Working in a technology company, running a business or consulting, more and more people across the US are working from home. According to the US Census, 5.2% of the labor force worked from home in 2017, up from 3.3% at the turn of the century. And Forbes reports that at least 50% of Americans work from home at least part of the time. 

As this trend emerges, so is the concept of the work-from-home neighborhoods. Not surprisingly,downtown Boston is in the top 25 cities in the country with this new concept. In fact, according to a new study 5.3%% of Boston residents are working working from home and growing each year.

It’s easy to see why workers who are not office-bound thrive in downtown Boston. Not only is it a tech-forward place, but it’s also easy to take breaks, relax or take a lunch break at the Boston Common. 

Whether you work from home already or plan to do so when you move, it’s important to find a neighborhood that will cultivate a healthy work-from-home environment. Read on to discover our top picks for Boston downtown neighborhoods that will make you love working from home.

1. Boston Midtown

Although 78% of remote workers do stay at home to get the job done, an increasing number are seeing the benefits of stepping out, whether to a coffee shop or for a brisk walk around the block. Between Boston Midtown and the neighboring Beacon Hill, within walking distance from these two neighborhoods are also rental office spaces you can use if you need a conference room, most focused around entrepreneurs and freelancers. Or, head to one of dozens of coffee shops and cafes offering free wi-fi.

2. Boston Seaport District

Need downtown accessibility with a little more room to breathe? The Boston Seaport — is the place to be. With plenty of shops and restaurants, but also a wider selection of Boston condos for sale with indoor parking. The Boston Seaport is more of a neighborhood and less of an all-business kind of place. That’s important, because 21% of remote workers report “loneliness” as the biggest challenge they face on the job. Not only is the Boston Seaport District a great place to find friends or getting out to stretch your legs is a breeze — the Seaport neighborhood is one my favorite places in Boston for pedestrian and cycling amenities with spectacular water and city views. And, with the Silver bus line transit options connecting Boston Seaport to the rest of downtown Boston it’s easy to go out and meet with clients or run errands without having to get in a car.

3. Boston West End

Charles River Park is considered the best place to live for a lifestyle that combines urban convenience with rural recreational opportunities, such as an outdoor pool with cabanas to rent our for the summer. Taking a stroll from Charles River Park to the Charles River on a nice summer day is easy, but so is walking around this charming grounds of Charles River Park or taking in some shopping in the area, Charles River Park condos for sale continues to be a popular place for people from all walks of life, from working professionals to families to retirees. In fact, it’s one of the most diverse neighborhoods in downtown Boston for all age groups.

4. Beacon Hill

Similar to Charles River Park, Beacon Hill  offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities along the Charles River, and it’s close proximity to the Boston Common and Public Garden. But unlike some downtown Boston neighborhoods, Beacon Hill has its own identity, a distinctive history and a tight sense of community. There’s no shortage of things to do between working projects in Beacon Hill, whether it’s exploring shops and restaurants down Charles Street or catching a live entertainment in the Boston Common. If you have a business appointment in downtown Boston an easy 10 minute walk and you’re at there doorstep.


The most important quality of a Boston downtown neighborhood in which to work from home, of course, is that you love it.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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