Welcome to Dorchester, Massachusetts! It is six square miles and has a population of about 114,000 people. One blog post would not do this vibrant growing section of Boston justice and as such today we will only be discussing North Dorchester, comprised of the sections: Upham’s Corner, Harbor Point, Jones Hill, Savin Hill, Mt. Bowdoin, and Meeting House Hill. North Dorchester is known as a mixing pot of various cultures: Irish, Vietnamese, African American, and Latin American, with many residents coming straight from their native lands. It has the 8th most diverse zip codes in the U.S.A! With all of the varied nationalities and custom on display they have yielded several amazing restaurants that serve up some of the best cuisine in the city. North Dorchester has many open green spaces chock full of walking paths, athletic fields, playgrounds for the kids, bike trails, and even a zoo. The neighborhood pride is strong in North Dorchester and has been home to many famous residents such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy, and actor Mark Wahlberg.
A recent influx of young professionals and artists has added to the area’s eclectic mix, but North Dorchester still remains a working class neighborhood. Northern Dorchester is a residential area and is also the major shopping destination for most people who in live the southern and western portions of the area. It has Uphams Corner, which is where all the shops are. Jones Hill nearby is nearly all residential and mostly all older Victorian homes. Harbor Point is where you find the University of Massachusetts and the John F. Kennedy Library, which is notable for hanging out almost over the water of the Harbor. North Dorchester residents are mostly renters with 69% of households being occupied by renters. The median age is 31, 36% of residents are married, and 33% of residents have at least one child. About 19% of adults here have a bachelor's degree or higher. There are 25,189 residents in North Dorchester who have a median income of $47,993, have an average one bedroom rent of $1,900, and a median home value of $320,850.
One North Dorchester development that is in the works is the “Dot Block”. It is a “proposed 475,000-square-foot mixed-use development near the juncture of Meeting House Hill, Jones Hill and Savin Hill. In short, the project will consist of mixed used development with approximately 430 units, 450 parking spaces and 72,000 gross square feet of retail. Dot Block could essentially create a new neighborhood spread throughout an entire city block.” It creates fresh stock of middle income housing in North Dorchester with its own grocery store in an area needing fresh healthy eating options. Another development that is further along and renting out units is Hub 25.
It is adjacent to the JFK station on the red line, Carson Beach, and has views of South Boston’s waterfront. It describes itself as having, “secure garage parking, superb design, luxurious finishes and fabulous amenities including our 3,000 square foot community center with state-of-the-art fitness facilities and relaxing pool deck await.” Dorchester Brewing Company, located in Upham’s Corner offers fresh made craft beer for tasting and carrying home if you find something you fancy.
Their Boston Tap Room, “has plenty for all – games (Battleship, anyone?), wi-fi, a beautiful outdoor patio, food trucks for special events, appetizers available anytime for purchase, takeout and delivery menus, fresh beer to go and of course plenty of DBco merch to wear out the door. And, we’ve also got a great private event space if you’re thinking about hosting an event like a birthday party, small group meeting or even a wedding, contact us today! We have plenty of FREE on-street parking nearby.” Their event calendar has comedy shows, trivia nights, and even Union Square Donut offerings! As you can see North Dorchester is a very fun and hip place to live! With three red line stops, commuter rail access, and easy navigation to I-93 navigating in and out of the city is a cinch!