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Most Important Historical Monuments in Boston

As one of the oldest cities in the country, it is no surprise that the city Boston is steeped in rich history. Boston was the scene of several key events in the American Revolution.

The city is filled with dozens of historical monuments to commemorate these events, none more important than those that make up the Freedom Trail.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long path through downtown Boston that is comprised of a total of 16 historic monuments and tells the story of the American Revolution.

Boston Common

Established in 1634, the Boston Common is America’s oldest public park. British forces used the park as a camp prior to the American Revolution. The park was also used as a site for public hangings until 1817. Included in these was the hanging Quaker Mary Dyer, for breaking the law imposed by Puritans that Quakers were not allowed to enter the colony.

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

Located in Beacon Hill opposite the Boston Common is the State House. It opened in 1798 and is considered a marvel of architecture. It is the current state capitol and the seat of the Massachusetts state government.

Park Street Church

The steeple of this church reaches 217 feet and was one of the first sites people visiting the city would notice. It was built in 1809 and is still an active congregation today.

Granary Burying Ground

Boston’s third-oldest burying ground is the final resting place of some of America’s most notable citizens including Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams.

King’s Chapel & King’s Chapel Burying Ground

Boston’s first Anglican Church and Boston Proper’s first burying ground have over 330 years of history to explore. The burying ground holds many important figures including John Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first governor and Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off the Mayflower.

Boston Latin School

America’s oldest public school was founded in 1635. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence attended the school including Ben Franklin, whose statue marks the site of the original schoolhouse today.

Old Corner Bookstore

Many well known titles were born here, including ​Walden, The Scarlett Letter, and​Little Women.

The Old Corner Bookstore is Boston’s oldest commercial building and was constructed in 1718.

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House is known as the site where the Boston Tea Party began. On December 16, 1773, over 5000 people came to debate the controversial tea tax. When compromise failed, Samuel Adams gave the signal to dump 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.

Old State House

In July of 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston from the balcony of this iconic building. It is also the site of the Boston Massacre and is one of the oldest public buildings in the country. It has been converted into a museum that is home to many revolution-era artifacts.

Boston Massacre Site

Outside of the Old State House, you will find a marker of the site of the Boston Massacre.

Reenactments of the event are held at the site every year on the anniversary.

Fanueil Hall

Today, Fanueil Hall is one of Boston’s most popular marketplaces. Historically, it is known as the ​Cradle Of Liberty. Fanueil hall became an important meeting place as England attempted to

impose taxes on the colonies. It was here that the Son’s of Liberty spoke out against Royal oppression.

Paul Revere's House

Paul Revere’s House

Paul Revere House

The home of the famed midnight rider who warned John Hancock and Samuel Adams that “The British Are Coming!”. You can tour Paul Revere’s family home and hear the true story of the midnight ride told in his own words.

Old North Church

Boston’s oldest church is also the launch point of Paul Revere’s historic Midnight Ride. On the evening of April 18, 1775, two lanterns were hung from the bell tower to signal that the British Army was crossing the Charles River and the famous quote “One if by land, two if by sea” was born.

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

This is final resting place of many important revolutionary figures including Old North Church sexton Robert Newman, who hung the lanterns on the night of Paul Revere’s Ride, and Edmund Hart, the builder of the USS Constitution.

USS Constitution

Dubbed Old Ironsides during the war of 1812, the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned naval ship still afloat. Named by President George Washington after the United States Constitution.

Bunker Hill Monument

Built to commemorate the Battle Of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. This was one of the first major battles of the Revolutionary War which led to significant casualties for the British troops. This battle proved that Colonial Forces stood a chance of achieving victory against the British.

If you want to get a sense of Boston’s history, just follow along the freedom trail to find some of the most important monuments of not only Boston, but of all America.

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Best Autumn Day Trips Within 100 Miles Of Boston

Are you ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Fall is a great time of year to get out and explore all the sites of New England.

From famed fall foliage to fascinating historical destinations, there are so many places to explore. Here are 9 of my favorite autumn day trips within 100 miles of Boston.

