South Boston is one of the oldest historic neighborhoods in the US fondly known as Southie located east of the Fort Point Channel and bordered by Dorchester Bay. Mostly built by working-class Irish Catholics, in recent years young professionals and families have moved in due to Southie's accessibility to Downtown Boston and The Seaport District where many companies have moved including the recent move of General Electric. Property values are among the highest in the city. Many choose to live in the City of Boston because it offers a Residential Tax Exemption for primary residences ($1961.28 for 2016) and children can test for the 3 prestigious Exam Schools - Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science which are part of the tuition-free Boston Public Schools.
Rich in military history, Southie is home to the 2nd oldest parade in the Nation sponsored by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council - the Evacuation Day/St. Patrick's Day Parade which celebrates the US victory at Dorchester Heights where George Washington forced British troops to evacuate during the Revolutionary War on March 17, 1776.
Castle Island and Pleasure Bay along east end of South Boston are home to Fort Independence formerly called Castle William which was the main base for the British military operations during the Siege of Boston. Destroyed a few days after the Evacuation of the British, it was rebuilt in 1801 as a US military fort to protect against the British during the War of 1812. It was also used as by the US Navy during World War II as a ship degaussing station. Now a 22-acre recreational area, the fort still stands and tours are held weekends during the Summer. There are miles of walking paths, beaches and Sullivan's a local favorite since 1951 for coffee, breakfast, fried seafood, burgers, hot dogs and ice cream.
Broadway is the main drag running from end to end, home to many shops and restaurants. There are many parks and beaches to enjoy and 2 dog parks.
Southie is served by many MBTA bus lines and the Andrew Square and Broadway Redline subway stations.
There are currently 7 Catholic churches, 3 Albanian Orthodox churches, 1 Episcopal church, 1 Baptist church and 1 Presbyterian church