August 2017

The Flat of the Hill | By Kate Sullivan

The Flat of the Hill is very literally on the flat of Beacon Hill, located along the Charles River. The area was once home to the carriage houses and horse stables of the wealthy Bostonians who resided in the more prestigious Front Slope and Louisburg Square neighborhoods. Today, many of these edifices have been transformed into residences, like the charming row houses seen on Beaver Place. These homes are met with neighborhood landmarks such as the Charles Street Meeting House, the Church of the Advent, and the Sunflower Castle.

The neighborhood is home to a wealth of history as well. The Charles Street Meeting House was the first integrated church in the country. In terms of developmental history, the Flat of the Hill was the last of the Beacon Hill neighborhoods to be developed. The area was created by filling in a section of the Charles River with land from the peaks of the hill. This work was completed by roughly 200 workers and some oxen. Today, the neighborhood's centerpiece, Charles Street, named after the water it was built upon, is the commercial hub of the neighborhood. Of the numerous businesses and restaurants in the area, here are a few of the most notable highlights:

  • Tatte Bakery - Located on Charles St. A chic brunch spot that is no stranger to the instagram’s of hungry Bostonians.
  • Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro - Located on Charles St. A locally sourced neighborhood bistro located in a cozy boutique hotel.
  • Cheers - Located on Beacon St. The place “where everyone knows your name.” This sports bar was the original inspiration for the iconic show of the same name.
  • Panificio - Located on Charles St. A bakery and bistro bringing traditional european vibes to Beacon Hill.
  • Upper Crust - Located on Charles St. The original location of a classic pizza shop serving the freshest ingredients atop their famous crispy crust.
  • Toscano - Located on Charles St. Traditional Tuscan fare served in a rustic setting.
  • Pressed - Located on Charles St. The original location of this Boston based juicery, serving cold pressed juices and clean eats.
  • For more restaurant recommendations in the area check out our blog post on Beacon Hill brunching.

This sub-neighborhood is home to roughly 1,800 residents, with a median age of 40. The neighborhood lacks diversity, with 93% of the populations identifying as white. The residents of the area are split 44% male, 56% female.

*On average, the Flat of the Hill has 12 sales per year. Units spend an average of 58 days on the market before an offer is made. The median sale pricing for condo units on the Flat of the Hill is $1,152 per square foot. *

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*All stats are based on condo sales greater than $1M.