CHESTNUT HILL, AFFLUENT HOMES, SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS , RECREATION
JUST A PART OF NEWTON AND BROOKLINE,
Chestnut Hill is an affluent unincorporated suburban village. While Chestnut Hill has its own zip code, it lies within the borders of three different municipalities: Boston, Newton and Brookline.
Children living in Chestnut Hill attend school in one of these cities (or towns) Boston, Newton or Brookline.
Chestnut Hill is best known for the Chestnut Hill Mall and a new development of shopping across the street. Both overlook the busy Route 9 corridor. Chestnut Hill is also the home of Boston College. There are several fine restaurant outposts in Chestnut Hill including The Capital Grille and Aquitaine. Each of these has an original restaurant location elsewhere, yet all three (and many more) Chestnut Hill restaurants are always busy and active, especially among affluent locals.
AIRPORT: 20 min / 30 min
Love the Outdoors? The neighborhood is anchored by the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, as well as Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City. The 114-acre Hammond Pond Reservation is a wooded reservation with a large, scenic pond located in the Newton section of Chestnut Hill. Hammond Pond offers fishing, hiking, and rock climbing. Kennard Park is a 16-acre park within a larger conservation area.
Boston marathon route and Heartbreak Hill. Sections of the Boston Marathon, including Heartbreak Hill, route go through the neighborhood. Heartbreak Hill is in the Newton section of Chestnut Hill, between the 20 and 21st mile markers for the marathon. While it only rises 88 feet, its location marking the last quarter of the race, is where many runners experience the phenomenon of ‘hitting the wall’. Heartbreak Hill begins at Commonwealth and Grant avenues, and peaks at Commonwealth intersects with Hammond, Wachusett, and Woodchester streets.
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