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Beacon Hill is the historic neighborhood located just north of Boston Common. It is mostly an area of quiet, narrow, tree-lined streets with rows of brick townhouses – perfect for strolling around. Lined with restaurants, pubs, unique stores, and noteworthy antique shops, Charles Street is a prime destination for residents of Beacon Hill Apartments. To the south, within reach of anywhere in Beacon Hill, is the great open green space of the Boston Commons and Boston Public Gardens. This is one of the most desirable places to live in Boston, both because of its serene beauty and because of its location.
Beacon Hill History
In 1625, the first settler in Boston, William Blaxton (or Blackstone), built a house and maintained an orchard on the south slope of Beacon Hill. Boston was officially established by the Massachusetts Bay Company in 1630. The signal beacon after which Beacon Hill is named was established in 1634 as a signal for approaching ships. From this time until after the American Revolutionary War, Beacon Hill was mostly pasture land and orchards, with a few country estates. In the decades leading up to the American Revolution, the north slope of Beacon Hill was known as an undesirable ‘red light’ district frequented by soldiers and sailors.
The development of Beacon Hill as an upscale residential area began when the construction of the new State House was started in 1795. A nearby parcel of land was bought by an association of wealthy Bostonians called the Mount Vernon Proprietors. They were probably the first real estate development organization in America. Among their number was the famous architect Charles Bulfinch, who had designed the new State House. The Mount Vernon Proprietors laid out the streets and designed mansions, which were built on a speculative basis.
The hallmark row houses of Beacon Hill were an efficient way to utilize the parcels of land. Thus was established an American tradition of real estate development. Throughout the 19th century, the development of Beacon Hill continued. Most of the buildings from this period are brick row houses. On Charles Street many of the brick row houses were intentionally designed for the first floor to hold shops and businesses.
The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission strictly regulates the unique character of Beacon Hill. All exterior work to buildings in the Historic Beacon Hill District must be submitted for review and approval.
Landmarks Near Beacon Hill Apartments
Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts State House, located at 24 Beacon Street, is actively in use as the state capitol building of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is where both the Massachusetts General Court (the state legislature) and the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts are housed. Designated a National Historic Landmark, this masterpiece of Federal architecture was designed by the celebrated American architect Charles Bulfinch, and is considered to be one of his finest works. Its cornerstone was laid auspiciously on July 4, 1795 in a Masonic Ceremony led by Paul Revere, as he was the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The construction of the New State House was completed in January, 1798.
Park Street Church
Park Street Church is located at 1 Park Street, at the corner of Tremont and Park Streets. Originally this was the site of the Old Granary, a public storage building which was built in 1729. The Town of Boston sold the original building, which was demolished, and in 1809 the Park Street Church was built for the Trinitarian Evangelical congregation. In the era before modern skyscrapers, the 217 foot steeple dominated the Boston skyline. In fact, from 1810 to 1828 the Park Street Church was the tallest building in the United States.
Granary Burying Ground
Granary Burying Ground is located next to Park Street Church on Tremont Street. Its name came from the Old Granary building that had previously occupied the site of Park Street Church. Established as a burying ground in 1660, an estimated 5,000 Boston residents are buried here. Among the prominent people interred here are Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Peter Faneuil, Paul Revere, and James Otis, as well as five of the victims of the infamous Boston Massacre.
Museum of African American History
The Museum of African American History, whose Boston campus is located at 46 Joy Street, preserves the history of free African Americans, their experiences, and contributions to the United States. Prior to the Civil War, Beacon Hill was home to one of the most significant and influential enclaves of free African Americans. If you are looking at Beacon Hill apartments, no matter which you choose, you will be surrounded by some of the nation’s most important history.
Abiel Smith School
Abiel Smith School, located at 46 Joy Street, was built between 1834 and 1835 by the City of Boston to house the African School. It’s construction was the result of a long and determined campaign by black Bostonians to provide schooling for their children in the Boston public school system. Eventually this school, which was not on par with schools for white Bostonians, was closed in 1855. That year, the Massachusetts State Legislature passed legislation requiring an end to segregated schools. It remains preserved as a National Historic Landmark.
