Join us as we journey across this great nation over the next year, attempting to delve into cultures and experience more than just the standard tourist. We will be renting homes via Airbnb and staying for extended periods of time; learning what it is about each city that makes it unique and sets it apart from others.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Home Sweet Boston
Front of Complex
We found our Boston home smack in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Charlestown dawns the prestige of being the oldest neighborhood in the
metropolis of Boston, as well as home to the U.S.S. Constitution and BunkerHill. Being situated right on the Boston Harbor and Mystic River, makes for an
excellent front row seat to the sunrise over the city and lovely evening walks
for the family right along the harbor; we really couldn't have asked for a more
perfect location to stay while here.
A little history on the area: Charlestown was the first
capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony all the way back to 1629 and it is home
to the oldest Navy Yard in the country. The U.S.S. Independence, the very first
Navy ship, was built right down the road from us and the area we are staying is
now part of the National Park Service. Our home in Boston isn't to be excluded
from this history either, it was once the metal shop for the Navy, of course
completely rehabbed but still exudes that character of what it once was.
Our condo represents a plethora of history and when the
building was converted in the 1980’s they did an amazing job at leaving the facade
of its roots, many of details were left so that you can still see the representation
of its rich past. Each unit holds the original windows and the exposed brick
interior walls, adding that rustic old feel, while blending with a touch of
modern. This is a place where you can feel the history, but still relax in the
comfort of current day amenities; I can only begin to imagine the stories these
walls hold. Besides beautifully shaped arched windows, this place boasts
vaulted ceilings, a giant skylight and a tin roof. The tin roof I had the
pleasure of thoroughly enjoying yesterday as a rainstorm came in, listening to
the soothing sound of the “tap, tap, tap,” of the rain as it hit the roof;
hearing that cleansing rejuvenation of the rain just added to the charm and
energy of this place, causing me to fall even more in love with it.
View from Harbor Walk
And to top off the perfection of this place, the building itself as well as the community are very pet friendly. The condo complex has a huge dog park for the resident critters as well as being one block away from the Boston Harbor Walk and kiddie corner from Menino Park along the waterfront. Needless to say, Miss Ethel has plenty of options to mark her territory and explore which makes for a happy girl, which in turn makes for very happy humans.
Charlestown gives that small community feel while still
being able to be part of big city life. We are just a quick walk across
the bridge or we can take the ferry over to Long Wharf in Central Boston,
depending on where we want to go and what we happen to be up to that day. Being
in a walking city again is so refreshing, knowing we never have to pull the
Flex out of the parking garage and that we can access anything we need by foot
again has breath of fresh air. Who knew we would fall in love with the idea of
not having a car and the convenience of public transit; a shocking
surprise for both of us and a definite must to wherever we land.