Welcome to Brookline
Desirable, upscale neighborhood with a convenient location.
Highly walkable and rich in transit, Brookline
, the birthplace of John F. Kennedy
, is considered one of Massachusetts’ most desirable neighborhoods. Minutes from Boston, this suburb offers a mix of urban bustle and small-town charm, plus plenty of history and a range of architectural styles. Eight local historic districts are represented here, many of the area’s single-family homes within those districts protected by Brookline Preservation Commission approval. But there’s also a mix of posh condos, apartments, and attached residences that house the community’s almost 60,000 residents.
Filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions, Coolidge Corner
is this neighborhood’s nucleus. Walking tours school visitors on Brookline’s landmarks, architecture, and notable residents—of which there are many. Conan O’Brien
, Larry Bird
, Tom Brady
, and Barbara Walters
have all called Brookline home.
What to Love
- Many historic landmarks and antique-style homes
- Within walking distance to a range of entertainment
- Home to several notable figures past and present
- Considered one of Massachusetts’ most desirable neighborhoods
People & Lifestyle
Home to a long list of politicians, celebrities, and musicians, Brookline is perhaps best known for its family-friendly environment. According to the 2010 Census
, the bulk of the neighborhood’s residents were married couples with a median age of 34. Considered a residential zone for students at nearby Harvard Medical School
and Boston University
, Brookline has been listed as the town with the most doctoral degree holders in America.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
If you’re hungry for Spanish-centric small plates and good wine, Barcelona Wine Bar
is a must-see. Zaftigs
, which serves classic deli fare and all-day breakfast, is also a Brookline gem, as is The Publick House
, a lively beer hall with an expansive brew list, and Tasca
, a romantic and charming spot for tapas, traditional Spanish entrees, sangria, and flamenco shows. Burro Bar
serves stuffed tacos and a lot of tequila, while OTTO Pizza
throws all kinds of comfort food on a slice—think mashed potatoes, cranberries, and tortellini.
Things to Do
Visitors and residents alike frequent Coolidge Corner
, which is centered at the intersection of Beacon and Harvard Streets. Here, you’ll find coffee shops, pharmacies, and a few retail chain stores. Washington Square, located one mile from Coolidge Corner, is another neighborhood shopping hub—this one featuring a number of eateries and outdoor sidewalk terraces.
Brookline is home to 12 public schools, serving a little over 7,800 students. With an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1, the top-ranked public schools in the Brookline School District