The Back Bay is a man-made neighborhood, taking its name from the body of water that was filled to create one of the city's most active and well-known districts. With boundaries roughly defined as Massachusetts Avenue on the west, Arlington Street on the east, the Charles River to the north, and the Prudential Center and Copley Place developments on the south. The Back Bay, which lies behind the Public Garden, holds some of the most exclusive real estate in Boston.
In addition to shopping along trendy Newbury Street, visitors to the Back Bay area are attracted to the beauty of the Commonwealth Mall, which is a park that runs down the center of Commonwealth Avenue.
A stroll down Newbury Street takes you from high fashion to hip ice cream parlors, and a walk back up Commonwealth Ave. affords some of the most elegant townhouses in the city. It is an elegant and exciting place to live and work. Housing selections here are wide, with apartments and condos, many of them carved from what were once single-family homes belonging to the country's wealthiest residents. Other sights include the architectural landmarks in Copley Square, including the main branch of the Boston Public Library, and the serenity of the Esplanade along the Charles River.
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