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10 Reasons to Live in Brookline

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Everyone knows Boston is amazing place to live, booming with history, job opportunities and entertainment- but what about the awesome other places you can live outside the city?

Brookline, MA is surrounded almost completely by Boston and home to many notable people and celebrities (Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s are neighbors with Dustin Pedroia and Bob Craft). Television host, comedian, writer and producer Conan O'Brien was born and raised there, attending Brookline High School. There, he served as managing editor of the school newspaper, The Sagamore.

We even put our money where our mouths are on this one! Boston’s Luxury Properties office is located on Beacon Street in Brookline, MA.

Here are 10 reasons we think Brookline is a great place to visit or make your home.

  1. Small town feel   |  Though it’s almost surrounded by Boston, Brookline has a slower pace and cultural vibe. It’s a great place to raise a family, walk a dog and opt for a car while living “in” the city.

  2. Great place for people at the start of their career   |  As put by “Brookline has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Brookline is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations.”
    With so many young, urban professionals who’ve opted for something a little slower paced than downtown Boston, Brookline offers plenty of freedom and fun for people looking to socialize and find their paths in life.  

  3. It’s also a great place for families  |  The Brookline Public School System is one of the best in the country. ranked it a 9 out of 10. Need we say more? (source)

  4. Local shops  |  Brookline has tons of places to shop local because it’s a town of artists. Brookline has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America, some of which have local shops in the area. It’s a great place to find one of a kind items for you or someone you want to impress! (source)

  5. Walkability   |  Depending on the neighborhood you choose, there’s sure to be plenty to do within walking distance from your home. From trivia nights at local bar to pottery making at one of the many clay shops in Brookline, the likelihood you won’t have to drive somewhere to find fun is probable.

  6. Public Transit  |  Say you have to get somewhere and don’t have a car, the MBTA’s Greenline will bring you to and from Boston. Here’s a map of where it will take you.

  7. Proximity to Hospitals  |  Fun Fact: The town of Brookline was reported as the city in the United States with the most doctoral degree holders (Cambridge came in #4 and Newton #7).  It’s no co-incidence. Brookline is accessible to almost every major hospital in Boston, making it the optimal place for both medical professionals and students. (source)

  8. Colleges and Universities  |  Almost anyone enrolled in a Boston area college can get to school quickly by living in Brookline. Parts of Boston College and Boston University are in Brookline and it’s a stone’s throw from any school in the area such as:  Northeastern, Harvard, MIT and Berklee School of Music just to name a few. Not a student at all? These schools brings enormous opportunity for catching shows, sporting events- even applying for a new job!

  9. Great restaurants  |  Whether you’re in the mood for a 5-star dining experience or just want a quick bite, Brookline’s eating scene is sure to impress even the most critical pallets. Executive chefs from around the world have recently opened up shop in Brookline including notables such as Lineage and the Regal Beagle.

  10. The distinctiveness and character  |  After reading all that, Brookline is pretty well rounded wouldn’t you say? With amazing schools, hospitals, city accessibility and quality of life, Brookline, MA is undoubtedly a great place to call home.

Did we spark your interest in moving to Brookline?  We’re your local Real Estate experts- especially since we already made Brookline our home! Email us at to work with an agent from BLPRE.


Pictured below, the rooftop of the S. S. Pierce Building in Coolidge Corner, via @blpre on Instagram