The Neighborhood

Neighborhood History

Jones Hill and Virginia-Monadnock are two well-known residential areas featuring historic Victorian homes near Upham’s Corner, but there are several other enclaves of 19th century architecture worth visiting within walking distance. The district is rich with history, hosting such landmarks as the newly renovated 1,400-seat Strand Theatre (1918), Dorchester North Burying Ground (1634), and the site of the country’s first supermarket (1915). The historic Blake House (1661), oldest in Boston, and a giant Clapp’s Favorite Pear public art piece mark Edward Everett Square at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbia Road, less than a ten minute walk. For more on Upham’s Corner’s rich history see this link, and for Dorchester’s history click here.

Neighborhood Profile

Upham’s Corner is a bustling Boston neighborhood retail district rich in history and filled with opportunities for innovation, active living and creativity. This compact, walkable urban village offers a brand-new 6.5-acre state-of-the-art fitness facility, restaurants ranging from casual to chic, a supermarket, a landmark performing arts venue, three major banks, a large health center, a drugstore, artists’ studios, shops selling shoes, clothing, decorative items,  as well as other goods and services.

The Upham’s Corner commercial district is a lively crossroads serving approximately 14,000 neighborhood residents, plus commuters and employees of nearby businesses. The neighborhood has a lively mix of cultures and lifestyles and is welcoming to new residents.


About 2.5 miles from downtown Boston, Upham’s Corner is well-served by public transit including a newly renovated MBTA commuter rail station 10 minutes from South Station and several bus routes from nearby MBTA Red Line stations. Upham’s Corner is easily accessible by bike – it is about a 15-min ride from the South End and features two Hubway bike share stations.  A mile by car from I-93 and abundant, free off-street parking makes Upham’s Corner an easy stop for shopping and services.