Over four centuries, Boston has grown through both reclaimed land and by annexing surrounding cities and towns. The southernmost neighborhoods of the city – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury – are considerably less densely developed than the northern sections of the city, closer to downtown. Because some of these were suburbs before their annexation to Boston, these neighborhoods retain a sense of suburbia-in-the-city – a good number of single-family, wood-frame houses with yards and driveways.
Pricewise, many of these suburban neighborhoods in the southern part of Boston are also some of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city.
Beach neighborhoods in Dorchester, East Boston, and South Boston. Within Boston, there are a number of neighborhoods that are not just suburban, but are also beach neighborhoods. These include Savin Hill in Dorchester, with Malibu and Savin beaches. Neponset/Port Norfolk has Tenean Beach, South Boston has Carson Beach, and East Boston has Constitution Beach in Lower Orient Heights.
In addition, there are sections of other, more-densely developed neighborhoods that have retained a suburban feeling but are still very close to neighborhood amenities. Within Brighton, this includes the Aberdeen and Oak Square/West Brighton sections. Within Allston, the Lower Allston area. And in South Boston, the Eastside neighborhoods of Telegraph Hill and City Point.