- This article is about the village in Greater Boston. See also Chestnut Hill, Belchertown, Massachusetts, and Chestnut Hill, Blackstone, Massachusetts.
is a wealthy New England village located six miles (10 km) west of downtown Boston
, United States
. Like all Massachusetts villages
, Chestnut Hill is not an incorporated municipal
entity, but unlike most of them, it encompasses parts of three separate municipalities, each of which is in a different county: the town of Brookline
in Norfolk County
; the city of Boston in Suffolk County
(parts of its neighborhoods of Brighton
and West Roxbury
), and the city of Newton, Massachusetts
in Middlesex County
(all of its village of Chestnut Hill
). Chestnut Hill's borders are roughly defined by the Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 ZIP Code
. Chestnut Hill is not strictly a topographical
designation; the name refers to a series
of small hills that overlook the 135-acre (546,000 m²) Chestnut Hill Reservoir
rather than one particular hill. Chestnut Hill is perhaps best known as the home of Boston College
, part of the Boston Marathon
route, as well as the Collegiate Gothic canvas of the world famous architect, Frederick Law Olmstead.
While most of Chestnut Hill remained farmland well into the early twentieth century, the area around the reservoir was developed, in 1870, by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted
, designer of Central......