Salem

There is no more festive a destination than Salem in the fall. As the sight of the 1692 Witch Trials, it is a popular destination around Halloween. Visit attractions such as the Witch Museum, Witch House, or the Witch Trials Memorial. If witches aren’t your thing, the art exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum are right around the corner. Don’t forget to grab a bite at the Sea Level Oyster Bar for lunch overlooking the harbor.

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Plimoth Plantation

A fun destination for adults and kids alike. Journey back in time to the days of the Pilgrims at this living history museum. Here you will find the Mayflower II, a full scale reproduction of the historic ship that carried the Pilgrims to America. You will also find historically accurate representations of the 17th century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite and the Plimoth Grist Mill.

 

Old Sturbridge Village

The largest living museum in Massachusetts is a must see. Old Sturbridge Village depicts life in early 19th century New England. Take part in a historical craft class or catch a show like the Sleepy Hollow Experience. With over 200 acres of historical buildings, gardens and nature trails to explore, there is plenty to see and do to keep you busy throughout the day.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Just a 35 minute car ride from Boston lies Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Take in the breathtaking Fall Foliage while exploring the park’s 250 acres. Bring your fishing pole, kayak and a picnic lunch and enjoy a day on the shore. Don’t forget to stop by the replica of the cabin where Thoreau lived and worked for 2 years.

Seven Arrows Farmgreat places to see in fall Boston

This little gem is a must see for nature lovers. Stroll through the gardens of uncommon plants, say hello the the animals or just sit and relax with a cup of tea while taking in the beautiful scenery. You won’t want to miss the farm store where you can purchase dried herbs, teas and other unique gifts.

Davis Farmland

Davis Farmland Discover Farm is the perfect family destination. In addition to seasonal events like apple and pumpkin picking, you will also find attractions like the Imagine-Acres play area, a showcase of endangered farm animals, and the Mega corn maze. There is no shortage of things to do and see.

Bridge Of Flowers

An abandoned trolley track converted into a public garden, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls boasts several hundred different flowers, shrubs and trees in a rainbow of colors. As you cross the bridge, don’t be surprised if you are greeted by butterflies and hummingbirds. Not only is the bridge itself stunning but the views of the nearby mountains and the deerfield river are unmatched. There are plenty of nearby shops, cafes and restaurants to make it easy to spend the day in the area.

Castle Hill

Why not spend your day leisurely strolling the grounds of a mansion? Castle Hill in Ipswich is a sight to behold. In addition to 59 room mansion, there are 4 miles of trails where you can spot a wide array of wildlife including deer, fox, turkeys, great horned owls and even an occasional bald eagle.

great places to go in fall BostonSandwich Glass Museum

Cape Cod is often thought of as a summer destination, but fall is the perfect time of year to visit the Sandwich Glass Museum. The museum has “Relit the Fires In Sandwich” from the days of the bustling glass industry of old. Watch a live glass blowing demonstration and browse the beautiful glass exhibits which boasts over 6000 unique pieces produced at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company between 1825 and 1888

 

Jewell Towne Vineyards

A pit stop at New Hampshire’s oldest winery is the perfect getaway for wine enthusiasts. Set on the shores of the Powwow River, Jewell Towne Vineyards is a charming, rustic destination. Take a complimentary tour around the winery and sample a selection of local wines which have collectively won over 150 awards. This is the perfect romantic getaway for a couple.

If you’re looking for a last minute getaway to recharge and relax, there are plenty of destinations right outside your front door. Where is your favorite place to escape in the fall?

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Walkability: What’s Driving Real Estate Decisions in Greater Boston

When I talk to people looking to buy a home in the Greater Boston area and ask them what’s important in making that decision, the answer always includes “walkability”. They want a home in a walkable neighborhood meaning they can easily walk to transportation, shopping, entertainment, etc. Walkability is an emerging trend that cannot be ignored. 

