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Brief Synopsis

Boston is a city of neighborhoods by means of annexation. Allston-Brighton is known as the student village, owing to the enormous number of college students and recent graduates that live in the area - Boston University and Boston College bookend Allston-Brighton. Despite the number of students in Allston/Brighton, it is one of the city’s most integrated and racially diverse neighborhoods with large number of Korean, Vietnamese, and Brazilian families. Allston-Brighton looks like a small town square within a couple-of-minutes drive of the metropolitan area; but unlike downtown Boston, you will not notice skyscrapers stabbing this sky. The neighborhood is full of modest shops and apartments. Allston’s buzz of activity and Brighton’s residential atmosphere really complement each other nicely to give this area a somewhat suburban feel, yet within Boston city limits. The combined area contains: dozens of parks and open spaces; one of the lowest median age levels in Boston; a highly diverse demographic; a wide selection of shops and restaurants; and, a large student population. All this makes Allston-Brighton one of the few places in Boston where small talk happens - on the street or inside shops.

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Where is Allston-Brighton?

Allston-Brighton is located on the western edge of Boston, bordering Brookline to the south, Boston College and Newton to the west, Boston University, Kenmore Square, and Paul Dudley White Bicycle Path to the east, and Cambridge, Watertown, and the Charles River to the north. Here you can find recreational opportunities like canoeing, running, and biking. The boundaries between Allston and Brighton tend to be quite blurred - the invisible border between Allston and Brighton shifts depending upon the individual - but, the Everett Street/Allston Street divide is the most commonly accepted divide, cuting Allston-Brighton in half, with Brighton to the west and Allston to the east. If it helps you to determine one from another, the zip code 02134 is strongly associated with Allston while 02135 covers much of Brighton.

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Party Town?

Allston is one of Boston's more vibrant neighborhoods. Its most thriving business is its nightlife - bars and restaurants comprise the center of the neighborhood providing "super-cool" niches throughout the community... whether you prefer playing late-night, dive-bar darts or sipping early-morning coffee in funky cafes. Hard-partying frat boys share Allston-Brighton with hard-working entrepreneurs, and the neighborhood’s architecture is just as diverse where well-lived in college apartments abut well-tended Victorians. Whether your scene is ragged jeans or refined garb, you’ll find something to love in this conveniently located neighborhood. If you are planning to buy a home in the area, stick to Brighton for a quieter and more stable environment. Unlike Allston's shops and services, Brighton offers parks and open space, tree-lined streets, and a more family-oriented, “community” feel. Brighton is much more likely to have the wooden, triple-decker houses, and more families residing in them, than small apartment buildings and students.

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Housing is varied in the area, but the section of Allston along Commonwealth Avenue offers a number of small brick apartment buildings. Farther away from Commonwealth, off of Brighton Avenue and closer to Brighton are more wooden triple-decker houses. You should be aware that, In the Allston zip code of 02134, only 13% of the housing is owner-occupied, compared to the national rate of 66%. Most of Allston is rented, predominantly to students. The quality of housing in Allston is mixed, varying from well maintained to worn down. Landlords and property owners who do not rent to undergraduate students (a fairly common business practice in Boston) tend to have slightly better maintained buildings than those who do. Allston is the “funkier” of the two neighborhoods. It has a diverse makeup with many middle-class families living in single and dual-family homes. Brighton tends to be less crowded and quieter than Allston, and has more residential areas. Free parking on the street is tight, but available. A residential sticker is required in some areas.

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The Sub-Neighborhoods of Allston-Brighton

The combined area is also made up of a number of smaller sub-neighborhoods. North Allston is located to the north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, and hosts Harvard’s Business School and field. Allston Village, located at the eastern section of Allston/Brighton, is a popular party spot for students and musicians and probably the most popular section of the neighborhood for BU undergraduates. Brighton Center is the economic hub of the western side of the neighborhood, accessible by the #57 bus line. North Allston is less urban than the Allston Village area, offering a number of single-family homes (one of the few areas in the neighborhood that does). Rowhouses or brownstones are relatively rare in this area. Most of the people living in North Allston are either long-term residents, or Harvard students and staff. Because the turnpike cuts Allston in half, North Allston shares little in common with Allston Village, except for a branch of the Boston Public Library. The #66 bus does connect the two sections of the neighborhood.

