6.6 out of 10

Beacon St, Back Bay / Beacon Hill

Ranked 6th best street in Back Bay / Beacon Hill
42.3542595787879 -71.0768831930298
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids



"great walk"

I doubt I could ever afford to live here, but it’s a great neighborhood to walk around in. The streets are beautiful and feel safe, and there are a lot of buildings with an interesting past for history buffs. Great public transportation access too. One downside is there aren’t many practical stores for everyday shopping.

"Beautiful Place to Live"

While visiting Boston I drove down Beacon Street to only find a beautiful place. The buildings are absolutely gorgeous. This is a great place to go apartment hunting if you are moving to the area. The road and sidewalks were all very nice and very well kept. There was a good bit of traffic but nothing that was unbearable.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Very Nice To Visit"

True, it's just beautiful, I have to admit. I love the way Beacon Street looks. I went apartment hunting here with a friend and was really struck by it. But as previously stated by another reviewer, the buildings we saw were lovely on the outside and all had problems on the inside; I was impressed by how cramped the feelings inside were as I usually think older buildings are more spacious than newer ones, and these were not, not at all. What shopping there was was extraordinarily overpriced, great if you live on expensive wine and cheese, but not exactly Woolworth's, you know? Overall it is almost like a movie set, not the same in back as it is in front somehow.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"Beacon St east of Massachusetts Ave: Safe and quiet, but pricey!"

Beacon Street (east of Massachusetts Ave.) is a nice place to live, if you can stand the price. It’s generally safe and quiet, with easy access to public transportation, parks, and a variety of amenities. Most of the residents are students, couples with young children, or older people. The area is popular with pet owners: many of the buildings allow pets and you often see people walking dogs along this street.

This is a very picturesque street. The buildings are quite old, and their gardens are well-maintained. It’s especially beautiful in the spring, when the trees start to flower. Many of the buildings on the north side of the street look out over the Charles River.

Most of the nearby shops and restaurants are upscale and very expensive (and, some might say, a bit pretentious). Although hair salons, clothing boutiques, and wine cellars are plentiful, it can be hard to find basic household items like linens and kitchenware for reasonable prices.

The rents in this area are quite high. Some of the buildings are not in great shape due to their age, and pests (insects and mice) are a problem. Parking along Beacon Street is very limited, but the area is well-served by buses and the green line of the T.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees

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