Allston is a bustling suburb of Boston. It was named after the famous American painter and poet Washington Allston, who revolutionized the country’s Romantic landscape painting movement. But before it became what it is today, its first 160 years were spent as part of the neighboring town, Cambridge.
Soon after it became independent, Allston aligned with the nearby neighborhood of Brighton. From 1850 to 1870, Boston’s population outgrew the number of homes available, so Brighton and Allston quickly developed their residential areas.
Today, a quick stroll through Allston will show any local or visitor a collage of brick apartment buildings and wooden triple-decker houses. The southern part of Allston is home to single-family and multi-family Victorian homes that the city built in the late 19th to early 20th century.
But because of these century-old buildings, and the number of college students who call Allston home, many residents are all too familiar with unwanted pests like insects and rodents.