Brookline

Staunchly protected its independence from annexation.

Brookline Real Estate

Best of Boston in its own opulent package.
 
Brookline is bordered on three sides by Boston city limits, and for nearly 150 years, this affluent suburb has staunchly protected its independence from annexation. And for good reason; Brookline has a distinct personality and history, a high-ranking school district, and beautiful residential neighborhoods and green spaces. 
 
No matter your aesthetic, you have options in Brookline: neighborhoods include a mix of Colonial, Victorian, modern, Cape Cod, Tudor Revival, and charming bungalow architecture. The typical Brookline home is set on a private parcel with established, well-maintained landscaping along quiet, tree-lined streets. But given how easy it is to get around Brookline, you're never far from bustling activity. 
 

What to Love

  • Walkable
  • Easy transportation around town and into Boston
  • Diverse
  • Peaceful

Local Lifestyle

With a population of approximately 60,000 residents, Brookline exudes a sense of small-town community without sacrificing the rich tapestry of culture, cuisine, and entertainment of urban living. Even though it's decidedly more relaxed than big-city Boston, Brookline has its own energy—especially in its bustling, historic downtown district. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

You don't have to go far to experience culinary delights, culture, and upscale shopping when you live in Brookline. In fact, you can find almost everything you want on Harvard Street. Tatte Bakery and Cafe is a popular brunch spot on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, where you'll find seasonal menus featuring their divine pastries and breads. Or, stop by Paris Creperie at any time of the day for sweet or savory crepes, coffee, tea, and delicious smoothies. 
 
If you're planning a picnic at any one of Brookline's beautiful parks, Zaftig's Delicatessen has the perfect menu. You may also decide to dine in at their cozy location, which is popular for meals
 
Once you've sated your appetite, wander over to Brookline Booksmith, the local's choice for independent bookstores. Save plenty of time for your visit—there are two floors of used and new titles to browse, as well as a great selection of gifts. 
 
You'll be delighted by what you may find at Boston General Store. From specialty kitchenware to bespoke shaving kits, this shop caters to a clientele that appreciates high-quality, hard-to-find housewares. Shoppers who strive to live lives with smaller footprints will also appreciate their zero-waste product collections. 
 
While Harvard Street is the dining and shopping destination for Brookline, don't forget to explore side streets for specialty clothing, gift, and home decor boutiques. 
 

Things to Do

Take in an art-house film or blockbuster movie at the historic and spectacularly gorgeous Coolidge Corner Theatre. Or visit Larz Anderson Park, located on a sprawling 61-acre estate appointed with gardens, ponds, playgrounds, and pavilions… and the largest automobile collection in the United States. 
 
Are you free on a summer or fall Thursday afternoon? Go back to Coolidge Corner for Brookline's beloved, long-running farmers’ market. In a parking lot just around the corner from the theatre, you'll find produce, meat, seafood, treats, and handmade products sold by dozens of local and regional vendors. 
 
Brookline Arts Center is one of Brookline's best-kept secrets, offering an abundance of programs for adults and children, from classes and workshops to exhibits. Learn more about art on display throughout Brookline by reaching out to the Brookline Commission for the Arts
 

Schools

Brookline values academic excellence, reflected by these world-renowned schools: 
 
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Overview for Brookline, MA

62,620 people live in Brookline, where the median age is 35.3 and the average individual income is $83,318. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,620

Total Population

35.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$83,318

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Brookline, MA

Brookline has 26,762 households, with an average household size of 2.28. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Brookline do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 62,620 people call Brookline home. The population density is 9,263.41 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

62,620

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

35.3

Median Age

45.93 / 54.07%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
26,762

Total Households

2.28

Average Household Size

$83,318

Average individual Income

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Schools in Brookline, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Brookline. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Florida Ruffin Ridley School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Maimonides School Elementary Section
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Apple Orchard School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Beaver Country Day School
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 11th
No rating available
St Mary Of The Assumption Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
New England Hebrew Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Ivy Street School
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5

Around Brookline, MA

There's plenty to do around Brookline, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
55
Bikeable
Bike Score
31
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Walden Local Butcher Shop, Vinal General Store, and Fast Splits.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.79 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.49 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.3 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.34 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.91 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

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