Brookline

A high-class neighborhood with a handsome personality.

Expensive cheese and fine wine conjure visions of a Brookline dinner party. Behind the white picket fences of this well-groomed neighborhood, children play hide-and-seek with their au pairs. Although Brookline may adhere to traditional tastes, that doesn’t mean it lacks panache. For date nights, impromptu picnics, or weekend window-shopping, this Boston border town’s theatres, parks, and boutiques have you covered. Your dreams of big-city buzz need not disappear—Downtown is a short T ride away.

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On the Map

Brookline is bordered by Coolidge Corner, Mission Hill, Fenway/Kenmore, Jamaica Plain, Allston-Brighton, Chestnut Hill, West Roxbury, Cambridge, and Newton

Logan International Airport: 23 minutes on the T or 25 minutes by car
Boston Common: 19 minutes on the T
Downtown Boston: 19 minutes on the T
Harvard Square: 19 minutes on the T

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Residential Refinement on Boston's Border

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Equal parts prim and proper, Brookline is a well-groomed suburb that connects directly to Boston.

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Its streets and squares evoke images of traditional New England.

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Polite families stroll past its corner shops.

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Quiet sidewalks edge its regal Brownstones.

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Playtime centers on its colorful parks.

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The closer you get to Boston, Brookline's borders begin to blur.

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When they're looking for more peaceful places to study, students from nearby universities intermix with Brookline's picket-fence families.

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Brookline maintains a rustic allure.

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The neighborhood minds its manners.

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Its estate-inspired homes reverberate with the sound of silverware being placed neatly on family tables.

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The area is actually pretty cool - we expected there wouldn't be much there because of the distance from the city centre, but there's actually a lot going on there. Plenty of shops, cafes, and places to eat. Would definitely recommend!"
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Chris

Visited in 2013

Brookline's Boutique Ideals

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Specialty shops and quaint boutiques punctuate Brookline's reserved demeanor.

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Refurbished items and bookshops that still sell hardbacks are in high-demand.

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The neighborhood shops well, eats well, and dresses well.

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Brookline is well-tailored.

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The oldest, continuously run independent movie house is in Coolidge Corner. It shows amazing films that you won’t see anywhere else and it is right across from Brookline Booksmith, a fantastic independently-owned bookstore."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam

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Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.