The street runs through the Back Bay from east to west, parallel to Commonwealth Avenue and Boylston Street. It starts in a quite big park called the Public garden and ends at Massachusetts Avenue, sometimes called simply Mass Ave. Newbury Street is characterized by historical villas from the 19th century, in which hundreds of shops, boutiques and restaurants have been built. The street has become a popular and sough-after attraction not only among the local inhabitants. The most expensive boutiques are situated at the beginning of the one-way street, near the park. The luxury of the shops goes steadily down as you approach Massachusetts Avenue, and the shops gradually turn more avant-garde.
In 1750, the 3-km long part of the street was a part of the Boston part. At the beginning of 1857, the port became a part of the quarter Back Bay. Construction work in the area was finished in 1882. Nearly all the houses in the street were built at the same time, using European architectonical styles typical for the 1880s. The streets strictly follow the utopian vision of right-angle grid structure. Originally, there were prestigious villas in the quarter. In the 80s and 90s, the villas became very popular among the rich. It is the Victorian houses that give the street its typical and unique atmosphere.