Once the stockyards and hunting grounds for Boston, Brighton became forever tied to the city with the arrival of trolleys in the late 19th century. Its residents now favor the foot.
According to a recent Boston Redevelopment Authority study, when residents step out their doors for daily tasks, 69 percent walk to their destinations, an indication of the kind of street life this neighborhood has.
Brighton has distinctive neighborhoods within itself, including that near the beautiful Chestnut Hill Reservoir and a portion of nearby Cleveland Circle where the Beacon Street Green Line terminates. With Boston College and Boston University at either end, Brighton is marbled through with student housing.
Backed by its residents who had grown weary of corruption in its politics, Brighton was annexed to Boston in 1874.
On a recent week, Realtor.com listed six single-family homes, ranging from $415,000 for a four-bed, one-bath, 1,632-square-foot home to $979,000 for a seven-bed, 2.5-bath 4,261-square-foot home. Median price of a single-family home in 2007 was $443,000, according to Warren Group, which publishes real estate information.