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Brookline, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy, is one of America’s original streetcar suburbs. Originally settled in the early 1600’s, it remained relatively rural until it was bisected in the early 19th Century by multiple railroad lines connecting Boston to the rapidly developing west. Many of those lines remain today giving Brookline an excellent rapid transit network and easy access to Boston.

Unlike many of its neighbors, Brookline resisted annexation by Boston and remains an independent town comprised of several unique villages each with its own character and charm. While some Brookline neighborhoods, like Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village have a distinctly small town vibe with their ethnic restaurants, unique shops, and funky specialty stores others, like leafy Chestnut Hill, are distinctly more country replete with large Georgian estates.

Brookline’s strategic location adjacent to Boston’s world-famous Longwood Medical Center, home to Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel-Deaconness Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital and just minutes to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and it’s exclectic summer concert series, affords Brookline residents easy access to a wide variety of employment, health and wellness, and recreational opportunities.

It’s this eclectic mix, just minutes from bustling downtown Boston, that makes Brookline one of city’s most beloved neighborhoods.

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