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Tremont Street Shops

Tremont Street Shops

Tremont Street shops

When you visit CAJ House, you not only get our undivided attention, you are also immersed in an eco – system (nice term I picked up from my tree hugging days!) made up of small, locally owned shops. These shop visits provide original Bostonian items which can make your visit to Boston unforgettable and provide food and services which are mostly from local farms and businesses. At the same time you are strengthening our local economy.

Walking for just two blocks north on Tremont Street, shops will be on both sides (take a left outside 677 Tremont Street) there are at least 14 businesses owned by locals and two national chain (caldwell banker and starbucks) By shopping here, you are exercising your legs and lungs! Side benefits: you are reducing pollution and you are helping our neighborhood remain vibrant and strong and attractive and allow us to continue offering original stuff you cannot find elsewhere and which make Boston different from any other city.

Below I am providing a quick photo walk of some of these business. Please feel free to comment or send me ideas!

Tremont Street real estate office

Boutique real estate company locally owned

South End Eye shop on Tremont Street

South End Eye and Upper Crust are owned by locals

647 Tremont and Sorel Restaurants

647 Tremont and Sorel Restaurants

Spa treatments and wellness on Tremont Street

Spa treatments and wellness on Tremont Street

Framing Store on Tremont Street

Framing Store on Tremont Street

South End Athletic Store on Tremont Street

South End Athletic Store on Tremont Street

Tale from Restaurant Row, South End


Tales from Boston: A Restaurant to Remember

There are plenty of attractions in Boston, including art galleries, museums, performing arts centers, and plenty of shopping opportunities too. The greatest attractions though, are perhaps the restaurants in Boston, and eminent among them for nigh on 27 years, has been Hamersley’s Bistro. Yet, it is no longer to continue, for the world famous Gordon Hamersley has decided, at long last, to hang up his hat for good.

Yes, as unfortunate as it is, Hamersley’s Bistro will be closing soon, and so will end the saga of one of the greatest restaurants the city of Boston has ever known.

Peak in restaurant

Gordon Hamersley

However, not all is lost and forlorn. For there was a time, when South End was home to merely two decent restaurants, and they were Icarus and Calypso. Then Calypso shut down, and the opening of Hamersley’s was actually a time of disappointment for South End Pioneers, as it opened in the space previously occupied by Calypso, which was one of the only good places to hang out at for an evening.

Hamersley’s Bistro proved everyone wrong though, and quickly established itself as a restaurant of note, and became famous for its delectable offerings – a truly delightful mix of American and Italian and French cuisine. So great was the impact of Hamersley’s in fact, that half a dozen and more restaurants cropped up nearby over the next few years, and transformed South End into the epicenter of culinary experimentation and high brow eating in all of Boston.
Today, there are 36 restaurants in South End which earned it the title restaurant row. And it all started when Gordon Hamersley decided to give the neighborhood a chance, and opened his bistro on Tremont Street.
If you have cause to be in Boston then, and you know you will be here for a while yet, then choose CAJ House for highly affordable and eminently comfortable apartments available at short term rentals, located just steps away from Restaurant Row Tremont Street, and experience all the culinary delights which South End has to offer. Who knows, you may even be lucky enough to be one of the last customers to ever eat at the renowned Hamersley’s Bistro.

SoWa – South End artist community


SoWa – South End’s Own Artist Community

Discover artistry in South End

Boston, Massachusetts, is a city of many flavors, a range of colors, and a delightfully varied array of tastes, sounds, and sights. It offers a bit of everything to everyone, so that no one feels left out, and all are left completely forever and enchanted by it. The SoWa district in Boston’s South End neighborhood is just one such flavor, yet it is in itself an enriched mixture of unique aromas and essences.

The SoWa District

Short for ‘South of Washington’ – a name coined by Mario Nicosia, president of GTI properties – SoWa has undergone a recent renaissance, reinventing itself to emerge as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in all of Boston. Entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, and developers continue to flock into SoWa, attracted by the unique opportunities on offer, and to experience the rich and vibrant lifestyle.

SOWA abandoned warehouse

SOWA abandoned warehouse circa 2001, today artist lofts

Where once you would find warehouses and mills by the score, crafting shoes, pianos, and canned goods, among other merchandise, you can now find rows of unique shops full of exotic imports, art galleries, design studios – both graphic and interior, marketing agencies, aesthetically designed modern residential lofts, and a range of creative businesses. And it is these residences that CAJ House offers to you as affordable short term rentals, in close proximity to everything that the historic South End has to offer.

Of Rentals and Things to Do

CAJ House offers furnished apartments to professionals – business, medical, and academic – who visit Boston, for a variety of reasons, and require residence at short term rentals. If you wish open a new business in the city, or are visiting as an academic guest, or if you’re a budding artist with dreams of representing your paintings or sculptures in one of SoWa’s galleries, get in touch CAJ House to ensure that your stay in Boston is comfortable and enjoyable.

Now, once you are settled into a thoughtfully furnished apartment,

View of modern design furnished apartment

Designer lofts and apartments in new South End

and have spent a refreshingly exhausting day exploring business opportunities or offering your medical services, you will want to recharge, and the SoWa district offers to you everything you will need to do exactly that. There are 36 restaurants that you can sample, including B & G Oysters and Barbara Lynch’s Butcher shop, which are part of one of the most successful restaurant empires, as well as the Hamersley’s Bistro, and the Cinquecento Roman Trattoria. If you’re not in the mood for a cuisine exploration, even then, you can always plan your future restaurant visit in SoWa while you relax for the evening and cook in a CAJ House rental.

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