Boston Seaport Apartments for Rent 2022
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The Boston Seaport District went from parking lots for Boston commuters in the 1980”s and 1990s to a trendy neighborhood of Seaport apartments and luxury condos.
Boston’s Seaport District has gone through its ups and downs. Today, locals and tourists alike are drawn to the Seaport District and its energetic, artsy, and eclectic persona. Young professionals love the luxury apartments for rent to the glitzy Seaport high rise condos for sale
Over 150 years ago, what is now the Seaport District was just a muddy slab in the Boston Harbor. According to historical accounts, much of it was actually underwater up until about the 1800s. Like many harbors throughout America, its usefulness caused a surge of activity in the early 20th century when ships began delivering raw materials to the emerging factories in the area. It wasn’t long before the Seaport District was a bustling commercial port, ripe with opportunity and activity.
Despite the growth seen in the 1800s, the mid-1900s saw factories either closing down or moving somewhere else. Much of the area declined, leaving what many referred to as a desolate wasteland of empty parking lots and abandoned warehouses. A decade or two later, somewhere in the vicinity of 1968, the once-bustling district turned ghost town caught the attention of Mayor Kevin White, Boston’s 51st mayor. White was instrumental in initiating the redevelopment of the Seaport District; but the area’s true champion was Mayor Tom Menino, who was the city’s 53rd mayor and longest-serving mayor thus far.
Menino pushed for the construction of both the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Institute of Contemporary Art. He even proposed to move City Hall from its current location to the Seaport. He branded the area the “Innovation District” and influenced the creation of a tech hub that would soon rival Cambridge.
In the late 1990s, the Seaport District received another boost when the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse moved in. This was not only an indication of the renewed importance of the once-rundown district but also a grand statement of how the area’s natural beauty could complement and enhance architecture. The new federal courthouse is a magnificent structure that features an 88-foot-tall glass wall that overlooks a park and the harbor. To many, this building signified that the district would soon be a force to be reckoned with. The neighborhood would provide a place for business and leisure.
It was soon after that the Seaport District welcomed a new milestone to its list of accomplishments. This one came in the form of the new I-93 and I-90 interchanges, connecting downtown with the district and giving people from all corners of the city a quick and easy way to get there. It didn’t take long for Boston residents and visitors to come and when they did, hotels, the Institute of Contemporary Art, numerous offices, co-working spaces, retail outlets, and residences came too. The Fort Point warehouses soon became the new condominiums and apartments for rent for many tech companies and art and photography studios who ditched the more expensive rents in Cambridge for this up-and-coming alternative.