Beacon Hill Neighborhood Info
Beacon Hill is one Boston’s two most exclusive and most expensive neighborhoods, the other being Back Bay. The South Slope and Flat of the Hill are the two most desirable sections of Beacon Hill. The Back of the Hill features more condos and multi-unit apartment buildings compared to a higher concentration of single family homes on the South Slope and Flat of the Hill. Many of the buildings that were once single family homes were divided into condos over the years, but single family mansions still exist in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and are most likely found on Louisburg Square, Mt Vernon Street, Chestnut Street, or Beacon Street.
The Beacon Hill neighborhood is bordered by Back Bay, the Public Garden and Boston Common, Downtown, the West End, and the Charles River and Esplanade. Cambridge is a short walk or ride across the charming Longfellow Bridge.
Beacon Hill’s name comes from a beacon that once stood at the top of the hill, located on a site behind the current location of the Massachusetts State House. The hill was reduced in height to allow for housing development and to create land by filling in area ponds and marshes. Beacon Hill is known for its historic charm which is found today in its narrow streets, brick sidewalks, and gas-lit street lamps.
Charles Street is the center of commerce in the neighborhood and the majority of shops are boutique clothing stores and antiques dealers. Beacon Hill is also home to restaurants such as Todd English’s Figs, The Paramount, 75 Chestnut, Bin 26, Beacon Hill Bistro, and Lala Rokh. Grocers in the neighborhood include Whole Foods, DeLuca’s Market, and Savenor’s for those with more gourmet tastes.
Beacon Hill’s central location makes an easy commute for those walking to the Financial District or MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital). Public transportation is a convenient alternative since Beacon Hill is close to all the major lines including the Red Line at Charles/MGH and Park Street T stops, the Green Line at Park Street, Boylston, Arlington, Government Center and North Station T stops, the Blue Line to Logan Airport at Bowdoin and Government Center T stops, the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing and North Station T stops, and the Silver Line at Boylston T stop. If commuting by car Beacon Hill is convenient to Storrow Drive, Interstate 93, and the Express Route to Logan Airport.
Luxury condo developments in Beacon Hill include The Claflin, The Tudor, 45 Province, Bowdoin Place, One Garden Street, 21 Beacon, and River House.
Concierge apartment buildings in Beacon Hill include Boston View.
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