Bordering the neighborhood of Allston, and sharing many of the same characteristics, the community of Brighton is often referred to as Allston-Brighton. Primarily populated by graduate students, young professionals and families, Brighton is home to an intertwining network of streets lined with homes and small apartment buildings.
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The Brighton Real Estate Market
Brighton real estate shares a lot in common with its neighbor, Allston, to the north. In fact, the two neighborhoods are often known communally as “Allston-Brighton”. Just like Allston, Brighton is well known for a thriving student population that enjoy the neighborhood for its easy proximity to both Boston College and Boston University.
Similar to other nearby Boston neighborhood, the Brighton community has a very established feel. You’ll find a greater concentration of single-family homes than in Allston, but many of these properties too have been converting into condominiums. This popular trend has led to the creation of many unique properties - condos with upgraded facilities and design elements, housed within historic character homes.
In recent years in addition to the thriving student population, Brighton has seen an influx of younger working professionals and families. This segment of the home buying public love Brighton for its easy commute into downtown Boston. Brighton has been able to maintain a pleasing combination of a friendly neighborhood atmosphere with all the big-city amenities and excitement many look for.
Homes for sale on the Brighton real estate market don’t tend to stick around long though. A high level of demand an a relatively low inventory leads to many multiple offer situations with few contingencies. If you’re looking to make a home in Brighton, it’s advisable to move fast if you see something you like.
Brighton Neighborhood Highlights
Among Brighton’s most attractive qualities is its ability to effortlessly combine the quiet, friendly vibe of a small-town neighborhood with many of the qualities that make big-city living so alluring. Brighton is consistently ranked as one of the top neighborhoods in Boston, currently ranked by Niche.com as the #1 Best Boston neighborhood for families. It’s this quality with the top-notch selection of bars, restaurants, bakeries and cafe’s that line Washington Street that set it apart.
The neighborhood's younger demographic of students and young working professionals have also brought with them the trendy restaurants, bars and other business that cater to them.
Brighton has also seen an influx and of big and medium-sized businesses in recent years. Many of these commercial enterprises are centered around Boston Landing, a 15-acre mixed use facility with room for offices, retailers, restaurants and more. Prime developments like this have attracted several big names in the business world and are sure to help shape the make up of the community into the future.
The neighborhood also provides a glimpse into Boston’s long past. Aside from the concentration of character homes from the turn of the century, the Brighton neighborhood is also centered around Brighton Center, a historic central business district with several examples of colonial and turn-of-the-century architecture.
For an escape to nature, Brighton offers some excellent choices. Rogers Park is a popular meeting place that is dog-friendly. Gallagher Park and the Chestnut Hill Reservoir are also popular choices, featuring serene lakefront views.
With so much variety to offer, it’s easy to see why many homebuyers choose to make this lovely neighborhood their home. To start your real estate search in Brighton, contact Terrier Real Estate today! Their Boston REALTORS® are here to help.
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