Jim's family relocated to Brookline in 2003, and is very familiar with Brookline and all of its surrounding area and towns - especially the village/neighborhood of Chestnut Hill where he resided. Its proximity to Boston has made it a commuter suburb; and yet, Brookline has managed to maintain its own identity with its mixture of urban and suburban living, upscale shops, village pubs, recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates - many contructed pre-World War II, along with many older, Victorian-era, Colonial Revival-style and Georgian style homes. Brookline hosts a large number of Russian immigrants, a prominent Jewish culture, and many other academic and scientific professionals. The community is recognized for having excellent schools, which is not surprising given the number of wealthy individuals who call Brookline home. Locals regard Brookline as a wealthier Boston suburb.
Brookline is located in Norfolk County, on the eastern edge of Newton and just 3 miles west of downtown Boston; in fact, the town borders six of Boston's neighborhoods - Brighton, Allston, Fenway–Kenmore, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury - and includes a seventh, Chestnut Hill! The Mass Pike runs along Brookline's northern tip while Route 9 virtually bisects it. The northern part of Brookline, roughly north of the D-line tracks, is urban in character, highly walkable, and transit rich. The population density of this part of town is nearly 20,000 inhabitants per square mile.
The town includes numerous distinct neighborhoods and areas, including one of the oldest, world-class country clubs in the United States. Additionally, many of these "enclaves" have distinct flavors. Many of the neighborhoods, squares, or notable areas of Brookline include:
Its major retail centers, denoted by the preceding asterisks, are pedestrian-oriented shopping areas with a variety of stores, restaurants and malls.
Brookline is a great community with something to do for everyone. Thanks to Brookline's Green Dog program, there are several parks where your dog is welcome. At the Larz Anderson park, there is the Jack Kirrane skating rink and auto museum. History buffs can drop by to see JFK's birthplace. Do yourself a favor and check out Coolidge Corner's non-profit, independent movie theatre - it's fabulous! The Farmers' Market is a local favorite held in the Centre Street West parking lot in Coolidge Corner.
Brookline is known for its excellent public schools, which are supported in large part by property taxes. Fortunately, Brookline has offered a bit of a tax break for owner occupants who apply for the residential exemption. Several private primary and secondary schools, including the Beaver Country Day School, Brimmer and May School, Dexter Southfield School, Maimonides School, and The Park School are located in the town. Higher education includes Boston College, Pine Manor College, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Newbury College, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and Adult and Communiity Education, This "Where Am I?" page gives you local information including which schools serve your prospective new home.
Local news in Brookline is delivered by The Brookline Tab, The Patch, Brookline Hub, and of course, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. If you are a Boston College student, you will be interested in The Heights.
Have a particular property in mind, see how much it is assessed for property tax purposes here - A zoning map is also provided for those interested in knowing what is allowed on or near your prospective home. You will probably want to check into Brookline's town government, and see what additional information they have that might interest you. Since we do not live in a perfect world, you will want to check what kind of crime is being reported in the area where you choose to buy/live.
If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy, the City of Boston maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston does offer a residential tax break for primary residences for which you should apply upon your purchase.
Free parking on the street is tight, but available. A residential sticker is required in some areas. Additionally, "no driver may park on any street in Brookline, or in any town-owned off-street parking facility, for a period longer than 1 hour between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on any day of the week unless allowed by the Transportation Board." You must secure private, off-street, overnight parking or rent from the town or another commercial facility. More details here.
2016 - 170 sales. Sale Price - $1,918,144 Market Time - 50 days
2015 - 175 sales. Sale Price - $2,014,774 Market Time - 51 days
2014 - 169 sales. Sale Price - $1,803,483 Market Time - 83 days
2013 - 179 sales. Sale Price - $1,544,481 Market Time - 59 days
2012 - 172 sales. Sale Price - $1,489,053 Market Time - 63 days
2011 - 160 sales. Sale Price - $1,410,810 Market Time - 79 days
2010 - 136 sales. Sale Price - $1,370,863 Market Time - 70 days
2016 - 499 sales. Sale Price - $888,061 Market Time - 21 days
2015 - 522 sales. Sale Price - $806,176 Market Time - 18 days
2014 - 496 sales. Sale Price - $744,260 Market Time - 37 days
2013 - 542 sales. Sale Price - $638,431 Market Time - 19 days
2012 - 560 sales. Sale Price - $574,295 Market Time - 41 days
2011 - 473 sales. Sale Price - $562,063 Market Time - 55 days
2010 - 493 sales. Sale Price - $525,805 Market Time - 51 days
2016 - 25 sales. Sale Price - $2,281,004 Market Time - 46 days
2015 - 29 sales. Sale Price - $1,605,086 Market Time - 21 days
2014 - 19 sales. Sale Price - $1,532,289 Market Time - 34 days
2013 - 28 sales. Sale Price - $1,444,717 Market Time - 10 days
2012 - 25 sales. Sale Price - $1,152,856 Market Time - 48 days
2011 - 25 sales. Sale Price - $1,045,873 Market Time - 55 days
2010 - 20 sales. Sale Price - $1,208,925 Market Time - 56 days
To view all of the current MLS real estate listings in Brookline, you will need an ID which is " 2354298" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime, daily or weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window if they also require an accompanied showing. Brookline is booming, and it's a great time to move in!