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Real Estate News: What is it like to live in Brookline?


1 Hillside Road, Brookline - listed by Michael Carucci

Brookline, Massachusetts: Birthplace of John F. Kennedy, residence of Tom Brady, and, if you so desire, your very own suburban paradise to call home.

The humble 02445 has been ranked time and again as best suburb or best place to raise a family and here you will see why.

As one of the most highly-coveted, tree-lined communities in the Boston area, Brookline is an anomaly of cheerful neighbors and beautiful homes. Just last month, two Brookline estates sold for well over $6 million apiece, one listed by our very own Michael Carucci. The two extraordinary homes, on Hillside Road and Clyde Street respectively, both have nearly five-figures of square footage, custom designs, and stellar curbside appeal. Despite their price-tags which were both above Brooklines median closing price of $775,000, these homes embody the beauty and charm of the area.

Another pillar of Brookline is its delicious food. For the home, Whole Foods has strategically set up locations in a unique, three-point, triangular shape surrounding the town. With a store on Beacon Street, Washington Street, and Centre Street, Brookline residents are never far from quality groceries with which to fill a stainless-steel fridge or walk-in pantry.

When out on the town, however, they are surrounded by an array of dining options that reflect cuisines from all over the world. Barcelona on Beacon Street offers fine spanish cuisine in the form of tapas and small plates, while just down the road Ribelle presents simply plated, tasteful French dishes. And for those light in heart and stomach, there are perhaps some of the cutest, quaintest cafe's in the greater Boston area. In Coolidge Corner alone, Capital One Cafe, The Paris Creperie, and Knight Moves top the Cafe charts. Plus, if you have to plan your afternoon cappuccino around the kids, Brookline understands.

The Public Schools of Brookline consistently sit at the top of Boston area school district rankings. According to Greatschools, Brookline schools receive a nine out of a possible 10 points, with Amos A. Lawrence School, Michael Driscoll School, and Heath School at the top of its list. But, if you prefer to send your children to private school, there are plenty of options as well. With more than 10 different private daycare options,the British School of Boston and the Windsor school just on its outskirts, Brookline sets up students of any age with any special interest for success.

So, whats it like to live in Brookline? Truly fantastic, if you ask us--or Tom.

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