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Back Bay

Back Bay Apartments

Back Bay is an officially recognized neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Back Bay along with neighboring Beacon Hill are considered Boston’s most upscale neighborhoods with townhouses selling regularly for over $3,000,000.00. Popular shopping destinations are located along Newbury and Boylston Streets as well as in Copley Square. Architecturally the neighborhood is dominated by Victorian brownstone architecture.
History

The neighborhood gained its name because the area was, in fact, the “Back Bay” for Boston. To the west of the Shawmut peninsula, on the far side from Boston Harbor, a wide bay opened between Boston and Cambridge, with the Charles River entering at the west side. As with all of the New England coast, the bay was tidal, with water rising and falling several feet over the course of the day. At low water, part of the bottom of the bay was exposed.

The Back Bay neighborhood was created when the parcel of land was created by filling the tidewater flats of the Charles River. This massive project was begun in 1857. The filling of present-day Back Bay was completed by 1882; filling reached Kenmore Square in 1890, and finished in the Fens in 1900. The project was the largest of a number of land reclamation projects, beginning in 1820, which over the course of time more than doubled the size of the original Boston peninsula. It is frequently observed that this would have been impossible under modern environmental regulations.

The boundaries of the Back Bay, as defined by the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay, are “the Charles River on the North; Arlington Street to Park Square on the East; Columbus Avenue to the New York New Haven and Hartford right-of-way (South of Stuart Street and Copley Place), Huntington Avenue, Dalton Street, and the Mass. Turnpike on the South; and Charlesgate East on the West.” The main thoroughfares of Back Bay run approximately east and west and include Beacon Street, Marlborough Street, Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury Street, and Boylston Street.

Culturally speaking, the Back Bay is known for being the home of the wealthy and the upper middle class. It is most well known for its expensive housing and shopping areas. Most stores are located on Newbury and Boylston Streets, with the ends closer to the Boston Public Garden traditionally more expensive.

The Copley Square area is close to the Back Bay (MBTA station) railroad terminal, and is the eastern nexus of a system of hotels and shopping centers connected by a set of glassed-in pedestrian overpasses. These hotels and shops are glossy and upscale, but are mostly not very different from what one would find in many other American cities. Hotels include the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Westin International, Marriott Copley Place, Colonnade, Sheraton Boston, and Back Bay Hilton. The large Copley Place mall includes the only Neiman Marcus in the New England area. The system of overpasses extends over half a mile to the Prudential Center and the shops surrounding it. The 52-story Pru tower, thought a marvel in 1964, is now considered ugly. However, the Prudential Skywalk observatory offers a wonderful view of Back Bay, Boston, and surrounding areas.