Life in Boston

The Greater Boston region is one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States, offering a strong academic environment, a thriving arts scene, rich cultural diversity, and an internationally-renowned medical infrastructure.

Combined with the region's rich historical heritage, soft ocean breezes, and breathtaking autumn foliage, it is no wonder that the Boston region is one of the nation's most desirable areas to live.

CHA's many employees live in dozens of local communities throughout the area. Some staff live in nearby urban communities, benefiting from the close proximity to work and the Boston city scene. Others choose more rural areas slightly farther away, yet still with easy highway and commuter rail access. Popular neighborhoods that residents have enjoyed living in include Cambridge, Somerville, South End, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and Medford.


Once at the heart of the American Revolution, Massachusetts is home to many historical sites, many of which are free to the public. Boston and its surrounding suburbs were sites of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere's famous ride, and the Battle of Bunker Hill, to name a few.


In Boston you'll find historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and one of the oldest ball parks in America. Join Red Sox Nation and become part of a sports tradition spanning three centuries. Visit the TD Garden to see the Boston Celtics or Boston Bruins, or head to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to catch a New England Patriots or New England Revolution home game.


Boston is also home to a number of museums (art, science, natural history) that cover a variety of styles and eras. At the Museum of Fine Arts, you'll see cultural treasures and historic icons from around the world and across the ages including ancient Egyptian, classical and Asian art, as well as world-renowned collections of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. You'll be richly rewarded for visiting the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, or the Harvard Museum of Natural History, all easily accessible via public transportation.

Relaxation, Recreation and Entertainment

There are countless ways to keep yourself entertained in Boston, whether you enjoy shopping, theatre-going and eating at world class restaurants, or attending sporting events, comedy shows, or special events like First Night or the 4th of July with the Boston Pops. Nearby, you'll find beautiful Cape Cod beaches, historic Salem, MA, hiking, swimming and more. Residents have also made weekend trips to nearby places such as New York City, Montreal, Quebec City, the White Mountains in New Hampshire, the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, and Acadia National Park in Maine.

Cultural Activities

Representing the Boston/Cambridge diverse populations, festivals abound. In May, CHA supports a team that participates in the “Dragonboat Festival”. The “Taste of Somerville” and the “Taste of Cambridge” provide opportunities to participate in cultural culinary events. Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville are home to a growing food scene, with a diverse representation of cuisines reflected of the many immigrant and ethnic groups that make their homes in the greater Boston area. From the Italian food and seafood found in the North End, Tapas nearby CHA, Asian fusion and Mexican food, as well as the many Brazilian barbeques scattered in Somerville, there are countless restaurants to experience and enjoy.


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