Allston/Brighton

Once a home to stockyards and meatpacking industries, Allston today is a thriving mecca of activity. Largely populated by students and young professionals, Allston caters to the individual looking for something different and less expensive. It’s hard to turn a corner in this neighborhood without running into a discount furniture or thrift store. Allston’s Harvard Avenue boasts everything from upscale eateries and pool halls to local dives and mom-and-pop grocery stores. Residents enjoy the attractions and conveniences of a vibrant eclectic neighborhood with a vast array of restaurants, upscale boutiques, and nearby shopping both in Brighton and the bordering town of Brookline. There’s rarely a quiet moment in this neighborhood — everyone from students to the elderly traverse the streets of Allston through all hours of the day and night.

Brighton, like neighboring Allston, was home to agricultural plots and stockyards in post-colonial days. The extension of streetcar lines in the 1800s, however, encouraged residential growth, and soon houses and apartments were built across the neighborhood. Today’s neighborhood, which is primarily populated by students, young professionals and families, consists of an intricate network of streets lined with houses and small apartment buildings. Unlike Allston, Brighton is fairly quiet, especially at night. Local family businesses mix with national chains of pharmacies and banks along Brighton’s main drag, Washington Street, which runs straight through Brighton Center to Oak Square.

Allston/Brighton, as it is collectively known, is one of the most popular areas in Boston for both undergraduate and graduate students, along with young professionals. The neighborhood is also home to many medical school students and residents, who find convenience in being only minutes away from the renowned Longwood Medical Area and downtown Boston. What also makes this area so attractive is its nearby proximity to both Boston University’s Charles River Campus and the Boston College campus. Additionally, many sections of the neighborhood are close to Harvard Square in Cambridge. Allston-Brighton offers easy access to numerous stores, restaurants, bars, parks, recreational areas, and downtown Boston. Free overnight parking on the street is permitted with a resident sticker.

Boston’s public transportation system (known as the “T”), which is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), travels through most parts of the city. The “B” section of the Green Line, which is the primary T line that services much of Allston-Brighton, allows residents to enjoy quick access east to downtown Boston (via both the B and C Green Lines); the D Green Line provides service west to the suburbs of Newton.

Links to useful information on the area:

www.allstonvillage.com

www.coolidgecornershops.com

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15 Glenville Avenue

33 Walbridge St.


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