Beautiful Neighborhoods: Cambridge / Brattle St. / Porter Square

Neighborhood behind Porter Square area

Neighborhood behind Porter Square area

Porter Square area home

Porter Square area home

With this post I introduce another new category: Beautiful Neighborhoods.

Brahmins and Beantowners alike have endowed Boston with countless numbers of attractive neighborhoods, both old and new. Many of them are pretty well-known and well-documented, such as the famous Brattle Street area of Cambridge near Harvard Square. But as a rideshare driver like me, who has ventured into every nook and cranberry of Boston and its outskirts, I’ve stumbled on a growing number of lesser known yet equally beautiful and “hidden” enclaves.

My job here will not be to replicate the existing published accounts of these neighborhoods. I simply want to alert you to some of these area I’ve stumbled on while ferrying passengers around this sublimely beautiful though hellishly navigable city.

Each time I drop someone off or pick someone up, if the neighborhood seems like a hidden gem, I jot it down in my notes. To date, I have compiled a list of more than 50 such neighborhoods. I sense that a majority of them are not published in famous guidebooks but may only be known to residents who live nearby. I plan to document them in this category either by name / location or by a photo I’ve taken.

Included are some truly unique ones. Like a collection of hundreds of summer homes on the coast of Buzzard’s Bay near Dartmouth, MA with the cryptically intriguing historical name of “Nonuett”. These particular residences have quietly been known to the public for a very long time, yet they are guarded by a locked, electronic gate.  

No one seems to know about many of these places except the people who live there, or if you happen to randomly stumble upon a Zillow listing or get lucky with a realtor. Read on as I lift the veil on some of these magical sites.

I would welcome comments and recommendations of your own beautiful neighborhoods, streets or areas around the Boston area, Eastern MA or neighborhood / bordering states. I can include these as part of the Boston Auto Tour over time.