Known for its rich history, gorgeous homes, and proximity to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, Beacon Hill is a beautiful neighborhood to find your next home or condo. The quaint, gas-lit, cobblestone streets provide one of the most gorgeous settings to call home anywhere in Boston.
Beautiful brick row houses connected by historic brick sidewalks set this Beacon Hill apart as one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods. Plus, living in Beacon Hill provides access to some of Boston’s finest restaurants and antique shopping, which run along Charles Street.
If you are moving into Beacon Hill this year, here’s a list of things you can do to immerse yourself in the community!
Take a Stroll Down Acorn Street
Acorn Street offers it’s visitors a nostalgic journey back to historical Boston and is one of the city’s most photographed streets. It was on this very street that 19th-century artisans and trades people resided and today, these row houses are considered to be a prestigious address in beautiful Beacon Hill!
Visit the Nichols House Museum
The Nichols House Museum was created by architect Charles Bulfinch and renovated in 1830. Rose Standish Nichols, who lived in the house between 1885 and 1960, inspired the museum’s name, and it represents the lifestyle of the American upper class during that time period. The Nichols House Museum takes visitors on a room-by-room tour of the four-story row house, which is furnished with period pieces.
View the Oldest Library – the Boston Athenaeum
The Athenaeum was founded in 1807 and is an exclusive club of sorts in which membership is required to use the many magnificent resources of this institution. But feel free to visit the first floor of this historic building that is open to the public and is home to an art gallery with a variety of rotating exhibits. Marble busts, porcelain vases, oil paintings, books and more are a delight to browse through and view. There’s also a children’s room with cozy reading nooks that overlook the Granary Burying Ground.
Guided tours are also available; they have limited space and fill up quickly, but they are well worth it; just call a day ahead to reserve your spot. You’ll see shelves and shelves of antique books, various artworks, and magnificent collections, including the majority of George Washington’s private library and the King’s Chapel Library, which came from England’s William III in 1698.
Site See at Boston Common
Boston Common, the country’s oldest public park, was established in 1634 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, this vast green space serves as the starting point for the Freedom Trail and the focal point of the Emerald Necklace, a network of linked parks that runs through various Boston neighborhoods. Its long history includes being used as a camp for British troops, the site of public executions, and the location where several notable visionaries and leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem, delivered legendary speeches.
Today, Boston Common is still a popular location for public gatherings, festivals, events, concerts, and sports, as well as a pleasant place to jog, bike, and walk while admiring the beautiful scenery. It is situated at the foot of Beacon Hill.
Grab Dinner at Mooo… Beacon Hill
Columbus Hospitality Group launched the Mooo…. brand in 2007, with the first location at the opulent XV Beacon Hotel on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano employs his culinary skills to create classic yet contemporary steakhouse dishes. The Beacon Hill location’s warm modern décor creates a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Mooo…. has a full bar as well as an award-winning wine list.
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