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Old 04-28-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

Today I'll be looking at apartments in Beacon Hill. Is the "good side" still the southern part near the Common and the Park St. T stop? Is the "bad side" the northern part near Cambridge St.?

Is there anything else I should know about the area?

Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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The "sunny street that holds the sifted few" (O. W. Holmes) is Beacon Street and from there up to Pinckney is the traditional elite quarter. The North Slope streets run downhill from Myrtle and Revere Streets to Cambridge Street. That's the "bad" side. However, nothing bad about it. Years ago, when the north slope continued across Cambridge St into the West End, it was considered slummy but not any more. Still, you can't help noticing the difference between the two areas--the south slope has exquisite town houses, some with bow fronts, shutters, and wrought iron details; the north slope is mostly tenement buildings built cheaply in the 1890s to house immigrants, same as the ones that predominate in the North End (which isn't considered slummy any more either.) The third area of Beacon Hill is the "flat" of the hill, between Charles St and the Storrow embankment. That's's very nice, more like the south slope than the north slope.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:28 AM
 
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The "sunny street that holds the sifted few" (O. W. Holmes) is Beacon Street and from there up to Pinckney is the traditional elite quarter. The North Slope streets run downhill from Myrtle and Revere Streets to Cambridge Street. That's the "bad" side. However, nothing bad about it. Years ago, when the north slope continued across Cambridge St into the West End, it was considered slummy but not any more. Still, you can't help noticing the difference between the two areas--the south slope has exquisite town houses, some with bow fronts, shutters, and wrought iron details; the north slope is mostly tenement buildings built cheaply in the 1890s to house immigrants, same as the ones that predominate in the North End (which isn't considered slummy any more either.) The third area of Beacon Hill is the "flat" of the hill, between Charles St and the Storrow embankment. That's's very nice, more like the south slope than the north slope.
I completely agree with this. The whole thing strikes me a little bit like deciding which is the bad side of Weston

The south slope is perpetually out of my price range. Though the Flat is very nice, I actually prefer the north slope because it's got easier access to the T and stores. While it's primarily composed of "tenements" compared to the Mt. Vernon St. townhouses, I also think the north slope streets are quite attractive in their own right. (Anderson, Irving, Garden, etc.). I had a friend who lived on Chestnut near Brimmer and it was a decent trek to any of 3 different T stops (Charles, Park, Arlington). Great location for walking to the Hatch Shell or Public Garden though.
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