Community: Brookline

Living in Brookline MA

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Looking for a truly special place to call home? Owning a home or a condo in Brookline means enjoying a peaceful, sustainable suburban experience while placing yourself just minutes away from Boston’s vibrant downtown attractions.

Divided between its urban center and suburban south side,    Brookline is one of the area’s most convenient and prominent towns.  It’s small size lends itself to easy commuting as most of Brookline is accessible by the green lines of the MBTA.

Stunning architecture and sculpted streets convey a sense of style and class. There’s plenty to do and see, which means the neighborhood offers a great deal to professionals, families, and students alike. Brookline is an icon, and one you’ll want to explore thoroughly. Be warned: once you decide to make Brookline your home you will never want to leave!

Demographics

Brookline’s median income is $66,771. Brookline residents have consistently opted to re-invest this wealth back into the community, and it shows. Brookline’s streets are well-groomed and attractive, portraying a sense of quiet refinement.

History

Brookline was originally part of the greater city of Boston. However, in 1705, Brookline village incorporated into its own entity. In 1847 the arrival of the Boston and Albany Railroad helped to transform Brookline into a thriving residential and commercial district. Today, Brookline hardly needs a railroad to sustain it—it’s now one of Boston’s hottest residential destinations. When you visit, it certainly won’t be hard to see why.

Many famous people have called the Brookline neighborhood home since its incorporation in 1705. Walk the streets that John F. Kennedy, James Taylor, Larry Bird and Conan O’Brien once called “home.”

Character

Some American neighborhoods have lost all of their unique character and charm. Not Brookline, where family-owned businesses abound. You’d have to look hard to find yet another chain restaurant here. Instead, you’ll find shops, restaurants, and attractions that you just can’t find anywhere else. Sample the vegan delights at the KooKoo Café. Take in the exquisite pottery at Feet of Clay. Or grab a Jesse James margarita and some barbeque at the Village Smokehouse. This is all just the tip of the iceberg. It will take you weeks to explore everything, and you need never leave the neighborhood to find something new every day.

Brookline also offers access to the renowned Longwood Medical Area, which offers its residents easy access to some of the finest medical and research facilities in the world, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of Boston, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the New England Baptist Hospital.

Professors, medical professionals, students and families all call Brookline home. Life moves at a slightly more relaxed pace, offering a small town atmosphere just minutes from the heart of the big city. This erudite population is careful and quiet: recycling is the norm, for example, and many choose to live a car-free lifestyle thanks to Brookline’s walkable streets and transit access. You can find all kinds of buildings within the neighborhood: modern, luxury buildings, and brownstones; some with amenities and some without.

Types of Homes

There are roughly 26,000 residential units here in Brookline. Each of Brookline’s neighborhoods offers a unique series of styles to choose from.  Brookline homes and condos come in all sizes and price ranges.

In Coolidge Corner you’ll mostly find condo buildings and pre-war buildings from the 1900s to the 1930s. You’ll also find some modern buildings and luxury, full service buildings. Single family homes are usually large: you’ll find Colonials, Victorian, and Queen Anne style homes here.

Washington Square is known for single family homes and massive two family houses, also in a turn-of-the-century style.

The Estate Neighborhood offers small and medium sized estates including the Frederick Olmstead historic site and the homes of several professional athletes.

South Brookline and Chestnut Hill are filled with smaller Colonials and Capes, as well as a few more contemporary homes.

Brookline Village offers brownstone commercial spaces, turn of the century homes, and small lots.

Corey Hill offers single homes and duplexes, many dating back to the early 1900s.

Finally, there’s Fisher Hill, which offers large brick Colonials and Queen Anne style homes surrounded by beautiful, manicured lawns and landscapes.

It is not uncommon to find gleaming hardwood floors, lots of natural light, and gorgeous, updated eat-in kitchens in many of these cozy, beautiful homes. High ceilings are common as well, offering soaring spaces in the heart of just about everything.

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Commute

Brookline puts you close to I-90 and I-93, offering access to the greater Boston metro area. Those who prefer to go car-free are in luck: the MBTA Green Line is accessible throughout the Brookline area, and it will bring you directly downtown where you can access the rest of the metro bus lines, or enjoy the downtown area without worrying about parking. Access to public transportation is rare for a suburban area, but Brookline has it.

Schools

Brookline is a haven for families. The Brookline Public School system is one of the finest school systems in the area. After the final bell rings, take your kids to unwind by roaming the 2 acre Daniel F. Ford Playground, or grab a coffee while they enjoy the 20 foot circular sandbox at Linden Park. Or take in a show at the children’s Puppet Showcase Theatre. Don’t feel like going out? Just send them outside to play.

You can learn more about Brookline Schools by visiting their school district web page, here.

 Safety

You can view a Spotcrime.com map of Brookline right here. Though there is no such thing as a completely crime-free district, Brookline statistically sees very few incidents of violent crime. You can also visit the Brookline PD’s website to learn more, since the Brookline PD publishes weekly crime reports.