The Phillips School
The Phillips School, located at the corner of Pinckney and Anderson Streets, was built between 1823 and 1825. It was originally the home of the English High School. In 1844, it was converted to the Phillips Grammar School, which was only open to white male children. Most of these children came from the wealthy families living in Beacon Hill. It was reputedly one of the best schools in Boston. Eventually girls were also admitted. In 1855, after a long struggle for equal school rights by black Bostonians, the Phillips School was integrated in accordance with legislation passed by the Massachusetts State Legislature. It is currently a private residence.
The Vilna Shul
The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, located at 18 Phillips Street, was built as an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in 1919. Vilna Shul is a modest building that is remarkable as the only remaining example in Boston of a synagogue that was built for the purpose by immigrants.
William Hickling Prescott House
William Hickling Prescott House, located at 55 Beacon Street, is a National Historic Landmark that is operated as a museum by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. This twin house building, designed by Asher Benjamin, was built in 1808 for James Smith Colburn, a prominent Boston merchant. It was later the home of 19th century historian William Hickling Prescott, who is famous for his books on Spanish history and on the Spanish colonial conquest in the Americas. Learn more at http://nscda.org/?page_id=150&state=MA&prop=405
Nichols House Museum
Nichols House Museum, located at 55 Mount Vernon Street, is one of the early Beacon Hill townhouses. Built in 1804, it has been open to the public as a museum since 1961. The house is furnished and maintained as it would have been around the turn of the 20th century, when the Nichols family lived there. Rare in modern Beacon Hill, both the service wing of the house and the wood shed have been preserved as they had been when still in use as such.
Boston Athenæum, located at 10½ Beacon Street, is a private library, one of the oldest independent libraries in the country. It is home to a remarkable collection of rare manuscripts, books, and art work. Members gain access to its collection of over 480,000 volumes, many of which are not available in public libraries. There are also cultural and social events, exhibitions, and lectures open to members. Boston Athenæum is open to the public for guided tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. For an academically or historically inclined person living in a Beacon Hill apartment, membership in the Boston Athenæum would be a unique resource, available nowhere else.
Scarlett O’Hara House
Scarlett O’Hara House is located at Rollins Place, off Revere Street. It is not actually a real house, but is, rather, a very convincing three-dimensional painting on a brick and concrete retaining wall. It is clearly visible from the public sidewalk, but the alleyway is private.
Louisburg Square, located between Pinckney Street and Mount Vernon Street, is a private greenspace surrounded by a wrought iron fence. While this small park is, itself, closed to the public, the sidewalk around it is not, and it is a lovely, peaceful destination for tourists and residents living in Beacon Hill apartments. At the north end of the park is a statue of Columbus, balanced by a statue of Aristides the Just at the south end. On either side of Louisburg Square are some of the most exclusive townhouses in Boston. Among the prominent 19th century residents of Louisburg Square were author Louisa May Alcott, painter John Singleton Copley, and architect Charles Bulfinch. Currently, one of the townhouses is owned by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Beacon Hill Apartments: Neighborhood Attractions
Acorn Street is a narrow lane between West Cedar Street and Willow Street. It is often cited as the “most frequently photographed street in the United States.” This narrow lane is still paved with original the cobblestones. Coming here is like traveling back in time to the early 19th century. Coachmen and trades people who served the nearby mansions used to live here when it was first developed. These days, living in such a desirable and picturesque location commands high prices when one of the residences becomes available for rent or purchase.
Cheers, located at 84 Beacon Street, is the original Boston pub that inspired the famous TV show. Originally called the Bull & Finch Pub, it actually was the 1982 Boston Magazine choice for “Best Neighborhood Bar” in Boston.
Things to Do in Beacon Hill
Charles Street is a great shopping destination, especially for antique shops. Wandering around Beacon Hill to see the sights and landmarks is a popular with tourists and locals, alike. The Boston Commons, Boston Public Garden, and the Charles River Esplanade are right next to Beacon Hill. There is a range of excellent restaurants and pubs easily accessible from most Beacon Hill apartments.
Noteworthy Restaurants and Pubs in Beacon Hill
Toscano, located at 47 Charles Street, is a highly rated and long established restaurant offering Tuscan cuisine. Zagat refers to Toscano as “reliably excellent”. The vibe is casual elegant with a smart casual dress code. The proprietors recommend making a reservation.
