is a historic neighborhood
, that along with the neighboring Back Bay
is home to about 26,000 people. It is a neighborhood of Federal-style rowhouses
and is known for its narrow, gas-lit
streets and brick sidewalks. Today, Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston.
The Beacon Hill area is located just north of Boston Common
and the Boston Public Garden
and is bounded generally by Beacon Street on the south, Somerset Street on the east, Cambridge Street to the north and Storrow Drive
along the riverfront of the Charles River Esplanade
to the west. The block bounded by Beacon
Streets is included as well, as is the Boston Common itself. The level section of the neighborhood west of Charles Street, on landfill, is known locally as the "Flat of the Hill."
Because the Massachusetts State House
is in a prominent location at the top of the hill, the term "Beacon Hill" is also often used as a metonym
in the local news media to refer to the state government or the legislature.
Like many similarly named areas
, the neighborhood is named for the location of a former beacon atop the highest point in central Boston, once located just behind the current site of the Massachusetts State House
. The hill and two other hills nearby were substantially reduced in height to allow the development of housing in the area and to... Read More