According to a recent RPA report:

  • 56 percent of millennials and 46 percent of baby boomers prefer to live in more walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods; demand is also evidenced by sharp increases in rents in recent years.
  • While there is a growing shortage of multi-family housing, the nation’s current supply of single-family homes is estimated to exceed future demand for at least the next 25 years.

What Is Walkability?

There are several ways of defining the phenomena of walkability with most experts looking at it from different perspectives. However, it can be explained in layman’s language as a neighborhood that contains all the essential amenities and infrastructure such that the people living there can walk to their places of interest whenever they need to do something. The main things that make a neighborhood walkable include a town center, a dense population, mixed-income jobs, parks, public spaces, and pedestrian design. In a nutshell, the residents of such a neighborhood live their lives by moving through a small radius where they can work, get food, access medical care and do other things within the specified radius.

Walk Score is a website that scores the “walkability” of any address nationwide from 0 to 100. A single point in Walk Score adds $3,000 in value to a house, according to nationwide study that included more than a million home sales. That is a powerful premium and more proof that home buyers value walkable neighborhoods.

Increased Demand for Walkable Neighborhoods

Home sellers in Greater Boston are seeing an increased demand for units in walkable neighborhoods such as Brookline, Brighton, and Jamaica Plain. This trend is expected to surge in the next few years. This can be attributed to the increased number of people in the millennial generation becoming young adults and being faced with the need to find housing. The millennial generation prefers the urban amenities as opposed to the previous generation which prefers the quieter and relaxed suburbs. Their parents, the large baby boom cohort now in their 50s and 60s, increasingly seek to downsize to the same types of walkable neighborhoods as they age. 

Below are some key reasons that highlight the benefits of walkability and why more the demand is increasing:

Affordability – One significant advantage of living in a walkable area is that you do not need a car. Cars are a useful asset, but they are expensive as well. From the cost of the care itself plus gas, insurance, and repairs, owning a car will cost several thousands dollars annually. Statistics indicate that vehicles rank second highest of the things that consume the most money among households in the United States. Picture a situation where you could avoid all those expenses and walk everywhere – to school, work (or transportation that gets you there), the grocery store and any other place. The amount of money you could save in such a situation is not negligible, and this highlights the affordability of walkable neighborhoods.

Ease Of Access – Time is a premium, and sitting in Boston traffic doesn’t make for an easy commute. In addition, the elderly and disabled often aren’t able to drive, but still need to get out and access the services they need. In a walkable community, transportation is made easier since most of the things are accessible. Young children can walk to school; the elderly can go to the stores for their provisions, complete streets offer a place for those using wheelchairs to move about and so forth. In summary, walkability ensures that every member of the community can access any area without being dependent on another person.

Improved Economy – Walkable environments lead to increased economic productivity. Such concentrated neighborhoods with shops and stores mean that people are more likely to frequent specific outlets as opposed to a case where one had to drive for several miles just to get to one store. The enhanced exchange of goods and services in the area keeps all the economic gains in the community as opposed to larger cities with far stretched amenities. Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are more economically productive, healthier and safer. 

Builds Community – When people live in walkable neighborhoods, they “activate” the space both night and day.  The area never feels abandoned, because people are always around. When buildings “face” the street and meet the sidewalk, not only does it put “eyes on the street,” but walkable places create more opportunities for people to meet, to speak, and to care about each other.

Health – This is an important benefit of walkable communities and new research is being done that supports it. Physical activity is undoubtedly one of the leading ways of avoiding cases of premature death and some other lifestyle diseases such as obesity and high blood pressure. The people who engage in these activities are usually active, and the presence of several amenities such as sidewalks and paths encourage people to engage in these activities more often. In such communities, people walk and cycle, both of which contribute to a healthier lifestyle. 

Environment Friendliness – Walking is obviously better for the environment than driving. There’s no pollution and the roads remain in better condition. The environmental benefits of walkability are undeniable and they do not need to be explained in detail. 

