Dorchester is the largest neighborhood in the city of Boston. It also has a rich history.
Originally founded in 1630 as a separate town, Dorchester became part of Boston in 1870. In the 19th century, Dorchester was actually a popular country retreat for the Boston elite.
Fast forward to today. Dorchester is now home to an extremely diverse population. You will find a mix of victorian homes, triple deckers, and a surge of new construction condominium buildings. With its close proximity to the city center, and accessible public transportation, Dorchester has become a popular home base for young professionals who want to live near the heart of Boston for a more affordable price-point.
The distinct commercial districts of Dorchester include Bowdoin/Geneva, Fields Corner, Codman Square, Peabody Square, Adams Village and Lower Mills. Primarily residential areas include Savin Hill, Jones Hill, Four Corners, Franklin Field, Franklin Hill, Ashmont, Meeting House Hill, Neponset, Popes Hill and Port Norfolk.
Dorchester is also home to three small beaches and Franklin Park, which contains more than 527 acres of green space, a zoo and a public golf course.