In 1845, retired sea captain Joseph Lee left his 165 acres of land along the Newton and Brookline border to his nieces and nephews. The problem? Without a railroad system and development of any kind, the property did not have much to offer. It was not until 1850, when Beacon Street connected Newton Centre with the Back Bay, and the Charles River Railroad was extended two years later, that Lees heirs began building houses and a new communityChestnut Hillaround the farm.
Chestnut Hill is known for malls like the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, which is being redesigned to house a specialty movie theater and health and fitness center..