Mooo, located at 15 Beacon Street, is a modern steakhouse that earns rave reviews. The vibe is casual elegant dining with a business casual dress code. It’s a good idea to make a reservation if you want to get a table.
Grotto, located at 37 Bowdoin Street, is a romantic, cozy restaurant featuring Italian cuisine that consistently earns top reviews. The vibe is casual dining with a casual dress code. You should make a reservation to eat at this restaurant as well.
The Red Hat, located at 9 Bowdoin Street, has been in business since 1907. They managed to stay in business during Prohibition by operating as a reputable restaurant during the day, then becoming a speakeasy at night. They offer beer, drinks, and pub food.
21st Amendment, located at 150 Bowdoin Street, prides itself on being a neighborhood bar offering drinks, beer, and reportedly excellent pub food. The name, of course, refers to the legislation ending prohibition.
Interesting Shops Near Beacon Hill Apartments
Marika’s Antique Shop, located at 130 Charles Street, is known for helpful and friendly service. Their selection includes estate jewelry, silver, and porcelain collectables, as well as select furniture.
Upstairs Downstairs Antiques, located at 93 Charles Street, has five display rooms with furniture spanning three centuries, including Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco, Shabby Chic, Country Cottage, Asian, Americana, and Federal. They also offer artwork, china, stemware, silver, and select pieces by local artists.
Elegant Findings Antiques, located at 89 Charles Street, offers antique porcelain, crystal stemware, glass, and decorative accessories. Their antique furniture includes marble topped credenzas, curio cabinets, tables, and chairs.
Public Transportation Convenient to Beacon Hill Apartments
Beacon Hill T-Stops & Stations
Charles/MGH station, located at 426 Longfellow Bridge, is in the northwestern corner of Beacon Hill. It serves the Red Line. https://www.mbta.com/stops/place-chmnl
Bowdoin station is located at the eastern end of Cardinal Cushing Park, where Bowdoin Street, New Chardon Street, and Cambridge Street come together. It serves the Blue Line.
Government Center station is located just to the east of Beacon Hill, across Cambridge Street, where it meets Court Street at City Hall Plaza. It serves the Blue and Green Lines, as well as Buses 352 and 354.
Park Street station is located near the southeast corner of Beacon Hill, at the corner of Tremont Street and Winter Street. It serves the Red and Green Lines.
Beacon Hill Bus Stops
Cambridge St @ Bowdoin Street Bus Stop, at the northeastern edge of Beacon Hill, serves the 15, 39, and 57 buses.
Charles St @ Beacon St Bus Stop, on the southern edge of Beacon Hill, just across Beacon Street in the Boston Common, serves the 43 and 55 buses.
Beacon St @ Park St Bus Stop, on the southeast edge of Beacon Hill, just across Beacon Street, in the northeast corner of Boston Common, serves the 43 and 55 buses. Right alongside this bus stop are bus stops for Peter Pan and Greyhound bus lines.
There are several parking garages in Beacon Hill, as well as some dozen small parking lots. Most street parking is limited, and available only to residents. Premium townhouses and apartment buildings may include their own integrated garage space.
Charles Street Garage, located at 144 Charles Street, is a premium facility offering deeded parking spaces for sale to Beacon Hill residents. Amenities include professional management, valet parking and continuous 24 hour/7 day per week service.
100 Cambridge Street Parking Facility is an underground facility located at 100 Cambridge Street. While not cheap, most reviews of this parking garage are favorable.
Center Plaza Garage is an underground facility located in 1 Center Plaza at 75 Somerset Street. Most reviews are positive and their website contains a list of their rates.
LAZ Parking Garage is located at 73 Tremont Street. They recommend reservations, which one can make on their website. The website also contains their monthly and hourly rates. The garage also posts the rates at its entrances.
One Beacon Garage is another LAZ Parking facility located at 1 Beacon Street #800. They recommend reservations, which one can make on their website. They post their monthly and hourly rates at the garage as well as on their website.
Brimmer St. Garage is located at 15 Byron Street. This is a condominium parking facility that offers parking spaces for sale, or rentals on annual contracts. This is an indoor valet facility with prices available on request. Access is restricted to 6:30am to 12:00am Sunday through Thursday, and 6:30am to 1:00am Friday and Saturday.
