About Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill, named for the beacon on the hill that used to warn setters about foreign invasions, is one of the oldest and most luxurious communities in Boston. Reflective of colonial Boston, this one-square mile community is home to beautiful brick row houses that offer visually stimulating architectural details, including beautiful doors, decorative ironwork, traditional brick sidewalks, narrow streets and quaint gas lamps.
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The Exclusive Beacon Hill Real Estate Market
Positioned just north of Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, Beacon Hill is equally the most iconic, historic neighborhood in Boston and the most exclusive and pricey. The community features a number of the most expensive properties found anywhere in the city.
To say the market is competitive is a sizable understatement. The truth is that the majority of properties that become available in Beacon Hill sell quickly and with few restrictions. If you are interested in making a home in Beacon Hill, you should be prepared to make a quick offer!
The architectural style of Beacon Hill real estate is epitomized by red-brick facades and federal-style row houses. Many examples still remain of the colonial era but the majority of residential construction began at the turn of the century.
Historically, the Beacon Hill community had the distinction of being home to both the city’s most affluent residents as well as its poorest. The area is divided in 3 broad sections: South Slope, North Slope and Flat of the Hill; the last of which was created when several of the area’s hills were flattened to fill a section of the Charles River for development.
South Slope and Flat of Hill were the sites of some of the city’s first (and grandest) mansions and rowhouses. North Slope was initially the home of many immigrant families.
Beacon Hill Community Highlights
Few neighborhoods in all of Boston, or all of the US for that matter, are as instantly recognizable as Beacon Hill. Without a doubt the most recognizable street is Acorn Street, with the distinction of being the most photographed in the United States.
You’d recognize it if you saw it. The street is narrow with sidewalks made of cobblestone and delightful gas-lit lanterns. A popular tourist attraction and weekend hangout for local residents across the city, a trip to this area of Beacon Hill is like taking a trip back in time.
Aside from its historic appeal, Beacon Hill is also prized for a close proximity to both downtown Boston and several of the city’s more prominent universities. The neighborhood is also delightfully bookended by the Charles River to the northwest and Boston Commons and Boston Public Gardens to the south.
Of course most famously, Beacon Hill is centered around the Massachusetts State House. This neighborhood is without a doubt among the most walkable areas of Boston.
With so much variety to offer, it’s easy to see why many homebuyers choose to make this historic and iconic Boston neighborhood their home. To start your real estate search in Beacon Hill contact Terrier Real Estate today! Their Boston REALTORS® are here to help.
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