A vibrant part of the Greater Boston area since the 17th century, Brookline is actually its own distinct town. This family-friendly, walkable neighborhood is renowned for its parks and fine dining, and is a hub for Boston’s Jewish community. Brookline’s tree-lined streets offer gorgeous single-family homes and historic brownstones, and attract many highly-educated residents.
The area was first inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, but was settled by Europeans as the “Muddy River Hamlet” of Boston in the mid-1600s. In 1705, Brookline was established as an independent town, bordered by Smelt Brook to the north and the Muddy River to the south. Throughout the 1800s, Brookline resisted annexation attempts by the city of Boston, preferring to remain a residential exclave with many wealthy estates. Much of the area’s surrounding water and marshland was filled in during 1890s by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, creating additional green space. Olmsted, who also designed Boston’s famous Emerald Necklace parks, lived and worked in Brookline—and his “Fairsted” house remains a popular National Historic Site to visit.
Brookline has a dynamic cultural legacy. The town has been home to a strong Jewish community for nearly 200 years. The first synagogue in Massachusetts, Temple Ohabei Shalom, was founded in Brookline in 1842 and remains in operation today. Irish immigrants also came to the area in the mid-1800s. In the mid-1900s, Brookline grew as a center for the Greek Orthodox community, with the founding of the Hellenic College and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. Part of an important political legacy started here, too—Brookline was the birthplace of John F. Kennedy.
With a stellar school system and world-renowned colleges and universities, it’s no wonder that Brookline’s residents are a smart bunch. In a 2012 ranking, Brookline was featured as the best-educated town in America, with 14 percent of town residents holding doctorate degrees.
Brookline has been a sought-after, residentially-focused neighborhood since its inception in the early 1700s, when it was a well-off farming suburb of the growing city of Boston. Throughout the 1800s, Boston’s wealthier residents moved to Brookline’s leafy estates and majestic mansion homes. Today, many of these colonial and Victorian-era residences have become historic sites and generous single-family homes. In more commercial areas such as Coolidge Corner, brownstones and businesses coexist to form vibrant town centers. Brookline showcases many architectural landmarks, such as the colonial Edward Devotion House—now the site of the Brookline Historical Society—and the striking Dutch House on Brookline’s Netherlands Road, a now-residential building reassembled from a Dutch cocoa company’s exhibition at the 1893 World’s Fair.
- Median Sale Price: $1,010,000
- Average Sale Price: $1,107,477
- Average Price Per Square Foot: $652
- Single-Family Homes Sold: 2
- Highest Single-Family Home Sale Price: $3,300,000
- Condominiums Sold: 37
- Highest Condominium Sale Price: $1,870,000
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Brookline’s bright, leafy parks—such as Larz Anderson Park—have enchanted visitors since the turn of the century. Today, a quick stroll through historic Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner will take you past kosher bakeries and delis, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants, and more. You’ll pass a plethora of bookstores, boutiques, and the infamous Coolidge Corner Theatre—an art-deco movie palace that has been an independent cinematic force since 1933.
- Brookline Booksmith
- Magic Beans
- The Studio
- Sana Belle
- Leaf Boutique
- Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery
- Mint Julep
- Wild Goose Chase
- Autrefois Antiques
- The Children’s Book Shop
- Fire Opal
- The Abbey - New American
- Bottega di Capri - Italian
- Kupel’s Bakery - Kosher Bakery & Bagels
- The Daily Catch - Seafood
- Zaftig’s Delicatessen - Classic Jewish Deli
- Barcelona Brookline - Tapas & Wine Bar
- Burro Bar - Mexican
- FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine
- The Publick House Beer Bar & Kitchen - Belgian