Beacon Hill & Charles Street, Boston
Now, you gotta wander through Beacon Hill, right?
All those Boston images - cobblestone streets, narrow avenues, leaning townhomes, and buckling sidewalks - that's Beacon Hill, my friend! Sure, there are some tough hills and confusing side streets, but just foray into the hood and discover this charming neighborhood. It's Boston, after all, and you can't get THAT lost.
FYI: bricks are very slippery when wet. Use caution!
Boston's wealthiest referred to themselves as the "Brahmin" class, named after the wealthiest English colonists of India, who lived like royalty in palaces with servants. There may not be any Indian palaces, but Beacon Hill still boasts a number of gorgeous brownstones owned by the oldest Boston families - and I'm sure it's the home of many servants to this day. Charles Street is beautiful bordering on overly precious - take a stroll down it, from Beacon St. to Storrow Drive, but then turn off, squeeze in your butt and abs, and take on some of Beacon Hill's notorious HILLS while oohing and aahing the historic brownstones. Make your way northeast towards Beacon Hill Pub and grab a cheap beer in a cool bar to end the day.
Fashionable center of elegant Beacon Hill. "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott lived here in the 19th century; supposedly this was the first neighborhood in the United States to witness door-to-door Christmas Caroling. Currently the Square is home to a certain well-known ketchup heiress and her Vietnam-veteran husband; you might catch them in their SUV tooling out of their guaranteed parking spot.
Beacon Hill is a historic neighborhood in Boston. It is a great place to take a walk and look at the beautiful architecture which is governed by strict guidelines. Make sure you pay attention to detail here - there is lots of it. This is also a very close community where everyone knows everyone.
You can visit the State House here, or see where some of the wealthiest people in Boston live. There are also some museums to look through.
If I were to live in Boston this is the area I would want to live in. The only problem is I'm sure this is one of the priciest areas, too. It's just a really cute neighborhood in the city that is really well kept up, beautiful, and exactly what you expect Boston to look like.
...preferably during the summer or early fall! It's just lovely architecturally and the people who live around here are quite chic, etc.
It's very old, older than most places in this country, so is worth seeing!
Walk along and shop Charles Street, the elegant main street of the neighbourhood. Lined with classic Georgian brick buildings holding classy restaurants, antique stores, and other unique businesses, Charles Street is primarily quiet but still interesting. It gives off the feel more of an overdeveloped village street than a major street in a great metropolis. The Charles Street Meetinghouse at Charles and Mount Vernon is a neighbourhood landmark, and the (supposedly) original 7-11 store is up a few blocks from there.
Admire this quiet, historic neighbourhood, one of Boston's priciest areas and justifiably so- the neighbourhood is filled with intact 18th and early 19th century rowhouses and mansions built for Boston's wealthy. Cobblestone streets on hillsides and a distinctive redbrick federal style flair characterise this area. In many ways, the gaslights, the brick sidewalks, the brick houses all summarise the general image many people have of Boston. Of particular interest are Acorn Street, a narrow, cobbled way that draws more photos than any other site in Boston, Charles Street, which has great restaurants and antique shops, and Louisbourg Square, the creme-de-la-creme of New England real estate, where houses are most expensive in Boston. The square was modelled after Georgian examples in London, and has a definite Belgravia or Bloomsbury feel to it. Since Beacon Hill is right on the Freedom Trail, I'd say it's a must to wander through there. Perhaps even pick up the African American History Trail, which shows off some of Boston's lesser known historic sites on the neighbourhood's north slope.
Wander around Louisbourg Square. Beacon Hill's premiere address was laid out in the early 19th century in the pattern of many Georgain squares in London. A long ovular green graces its centre which is only accessible by residents of the square, who hold keys to the park. The houses facing the square are all built in a similar design to give the impression of one long, continuous facade, which undulates with the curvature of Boston's signature bay windows. For some reason, bits and pieces of cobblestone still stick out of the pavement in Louisbourg Square, which doesn't seem very picturesque (as it was probably intended to be) but is an indication of what the square once looked like.
See Acorn Street, the most picturesque (and photographed) street in Boston, which is always curiously empty of tourists despite its popularity with photographers. The street is the best example of intact cobblestone in Boston, the entire street being composed of the little stones. I suggest keeping to the narrow sidewalks along the sides- the stones can be quite tough on the feet. The street is in Beacon Hill between Willow and West Cedar Streets.
Beacon Hill is a beautiful neighborhood with narrow streets. This charming, gas-lit neighborhood is a carefully preserved reminder of how Boston looked about 1850. In this area you can find the most expensives houses in Boston.
Beacon Hill - here resided in the past, still does to this day some of Bostan's finest families. Housed in the stately old brick town houses were the likes of Louisa May Alcott of 'Little Women' fame and furniture designer Jenny Lind.
The cobbled streets left over in some areas of Boston are great! But I wouldn't want to drive on them...or anywhere in town, for that matter. There's a very good public transportation system, and the locals all think you're crazy if you try to drive downtown.
This is a great neighborhood to live in or just to go for a stroll through. However, be prepared for the steep hills if you plan to walk. The homes display beautifull windows and doors and wrought iron in various forms. It will also benefit you to take a guide book that shows which homes are historically significant.
I loved walking through this historic district. It had interesting buildings, cobbled streets & gas lights.