Located just West of the Fenway area of Boston, the St. Mary’s & Lower Beacon Streets area was originally a wetland covered in cedar trees. Gradually logged and filled in for farming, the only evidence of the former landscape is Hall’s Pond just north of Beacon Street at Armory Park – one of only two remaining natural ponds in Brookline. Many older homes surrounding the park are preserved as part of the Cottage Farm Historic District. Beacon Street takes its current appearance from a widening and integration with the trolley line overseen by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead in 1887.
Today, St. Mary’s Street area has a mix of independent shops and eateries catering to the students and professionals living in the area. Elephant Walk restaurant is known for its French and Cambodian fusion cuisine in an upscale setting, perfect for a romantic night out. Sol Azteca has been serving up delicious Mexican food since 1974, in a charming setting, combining the brick walls of a classic brownstone, with the white walls and tile patterns of Mexico. Further down the block, Johnnie’s Fresh Market offers grocery shoppers an alternative to chain supermarkets complete with a deli and fresh baked goods. For book lovers, the Boston Book Annex buys and sells books and contains over 100,000 volumes on any just about any subject.
Although it may not be the epicenter for shopping in Brookline, St. Mary’s does offer many services. There are a number of spas, cleaners, realtors, and banks, including Brookline Bank, available in the St. Mary’s neighborhood. The neighborhood provides a store for fine wines, a fresh market, and the long standing Economy True Value Hardware store.
Getting to St. Mary’s Street from Boston
By subway, take the C “Cleveland Circle” train on the green line to St. Mary’s Street stop. Metered street parking is available on Beacon Street.