Don't hesitate to buy a home in the North End

Before Boston's Big Dig project put Interstate 93 below the surface of the Earth, the North End was cut off from much of Downtown Boston. In fact, travel back 10 years ago, and Hanover and Salem Streets would look, smell and sound much differently than they do today. Of course, the brick buildings, narrow sidewalks and hidden parks were still obvious characteristics of the community, but it was an area many chose not to visit.

After the Big Dig was partially completed, people started to pay more attention to the North End. The community, which resides mere blocks from the ocean, became a booming and trendy neighborhood. Today, when you walk down the streets of the North End, tourists, residents, students and young professionals collide, and each member of the community brings his or her own unique style to the area. While for some people, the evolution seen in the North End is a blessing, others aren't so fond of the newcomers and the noise that they bring.

Recently, The Boston Globe ran a story about the colliding culture clash taking place in today's North End neighborhood. Globe contributor Martine Powers writes that the scene that many see on the weekends is emblematic of an intensifying culture clash. The author says in one corner there are college students and young professionals who enjoy the burgeoning nightlife in the area, while in the other corner, longtime residents gawk at the public display of debauchery that occurs at all hours of the night. Surprisingly, according to Powers, the Boston Police Department advocates for those fed up with the newfound nightlife in the area, but also acknowledges that the late-night clatter is part of living in one of Boston's trendiest neighborhoods. These younger
residents bring a wealth of income to the community, which creates jobs, helps small business owners thrive and diversifies the entertainment options moving to the area.

In fact, a recent philanthropic study identified that 54 percent of the 02113 ZIP code is under 30 years of age and includes many students and young professionals. While you might hear a lot about the growing nightlife in the North End, it's not just one big party that never ends. The community retains its quiet and hidden demeanor most nights, and families enjoy the local parks, restaurants and waterfront views every day. Homebuyers looking to move to real estate in Boston that offers trendy entertainment options shouldn't be discouraged by reports that the North End is loud and obnoxious - just know that the community embraces a good time.