Brookline is one of Boston's most desirable suburbs to live in. With its rich history, grand homes, vibrant town centers and active community involvement, the Town of Brookline attracts a diverse mix of professionals, many of whom work in the neighboring City of Boston.
Brookline began in the 1630's as a collection of settlements in the "Muddy River" farmlands west of Boston. By 1705, residents petitioned for independence from Boston and incorporated as the Town of
Brookline. The local government, led by a board of selectmen is still in place today. Residents here are decidedly proud of their distinct independence from Boston which surrounds the town like a horseshoe.
Many prominent figures from the history of the region and the nation have resided in Brookline over the centuries. Most notable is President John F. Kennedy whose birthplace is a historical site in the town. The 55,000 residents in this town live both in close proximity and spread out. There are stately apartment and condominium buildings along the town's main avenues, and suburban streets of impressive homes, fronted by wide, manicured lawns.
Route 9, which leads west out of Boston, crosses Brookline and along this street is a great deal of commercial activity from high-end shops, large retailers, ethnic restaurants and professional offices. Business also centers in a number of town centers. Coolidge Corner with its landmark clock tower and Brookline Village are both pedestrian-friendly public spaces of quaint shops, delicatessens, restaurants and cafes. Other shopping and business venues include: Washington Square, Chestnut Hill/ Putterham, JFK Crossing and St. Mary/Lower Beacon Street.
Perhaps as a nod to its agricultural past, the town hosts a farmer's produce market once a week on Centre Street through the summer and autumn. Civic participation is strong in Brookline where residents take part in numerous active neighborhood associations. Additionally, there is a historical society committed to preserving the town's past.
Brookline's public school system is among the best in the state. Many comfortable families forgo sending their children to private schools and instead send them to one of Brookline's nine public school locations. Even so, there are still several religious and non-denominational private schools in the town as well.
Several colleges are located in Brookline such as Newbury College, and most notably, Boston College. Its beautiful well-laid out campus of gothic architecture and large stadium are located in the prestigious Chestnut Hill section of Brookline. Brookline is well-served by roads and rapid transit. Massachusetts Turnpike Route 90 is accessible just north of town and routes 30 and 9 run through Brookline. There is also bus and street car service from Boston on several regular lines.