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


I was a first time home buyer looking a place in Brookline, and Newton area for a quite well, and tiredly had worked with several agents in 2008-2009.  I decided to find a place myself, and it happened that I found that sales agent Eric Glassoff had lots of the hot units in Brookline for sale.  So why not work with him as buyer agent then?After I started to work with him, I was so impressed with his professional knowledge, ability to educate clients, working efficiency, honesty, loyalty, and the capability to make a deal happen in the best interest of his client.  After I looked at 2-3 properties, I happily bought a dream home at Newton.  I strongly recommend Eric to any home buyers, as his excellence in business as well as his loyalty to his clients will bring you satisfaction in purchasing your dream home.  "Susan Zhang"


My wife and I worked with Eric to buy our condo in Brookline.  He was recommended by a friend who had also recently purchased a condo in Brookline. We were moving to Boston from outside the region and were on a very tight timetable.   I spoke with Eric and let him know what we were looking for, and he was able to quickly arrange a full day of visits to condos that were exactly the type we were looking to buy.  He did a great job of keeping us on track, and adjusting when our focus changed slightly.  I thought he did a wonderful job of walking the fine line between being assertive and offering his professional opinion, but without being too pushy or brash.  When the time comes for our next  move, I will certainly look to Eric to help sell this condo and look for our next home.  "Kent Mouw"


My wife and I were first time homebuyers, nervous about the scale of the purchase and the complexities of navigating through the Boston housing market.  Eric had great recommendations, was very professional, friendly, responsive, and engaging throughout the whole process.  Eric made the experience rather easy and exciting as we bought our first home, and we have kept in touch ever since.  He has been our first choice for all our real estate related work, and we gladly recommend him.
Sincerely,  "Alexei and Guiti"  Brighton


When I and my wife were looking for a condo in Brookline, we had very specific requirements in choosing a realtor. Unlike many other people, we really did not like our realtor to look for potential properties for us. We preferred to monitor the market ourselves, and wanted to only contact Eric when we needed to get additional information about the condo that we liked, or if we wanted to see the particular property. Eric immediately adapted to our style. Sometimes, we did not call him for weeks, waiting for the condo that suited our needs to appear on the market. But when that finally happened,  we  called Eric. He immediately tuned himself into our game plan, promptly providing us with all the requested information. That helped us a lot when we found a home of our dream - with Eric's help, we were able to get all the information about the condo, schedule an appointment to see it and make the offer on the same day that it appeared on the market! After our offer was accepted, Eric helped us to take the stress out of preparation for the closing of the most important deal in our lives. In a professional and knowledgeable manner,  he guided us through all the necessary steps and made us feel that everything was under control. I would definitely recommend Eric to anybody who is looking for a property in Brookline".  "Alexey Advokhin"


"Anyone who has you for a Realtor knows just how fun, knowledgeable, tenacious, you are, and it's a pleasure to have you there when buying/selling such a huge investment!" "Rebecca Corkin"


My wife and I had barely a weekend to fly in and look for a new home, and we thought there would be no way we would find a home before we  left. That was before Eric worked his magic. He gave us great insights  that helped our online search before we got to town, but once we arrived, he not only gave us a great introduction to Brookline, he helped us find the place that fit our needs, and were able to make an offer before the weekend was out. It didn't stop there. Although we were thousands of miles away, he helped us navigate the rest of the process and avoid all kinds of unnecessary hassles. We would recommend Eric with enthusiasm and without hesitation.
"Todd Curtis"


"Thanks to Eric I accepted a great bid on my Brookline condo within a month.  He is a   down to earth hard working guy who works with you to get results. I would definitely recommend him for your real estate needs." "Lennie Kleinberg"


"We've worked with Eric for the purchase of two properties -- and his professionalism, market knowledge and guidance just can't be beat.  With his support and insight, we were able to get exactly what we wanted both times....and I am confident we will look to him again for our next transaction. "Eric was the only real estate broker that truly understood our needs, and made us feel 100% comfortable. He educated us on the process, negotiated on our behalf, and acquired the property we wanted....all in the timeframe we needed. We couldn't be happier."  "If you are looking for a savvy yet thorough real estate professional, Eric Glasoff should be at the top of your list.  His experience, contacts and intuition are what every buyer or seller needs." "Alison & Dan S."


We wanted to write to voice our appreciation for Eric Glassoff’s efforts to help us find and purchase our recent Brookline home.  Eric worked with us for many months looking at properties before we finally found one that worked for us.  We found him always good-natured, extremely responsive, flexible, and highly capable.  As soon as we identified properties we wanted to see, Eric had appointments set up for us to see them (given the competitive pace of the Brookline housing market, this was essential).  We made a few offers on places before we found the “right one” and Eric played a major role in helping us navigate the offer process with individual sellers.  We always felt like we had good guidance and this helped us gain confidence in our own ability to pick the right place for us.  When we finally found our current home, Eric again played a major role in helping us negotiate a favorable offer price with the seller, and then continued to play an enormous role throughout the entire process right up until closing.  Even the day before closing, when the seller’s broker noted a small oil leak in the basement, Eric was there to call the oil company, get it fixed, and negotiate for the seller to pay for it, avoiding one last issue that could have affected our closing.  
We really do feel that we could not have successfully obtained this home without him.  We will strongly recommend him to our friends looking for properties in the area.  
"Nira Pollock and Rick Ruberg" Brookline, MA