Filled with historic brownstones and tree-lined streets, Boston’s Back Bay is one of America’s most desirable neighborhoods in which to live. Take a stroll down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue or go shopping on world famous Newbury Street, called by many the Rodeo Drive of Boston. Filled with high-end international designer label shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more, Newbury Street is a great place to spot a celebrity or a local sport star while window shopping.
Interestingly for such a beautiful neighborhood, as little as 160 years ago, Back Bay did not even exist. Back Bay was covered in swamp and marshlands, as it was a part of the Charles River. To form the land, the Massachusetts government commissioned Boston construction companies to dam the river and fill the area with land. The result; an 80 year building effort yielding one of the most famous neighborhoods in the country.
Back Bay is also a business and commerce center for New England. Home to the two tallest buildings in the city of Boston, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, the neighborhood is home to some of the nation’s leading firms and companies. Boylston Street is home to many businesses, bars, and restaurants.