Brighton,MA is a north-western neighborhood of Boston. It has several areas, each with its own personality. Neighboring Brookline, Newton, Watertown and it’s sister neighborhood Allston, Brighton is where you find excellent public transportation, fabulous restaurants and lively bars. Often associated with it’s student population, it is also home to a diverse group of immigrants and long time locals in-love with this part of the city. And with new condominium developments, you find enclaves of luxury.
Brighton’s Cleveland Circle can be characterized by a vibrant culture of young professionals and a large population of Boston College and Boston University students.The buildings are mostly pre-war with 1-2 bedroom condos. Off of Commonwealth, Chestnut Hill Ave. and Beacon Street, finds you pretty streets lined with the low-rise brownstones that take you away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurants and trains.
Nearby Brighton Center is marked by St. Elizabeth’s hospital on one side and Starbucks on the other. In between Washington Street is lined with great restaurants, bars, and locally owned coffee shops. Residences here are a combination of multi-family homes, condos and single-family houses. You can catch the bus to go downtown or to Cambridge, visit the local branch of the Boston Public Library, or run all your errands in one centralized area. Located minutes from the pike, Watertown and Cambridge, Brighton center is convenient, charming and entertaining.
In Oak Square you’ll find the nicely renovated YMCA, quieter residential streets, and another small branch of the library.
Very Brief Brighton, MA History:
Brighton was a part of Cambridge and formerly called, “Little Cambridge.” The street names are those of the prosperous farmers who lived here before the American Revolution. In1873, Brighton and neighboring Allston were annexed by the City of Boston. It’s population boomed and the farms were traded for the present day brownstones.
Current population approximates 43,000 residents. Michael Bloomberg, Joe Kennedy, John Krasinski, Dennis Lehane and I have all called Brighton home.
Zip code: 02135
Below are average prices of condominiums in Brighton, MA sold in 2012
Price range: $35,000 (garage parking space) – $1,440,000
Average Price: $293,000 Median Price: $255,000
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