Are you looking to buy a home or condo in a community near Boston perfect for young families? Brookline MA is as close to the City as you can be while enjoying top notch schools.
Brookline is easy to love, and with its convenient location, stunning homes and fabulous shops, it’s not hard to understand why. There are numerous parks and playgrounds located in the town, with Larz Anderson Park being the largest. The exquisite park offers stunning views of Boston, and allows for running, sledding, picnicking and relaxing.
Its school system makes Brookline even more appealing. Brookline High School is ranked 28th in the state, and has received a gold medal award from U.S. News & World Report in their best high school rankings list.
Brookline consists of a variety of condos in all sizes, as well as large and modest homes. To find your new home, search Brookline MA houses for sale.
Location: Minutes to downtown, located on the Western edge of Boston.
History: Brookline was first settled by European colonists in the early 17th century where it became part of the colonial settlement of Boston and was known as the hamlet of Muddy River. In 1705, it became the independent town of Brookline.
The Coolidge Corner Theater
Coolidge Corner Theater, a cinema in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline, Massachusetts, is the “only operating not-for-profit Art Deco theater in the Boston area and is one of the top ten art-house film exhibition theaters in the country.” Built as a church in 1906, it was redesigned as an Art Deco movie palace in 1933 and has never closed its doors to the public since then.
Located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts, it was the community’s first movie theater and now, a non-profit foundation since 1988, it celebrates the experience of cinema by presenting the finest international, documentary, animated, and independent film selections and series. (source coolidge.org)
- Neighbors: Boston (Back Bay / Fenway / Allston / Brighton / West Roxbury / Jamaica Plain), and Newton.
- MBTA Service: MBTA has 28 stops in the Brookline area. Green lines B, C & D. Visit the MBTA website.
- Population: According to the 2010 Census, Brookline population is 58,732.
- Schools: Brookline High 28th among schools in Massachusetts. Click the link for the Brookline Public School system website.
As of June 2017, the average price of a home in Brookline was $842,500. The South side of Brookline offers homes priced well below this average. Many families choose to buy condos. Search condos and houses for sale in Brookline MA.
Larz Anderson Park in Brookline MA
Larz Anderson Park, the largest park in Brookline, was formerly the Larz Anderson estate. It is composed of large expanses of lawn at the top of the hill, playing fields, and sweeping slopes. At the highest point (where the main house stood), there are exceptional views of Boston. The hill provides opportunities for active and passive recreation that are not available elsewhere in Town. The grassy slopes provide a premier spot for sledding, watching sunsets, observing stars, kite flying and simply running on the slopes.
The architecturally significant Carriage House remains and houses the Museum of Transportation. Contemporary uses include a hilltop outdoor skating rink in the former Italian Garden and picnic areas with grills, located close to the newly restored pond, athletic fields and a playground.
Isabel Weld Anderson and Larz Anderson acquired the property and transformed it into one of the showcases of New England. Mrs. Anderson bequeathed the main portion of the estate to the Town. The town report of that year states that the plants in the greenhouses were set in the Town’s parks, squares and around public buildings. The Town tore the vacant house down in 1955 and removed the Italian garden to make space for the skating rink. With funds provided by a Massachusetts Self-help grant, the Town is preserving and stabilizing the landscape and the gazebo as well as renovating the playground. ( Source Brookline.gov)
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