Settled in early 19th century by the wealthiest and most prominent members of Boston society. Beacon Hill remains one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city.
Beacon Hill was deliberately laid out as a residential community for the entire Boston. One of its founders was reowned architect Charles Bulfinch who designed the State House.
Beacon Hill is almost all residential but Charles Street, which runs from Beacon Street to Cambridge Street, offers fine antique stores, vintage clothing, unique gifts, local grocers, gourmet shops, boutiques and excellent cuisine in the local cafes and restaurants.
A subway stop is located at the base of the Hill on Cambridge Street or people can take advantage of the 10 minute walk to downtown Boston. The streets of Beacon Hill are relatively free of busy traffic, thanks to the careful planning of its founders.
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