The feel of Boston and surrounding suburbs can often have an extremely "busy" and hectic vibe to it. While some people thrive on the energetic vibes of the big city, others like a more laid back and small town feel. If that is you, let me introduce you to Coolidge Corner. This little, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood has a number of very cool and unique shops and places to see that you won't see anywhere else. However, don't get that confused for being boring, as there is still plenty to do…
As soon as you step foot into this neighborhood, you will be surprised that somewhere so close to the heart of Boston can maintain such a laid back feel. It was developed as a transit-oriented streetcar suburb and has maintained this small-town feel despite being close to the craziness that Boston can often experience. The streets in this neighborhood are lined with popular coffee shops, small independent boutiques, pharmacies, bookstores, and more.
While the majority of the neighborhood maintains this traditional layout, some big banks and chain retail stores have set up shop in this neighborhood as well, which there has been a bit of a backlash against. If you decide to rent here, you will never have a shortage of cool and unique places to eat and shop at. The community is also very close-knit, in which everybody helps everyone else succeed.
As for the demographics of this neighborhood, on top of being a spot for young professionals, there is a large Jewish population. As a result, there is a Jewish synagogue on both Beacon Street and Harvard Street. The north of Harvard Street in particular, is characterized by a cluster of Jewish shops such as a bookstore, a kosher deli, a gift shop, and numerous others.
This neighborhood is centered on the intersection of Beacon Street and Harvard Street and was given its name back in 1857. The neighborhood was named after the general store that was opened by the Coolidge brothers in the area. Now, the S.S Pierce building is situated there, which was once the only commercial business in northern Brookline. Over time, however, a lot of different businesses and stores have opened in the area. While this place is a great blend of city life and residential life, you definitely pay a premium for that. Both the real estate and the goods/services in the area are pricey and this is one of the most affluent places in all of Boston. Although, if you enjoy the “best of both worlds” that Coolidge Corner can offer, it is a fantastic place to live.
As mentioned previously, Coolidge Corner is a pedestrian’s paradise. You’ll notice tons of people walking around and checking out all of the cool little shops and storefronts around the area. However, if walking around isn’t really your style, there are definitely some other options as well. Things like biking and driving are always an option, but why not try the popular public transit in the area? There's a fantastic light rail and subway that services the whole neighborhood as well as a bus (the #66 MBTA), and the route in Coolidge Corner is considered one of the 15 key routes of the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority).
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Coolidge Corner is located within Norfolk County, Massachusetts. This area currently has 691,218 residents in 260,061 households. Out of the total population, 25.75% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently married and have a median age of 41.
When looking at residents older than 25, 20.92% have graduated from high school, 28.07% have a bachelor's degree, and 23.14% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 64.4% and the median income in this county is $90,226.
At least 31.49% of those living in this county rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by car with an average commute time of 33.4 minutes.
Geographically, Norfolk County, Massachusetts is a part of the Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area. This county is currently home to 4,343,828 residents, or 1,635,254 households with a median income of $77,009. the Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area residents have a median age of 38.2 and 40.37% are currently renting their homes in the area.