 

The demand for walkable neighborhoods is real – it is the most sought after amenity for both millennials and baby boomers. Many areas in Greater Boston such as Brookline, Brighton and Jamaica Plain are booming as real estate prices in these areas continues to increase. People want to be within an easy walk of things in their community. Being able to walk to to walk nearby shops, cafes, and restaurants is important to people today. It’s a “quality of life” factor they’re willing to pay for by being in a walkable neighborhood.

 
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150 Saint Paul, Brookline

150 Saint Paul #306, Brookline, MA 02446

150 Saint Paul #306, Brookline, MA 02446

Prime Coolidge Corner location, one of the neighborhood’s most desirable buildings.  Open and spacious luxury corner condominium on third floor.  

Granite kitchen with island / bar is open to dining and living room with corner fireplace. Two columns, built-in shelving and high ceilings make for a contemporary and sophisticated style. 

Master suit features a walk-in closet, double vanity, shower and separate tub.  Second bedroom also features en-suite, walk-in closet.

In-unit laundry, two garage parking and proximity to elevator add to the ease and comfort.

 

Specifications:

1,081 Square Feet

2 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

2 Garage Parking Spots

Price: $969,000

 
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Boston Area Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain MA is part of the City of Boston and is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the City.  Jamaica Plain is big and has several sub-neighborhoods.  It is well served by the convenient and fast Orange T line and a diverse array of shops and restaurants.   Jamaica Plain is known for it’s welcoming atmosphere and diverse population.

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Housing in Jamaica Plain includes a variety of Victorian single family houses, decker houses, brownstone condominiums, and townhouses.  You will find few properties have substantial yards but Jamaica Plain is home to a lot of public green space.

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Sub-Neighborhoods:

Pondside

Pondside of Jamaica Plain refers to the area between Centre Street and the Jamaica Pond.  Centre Street is lined with restaurants and shops, plus local banks and the post office.  Whole Foods Market is on the northern point of the area.  The Jamaica Pond makes for a perfect place for evening or weekend strolls, and in the summer you can walk to the JP Music Festival.

This is some of the priciest homes outside of Boston Proper, mostly enchanting Victorians which are single family houses or oversize condominiums.  

 

Engleston Square

The bustling area around Washington Street.  The Farmer’s Market is located between Washington Street and Amory Street, and from this area you can easily walk to Stony Brook.  The Samuel Adams Brewery is nearby, as well as several great local restaurants serving a wide variety of foods, among them mostly casual dining and take-out.

 

Sumner Hill

Big beautiful houses on narrow hilly streets, you will find some homes are tucked away in quiet enclaves.  But steps away is the Green Street T station and just minutes to all the happenings of Center Street.  Look in this area if you want residential, plus walkability, plus pretty ornate homes.  This comes at a price, or course.

 

Transportation:

Jamaica Plain is serviced by the Orange T line with stops at Forest Hills, Green Street, Stony Brook, and Jackson Square.  The buses that run through JP are 42 (Washington Street) and 37, 38, 39, and several other lines.  Check the MBTA website for routes and schedules.

Forest Hills is a major hub with about a dozen bus lines, the Orange line and Commuter Rail.

 

Outdoors in Jamaica Plain:

Jamaica Plain is know for it’s public outdoor space as much of the Boston’s Emerald Necklace is within Jamaica Plain.  

Jamaica Pond – the last and largest piece of the emerald necklace is the Jamaica Pond.  Row a boat, take a jog or stroll, go fishing, or come to the annual lantern parade every October.

Southwest Corridor – built in the 1980’s, the Southwest Corridor lines the train tracks with greenery, allowing for easy walking and a bike path.  It has made commuting into the City easier and given an area for residents to walk and bike.  

Franklin Park – Boston’s largest park, and one of Frank Law Olmsted’s crowning achievements, it is easily accessible from several points in JP.   It is opposite to the side of the Zoo, which is in Roxbury.  Jamaica Plain borders the “wilderness” side of the park.    

