Mission Hill is one of Boston’s best kept secrets. Coming in at less than a mile, this tiny, but mighty neighborhood is one of Boston’s most diverse.
Located near the Longwood Medical Area, Mission Hill is close to several major hospitals, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women and Beth Israel Deaconess. Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Joslin Diabetes Center are nearby. New England Baptist is at the very top of “The Hill.”
It’s also within walking distance of Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Northeastern University, and Mass College of Art. You can also find Wentworth Institute of Technology, Simmons College, and Harvard Medical School.
Though tiny, Mission Hill has a rich history. Up until the American Revolution, Mission Hill was mostly orchard farms belonging to the wealthy. As time went on, the area changed. Between 1820-1870, beer production was the main source of industry. In fact, many of Boston’s breweries were located here. During the 19th century, a large puddingstone quarry in the area produced the stone foundations for many neighborhood homes.
While you’ll find lots of triple-deckers filled with students, take a walk around Mission Hill’s quieter, more residential streets. You’ll find beautiful brownstones and historic homes.
If you’re interested in green space, urban wilds surround New England Baptist. Get your exercise in with some steep climbs, then head over to Brigham Circle, Mission Hills commercial center. Filled with stores and restaurants, your choices range from classic pubs to new spots with creative fare.
Who Lives There
Mostly students and health care professionals, with some longtime residents holding down the fort against too much change.
Tiny and diverse with a strong neighborhood feel.
Students and health care professionals.
Classic pubs, Asian eats and promising up-and-comers.
Not to Miss
The urban wilds right around New England Baptist.