Buying a home in a thriving suburb of Boston

Brookline, located just west of Boston, is a thriving suburban community of around 58,000 residents. The town was first settled in the late 17th century and now boasts of numerous historic buildings and homes from that era. Brookline is also noted for its many, small neighborhoods, which are more like cities within a city. Many notable people have called Brookline home, including former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, comedian Conan O'Brien, writer Saul Bellow, singer/songwriter James Taylor and broadcast journalist Barbara Walters.

If you're considering buying a house in Boston, Brookline might just be the right area for you and your family.

Living in Brookline

There's quite a bit to see and do if you own a single family house in Brookline. The area's attractions include Brookline Reservoir Park, a 32-acre green space laid out in 1848 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places; Washington Square, the town's central meeting spot, lined with cafes, coffee shops and historic brownstones; Puppet Showplace Theater, one of the oldest puppet theaters in the United States and Walnut Hills Cemetery, an historic 45-acre park that includes the graves of some of Boston's more notable citizens; Larz Anderson Park, the largest park in brookline. 

Brookline is also the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy and the house where he was born is now a National Historic Site and open to the public.

School-age children in Brookline attend the Public Schools of Brookline, a district with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. The students at Brookline schools come from a diverse array of backgrounds. In fact, in 2011, Brookline High School enrollment included students from more than 50 countries. Brookline is also home to several excellent private schools, including The Park School, a day school for students in grades K-9, and Dexter School, a prestigious school for boys in grades K-12. Of course, the greater Boston area is home to one of the greatest concentrations of colleges and universities in the United States. The more than 100 higher learning institutions in the area include Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University and Northeastern University.

It's easy to get around Brookline. The city is located directly on the "C" line of the MBTA line rail system. The trains runs through the center of Beacon Street and connect Brookline with points throughout Boston, all the way to that city's North Station.

Brookline real estate

Brookline is divided into more than a dozen, self-contained neighborhoods, many with their own central squares. Although most of the city is residential, neighborhoods generally have services like groceries, dry cleaners, coffee shops and restaurants, many within walking distance of residential centers. Real estate in the city ranges from historic single family homes to restored brownstones to newer condos to multi-acre luxury estates. You can expect to pay from around $350,000 for a one bedroom, modern condo to well over $1 million for a historic Brookline estate

If you're looking to buy a house in Boston or its suburbs - like the Brookline area, a good real estate professional can help you find properties that meet your family's requirements and budget as well as help you to negotiate the best deal in Boston's sometime competitive housing market.

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