Arnold Arboretum – This is Harvard University’s arboretum with beautiful, well paved trails, a beautiful skyline view of Boston.  It serves as a place for botanical education, family outings, a weekend walk through the park, and cut shortcut for walkers from Forest Hills to Centre Street.

 
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Best Walkable Neighborhoods Around Boston: Dedham Square

Quaint New England meets urban convenience in Dedham Square.  Dedham, MA was first incorporated in 1636 by settlers who originated in Dedham, Essex, in England.  

This town has managed to preserve a historic enclave of homes and businesses which are inhabited and enjoyed.

Dedham has a wonderful history you’ll want to explore:

Living in Dedham Square usually means living in an old home, often an antique dating to the 1800’s and 1700’s.  These houses are mostly grand and spacious, and set on generous parcels.  Walk the side streets, enjoy a beautiful scenery, but only steps to restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and plenty of modern day amenities.

Dedham Square is also only a few minutes from Legacy Place where you find WholeFoods, L.L. Bean, King’s Bowling alley, tons of restaurants, shops and a lively night life.

Public transportation is serviced by the commuter rail, with stations 1-2 miles south of the square.  The square is well serviced by the 34E and 34 bus lines which is takes you to the Forest Hills station in JP.

Historic District:

http://www.dedham-ma.gov/government/historic-districts-commission

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Dedham Square Circle:
http://www.dedhamsquarecircle.org/

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Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Coolidge Corner

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

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Coolidge Corner 1 bedroom

Coolidge Corner Condominium with Parking: 125 Pleasant Street #605, Brookline

Large one bedroom home on sixth floor of desirable Amory House, Coolidge Corner.

Well maintained condominium with master suite and separate guest bathroom. Excellent layout allowing for easy entertaining. Welcoming and open living room and dining room, with sliders to private balcony. Outdoor space large enough for chairs and table, with a beautiful unobstructed view. Comfortable living with garage parking, laundry in building, elevator, exercise room and rooftop deck and pool. Minutes to shops, restaurants, public transportation, and parks.

Basic Information:
1 Bedroom
1.5 Baths
853 Square Feet
Garage Parking
Laundry in Building
Exercise room, common rooftop deck and pool, club room
Elevator building

$579,000


Coolidge Corner is the one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the Boston area.  It is perfect for anyone looking for a home which is close to Downtown Boston, enjoys using the T, and likes to walk to the best restaurants and shops around.  Anywhere you live in Coolidge Corner, you are just steps from a lovely park.

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Walkability in Boston: Best Areas in Brighton

Would you like to live somewhere where you can easily walk to everything you need in the Greater Boston area?

Wondering if Brighton is a good location for walkability

Most of Brighton has good access to public transportation and some commercial centers.  There are sections which feel a bit suburban and distant, though.  Here are the best hubs for those who want to live a short walk to public transportation, shops, restaurants, and a hip coffee shop.

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Boston Landing is the Commuter Rail stop built near the New Balance headquarters.  It features retail space, a hotel, garage, and restaurants. Both North Brighton and Lower Allston residents will benefit and can easily walk to the new center.  Find an interactive map of what can be found at the commercial hub here: https://bostonlandingdevelopment.com/map-directions/

Nearby Western Avenue has also seen an influx of business and housing development.  

Housing in this area is mostly multi-family houses, many of which have been converted into modest condominiums.  Some larger buildings, a few newer construction townhouses, and rental units are available.

This is a great spot for young professionals and young families looking for an affordable home within Boston with an easy commute in and out of the City.

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Cleveland Circle has been highly desirable many years for several reasons.  First, the access to the T is excellent.  Live in this area and you can hop on the B, the C or the D lines.  The area has a beautiful reservoir and is a great place to walk and jog, and/or take advantage of the playground and public pool.  

Many of the restaurants in Cleveland Circle are well established, such as Eagle’s Deli and Pino’s Pizza.  The Real Deal sandwich shop has also moved in.  There are both Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks to appease both sides of the coffee debate.  Or you can go independent and visit Fuel on Chestnut Hill Ave.

