Chinatown/Leather District

The Leather District and Chinatown are found next to each other and close to the Financial District. Many locals call the Leather District “LD” for short. It gained this name due to a large number of leather industry businesses found here in the late 19th century.

Chinatown and the Leather District are found on the southern edge of the downtown area of Boston. Chinatown is a cultural and commercial hub for the Chinese community in Boston, while the Leather District is a smaller neighborhood found to the east of Chinatown. It covers nine blocks of distinct warehouse structures from the 19th century.

Real Estate in Chinatown/Leather District


A large portion of the housing in Chinatown and the Leather District is condos and lofts. Large luxury condo towers have popped up throughout Chinatown and many of the industrial buildings in the Leather District have been converted into condos or lofts.

It’s common to find units in the Leather District with high ceilings, open floor plans and plenty of luxury features. Many have compared this area to the SoHo neighborhood found in New York City because of the brick-and-beam lofts. The best part is the conveniences of the location with plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment found just steps away from the loft buildings.

In addition, Chinatown is home to many three-to-five-story apartment or condo buildings. Many of the buildings providing housing throughout this area are historic and some are listed on the National Reiter of Historic Places.

Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment in Chinatown/Leather District

Living in Chinatown or the Leather District will put you very close to the Financial District and plenty of great shopping, dining, and entertainment. Many boutique shops are found throughout the area with plenty of public transportation providing easy access to the best shopping. The Downtown Crossing shopping district is also found in the Leather District, which provides excellent department and chain stores.

Dining is found all throughout the area with plenty of options including Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian restaurants. Some of the most popular choices include Troquet on South, Hei La Moon, Savvor Restaurant and Lounge and the South Street Diner.

Plenty of nightlife and entertainment are found throughout the area, as well. The Corner Pub is very popular and the Chinatown Main Street is another very popular area.

Residents also enjoy easy access to the Boston Common and Public Garden found about a half-mile from most of the Leather District condo buildings. Many other places for a night out or for recreation are found throughout the area, as well.

Living in Chinatown/Leather District

A very popular place to call home, especially for those working in the Financial District, Chinatown and the Leather District have plenty to offer. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway has helped to make this an emerging area, along with the many high-rise condo buildings and loft conversions.