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History

Beacon Hill is a 19th century, Boston, urban neighborhood- regarded as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country. It is located north of Boston Common and just south of Mass General Hospital. Its population is dense, reaching nearly 10,000 people, making its community life rich. It is composed of an approximate one-half mile square with an average single family townhouse selling for approximately $3,000,000 +/-.

“The Hill” is bounded by Beacon Street to the south, Somerset Street to the east, Cambridge Street to the north and Storrow Drive to the west. The area bounded by Tremont, Beacon and Park Street is also included, as well as the Boston Common itself. The level section of the Hill, west of Charles Street, is known commonly as the “Flat of the Hill”.

Beacon Hill was once owned by William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston in 1625, who later sold his land to the Puritans. The South Slope, pointing towards the Common, was the place to be in the 19th century while the North Slope was referred to as “Black Beacon Hill”. Both “Hills” were strongly united on the subject of Abolition. Beacon Hill became a National Historic Landmark on December 19th, 1962.

Famous individuals that were former residents of the Hill include Louisa May Alcott, John Albion Andrew, William Blaxton-original owner of Beacon Hill, Edwin Booth, Charles Bulfinch, John Singleton Copley, Michael Crichton, Robert Frost, John Hancock, Teresa Heinz, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Julia Ward Howe, Abigail Johnson, Edward M. Kennedy, John Kerry, Henry Cabot Lodge, James Russell Lowell, Robert Lowell, Mary Osgood, Harrison Gray Otis, Sylvia Plath, William Prescott, David Lee Roth, Anne Sexton, Robert Gould Shaw, Carly Simon, Charles Sumner, Uma Thurman, David Walker, Gretchen Osgood Warren, Fiske Warren, Daniel Webster, and Jack Welch.

Beacon Hill Entertainment

Whether it’s a quick slice of pizza or a romantic French meal, Charles Street has a restaurant for you. The main shopping location in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Charles Street, is popular with tourists and locals who come to browse its many boutiques and antique shops or enjoy one of the many fantastic restaurants.

Beacon Hill boasts an array of restaurants; 75 Chestnut, 21st Amendment, The Hungry I, Black Goose, Artu, Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, Bin 26 Enoteca, Figs, King & I, Panificio , The Paramount, and Ristorante Toscano to name a few.

Retail shops offer a range of antique stores, children’s stores, drug stores, fashion shops, framing stores, gift shops, grocery stores, hardware stores, home improvement, restaurants and bars.

The Hatch Shell

The Hatch Shell is a bowl-style outdoor stage located on the south bank of the Charles River. The park on the Boston side of the Charles is known as the Esplanade, or officially the Charles River Reservation. A common way to access the Esplanade is from the north end of Arlington Street at David G. Mugar Way, and walking across the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge over Storrow Drive.

The Hatch Shell has an open area in front of it. Many visitors set up blankets there before concerts. Concert goers often pack coolers, carry small foldable chairs, and wear hats or sun block as well as mosquito spray to brave the outdoors. When a concert begins, there is a lot of standing room around the shell to view the stage.

Free Friday Flicks are classic, popular, family-oriented movies shown each Friday night throughout the summer at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Movies start at sunset.

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