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This page is not cluttered with historical or demographic data. That information is available elsewhere. The focus here is on the things which you might find important. Instructions for viewing Beacon Hill real estate listings are found at the bottom of this article...

Street Scene

It is easy to get to know your neighbors in Beacon Hill! Besides having a well-organized neighborhood association, Beacon Hill is a small, residential neighborhood of Federal-style rowhouses known for its narrow, gas-lit streets, decorative iron work, and brick sidewalks. Beacon Hill is generally bounded by Beacon Street, Bowdoin Street, Cambridge Street and Storrow Drive - less than a square mile - and situated directly north of the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. In fact, the Massachusetts State House is at the top of the Hill overlooking Boston Common. The block bounded by Beacon, Tremont and Park Streets is included as well, as is the Boston Common itself. The level section of the neighborhood west of Charles Street, on landfill, is known locally as the "Flat of the Hill." You might also hear of the "North Slope" and the "South Slope" sides of Beacon Hill.

Its architecture also includes the Greek Revival and Victorian periods, as well as early 20th-century colonial revival homes and tenements. The exteriors of the buildings are protected by restrictive regulations that allow no changes to any visible part of a structure, including such details as the color of the doors, without the approval of an architectural commission.

Today, Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. There is relatively little crime being reported in Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill Online is a neighborhood website with some additional information.

Boston is a city of neighborhoods by means of annexation. Access the City of Boston's official website, including the neighborhood of Beacon Hill. If you have school-age children, Beacon Hill lies in the Boston Public School district. Its transportation policies are outlined here. However, it is more likely that you would place your children in private school.

To keep up with daily goings on you can check in online with the Beacon Hill Times, The Patch, Boston City Paper or, of course, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald. The Boston Courant which serves the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Downtown, Fenway, and South End does not currently have a web site.

If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy in Beacon Hill, The City of Boston maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston does offer a residential tax break for primary residences for which you might need to apply after your purchase.

Sold Statistics for Beacon Hill

Single Family:
2012 - 26 sales. List Price - $3,061,769 Sale Price - $2,808,173   Market Time - 212 days
2011 - 31 sales. List Price - $2,940,677 Sale Price - $2,735,565   Market Time - 204 days
2010 - 7 sales. List Price - $4,630,429 Sale Price - $3,837,429    Market Time - 199 days

2012 - 188 sales. List Price - $858,403 Sale Price - $844,109   Market Time - 85 days
2011 - 165 sales. List Price - $813,867 Sale Price - $766,582   Market Time - 75 days
2010 - 136 sales. List Price - $778,362 Sale Price - $740,626    Market Time - 131 days

Multi-Family Listings:
2012 - 1 sale. List Price - $2,295,000 Sale Price - $2,225,000   Market Time - 10 days
2011 - 1 sale. List Price - $1,195,000 Sale Price - $1,080,000   Market Time - 109 days
2010 - 3 sales. List Price - $2,298,333 Sale Price - $2,108,667   Market Time - 54 days

The numbers of Beacon Hill single-family and multi-family sales do not warrant comment because the results are not consistent enough to draw any kind of worthwhile conclusions. Beacon Hill sales are consistenly and predominantly of condominiums. Although sales in 2011 were robust, they were even more in volume in 2012! Their modest gain of 3.4% in value from 2010 to 2011 was eclipsed by the 10% rise in value in 2012.

To view all of the current MLS real estate listings in Beacon Hill, you will need an ID which is "2350803" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime, daily or weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window if they also require an accompanied showing.