Neighborhoods in Burlington, VT

Burlington, VT is a green city and is also getting residential quality-of-life accolades from all corners.

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Colchester Avenue in Burlington, VT
Kevin Young

Burlington was green before green was cool, so it is no surprise that Vermont’s largest city is getting residential quality-of-life accolades from all corners.

Here’s a short list: In 2008, Organic Gardening magazine’s contest for Greenest Small Place in America placed Burlington second. In 2007, Country Home magazine put the city on top of its Best Green Place to Live in America list and CNNMoney.com named it one its list of Best Places to Retire Young.

Named a bicycle-friendly place to live and work and a great place to garden, Burlington’s robust collection of microbreweries landed it fourth in a top 10 list of cities for beer-lovers. It lost out to three spots in Europe.

You get the idea.

Burlington residents are involved. Nearly every neighborhood has its own e-mail listserv. Thousands of residents take part each year in everything from neighborhood planning to graffiti removal to study circles on racism.

The city has basically six neighborhoods: the New North End, the Old North End, the East End, the South End, the Hill Section, and the Central Business District.

Most New North End houses were built in the second half of the 20th century. The area is more suburban in flavor and a good spot for moderately priced homes, though those on the lakefront cost some serious coin. Low-income homes and apartments dominate the Old North End. The East End is a diverse mix of apartments, condos and other multi-family units. Most single-family homes date to the early 1900s.

The Sound End has mixed options, too, but don’t confuse it with South Burlington, a separate city of its own, more suburban and home to the regional airport.

Burlington’s ritziest district, many recognized historic districts call the Hill Section home. Burlington’s industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries staked their Italianate, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival houses here.

Downtown condos have arrived, too. The Westlake Residences at the corner of Battery and Cherry streets feature commanding lake views, commanding higher prices as the elevator goes up. Asking prices for the highest levels tops $1 million.

But good housing can be had for far less. The median cost for single-family homes is below $350,000.

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