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Narrow cobblestone streets lined with red brick homes give the Beacon Hill neighborhood, the best known Boston neighborhood, a stunning visual appeal. Residents here have access to terrific shopping along Charles Avenue and are within walking distance to numerous eateries, shops and cultural venues.

The Charlestown neighborhood showcases both brick-and-wood townhouses and public housing, giving this neighborhood a mix of tenants. Contemporary shops and restaurants live alongside the oldest tavern in Boston, and residents have gorgeous views of the Charles River harbor, home to two marinas.

The North End is home to Little Italy, where bakeries and specialty grocery stores line the neighborhood's business district. Hotels and bars dot the landscape along the waterfront, and the U.S. Coast Guard has a base in this community.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Boston, MA is $1,799 for a studio, $2,310 for one bedroom, $2,554 for two bedrooms, and $2,916 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Boston has increased by 2.7% in the past year.

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Studio
354
$1,799
1 BR
613
$2,310
2 BR
698
$2,554
3 BR
988
$2,916
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Ratings

98 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
100 Transit Score® Rider's Paradise
75 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Parks

Beacon Hill meets the Charles River at the Esplanade , a wonderful green space where you can find people walking dogs and kids, going for a run or just relaxing in the provided Adirondack chairs at any time of the year. The Hatch Shell amphitheater hosts free concerts and movies every week during the summer, and the Esplanade is also a launching point for sailors heading onto the river. Look for the free Zumba and tai chi classes during the summer as well, and head here, along with the rest of Boston, to catch the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Shopping

Clever boutiques, gift shops and home decor and furnishings stores dot the Beacon Hill neighborhood, most clustering along Charles Street.

Pop in to Black Ink for gift shopping at its finest. Pick from unique items that don't come from the major brand names you see everywhere else, choosing both practical items and those that exist just to delight. You might opt for a metal building kit of the Empire State Building, a hipster doll or a beautiful stationery set from Japan, and you can find the gift wrap you need to complete your gift as well.

Beacon Hill residents head to Persona Jewelry when they need a special piece of jewelry designed or to get heirloom pieces appraised and repaired. The helpful staff can expand your ideas as to what's possible, and they can remake old pieces as well.

Whole Foods keeps the produce bins of Beacon Hill refrigerators fully stocked through the year, and several smaller markets also provide grocery choices. Savenor's Market on Charles Street features an old-school butcher's shop and an amazing selection of cheeses. Topshelf is a convenience store that carries everything from fresh Brussels sprouts to Dunkin Donuts, and Deluca's Market sells gourmet items, including international foods, hot sauces and cheeses galore. Beacon Hill itself doesn't host a farmers market; for that, you have to make the trek to the Boston Public Market at Dewey Square.

Cost

The cost of living in Beacon Hill sits 32 percent higher than that of Boston, an already expensive city. Expect to pay about $2,160 per month for your one-bedroom apartment. When you stop for a beer at a local pub after work, expect to pay about $6 to $7.

If you can walk to work, as many in Beacon Hill do, you can save some money, and a ride on the T is only around $2. When you do need to drive, you can find gas for about 3 percent cheaper than the national average.

Transportation

The T, Boston's subway system, runs right through Beacon Hill with stops at Charles Street, Government Center, Park Street and Arlington. Fares are as low as $1.05 for seniors and students, as of 2015.

If you have a car, you may still want to use the T to get in and out of the neighborhood, because finding parking can prove close to impossible, though there are a few paid parking garages around the perimeter of the Hill. Driving in Boston has a notorious reputation, so you're most likely to use your car to leave town via Interstates 90 and 93.

Many people choose to get around Beacon Hill on foot, and the neighborhood has a very impressive walk score of 98 out of 100. You can easily make your way to any part of downtown Boston by foot from Beacon Hill, but the neighborhood only has a handful of bike lanes, and the traffic congestion can make cycling iffy at best.

Taxis and Uber can be called for service, or you can find taxis waiting at major hotels. Water taxis let you cross the Charles River to Cambridge, with stops at several major hotels along the river.

History

Beacon Hill, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States, housed country estates until after the Revolutionary War. Although three hills originally stood in the neighborhood, after the construction of the State House in 1995, builders moving in to the area leveled much of it to create residential housing. Beacon Hill became known as the most elegant neighborhood in Boston, home to the Boston Brahmins, but after the Civil War, it became home to African-Americans, then Irish and Italian immigrants.

In Beacon Hill, the Nichols House Museum provides an example of a grand house during the neighborhood's heydey and the Museum of African-American History hosts the African Meeting House where Frederick Douglass spoke. The Boston Opera House presents opera, Broadway musicals and great concerts, while the world-famous Boston Pops make their home at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, an outdoor amphitheater fronting the Charles River.

Restaurants

Locals in Beacon Hill patronize the restaurants scattered all throughout the neighborhood, with many clustered along Charles Avenue. Restaurants in the area range from casual sandwich and juice bars to high-end, trend-setting eateries, with plenty of chain restaurant and fast food choices thrown into the mix as well.

Figs serves up trendy, cutting-edge pizza, with offerings to make the staunchest meat-eater or the most committed vegetarian happy. Try the thin-crust fig and prosciutto pizza for an exquisite blending of salty and sweet tastes, or go for the classic portobello mushroom or crispy shrimp pies. Non-pizza offerings also win raves from the locals, who especially praise the rosemary fries, calamari and chicken Parmesan sliders.

When you need a quick lunch, stop in at Fill-a-Buster on Bowdoin Street. The chicken kebab, enormous falafel sandwich or weekly chicken cutlet specials guarantee to fill you up, and that's before you start in on the fries that come free with every order. This combination of a deli and Greek restaurant also opens for breakfast to get your day started right.

If you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to treat yourself, head to Toscano on Charles Street. This classic Italian restaurant gives off a romantic vibe. Try the pasta with Italian sausage in a truffle cream sauce, the tagliatelle in a spicy tomato and garlic sauce, or the lamb chops cooked in a balsamic reduction. For dessert, the blueberry torte looks as spectacular as it tastes, and the tiramisu can easily be passed around the whole table. The restaurant has a private room when you want to throw a lovely party.

21st Amendment stands out as the neighborhood bar where everyone wants to hang out. Locals head there for after-work drinks and conversation, enjoying cutting-edge cocktails such as a blueberry martini with a graham cracker rim or an angry apple that blends whiskey and apple cider.

Young professionals in Beacon Hill frequent the Tip Tap Room for its astonishing selection of craft beers, innovative cocktails and adventurous, foodie-pleasing menu that includes exotic meats such as yak and kangaroo. If you're a fan of the TV show "Cheers," stop by the bar of the same name to feel as if you've walked onto a TV set. Enjoy the live music in this tiny bar and yes, you can take home a T-shirt or beer mug with the "Cheers" logo.

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Boston, MA 02114
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Apartments for Rent in Beacon Hill, Boston, MA

Narrow cobblestone streets lined with red brick homes give the Beacon Hill neighborhood, the best known Boston neighborhood, a stunning visual appeal. Residents here have access to terrific shopping along Charles Avenue and are within walking distance to numerous eateries, shops and cultural venues.

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