolidge Corner.

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Arts and Entertainment - There are many dance clubs, live music venues, ethnic, and avant-garde restaurants catering to all tastes. Boston also has a rich cultural tradition and is home to the world-famous Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet Company, and Boston Opera as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Science. Each year the Boston Pops concert along the Charles River marks the celebration of the Fourth of July.

Sports and Outdoor Recreation - The Boston area is home to four major league sports franchises - the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots.

Each team has a huge tradition and a loyal following. Watching a game live or with friends at a club is a unique experience in Boston. The Boston area offers unparalleled opportunities for sports and for outdoor activities. Near the hospital, the Esplanade is a great location for jogging, bicycling, or sailing on the Charles.

The Boston Marathon attracts the world's elite runners at this annual world class event.

Seasons and Day Trips - The Boston area has four distinct seasons although the weather is tempered by the city's proximity to the ocean. There are limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation throughout the seasons. During the summer months Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and other area beaches provide beautiful getaways. Ferries can take you to Provincetown from downtown Boston.

Explore the Sea Shore

The White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts are within one-two hours by car and have hundreds of areas for hiking, camping, and fishing.

During the summer the Boston Symphony moves to its summer home of Tanglewood, west of the city in the Berkshires. The fall foliage in New England is spectacular and attracts millions of so-called leaf peepers annually. During the winter months skiing and snowboarding are available at dozens of resorts, all within one-two hour drive.

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