Surrounded by the City of Boston on three sides and Newton to the West, the Town of Brookline continues to be a highly desirable place to live due to its proximity to job opportunities, excellent public transportation and school systems, low crime rate, and livable neighborhoods that balance green space, historic preservation, and outstanding commercial services.
Brookline is a mix of neighborhoods with lavish mansions owned by some of the wealthiest in the U.S. alongside more densely populated neighborhoods of condo complexes. The public transportation options along these more densely populated neighborhoods are more abundant that most other towns with the B, C, and D Green Lines running through the town. These more urban enclaves are home to young professionals and recently graduated students. Unlike the City of Boston, Brookline does not allow overnight parking. This is an important consideration when buying property in Brookline.
Known for its schools that are consistently ranked in the top 20 for the state, Brookline is also home to many notable private schools and Universities. Because of this, Brookline has a high undergraduate population who rent condos and apartments owned by investors.
Because of its proximity to these schools and nearby hospitals, the primary occupations of Brookline residents are management and professional, heavily concentrated in the fields of medicine and education.
Historically, Brookline transitioned from an agricultural community to a streetcar suburb of Boston during the 1800s. Because if this, less than 6% of the Town land is zoned for commercial use, yet Brookline has managed to keep its tax rate to $9.80 per $1,000.
While Brookline is home to numerous fantastic restaurants and shops, residents also have the option to pop into Boston for even more options given it is a mere 4 miles from the center of Brookline to downtown Boston.
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