As a locale, Brookline’s atmosphere is one built upon a mix of its history, proximity to the city, and also its wider membership of the Boston identity. As one of the city’s oldest suburbs, and with a median home price of around $750,000, Brookline undoubtedly enjoys a prestige and exclusivity to its streets, with areas like Chestnut Hill in particular, renowned for its luxury.
At the same time, with many college students calling Brookline home - and the further growth of the city’s reputation as an international destination - major hubs like Brookline Village offer a modern and contemporary balance to the district’s great history and tradition. This accordingly has brought about a great mix of history on quaint streets, with new development further spurred the ease of the commute from Brookline to the city, universities, and other landmarks.
Though the city of Boston is steeped in history all over, Brookline as a neighborhood holds a special place in the heart of many Americans as the birthplace of American president John F. Kennedy, born in a house that still stands today on 83 Beals Street. With this great history and prestige does come a higher cost of living. With a median house price of around $765, rents for a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment in the district can be comparable to a New York borough or trendy Chicago neighborhood. With this expense though comes access to the wonderful lifestyle that Brookline offers.
While going crosstown can take a while - like any city with a major body of water in the middle - generally speaking, commuting to and from the city (as well as surrounding locales) is a routine and straightforward affair for anyone when residing in Brookline.
For a major city, Boston enjoys a relatively solid transport network, both for private travel by car or bicycle, as well as via public transport. Getting into the center of town (using Boston City Hall as your landmark) is an easy 20-minute drive via Beacon St then Storrow Drive. For cyclists, a 28-minute commute via Huntington Avenue shall take you by the Museum of Fine Arts, through NorthEastern University, and by the Boston Public Gardens.
While line B is located just outside the northern border of Brookline, many find it to be the most suitable train to use getting into town. Thereafter the C & D line located in the district serves as an option, with a complement of bus services serving in tandem to the train for commuting.
- Harvard University
- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Boston University
- Northeastern University
Living in Brookline is ideal for those who want a little of everything in their recreation time. With the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, and a number of university showcases nearby, anyone who loves arts and culture shall find it all nearby.
With Fenway Park reachable via a quick drive along Brookline Avenue, and the Charles River just minutes due North of Brookline, anyone who finds their greatest happiness in baseball or watersports will feel right at home in the neighborhood. Finally, for those who love the outdoors, there are numerous gardens, reservoirs, and country clubs in Brookline or immediate surrounds.