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118 apartments for rent in Brookline, MA

91 Verndale St
Coolidge Corner
5 Bed
$4,200
66 Winchester St Apt 102
Coolidge Corner
2 Bed
$2,995
724 Washington St
Washington Square
5 Bed
$3,500
23 Fairbanks St
Washington Square
2 Bed
$2,735
20 Chapel St # B1009S
Coolidge Corner
1 Bed
$3,175
22 Chestnut Place
Brookline Village
1 Bed
$2,150
94 Pleasant St
Coolidge Corner
3 Bed
$3,400
1537 Beacon St
Coolidge Corner
4 Bed
$4,000
80 Verndale St
Coolidge Corner
4 Bed
$3,900
80 Verndale St
Coolidge Corner
5 Bed
$4,100
61 Columbia St
Coolidge Corner
4 Bed
$3,975
1061 Beacon St
Coolidge Corner
Studio
$1,745
123 Brook St
Brookline Village
6 Bed
$3,500
170 Gerry Rd
South Brookline
1 Bed
$2,250
109 Franklin St
Brookline Village
2 Bed
$2,700
33 Lancaster Ter Apt 107A
Washington Square
2 Bed
$2,295
16 Short St
Coolidge Corner
2 Bed
$3,300
62 Egmont St
Coolidge Corner
3 Bed
$3,750
62 Egmont St
Coolidge Corner
4 Bed
$4,450
37 Beaconsfield Rd
Washington Square
4 Bed
$5,400
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City Guide
Brookline
Renting a Home in Brookline

The majority of people living in Brookline actually work in Boston, but prefer the feeling of the town life to the bustling city. This has led to a unique housing situation compared to many towns of similar size. Whereas most towns have a lot of single family homes, there are a huge number of apartments in Brookline -- from high-rises to small complexes. So you'll have a lot of choices when trying to find an apartment rental in the area, and you can have as many bedrooms as your heart (and roommates) desires.

The most important thing to consider when planning to get an apartment of any size in Brookline is money. Even by Massachusetts standards, Brookline costs you a hefty heap of dollars (or, in native-speak, "dollahs"). In return, you get lots of trendy shops and restaurants, top-of-the-line services, and you're within spitting distance of Boston. Brookline residents say it's all worth it, but be prepared to shell out some serious dough.

Great apartments are hard to come by, so be sure to have all your paperwork in order before you begin your search--you may need to pounce. Referrals from your employer, last landlord, and any important individuals you may know are necessary (got any senators in your contact list?). Proof of employment, credit checks, pay stubs, and bank statements are also essential in all but the cheapest rentals. Think of it as getting an impromptu audit.

Choosing a Neighborhood

Frankly, all of Brookline is nice, but some places are nicer than others, and some areas are more affordable. Here's a brief description of the various 'hoods, with relative price ratings.

Saint Paul Street: Situated in north Brookline, this is the best of the best, filled with high-rise apartments. If you can get a place here, you know you're on top, regardless of what floor you end up on. $$$$$

Westbrook Village: A fairly stable part of town filled with single family homes. Renting a 3 bedroom home or a small studio home (1 to 2 bedrooms) is possible, but there isn't an apartment as far as the eye can see. $$$$

Hellenic College: Filled with historic houses, this old neighborhood is a fantastic snapshot of old style architecture. $$$

Boylston St.: This is the most renter-friendly place in Brookline, with low-rises full of 1 to 2 bedroom apartments. $

Brookline Village: Another affordable neighborhood, Brookline Village always has a few empty units at the small apartment complexes and high-rise apartments that make up the community. $$

Life in Brookline

Brookline residents tout the peace and quiet of their hometown. But, because of its rich community -- filled with highly educated people and lots of big-city professionals -- it is also a place to connect, learn, and have fun. There are many options for recreation and entertainment in the area, including sports clubs, fancy restaurants, stylish boutiques, and trendy nightclubs.

For people who are more into relaxing than living it up, Brookline is filled with parks, cafes, historical sites, art galleries, and other more sedate activities to fill up your time.

Brookline is often considered one of the best places to live in the entire Northeast. If you can put the price aside, it's a rich and dynamic community to join.