Houses of Worship

There are plenty of houses of worship to be found in Brookline. Some of the major spots are St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Mary of the Assumption, The Episcopal Church of our Savior, Ruggles Baptist, and the City on the Hill church, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Temple Sinai, Kehillath Israel and Temple Beth Zion. Of course, Brookline’s prime location makes it easy to take a drive, take a trolley, or hop a bus out to any of Boston’s churches and temples.

Attractions

Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway park just minutes away. Explore the historic Underground Railroad. Grab a swim at the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatic Center. Take in a class at Boston College or Newbury College. Life in the Brookline neighborhood puts you at the center of everything. You won’t find many fast food restaurants here, but you will find fantastic, unique local eateries like the KooKoo Café, a vegetarian and vegan hideaway, or Orinoco, where you can enjoy Venezuelan cuisine and meet a new friend in a family-style seating arrangement.

Parks

You will enjoy the benefits of two major parks when you live in Brookline. The first is the Daniel F. Ford Playground at Emerson gardens. This is a two-acre playground that features slides, a colorful toy ship, and jungle gyms. During the summer Brookline’s kids love to visit the spray pool. Parents can talk with one another on the benches or simply settle in to watch the children play.

Linden Park offers a different experience: a 20 foot sandbox that the kids really enjoy. Many adults like to sneak off to the park to enjoy a quick lunch away from the hustle and bustle of Harvard Street, too.

Brookline Reservoir Park offers fishing, as well as a running and walking track which winds around the reservoir.

Indoor Activities

Brookline still has plenty to offer even in the middle of the winter season. You can take in a Yoga, karate, or Capoeira class at Inner Space. You could also head for a swim at the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatic Center.

If the art world is more your scene, check out Feet of Clay Pottery. Locals know you have to ring the buzzer, but once you’re inside you can both learn the art of pottery and view pieces from local artists. Gateway Arts is another important part of the local art scene. If your new walls are looking a bit barren you might want to step in and find a painting! Feeling a bit crafty? Check out Abeille. Take a beading class or a bracelet making class, or gather up all of the supplies you need for your next project.

There is plenty for the kids to do as well. For example there’s a huge toy store called Henry Bear’s Park. The entire store has every game and toy arranged by age so it’s easy to find something your kids will love. But it’s more than a store. It’s also a community hangout: be sure to drop by for the weekly classic board game night, or for story time. Speaking of stories, younger kids may also enjoy the Puppet Showplace Theatre. You’ll find just about every kind of puppet show performed here, from marionettes to hand puppets. You can also take your kids to cool puppet workshops where they’ll get to make their own.

My Favorite Restaurants

The Rani Indian Restaurant is a bistro-style Indian café which serves curries made only with the freshest and finest ingredients. I also love the Butcherie, which is a Kosher grocery store with a variety of international offerings. Finally, there’s Clover Fast Food. Though you have to look hard to find too many big name fast food restaurants in Brookline, Clover Fast Food is something just a little bit different and special. It’s a vegetarian-friendly restaurant where you can grab chickpea fritters, rosemary fries, and giant whoopee pies.

Hospitals

Brookline puts you close to some of the finest medical care facilities in the world. You’ll be close to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both of which are major teaching hospitals for Harvard Medical School. Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the world’s largest pediatric research centers, a winner of numerous awards and a center for cutting edge medicine. New England Baptist hospital, also nearby, is a world-renowned orthopedic surgery center. Finally, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a center for both cancer care and AIDS research.

Local Information

Beacon street is crosses the north side of Brookline, where you can barely tell where the town line with Boston lies.  The trolley runs in the middle of Beacon Street.  It is lined with mostly pre-war brownstones filled with condos and apartments ranging from modest to the very luxurious.

The commercial centers include Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village and Washington Square.  Indpendants shops and restaurants invite the endless flow of pedestrians.

South Brookline caters to a more suburban lifestyle, with mostly single family homes.  You can find privacy, quiet, and more space while you remain only a few minutes from Boston.

Brookline, MA is located in Norfolk County and abuts the City of Boston and Newton, MA.  Approximately 60,000 residents call Brookline home.  It was independently cooperated in 1705, previously part of Boston.

Zip Codes:  02445, 02446, 02447, 02467

Home Prices

There are roughly 26,000 residential units in Brookline.  Below are average prices of single-family houses in Brookline, MA sold in 2012:

Range of prices: $340,000 – $10,500,000

Average price:  $1,462,000

Median price:: $1,250,000

Below are average prices of condominiums in Brookline, MA sold in 2012:

Range of prices: $187,000 – $2,000,000

Average price: $570,050

Median price: $500,000

Why I Love Working Here

Brookline has plenty to do and plenty to see. It’s also got its fair share of grace and class. It has all of the advantages of a big city, but it never loses that small town feel. It’s a community where the American Dream still lives on. It has a natural beauty and charm that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Want to Know More?

Brookline offers enough variety and character to fit just about every taste, style, or budget. Want modern luxury? We’ve got it. Dreaming of old world charm? We’ve got that, too. Got questions? Want to schedule a showing? Contact Ruth Lerner Real Estate today!

 

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Brookline MA Neighborhoods and Communities

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