Boston Common Garage, while not actually in Beacon Hill, is a nearby underground facility in the Boston Common. There is parking for 1,350 vehicles, and the reviews for this facility are the most positive in the area. This is probably the best place to go if you are visiting Beacon Hill. Monthly parking is available. Rates are posted on their website.
The full range of Boston taxi, Uber, and Lyft services are available in Beacon Hill.
Notable Colleges & School System in Beacon Hill
Suffolk University, located at the eastern end of Beacon Hill, is a liberal arts university offering undergraduate, graduate, and law degree programs. Part-time, evening, and on-line classes are available for working professionals.
UMass Center on Beacon Hill, located at One Beacon Street, offers higher education courses for working professionals.
Park Street School, located at 67 Brimmer Street, is a private Christian faith-based school for toddler through sixth grade education.
The Advent School, located at 15 Brimmer Street, is a small private school offering education from pre-school through sixth grade. It has a 5 to 1 student to teacher ratio and utilizes the Reggio Emilia approach to education, emphasizing relationship-driven experiential learning.
Beacon Hill Nursery School, located at 74 Joy Street, offers toddler, preschool, and junior kindergarten programs.
What it’s like to live in Beacon Hill Apartments
Residents say Beacon Hill is a quiet and peaceful place to live, especially for an urban neighborhood in the heart of a bustling city. You will be in close proximity to a T station from anywhere in the neighborhood. All of the amenities and sights of Boston are readily available.
Beacon Hill Demographics
According to Niche.com, almost 90% of Beacon Hill Residents have college degrees, 44% with master’s degrees or higher and 45% with bachelor’s degrees.
The facilities of Massachusetts General Hospital are just across Cambridge Street, north of Beacon Hill. Massachusetts General Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the United States.
Beacon Hill Cable/Internet Providers
The cable and internet providers available in Beacon Hill are Verizon, Xfinity, and RCN. Additionally, Viasat provides just internet service, and DirecTV and Dish provide just cable TV service.
Beacon Hill Apartment Affordability
The median monthly rent for a one bedroom Beacon Hill apartment is $2,400, with two bedroom apartments at $3,000. Most of the Beacon Hill apartments are located in the sub-divided townhouses that comprise most of the buildings in this neighborhood. Of course, Beacon Hill has some of the most exclusive and desirable residences in Boston, and they are priced accordingly.
Bowdoin School Apartment Homes, located at 45 Myrtle Street, offers one and two bedroom apartment homes in a pet friendly old school building in the heart of Beacon Hill. Amenities include air conditioning, ample closet space, newly renovated kitchens and bathrooms, dishwasher, hardwood floors, 24-hour emergency maintenance, laundry facilities, and secure building access. Two bedroom apartments are $3,100 to $3,200. One bedroom apartments are $3,000.
Lincoln Shire, located at 15 River Street, was built in the 1920’s and started converting to condos in 2005. There are 46 one and two bedroom units. Amenities include common roof deck, twin elevators, common laundry, and additional basement storage.
Beacon House, located at 19 Myrtle Street, offers 85 rent-subsidized and 32 rent-moderated apartments for persons age 55 and over. This building was renovated in 1983 to provide elder Boston residents with affordable housing. One bedroom and studio units are available. Amenities include elevators, on-site laundry, community room, atrium, computer lab, library, and roof deck.
New or Notable Beacon Hill Apartment Buildings
XV Beacon Hotel is a stylish luxury boutique hotel located at 15 Beacon Street. This is an exclusive and elegant hotel with exemplary service and spacious rooms. This is a truly luxurious and elegant place to stay while exploring Beacon Hill.
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, located at 25 Charles Street, is a small heritage hotel originally built in the mid-19th century. The Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their highly rated food is a combination of American and French bistro cuisine. The vibe is casual elegant, with a casual dress code.
The Archer Residences, to be located at 45 Temple Street, will offer 67 luxurious residences with one to four bedrooms. Planned amenities include 24-hour concierge, doorman, indoor garage with valet parking, club room, board room, roof terrace, wellness and fitness center, children’s playroom, bicycle storage, and a pet spa. The units will feature oak flooring, gas fire places, and a selection of premium stone finishes. Residences are projected to range from a minimum price of $1.3 million to a maximum of $18 million.