Brookline Real Estate & Information

Brookline Real Estate & Information

Brookline, Massachusetts is a city of almost 59,000 residents (according to the 2010 census) which sits about four miles southwest of downtown Boston. In spite of its close proximity to this sprawling metropolis, Brookline feels like a cozy New England borough, with distinctive brownstone buildings and diverse residential home designs, including Queen Anne and colonial styles among others.

While most of its neighbors, like Jamaica Plain and Brighton, were losing their individual identities to the city of Boston, Brookline has remained resolutely committed to its independence.

Incorporated in 1705, Brookline continues to operate according to a town meeting form of government. There’s a working farm in town, along with the nation’s oldest country club and an open-air skating rink among its several attractions.

Shopping and Dining
Brookline is an eclectic, global community in numerous ways. One of the most obvious is the myriad cultures represented in the local cuisine. For example, Coolidge Corner – a popular shopping and dining neighborhood in the heart of the city - contains several kosher restaurants, along with culinary delights from India, Japan, China, Korea and Mexico.

The shopping choices in Brookline are also quite impressive. The city plays host to seven (that’s right: seven!) unique shopping districts in which you will find a generous mix of locally owned and operated specialty boutique shops, mom-and-pop stores and high-end retailers, plus a handful of shopping malls, containing national chain stores.

The big shopping areas are Coolidge Corner, where the heart of the city beats strongest and is know as the shopping hub of Brookline; Brookline Village, the city’s oldest commercial center; Washington Square, and Cleveland Circle.

Parks and Recreation
Another feature setting Brookline apart from other metro area cities is its commitment to preserving its natural beauty by protecting a considerable amount of land from development, instead designating it as open space and public parks.

In Brookline’s city government, the Parks and Open Space Division obtains, develops, designs and maintains protected areas including more than thirty parks, twenty-two playgrounds and four nature sanctuaries.

Passive and active recreation opportunities are managed by the city’s Recreation Department. People of all ages have a wide variety of offerings to choose from, including aquatics, sports ranging from archery, basketball and field hockey to tennis, plus skiing, snowboarding and lacrosse.

While Brookline is proud of its individuality, the fact that it’s so close to Boston gives it easy access to all the amenities and conveniences available in the greater Boston area, including some of the nation’s most prominent institutes of higher learning like Boston Harvard, MIT and College.

Residential neighborhoods in Brookline are full of lush, tree-lined streets, with condos, and single- and multi-family homes living in perfect harmony with schools, restaurants and boutique shops.

Historic landmarks abound in Brookline, including the Brookline Public Library, established in 1910, St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, established in 1852, and the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy. And if you’ve never been to Brookline, you will have to visit the Larz Anderson Park, which provides a magnificent view, overlooking the city of Boston.

Schools, Health, Transportation
There are eight public schools serving the K-8 kids in the community and Brookline High School for grades 9-12. Brookline is home to a number of private primary and secondary schools as well.

Brookline has a flourishing medical industry, so it’s not surprising that its residents enjoy excellent medical facilities. Among the many outstanding hospitals and medical centers in the Brookline area are Faulkner Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston.  Brookline is walking distance to the Longwood Medical area & Boston University, as well as several other university's

In addition to numerous highways and byways, Brookline residents have convenient access to public transportation options via the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) light rail service, MBTA bus transit services and five licensed taxicab companies, as well as trains. Boston’s Logan Airport is only about eight miles from Brookline.

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Eric Glassoff Realtor®, MBA ABR, ASP, SRES, e-PRO,
Coldwell Banker
1375 Beacon Street
Brookline MA 02446
Direct: (617) 233-6210
Office: (617) 731-2447
Fax: Fax: (617) 431-5010


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