Presentation Hill. Lovely and sunny condominium in a two-family house. Spacious home with period detail and charm. Inviting living room, open to dining room with natural wood hutch and chair rail. Separate private study with sun room is perfect for home office or a guest bedroom. Large eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets and pantry space, leads to private covered deck with treetop views of the area. Bedrooms are generous, bathroom has been updated. Linen closet in the hallway with built-in cabinets. Direct access to unfinished attic with endless possibilities for expansion. Laundry and extra storage space in the basement. Steps to 57 Bus and Oak Square.
Throughout history, many important figures have called Brighton home. Among them are famous authors, politicians, activists, religious leaders, musicians and athletes, just to name a few. Many have made significant contributions to the history of our nation, the state of Massachusetts and have significantly influenced the lives of other. The list before you contains familiar names of people who have resided in Brighton and been influential to our history.
Jennie Loitman Barron (1891-1969)
This longtime Brighton resident was an important figure for the women’s rights movement. She was an American suffragist, lawyer and judge. Jennie was the first woman to present evidence to a Grand Jury in Massachusetts, the first woman appointed for life to the Municipal Court in Boston and the first woman appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Adolf Berle (1895-1971)
Adolf Berle was born in Brighton in 1895 and in 1916, at the age of 21 became the youngest graduate in the history of Harvard Law School. Berle was also an original Member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Brain Trust”, where he developed policy recommendations for economic recovery and diplomatic strategy.
Harold Connolly (1931-2010)
In 1956, this Brighton resident won the Olympic gold medal for hammer throwing in Melbourne, Australia. What made this feat even more extraordinary was the fact that he was born with one arm 4 inches shorter than the other. Today, a statue of Harold Connolly can be found on the ground of the William Howard Taft school in Brighton, which he attended.
Ted Williams (1918-2002)
This legendary member of the Boston Red Sox was the last player to have a batting average over .400 and was arguably baseball’s greatest hitter. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. During his career with the Red Sox, Williams lived at the corner of Washington St. In Brighton with teammates Billy Goodman (3rd base) and Mel Parnell (pitcher).
Sarah Willis Eldredge (Fanny Fern) (1811-1872)
Known mostly by her pen name, Fanny Fern, Sarah Willis was the most popular female writer of her day. She is credited with coining the phrase “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. She married Charles Harrington Eldredge of Brighton and resided there from 1837 until his death in 1845. After her husband’s death, she sought to support herself through writing despite the staunch disapproval of her male relatives.
Michael Bloomberg (1942 – present)
Michael Bloomberg was born at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton and resided in the area until age 2. Bloomberg is a highly successful business man and philantrhopist and most notably served as the 108th Mayor of New York City from 2002-2014.
Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)
This American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist lived in Brighton from 1920-1923. He was best known as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic. Bernstein also wrote the music for West Side Story, Candide, Wonderful Town, and On the Town.
Did you realize there were so many famous people from Brighton? Who is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.
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Five room condominium in a Victorian house, rich in detail and character.
High ceilings and hardwood floors throughout this sun-splashed home. Spacious foyer with coat closet, leads to living room with bow windows and fireplace. Granite kitchen is open to the dining room, and has sliders to private outdoor space. This is a high first floor condo on a one way street, with privacy. Washer and dryer in unit. Self managed building, mostly owner occupied. Unit comes with parking, plus guest parking, and extra storage. Located steps to Cleveland Circle, C and D lines.
The market is hot right now in Boston, Brookline and Brighton. Will it stay that way? I’ve been helping clients make great real estate decisions for over 15 years. Here’s my thoughts on the Boston real estate market right now:
Hi, everybody. It’s Ruth. I want to give a quick market update. It is the end of July 2018, and we have had really a very robust and unusually busy market this summer. July is quiet, and August, are usually quite slow in Boston in real estate. So what is attributing to this market? I think I’ve spoken to this, about this before.
Some people are saying, “Well, the weather was really terrible through mid-April; therefore, buyers were not out, and sellers were not coming on the market until late April, early May.” More likely culprit was all the market jitters we had in the beginning of the year, plus the interest rate hikes that started, and are going to continue through the rest of the year. Everybody kind of took a pause to see what’s going on with their finances.
We’re also seeing this trend throughout the country. I’ve spoken to agents all around the country, where they do have a seasonal market, like we do here in Boston. And they are saying July is unusually busy after a very slow first quarter 2018. National statistics are out. May home sales have declined nationwide. We are looking at an inventory shortage, a story throughout this country. The people who are suffering the most are the first time home buyers, the young families, the entry-level buyers. For us here in Boston metro, we’re looking in the smaller condo, the two-bedroom condo market, and this is a problem nationwide with smaller homes.
I did some research for a client of mine and we looked at the numbers. In the past four years, four years, the average prices of condominiums in Brighton have gone up 55%, 55%. The past four years, the average price of condominium Brookline have gone up 40%. Wow, what an investment in the past few years to own a condominium in Brookline, Brighton, and really, in most of greater Boston.
But if the average price has gone up by 55%, does that mean your condo is worth 55% more? Well, not necessarily and probably not. That average price is really being pulled up by a lot of the, kind of the luxury, and the new construction, and the larger units being built this past couple of years in Brighton, and now are being sold. They are pulling this number up. Your home is not necessarily worth 55% more than it was just four years ago. But it is worth a lot more. It has been a very dynamic and generous market to home sellers in almost all of Boston’s neighborhoods, Brookline, as well as Newton.
If you have any questions about the real estate market, don’t hesitate to contact me. Text, write me, call me. I love hearing from you. Have a fantastic rest of the summer.