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Boston's Brighton Neighborhood


Brighton Overview:

Often looped in with its neighbor, and referred to as the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, Brighton has a few distinct characteristics that prompt its residents to ignore the hyphen. Like Allston, it is Ground Zero for students and young professionals, with a number of affordable housing options. Unlike its neighbor though, it can claim waterfront property along the Charles River, and the peaceful attraction of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.


According to 2007 data provided by Onboard Infomatics, Brighton is home to 40,894 residents, with a median age of 30.34 and a median household income of $52,125 The average household’s net worth is $404,015 with an average of 2,05 people per dwelling. Many crimes occur at a higher rate in the Brighton than the national average, particularly the risk of robbery and personal crime.


For more than 80 years, the Boston University Bridge (originally named the Cottage Farm Bridge) has been a pivotal connection between Boston and Cambridge. At the other end of the neighborhood is Cleveland Circle, a hotbed for Boston College student living, with a number of options for cheap eats. At the nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir (on the National Register of Historic Places), joggers will find a mile-and-a-half loop with views of the Boston College campus. Residents and visitors can learn more at the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum, which does periodical walking tours of the neighborhood.


Being a college haven, there are cheap eats galore in Brighton.
  • Tasca: Want the best tapas in town? Head to this Commonwealth Ave. location.
  • The Stockyard: A local favorite thanks to some of the most affordable steak and seafood dishes in the city.
  • Presto Pizza: The Cleveland Circle battle between Presto and Pino’s wages on, but we come out on the Presto side.
  • Eagle’s Deli: Try the burger challenge. Go ahead, we dare you.


  • The Paradise: The legendary rock club features live music most every night of the week.
  • The Last Drop: Not easy to get to for the T crowd, but the cheap drinks make it worth it.
  • Sunset Cantina: Sister bar to the famous Sunset Grill, one of the best beer bars in Boston.
  • Boston Wine School: Get schooled in the art of wine, cheese, and everything good in life.



For a list of local public schools, visit the Boston Public Schools, click here.


The “B” branch of the Green Line runs through Brighton with multiple stops along Comonwealth Ave., and ending at Boston College. The “C” branch of the Green Line runs through Brookline, down Beacon St., and ends up at Cleveland Circle in Brighton, just blocks away from the Chestnut Hill campus. For more information about navigating the T, click here

Grocery stores:


Post Office:

424 Washington St.
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


Boston Public Library Brighton Branch
40 Academy Hill Road
617- 782-6032

Police station:

301 Washington St., 617- 343-4260

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