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Coolidge Corner

About Coolidge Corner

Old and new collide in this neighborhood, which feels urban and suburban by turns. The businesses are neither exclusively family-owned nor exclusively homogenized by the big box chain stores. Instead, residents in Coolidge Corner get a lively, vibrant mix of things to do, places to go, and things to see.

Named for 19th century local businessman David S. Coolidge, Coolidge Corner offers a diverse cultural mix. The Coolidge brothers’ general store that opened in 1857 at the intersection of Beacon Street and Harvard Street. At the site today is the iconic S.S. Pierce building, a historically significant Tudor-style building recognizable by its large clock tower.

The neighborhood is busy, but not crowded, and it offers plenty in the way of shopping, dining, and night life.

Demographics

The median household income in Coolidge Corner is $78,444. Condo prices range from $400,000’s to the $2,000,000’s.  Coolidge Corner offers a lovely upscale living experience that is hard to beat.

History

Coolidge Corner got its start when the Coolidge family opted to open a general store to serve wealthy Boston estate owners in the 1800s.  The area underwent a residential and commercial boom with the introduction of the trolley line shortly thereafter. There was a second boom during the 20s and 30s. Coolidge Corner is also famous because it is the birthplace of John F. Kennedy.  You can visit the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy at 83 Beals Street.  For more information about this hidden jewel visit the official National Park Service website.

Character

Coolidge Corner is known for its Russian-Jewish population, and this ethnic character shows in the preponderance of Jewish bakeries and delis dotting the area. That’s not all you’ll find in this bustling Brookline neighborhood, however. The Coolidge Corner Clubhouse will delight you with heaping plates of nachos and cool, refreshing beers. The Eureka! Store is packed with games and puzzles—and its free game night is a don’t-miss event. New England Comics offers a huge inventory of comics, graphic novels, and toys.

The people here are generally independent, adaptable sorts. The diverse population is usually quite friendly to newcomers, as well. Many professionals call Coolidge Corner home, which means your future neighbors and friends will be well-educated, interesting people from a diverse set of backgrounds. As for the real estate itself, you’ll find a lot of beautiful Victorian architecture overlooking quiet, stunning parks.

Schools

Your children will enjoy access to Brookline Public Schools. Brookline schools are well-funded and prestigious, which means your kids will enjoy a fine education when you decide to buy your home in Coolidge Corner.

Attractions

Red Sox fans will enjoy Coolidge Corner, which puts you quite close to Fenway Park. The Coolidge Corner art deco movie palace is a don’t-miss destination for those who love indie and independent films. The National Park Service operates 83 Beals Street, the birthplace of John F. Kennedy. You can also enjoy a weekly farmer’s market from June through October. Want to sample all of Coolidge Corner’s awesome Russian cuisine? Just join the Ahla Brookline Food Tour, a walking tour that will take you through Coolidge Corner’s Russian delis and gastronomic shops.

Coolidge Corner Historic Theater

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Historic Theater in Brookline

Coolidge Corner is also home of the Coolidge Corner Theater, a restored Art Deco movie palace that has been showing movies since 1933. It is one of the last remaining original big screen movie houses in the country. Discover what’s playing now.

Public Resources at Coolidge Corner

A family-friendly neighborhood, Coolidge Corner is also home to a public library, the elementary school, Devotion and the wonderful Farmer’s Market (Thursday: 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM -June 13 to October 31, 2013).

Commuting and Transportation

Coolidge Corner puts you right off the turnpike, and gives you easy access to Route 9. You’ll be right on the Green Line here. You’ll also be served by MATB’s #66 bus. Coolidge Corner is considered to be a highly walkable neighborhood. Indeed, parking is at a premium here, so it’s not rare to meet residents who have simply opted to live car-free.

Coolidge Corner station is a stop on the “C” branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Green Line, located at the intersection of Beacon Street and Harvard Street. See this link for an overview of the MBTA service.

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Transportation Coolidge Corner

Bus Service – Coolidge Corner is a major stop on the MBTA Route 66 cross-town line, one of the busiest and most-delayed bus lines in the system. Route 66 runs to Harvard Square station in one direction, and to Dudley station in the other.

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Coolidge Corner Houses of Worship

Houses of Worship

Synagogues: Congregation Kehilat Israel, Young Israel of Brookline, Temple Sinai, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Temple Beth Zion.

Churches: Highrock Covenant Church, United Parish of Brookline, Brookline Church of Christ, St Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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