Mission Hill is a three-quarter square mile neighborhood of approximately 18,000 people in Boston, Massachusetts. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Columbus Avenue and the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury to the east, Longwood Avenue to the northeast and the Olmsted designed Riverway/ Jamaicaway and the town of Brookline to the west.
Northernly is adjacent to the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. It is served by the MBTA Green Line E Branch and the Orange Line and is within walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts. "Coincidences" Hill with about half of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, home of 21 health services research and education institutions are responsible for the largest employment area in the city of Boston out of town. Due to these adjacencies, the neighborhood is often struggling with institutional growth has residential buildings and occupying storefront commercial space. But recent years have seen new retail stores, restaurants and residential development in the neighborhood giving a stronger political voice and identity.
Mission Hill is historic district architecture with a combination of detached houses built at the beginning of wealthy landowners, blocks of traditional brick row houses and two flats Triple many. Many are condominiums, but there are several families of two and some houses.
The district was named in March 2008 as one of the "25 Best Zip Codes in Massachusetts" by the Boston Globe, citing a higher value on houses, restaurants and abundant shopping, a marked racial diversity and that 65% of the residents walk, bike or take transportation to work.
The district has two main shopping streets: Tremont Street (north and south) and Huntington Ave. (which runs east and west). Both have several small restaurants and shops. Mission Hill is located at the western end of Tremont Street, with Beacon Hill in the east. Mission Hill has two main ZIP Codes; the southern half is designated and the northern 02120 is 02115. In addition, a very small portion of southeastern edge uses the code and 02130 two streets on the western edge use 02215.
Parker Hill, Roxbury Crossing, the Triangle District, behind Hill and Calumet Square are areas within the Mission Hill, a designated official in the Boston neighborhood (as evidenced by numerous signs prohibiting parking without a tag only can be received by the residents).
Brigham Circle, located at the corner of Tremont and Huntington is the neighborhood shopping center with a grocery store (Stop & Shop), pharmacies, bars, banks and taverns. Furthermore, two other smaller commercial areas are in the neighborhood: Roxbury Crossing and the corner of Huntington and South Huntington near the Brookline line.
On Tremont Street is Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica (1878, Schickel and Ditmars, 1910 towers, as well as Franz Joseph Bottom), in a landmark building of the same name which dominates the skyline of the area. The church was chosen as the location for the funeral of Senator Edward M. Kennedy on Saturday, August 29th, 2009.
At the top of the hill is the New England Baptist Hospital and Parker Hill Playground, which extends from the hospital grounds by Parker Hill Avenue.