The Flat of the Hill

Beacon Hill


Quite literally situated on the flat of Beacon Hill, this elegant district runs parallel to the Charles River. Where commuters now buzz east and west on Storrow Drive, the river formerly banked. In fact, the Charles River flats extended into most of the now posh Flat of the Hill neighborhood. As landfill took the place of the former river bed, carriage houses and stables of wealthy Bostonians who lived on the actual hill popped up across the Flats. These structures have since been converted into a diverse array of appealing residences – including the charming Row Houses of Beaver Place, Byron Street, Chestnut Street and Brimmer.


Steeped in history, the Flat of the Hill flanks such landmarks as the Charles Street Meeting House, the Church of the Advent, and the Sunflower Castle. The Meeting House, our country’s first integrated church, ensures that this neighborhood remains steeped in history, while a host of cozy restaurants (75 Chestnut, Toscano and Bin 26, to name a few), bakeries, and pubs keeps the district modern, too.


Averaging one sale per month for properties over $1 million, the Flat of the Hill district has a mean per square foot price of around $1,150. While these properties remain some of Boston’s most coveted, the days on market statistic tends to linger on the higher side. Many of these properties are customized in ways that make the marketing of such homes more difficult with the perfect buyer sometimes taking longer to surface. On average, 60 days until an offer is made can be expected.


Home to just over 1,800 residents, the Flat of the Hill’s inhabitants cite a median age of forty. The population boasts 56% women, with the majority of the population identifying as Caucasian. Residents appreciate the Flat of the Hill’s storied past; two hundred workers, alongside dozens of oxen, created the hill by filling in a section of the Charles River with land from surrounding peaks. Today, Charles Street represents the commercial heart of the Flat of the Hill. Tourists are never sparse along this bustling street that cuts from the West End to the Boston Common. The Flat of the Hill is the epitome of Boston’s European roots.

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