Brookline is one of Boston’s most desirable suburban towns. While the northernmost part of Brookline is very urban, other parts provide more privacy and suburban character. Brookline real estate is a mix of apartments, condos, luxury units, single-family homes, attached homes, and senior homes. The city is packed with historic architecture and has seven different historic districts.
Brookline is very pedestrian and commuter friendly, with the B, C, and D branches of the MBTA’s Green Line running through the city and allowing easy access to Downtown Boston. The city has a number of charming urban centers with shops and restaurants, including Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, Brookline Village, Chestnut Hill, Cleveland Circle, Longwood, JFK Crossing, and the St. Mary’s area. Yet Brookline also has lots of parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, including a section of The Emerald Necklace, a chain of parks linked by waterways created by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, that snakes through the town and allows for excellent running, walking, biking, and outdoor enjoyment.
Brookline is home to a number of academic and medical institutions including Harvard Medical School, parts of Boston University, Boston College, and Wheelock College, Children’s Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the Joslin Diabetes Center. Brookline has one of the top public school systems in Massachusetts, with Brookline High School consistently ranking in the top 10, as well as seven different private schools. Unsurprisingly, Brookline has the highest percentage of doctoral degree holder (14%) in the entire country.