As close to Boston as Brookline is, it has managed to maintain its own identity. Brookline (Population 58,000)is nearly enveloped by Boston and has many urban characteristics including commercial villages that provide opportunities for residents to shop, eat, mingle and interact. One of our favorite spots is Coolidge Corner, a commercial center with tons of charm in its boutiques, restaurants, passing street cars and food shopping. Two cultural mainstays include the Coolidge Corner Theater, a movie house that has gone non-profit and shows the kinds of movies usually seen in art houses, not to mention old classics. Across the street is Brookline Booksmith, an old-fashioned bookstore with customers browsing through books in the aisles and authors giving readings and inscribing books in a corner of the store.
In its proximity to Boston and Cambridge, Brookline has access to the region’s universities, students and professors, research centers, and local and foreign-based biotech companies. These attributes bring a wealth of diversity to Brookline, as it is said that there are some 70 different nationalities present at Brookline High School. The multicultural fabric of Brookline brings with it something we care deeply about — a host of different restaurants showing off national cuisines and ethnic foods. Can there be an ethnic cuisine that is not present in one of Brookline’s neighborhoods?
Among its many unusual resources, Brookline has its own working farm (with farm stand), the oldest country club in the nation, a town golf course, a park on a hillside overlooking Boston with an open-air skating rink and transportation museum, as well as numerous neighborhood parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the town.
Chestnut Hill is an affluent New England village located six miles west of downtown Boston. Whereas most residents consider Chestnut Hill to be a village situated within the boundaries of Brookline, in fact it is not a village at all. Rather it is a postal district. It encompasses parts of three separate municipalities, each located in a different county: the town of Brookline in Norfolk County; the city of Boston in Suffolk County (parts of its neighborhoods of Brighton and West Roxbury), and the city of Newton in Middlesex County Chestnut Hill's borders are roughly defined by the 02467 ZIP Code. The name Chestnut Hill refers to several small hills that overlook the 135-acre Chestnut Hill Reservoir rather than one particular hill. Chestnut Hill is best known as the home of Boston College, the location of Heartbreak Hill, the infamous final hill on the Boston Marathon route, as well as the Collegiate Gothic canvas of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
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