Right on the border of Brookline/Brighton at the intersection of Beacon St and Chestnut Hill Ave, Cleveland Circle is an historical streetcar suburb and a great location for commuters as it has three MBTA Green Line trolleys, the B,C,D Lines. Each of these branches go to downtown Boston. The 86 bus runs to Harvard Square, and the BC Shuttle runs from the Circle, around the nearby Reservoir to the Boston College campus. The area is populated largely by a mix of students, young professionals, and elderly. There are many brownstones, condos, shops, bars, coffee shops, and quick eat restaurants.
The hub of commercial activity in the Brighton area, and filled with dine-in restaurants, local shops, and pubs, Brighton Center also has many bus branches including the MBTA 501,503 express buses (to Copley and Gov't Center) as well as the 57 bus to Kenmore, the 86 Bus to Harvard Square, and the 65 Bus to Longwood. Many residents work at the nearby St. Elizabeth's hospital, and this area is increasingly popular with young professionals due to affordability, accessible parking, and ease of commute, and also has a mix of many long time residents and families.
A favorite among young professionals, Oak Square is like a suburb within the city, featuring rows of triple decker houses and tree lined side streets. The area features an abundance of non permit parking, and is only a 5-10 minute walk to Brighton Center. There are shops and restaurants along Washington St as well as the MBTA 501,503,57 bus lines. The 64 bus to Central Square runs along Faneuil St, and the MA Pike and Storrow Drive are only 5 minutes away. The area also features a recently built YMCA and Beacon Hill Athletic Club.
Rated by Forbes magazine as the 18th "best hipster" neighborhood in the United States, Allston is the former home of Aerosmith and is home to an eclectic mix of students, families, immigrants, and young professionals. The most densely populated and busiest part of Allston Brighton is found on the main strip of Harvard Ave (also check out Brighton Ave) where one can find a variety of local restuarants with food from all over the world, as well as thrift shops, stores, nightlife, and more. The MBTA B-Line is on Commonwealth Ave and the 66 bus runs from Harvard Square to the Longwood Medical area.
Fondly referred to as "LA" by local residents, Lower Allston is a quiet residential area of Allston separated from Allston Village by the MA Pike and Cambridge St but easily accessible to the village by an overpass for those on foot. Super Stop and Shop and Star Market are in LA, and the area is seeing recent development moves by Harvard who plans to expand more into this area.
Also known as "Aberdeen" this area runs from the Eastern side of Cleveland Circle between Beacon St and Commonwealth Ave all the way to the Western side of Allston and Coolidge Corner with Brookline running along the South. This neighborhood's streets are lined with foliage and well maintained victorian houses and brownstones. There is a Whole Foods market on Washington St. Both the MBTA B and C Lines are within walking distance, as well as the 65 and 66 bus lines.