The Cleveland Circle area also borders some of the most beautiful parts of Brookline.  The Circle Cinema is being replaced with new residential, hotel and retail space which will give the area a well deserved commercial space.  More here: http://www.clevelandcircledevelopment.com/readme/

Housing in the Cleveland Circle area is mostly low-rise pre-war brownstones with 1 or 2 bedroom condos and sparse parking.  It has had a reputation for being home mostly to undergraduate college students, but soaring home prices have made room for a more mature population of mostly young professionals and graduate students.

 

 
Brighton Center is well served by buses, and has a commercial hub around Washington Street.  It starts near St. Elizabeth Hospital and ends around Oak Square, where you find the local YMCA.  The local Boston Public Library branch will not disappoint.

In the past few years, Brighton Center has become a more diverse and desirable destination as great restaurants moved in.  

Housing in Brighton Center ranges from large Victorian single family houses, to more modest single family homes, two family houses, and condominiums in 2-5 unit buildings.  There are has been new construction of high end rental units and townhouses to serve the growing population of the hospital’s workers.  Brighton has also become a popular home for graduate students, professors and staff commuting to Harvard University and other points in Cambridge.

Buses servicing Brighton Center include 501, express to Downtown, 503 express to Copley, and buses to Forest Hills, Dudley, Sullivan Square, Watertown, and Kenmore.

 

Brighton offers a lot of options for those who want walkability. Is walkability something that’s important to you when looking for a new place to live? I’d love to hear from you.

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Brookline’s Best Bakeries

Are you craving sweet treats, fresh bread, and creative, savory pastries? If so, you’ll find a host of locally owned and operated bakeries right here in Brookline, each guaranteed to satisfy.

Every one of these bakeries is different, offering its own unique twist on the classic bakery. Make sure to try them all before picking out your favorite!

best bakery brookline MAClear Flour
 
178 Thorndike St., Brookline, MA

Clear Flour is all about providing Brookline’s residents with the authentic breads of Italy and France while using clean, simple ingredients. They also offer pastries, but bread is the focus.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also stop by to pick up some Clear Flour pizza dough. Take it home, top it however you like, and enjoy one of the best pizzas you’ve ever had.

New Paris Bakery and Candy Shop

10 Cypress Str., Brookline, MA

As the name might suggest, New Paris is a great go-to location for indulging in some serious sweets. Brookline residents just can’t keep talking about the eclairs. It’s not a big operation—sometimes it shuts down so the owners can go on vacation, and you won’t find it on any web page. You’ll just have to head that way yourself to experience how great it is!

When Pigs Fly

1378 A Beacon St., Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA

You can find several When Pigs Fly locations across the Boston Metro Area, including in Somerville and Jamaica Plain. Despite it being a little less “local” than some of your other options (it’s technically a chain with roots in the state of Maine), it nevertheless can be counted among Brookline’s best options.

Here you’ll find Old World artisanal breads, cookies, cakes, and classic loaves. You can also stop in for lunch, where you’ll be treated to a classic wood-fired pizza.

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Japonaise Bakery

1920 Beacon St., Brookline, MA

French braking with Japanese twists? It may sound strange, but the combination is working. Japonaise has been named to Food Network’s “Best of” List and The Boston Globe’s Saveur’s Top 100.

Here, you’ll find items you won’t find anything else. Try the Japanese donuts filled with sweet azuki beans and cream for a treat you’ll never forget. Some of their savory pastries make outstanding lunches, as well.

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Tatte Bakery and Café
 1003 Beacon St., Brookline, MA

Like “When Pigs Fly,” Tatte has multiple locations across Boston. However, this is the bakery you want to visit if you want to enjoy gourmet soups, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast foods. Be sure to visit on the weekend to enjoy one of their gorgeous brunches.

You can buy bread over the counter here, though that’s not really the focus. They also offer catering services if you’re looking for someone to provide food for your next party or event.

Whether you’re hungry for lunch or just looking for something to take home with you, our local bakeries are another great reason to buy your next home in Brookline.

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