Commonly known as the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, Brighton, Boston is primarily a residential area. Many Boston College and Boston University students, young professionals, and families often look for Brighton rental apartments as they are affordable and offer easy access to restaurants, retail establishments, and bars. Brighton is located only 20 minutes via the Green Line to downtown Boston making it extremely convenient. Brighton apartments are home to approximately 40,900 residents with a median age of 30 and a median household income of $52,000.
Although Brighton is primarily a residential area, because of the huge demand from Boston University and Boston College students, you can expect an active weekend social scene especially around the Gardner, Ashford, and Pratt Street area. Brighton offers numerous pubs such as The Paradise, a legendary rock club that features live music, and Sunset Cantina, one of the best beer bars in Boston. Due to the fact that there is such a high student turnover, Brighton rental apartments are not always in the best of conditions. Renters looking for apartments in Brighton should carefully inspect apartment units prior to signing a lease.
Brighton, also known as “Little Cambridge” prior to 1807 was first populated by English settlers who crossed the Charles River from Cambridge. Prior to the American Revolutionary War, it was a small rural farm town. In 1775, the cattle market was established in order to supply the Continental Army. The market grew to become one of Little Cambridge’s biggest industries, along with the horticulture industry that was introduced to the town in 1820. Such was the importance of the cattle industry that residents of Little Cambridge seceded from Cambridge in 1807 after the government of Cambridge made decisions that negatively impacted the cattle industry along with failing to repair the Great Bridge which connected Little Cambridge to Cambridge proper. It was then renamed Brighton and in 1873 was annexed to the City of Boston in Suffolk County. In January of 1874, Brighton became an official neighborhood of the City of Boston.
Other than eating and drinking your way through Brighton, there are plenty of things to do in Brighton. Check out the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum to learn more about the neighborhood’s history, heritage, and culture, or swing by the Community Rowing, Inc. to take a rowing class on the Charles River. For those of you who love shopping, check out the Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, two of Boston’s oldest marketplaces. Brighton residents who love sports also commonly frequent Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox (fun fact: it is one of the oldest baseball stadiums still in use by the Major Leagues).