Explore Living in Brookline

If you’re looking for a quiet area with lots of space and close to Boston, Brookline apartments are a perfect fit.

Brookline is a neighborhood in Boston with easy access to Brighton, Allston, Fenway-Kenmore, Mission Hill and more. Settled in 1638, Brookline is rich in history. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, lived here. It was also home to Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of American landscape and the architect of Central Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

Brookline is lovely. Wide streets with beautiful trees provide plenty of space and shade. There are nice walks for nature-lovers and dog owners. Independently owned businesses are at the center of vibrant neighborhoods.

With a population of just under 60,000 people, Brookline attracts students and young professionals, while longtime residents serve as the foundation of tight-knit communities.

  • Vibe Laidback neighborhoods with urban appeal and suburban amenities.
  • Neighbors Students, young families and lifelong residents.
  • Food Great local eateries and growing foodie scene.
  • Not to Miss Coolidge Corner Theater & Brookline Booksmith.

How to Get Around

Brookline is very walkable. Rental bikes are also plentiful. Metered parking is available throughout the day. Overnight parking is not allowed, though there are several overnight parking locations (limited spots) available.

Public Transportation

The MBTA Green C and D lines run through Brookline. While the B Line does not, it is easily accessible to those near Boston University. MBTA Bus Lines 51, 60, 65 and 66 run through Brookline.

Popular Brookline Communities:

Coolidge Corner apartments are in the hub of Brookline.  This neighborhood bustles with activity day and night, offering movies, shopping and food.

Named after two brothers who opened a general store in 1857 in the S. S. Pierce building that still stands today, Coolidge Corner is a vibrant neighborhood that won’t disappoint.

A perfect afternoon includes a movie at the Coolidge Corner Theater. This iconic art deco theater is known for independent films, big screen classics and more. Stop by Brookline Booksmith, one of the area’s best independent bookstores that hosts events featuring local and high-profile authors.

Coolidge Corner has lots of food options, with a focus on comfort. Get overflowing sandwiches with your choice of craft beer and you’ll be deliriously happy. Home to a large Jewish population, there are also a fair number of kosher delis and markets.

Among the hustle and bustle, there is still a strong sense of community. Coolidge Corner is home to people who have lived there for decades, while welcoming young families wanting an excellent school system.

Brookline Village apartments are set in the middle of a charming neighborhood with a European village feel.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Brookline Village is the historic center of Brookline. A walk down the street is a delight. Antique stores where shopkeepers know customers by name mix in with award-winning restaurants and cocktail bars. There are lots of pretty parks, and the nearby Puppet Showplace Theater has shows for people of all ages.

Brookline Village is quieter than Coolidge Corner. This residential feel in the middle of the city is a large part of its appeal. Nearby public transportation makes it easy to get into Boston, while lots of fantastic food options make it easy to stay in.

Washington Square apartments include beautiful brownstones on shady, tree-lined streets that add to the area’s low-key and relaxed atmosphere.

Washington Square is best known for its growing bar and restaurant scene. Plan a food crawl in this cozy neighborhood and get your fix of everything from tapas to tacos. If you’re in a dancing mood, the Golden Temple transforms from a Chinese restaurant to a dance club on the weekends.

If you’re feeling full, Chestnut Hill Reservoir is about a 20-minute walk away. Head there to bike, swim, fish and more, and make room for another feast.

Don’t miss the green 18-foot Victorian clock in the middle of the square. It serves as a muse for the clocks in Cleveland Circle and Brighton Center.

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