A privileged life in Boston’s most elegant and historic neighborhood.
Beacon Hill is a true aspiration. There are few neighborhoods in America as stately, dignified and refined as this one. Stroll down any of the precious gas-lit cobblestone streets that make up Beacon Hill, and you’ll be taken by its charm and dignified history. Complete with fine examples of Federal and Greek Revival architecture, this neighborhood is stunning to look at.
The beauty of Beacon Hill is matched only by the impressiveness of its location. As this neighborhood is one of the city’s oldest, Boston grew around Beacon Hill, granting the community central access to the rest of the city. Any of Boston’s major T-lines are within walking distance, and those working downtown in the financial district enjoy the rare privilege of walking to work.
Residential units in Beacon Hill are upscale. Historic row houses and brownstones offer extraordinary opportunities to live in a gorgeous and original piece of architecture. There are also a few mid-size concierge condos that offer comparatively more attainable — but no less magnificent — real estate opportunities. Beacon Hill is a very competitive market, and anyone would be fortunate to call this place home.
Life in Beacon Hill is tranquil and elegant. Because it’s largely a residential area featuring many side streets that are closed to motor traffic, locals enjoy a sense of quiet that’s rarely found in large cities. Nevertheless, the neighborhood still has a central shopping and dining area with an excellent selection of restaurants and low-key nightlife options. Residents are mostly successful professionals in lucrative careers or descendants of families who’ve lived in the neighborhood for generations. The culture tends to lean conservative.
Charles Street is Beacon Hill's charming shopping and dining destination. There are dozens of restaurants to choose from, and the highlights include Toscano, an upscale establishment serving exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine. Boston is famous for its own take on pizza, and Figs serves free-form, thin crust pies. Stroll a few steps from Charles Street and you’ll arrive at 75 Chestnut, a local favorite serving classic American dishes of steamed PEI mussels, BLTs and a grilled chicken panini in its quaint interior.
Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill is arguably the area’s finest boutique, featuring a superbly curated selection of designer clothes, decorations and more in their stylish interior. Children also enjoy a boutique that caters just to them with Red Wagon’s selection of novelty and artisanal toys you can’t find in just any store. Black Ink is another popular shopping stop purveying well-made and tastefully simple houseware items.
History is alive in Beacon Hill, and it heavily informs local activities. Residents are steps away from the Boston Common, the oldest public park in the country, which features delights like an old-fashioned carousel in the summer and an ice ring in the winter. Step indoors to the Boston Athenæum, a distinguished library founded in 1805 with an astounding collection of oil paintings, oriental rugs and sculptures.
One of the most popular activities is to stroll up and down Acorn Street — an iconic pedestrian way that’s reminiscent of colonial times and considered to be America’s most photographed street. For visitors, this precious street is a treasured memory. For locals, it's home.
Beacon Hill is home to excellent public and magnet schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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