Brookline , MA Local Area Information

About Area

The Town of Brighton was merged with Boston in 1874, and the Boston-Brookline border was redrawn to connect the new Back Bay neighborhood with Allston-Brighton. This created a narrow strip of land along the Charles River belonging to Boston, cutting Brookline off from the shoreline. It also put certain lands north of the Muddy River on the Boston side, including what are now Kenmore Square and Packard's Corner. The current northern border follows Commonwealth Avenue, and on the northeast, St. Mary's Street. When the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways was designed for Boston by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1890s, the Muddy River was integrated into the Riverway and Olmsted Park, creating parkland accessible by both Boston and Brookline residents. Throughout its history, Brookline resisted being absorbed by Boston, in particular as the Brookline-Boston annexation debate of 1873 was decided in favor of independence. The neighboring towns of West Roxbury and Hyde Park connected Brookline to the rest of Norfolk County until they were annexed by Boston in 1874 and 1912, respectively, putting them in Suffolk County. Brookline is now separated from the remainder of Norfolk County. Brookline has long been regarded as a pleasant and verdant environment. In 1841 edition of the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Andrew Jackson Downing described the area this way: The whole of this neighborhood of Brookline is a kind of landscape garden, and there is nothing in America of the sort, so inexpressibly charming as the lanes which lead from one cottage, or villa, to another. No animals are allowed to run at large, and the open gates, with tempting vistas and glimpses under the pendent boughs, give it quite an Arcadian air of rural freedom and enjoyment. These lanes are clothed with a profusion of trees and wild shrubbery, often almost to the carriage tracks, and curve and wind about, in a manner quite bewildering to the stranger who attempts to thread them alone; and there are more hints here for the lover of the picturesque in lanes than we ever saw assembled together in so small a compass. Courtesy of

Real Estate Market Stats

Zillow Home Value Index: $918,300

Zillow Home Value Index

Owners vs. Renters

Home Size in Square Feet

Year Built

Local National
Zillow Home Value Index $918,300 $216,700
Median Single Family Home Value $1,811,600 $215,800
Median Condo Value $761,800 $227,800
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $783,300 $166,300
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $1,041,100 $209,300
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $1,638,500 $337,000
Percent Homes Decreasing 18.1% 33.5%
Percent Listing Price Reduction 11.6% 17.8%
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $679 $134
Median List Price $1,000,000 $275,000
Median Sale Price $1,011,200 $230,800
Homes For Sale 146 2,657,339
Homes Recently Sold 147 2,657,339
Property Tax $6,151 $2,147
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 0.1% 2.9%
Median Value Per Sq Ft $666 $150
1-Yr. Change 8.9% 6.5%
Homes For Sale By Owner 3 112,198
New Construction 12 210,456
Foreclosures 0 13,765

Neighborhoods in Brookline , MA

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