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Other Info About Allston-Brighton

While 47% of the population of Brighton drive to work, 36% use mass transit, compared with 71% and 2% respectively for the United States as a whole. This is probably due in part to the number of bus, subway, and commuter choices available. The B section of the Green Line is accessible from many parts of the area.

Access the City of Boston's official website, including the neighborhood of Allston-Brighton. If you have school-age children, Allston-Brighton lies in the Boston Public School district. Its transportation policies are outlined here. It is always wise to check if there is reported criminal activity in the area in which you plan to live. The Boston Police Department has a web page dedicated to Brighton/Allston which you can access for their latest news. To keep up with daily goings on, in general, you can check in online with the Allston-Brighton Tab, Boston City Paper, The Patch, or, of course, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.

If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy, the City of Boston maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston does offer a residential tax break for primary residences for which you should apply upon your purchase.

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Current Allston-Brighton Listings

To view all current MLS real estate listings in Allston-Brighton, you will need an ID which is "2434046" and the password "1234". You can login here anonymously anytime - daily, weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window requiring an accompanied showing.

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Sold Statistics for Brighton

Single Family:
2016 - 33 sales. Sale price - $703,845 Market Time - 23 days
2015 - 30 sales. Sale price - $625,642 Market Time - 22 days
2014 - 32 sales. Sale Price - $537,266 Market Time - 63 days
2013 - 37 sales. Sale Price - $509,691 Market Time - 33 days
2012 - 33 sales. Sale Price - $464,770 Market Time - 44 days
2011 - 20 sales.Sale Price - $406,540 Market Time - 98 days
2010 - 28 sales. Sale Price - $420,304 Market Time - 97 days

2016 - 251 sales. Sale price - $423,199 Market Time - 17 days
2015 - 265 sales. Sale price - $402,486 Market Time - 31 days
2014 - 291 sales. Sale Price - $331,557 Market Time - 28 days
2013 - 355 sales. Sale Price - $316,963 Market Time - 30 days
2012 - 277 sales. Sale Price - $268,797 Market Time - 55 days
2011 - 242 sales. Sale Price - $274,545 Market Time - 95 days
2010 - 269 sales. Sale Price - $291,090 Market Time - 89 days

Multi-Family Listings:
2016 - 46 sales. Sale price - $985,735 Market Time - 30 days
2015 - 44 sales. Sale price - $861,816 Market Time - 40 days
2014 - 37 sales. Sale Price - $839,426 Market Time - 41 days
2013 - 42 sales. Sale Price - $792,384 Market Time - 31 days
2012 - 52 sales. Sale Price - $710,383 Market Time - 42 days
2011 - 26 sales. Sale Price - $696,762 Market Time - 95 days
2010 - 39 sales. Sale Price - $605,241 Market Time - 59 days

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Sold Statistics for Allston

Single Family:
2015 - 1 sale. Sale Price - $773,000 Market Time - 24 days
2014 - 13 sales. Sale Price - $541,231 Market Time - 40 days
2013 -  8 sales. Sale Price - $525,130 Market Time - 33 days
2012 -  9 sales. Sale Price - $468,067 Market Time - 71 days
2011 - 10 sales. Sale Price - $445,021 Market Time - 64 days
2010 -  8 sales. Sale Price - $448,688 Market Time - 78 days

2015 - 102 sales. Sale price - $391,188 Market Time - 36 days
2014 - 80 sales. Sale Price - $334,962 Market Time - 47 days
2013 - 100 sales. Sale Price - $311,385 Market Time - 16 days
2012 - 80 sales. Sale Price - $264,053 Market Time - 58 days
2011 - 68 sales. Sale Price - $296,497 Market Time - 84 days
2010 - 70 sales. Sale Price - $249,993 Market Time - 87 days

Multi-Family Listings:
2015 - 13 sales. Sale Price - $876,308 Market Time - 25 days
2014 - 37 sales. Sale Price - $839,426 Market Time - 41 days
2013 - 42 sales. Sale Price - $792,384 Market Time - 31 days
2012 - 22 sales. Sale Price - $687,786 Market Time - 46 days
2011 - 16 sales. Sale Price - $677,938 Market Time - 53 days
2010 - 16 sales. Sale Price - $503,431 Market Time - 152 days