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Beacon Hill open houses: 8 options for under $1 million

And one in the West End for good measure

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Beacon Hill exists in a time period of its own on the other side of the Public Garden. Protected by preservation restrictions, it's almost like stepping back into history.

While the neighborhood may seemed out of a storybook, the units in this weekend’s open house tour offer some modern conveniences with classic architectural details—it's the best of both worlds.

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1. 15 River Street, #501

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15 River St
Boston, MA 02108

Open house: Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $949,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 778

The pitch: “The condo has southern and western exposures, providing not only gorgeous light but views of historic Beacon Hill and the Public Garden.”

2. 8 Whittier Place #2E

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8 Whittier Pl
Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Price: $728,000

Size: Studio

Square footage:

The pitch: “Spacious unit with an incredible view of Whittier's Arboretum and feels like living in a garden or private estate.”

3. 11 Irving Street, #5

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11 Irving St
Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $499,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 407

The pitch: “Generously proportioned living room allows for full sized furniture, and has an additional closet, two windows already outfitted w/ blinds, tall ceilings with fan and parquet wood floors.”

4. 1-3 Chestnut Street, #4B

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3 Chestnut St
Boston, MA 02108

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Price: $895,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 780

The pitch: “Located in a historic elevator building, this charming one bedroom is located on one of Beacon Hill’s most coveted streets, just a short walk to the Financial District, Boston Common, and the Public Garden.”

5. 4 Smith Court, #2

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4 Smith Ct
Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Price: $995,000

Size: 1-BR, 1.5-BA

Square footage: 1,055

The pitch: “This new construction garden duplex home offers ample contemporary living space, custom kitchen, and private deck and patio.”

6. 35 Hancock Street, #3

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35 Hancock St
Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Saturday, 12-1 p.m.

Price: $945,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 852

The pitch: “this floor-through unit features historic, high ceilings, impressive crown moldings, dimmable, crystal chandeliers and two, original, and marble fireplaces.”

7. 30 Hancock Street, #4

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30 Hancock St
Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 12-1 p.m.

Price: $979,000

Size: 1-BR, 1.5-BA

Square footage: 947

The pitch: “This quintessential Beacon Hill floor-through condo offers high ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors, a wood fireplace mantle in the living room as well as a wood mantle fireplace in the master bedroom.”

8. 27 Bowdoin Street, #1-C

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27 Bowdoin St
Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Price: $515,000

Size: Studio

Square footage: 431

The pitch: “This stand-out, spacious studio is front facing with tall ceilings and oversized windows offering an abundance of natural light enhanced by custom plantation shutters and a separate kitchen.”

1. 15 River Street, #501

15 River St, Boston, MA 02108

Open house: Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Price: $949,000

Size: 2-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 778

The pitch: “The condo has southern and western exposures, providing not only gorgeous light but views of historic Beacon Hill and the Public Garden.”

15 River St
Boston, MA 02108

2. 8 Whittier Place #2E

8 Whittier Pl, Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Price: $728,000

Size: Studio

Square footage:

The pitch: “Spacious unit with an incredible view of Whittier's Arboretum and feels like living in a garden or private estate.”

8 Whittier Pl
Boston, MA 02114

3. 11 Irving Street, #5

11 Irving St, Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Price: $499,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 407

The pitch: “Generously proportioned living room allows for full sized furniture, and has an additional closet, two windows already outfitted w/ blinds, tall ceilings with fan and parquet wood floors.”

11 Irving St
Boston, MA 02114

4. 1-3 Chestnut Street, #4B

3 Chestnut St, Boston, MA 02108

Open house: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Price: $895,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 780

The pitch: “Located in a historic elevator building, this charming one bedroom is located on one of Beacon Hill’s most coveted streets, just a short walk to the Financial District, Boston Common, and the Public Garden.”

3 Chestnut St
Boston, MA 02108

5. 4 Smith Court, #2

4 Smith Ct, Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Price: $995,000

Size: 1-BR, 1.5-BA

Square footage: 1,055

The pitch: “This new construction garden duplex home offers ample contemporary living space, custom kitchen, and private deck and patio.”

4 Smith Ct
Boston, MA 02114

6. 35 Hancock Street, #3

35 Hancock St, Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Saturday, 12-1 p.m.

Price: $945,000

Size: 1-BR, 1-BA

Square footage: 852

The pitch: “this floor-through unit features historic, high ceilings, impressive crown moldings, dimmable, crystal chandeliers and two, original, and marble fireplaces.”

35 Hancock St
Boston, MA 02114

7. 30 Hancock Street, #4

30 Hancock St, Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 12-1 p.m.

Price: $979,000

Size: 1-BR, 1.5-BA

Square footage: 947

The pitch: “This quintessential Beacon Hill floor-through condo offers high ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors, a wood fireplace mantle in the living room as well as a wood mantle fireplace in the master bedroom.”

30 Hancock St
Boston, MA 02114

8. 27 Bowdoin Street, #1-C

27 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114

Open house: Sunday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Price: $515,000

Size: Studio

Square footage: 431

The pitch: “This stand-out, spacious studio is front facing with tall ceilings and oversized windows offering an abundance of natural light enhanced by custom plantation shutters and a separate kitchen.”

27 Bowdoin St
Boston, MA 02114