Brookline offers many interesting areas and walkable neighborhoods near Boston, but by far the most exciting is Coolidge Corner. The C Green line is easily accessible with fast service into Downtown Boston. Kenmore Square and Fenway Park are less than 2 miles. The corner itself is where Beacon Street and Harvard Street meet and the commercial area is lined up mostly on Harvard and Beacon.
Coolidge Corner offers a wide variety of restaurants, from the kosher style deli, Zaftig’s, to French Crepes, excellent Thai food at Dok Bua, and classic Indian at Rani’s on Beacon Street. Other than a cornocopia of deliciousness, Coolidge Corner is home to the beloved independent movie house, The Coolidge Corner Theater.
Housing in Coolide Corner is varied. Lining Beacon Streets and most of the side streets in the area are pre-war Manhattan style brick condominium buildings, mostly low rises up to 4-5 flights. There are buildings with modest units of 1-2 bedrooms no bigger than 850 square feet and large 3 plus bedroom condos of over 2,000 square feet.
Walk down Harvard and Babcock and you find beautiful tree-lined side streets with old and ornate Victorian and turn-of-century houses. Many are single family homes with a small yard and some are two family houses, of which many have been converted into condominiums.
Summary of what makes Coolidge Corner one of the most walkable neighborhoods near Boston:
- Walk to the C Green line
- Dozens of excellent restaurants
- Great independent shops including Brookline Booksmith, Magic Bean, Simon Shoes
- Coolidge Corner Theater
- Convenience of Trader Joe’s and Stop and Shop
- There is always a green park a short walk away