- Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, with the earliest existing houses dating back to the late 1700’s. This village-like neighborhood is only about one square mile in size, approximately 20% larger than the Public Garden and Boston Common combined. The Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian style architecture of its townhouses is accentuated with gas lights, decorative iron work, cobblestone streets and hidden gardens. Beacon Hill is known for its South Slope, North Slope and the Flat. The South Slope, bordered by the Boston Common,
Charles Street, Pinckney Street and the State House, was developed in the 1790’s by the Mount Vernon Proprietors for Boston’s most affluent Brahmin families. The North Slope runs from Myrtle Street down to Cambridge Street while the Flat is located between Charles Street, the Public Garden and the Charles River. Charles Street and Cambridge Street frame Beacon Hill and are home to a large concentration of antique shops, restaurants and gourmet food shops. Boston’s best known proprietor, architect Charles Bullfinch, designed several Beacon Hill houses. Just a short walk to the Financial and Back Bay Business Districts, Boston Common, Public Garden, Charles River and the Charles and Cambridge Street shopping areas, Beacon Hill is the perfect neighborhood for the auto-less resident.
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