My family (Me, wife, and 2 kids 10 and 12) will be visiting Boston for the first time this summer and we're all really excited. I could use some help picking a neighborhood for our 5 day stay. Any and all help would be appreciated. Let me give a couple of reference points to help out with the suggestions.
1. When visiting NYC we like staying in Carroll Park or Cobble Hill. We like the old time feel and we get the chance to experience NYC like locals.
2. When visiting San Francisco we like Noe Valley or the Mission. Again, independent old-timey mom and pop shops, combined with a hipster place to get good coffee.
More than anything we want to visit Boston, but not hang around other tourist. We like classic careworn spots. We're all seasoned travelers and don't mind a little grit, using public transit, and walking.
Thanks so much:)