One of Boston’s oldest communities, Beacon Hill gets its name from a beacon that once stood atop its hill to warn locals about foreign invasion. Approximately one square mile in size, Beacon Hill is bound by Beacon Street, Bowdoin Street, Cambridge Street, and Storrow Drive. Its architecture and layout is reflective of old colonial Boston, consisting of brick row houses with beautiful doors, decorative ironwork, brick sidewalks, narrow streets, and gas lamps. Beacon Hill is also home to the Massachusetts State House and America’s first African Meeting House. Charles Street, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, is lined with antique shops and restaurants. Beacon Hill has been home to many notable Americans, including Louisa May Alcott, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Daniel Webster, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and Senator John Kerry.
About the Community
Dubbed by native Bostonians as “The Hill,” this neighborhood provides unmatched charm and prestige. The red-brick mansions of Louisburg Square and Mount Vernon Street are homes to Boston’s elite, many hiding elaborate and meticulously maintained gardens. Conservation committees have maintained a picturesque appearance of Charles Street with its burning gas lights on brick sidewalks lined with quaint restaurants, pubs, antique shops, and family-run boutiques. Perhaps the most significant result of their efforts is exhibited in the comfortable neighborhood feel that Beacon Hill provides to its residents. Annual festivals and other various clubs embed the community atmosphere that much more.
The MBTA Red Line, from the Charles/MGH Station minutes way, provides convenient and direct access to South Station, Harvard Square, and all other public forms of transportation. By car, easy access to Storrow Drive and Rt 93 allows for simple commuting in almost any direction.