An active seaport in Boston's suburbs, Chelsea's small businesses serve local residents.

Little bodegas and big ideas characterize this tiny Boston suburb. Chelsea’s active seaport and merchant industry contribute to the city’s gritty reputation, but many have high hopes for Chelsea as its old buildings are transformed into sustainable loft complexes. Boutiques and cafes are slowly moving in, but the city’s corner markets remain its most popular gathering posts. The commuter rail and several bus lines connect Chelsea to Cambridge and Boston.

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On the Map

Chelsea is bordered by Charlestown, Everett, Revere, and East Boston

Logan International Airport: 12 minutes on the T or 10 minutes by car
Boston Common: 14 minutes on the T
Downtown Boston: 12 minutes on the T
Harvard Square: 17 minutes on the T

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

A Bright Future From an Industrial Past

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Refurbished, renovated, and reimagined, Chelsea's once-industrial spaces are constantly reworked into environmentally-minded apartment complexes and condos.

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Chelsea's stark industrial start contrasts with its increasingly community-friendly future.

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Its location along the Mystic River adds the appeal of waterfront property and seafaring fancy.

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Its residential side sidles up to its industrial capital.

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The contrast between nature and machine is striking.

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Overlooking Chelsea's contrasts, the Tobin Bridge spans the Mystic River and leads to Charlestown.

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Chelsea's grey and gravel beginnings continue to colorize.

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Murals, playgrounds, and parkland along the Mystic River transform aging industrial areas into vibrant public spaces.

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You don't need a car to cross the Tobin Bridge into Chelsea.

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Just take the Commuter Rail.

Know Your Neighbors In Chelsea

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Chelsea is comprised of neighborhood favorites. Tito's Bakery enjoys high-esteem among Chelsea residents.

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The Chelsea Theatre Zone keeps residents on their toes.

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It's equipped with stages, rehearsal studios, and a gallery.

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When the curtain closes, Chelsea residents can head to the rink. Numerous club leagues celebrate Boston's rich hockey tradition.

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Corner stores, shops, and studios serve Chelsea.

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Whether alternative or decadent, you'll find what you desire.

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It's sweet to be Chelsea.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Linda Skurchak

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Linda is a freelance photographer who focuses on editorial, event and portrait work. She loves Boston and she loves her camera. Working on the Airbnb project allowed her to get to know her city and its people even better. They did not disappoint.