It should come as no surprise by its name that Brookline Village is located in the neighborhood of Brookline. Brookline Village is a rather substantial commercial and retail center in the Brookline neighborhood. If you’re looking to live in the center of it all, Brookline Village might be the place for you as it is the home to the public library, the town hall, the police and fire department, and so on.
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
- Want an activity both adults and kids can enjoy together? Look no further than the Puppet Showplace Theater! Each year over 300 performances are presented and they’ve been around for over 40 years, founded in 1974. Check out their website to ensure tickets for an upcoming show for you and your family.
- Kookoo Cafe is a cafe you can’t miss out on. It’s a favorite among Brookliners and it’s known for it’s coziness and the fact that the place is vegetarian friendly. The cafe is close to the Brookline Village Greenline stop for convenience as well.
- Linden Park is a small park, 0.28 acres, located in Brookline that has been around since 1843. You’ll find the park located between Linden Place and Linden Street, acting as a place of solace surrounded by cafes and traffic. The park is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Looking for a good food spot for dropping in and grabbing your food to go? Look no further than Baja Betty’s. The shop is counter-serve and can offer you big burritos and other Mexican related food items. The place is also said to be vegetarian friendly, so bring all of your friends.
- Where to go for dessert you said? Head over to Serenade Chocolatier in Brookline Village. The shop can offer you a little of everything when it comes to sweets. Head over to try some of their offerings, like the pinata cakes. You know you want to.