Boston Beacon Hill is one of the oldest 19th-century downtown Boston, MA residential neighborhood situated directly north of the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. Boston Beacon Hill has approximately 10,000 people and is more like a village than a city neighborhood.
Less than one-half mile square, Beacon Hill is bounded by Beacon Street, Bowdoin Street, Cambridge Street, and Storrow Drive. It is known for its beautiful doors with door surrounds, brass door knockers, window-shutters, brick sidewalks, gas lights, flowering trees, window boxes and hidden gardens. Its architecture, mostly brick row houses built during the 1800’s, includes the Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian periods. As a designated National Historic Landmark District, the architecture is protected by regulations that allow no changes to the exterior of a structure which is visible from a public way without the approval of the City of Boston’s Beacon Hill Architectural Commission.
Beacon Hill contains a South Slope, a North Slope and the Flat of the Hill. Charles Street is the neighborhood’s “Main Street” with retail shops, restaurants, and neighborhood services. The Massachusetts State House is at the top of the Hill overlooking Boston Common.
The Beacon Hill neighborhood is named for a beacon that once was located at the highest point in central Boston. Today that is the site of the Massachusetts State House. From 1625 to 1635, the area was owned by a single person, William Blaxton (Blackstone), the first European settler. Most of the brick homes were built during the 1800’s.
In 2023 the median sales price for a Boston Beacon Hill condo was $910,000. The average price per sq. ft. is $1,168.00. 24 Boston Beacon Hill condos sold in the 1st Q of 2023.
In 2022 the median Boston Beacon Hill apartment rental price is $2,800 per month.