Allston Real Estate Information

The neighborhood of Allston is found in the western portion of Boston, directly across the Charles River from the independent city of Cambridge. Allston is often considered jointly with the adjacent community of Brighton, leading to a common designation of the paired neighborhoods as Allston-Brighton. Allston's unique location has made it a favorite amongst regional college students, who see Allston properties as a great chance to find off-campus housing. A very large percentage of the population of Allston is composed of students, especially those from Emerson College, the Art Institute of Boston, Northeastern University, Harvard University, MIT, the Berklee College of Music, Boston University, and Boston College. Not surprisingly, most Allston real estate is made up of apartments and condominiums.

The central street of Allston is Commonwealth Avenue, which is also a main avenue of the Boston Metropolitan area. This street is where the most recognizable buildings of Allston are found, including a number of apartment structures built from brick, although there are also a number of turn-of-the-century Victorian houses found in the lower portion of Allston. The population of Allston is currently estimated at twenty one thousand five hundred residents, and is home to a number of ethnically diverse neighborhoods in addition to student housing. Allston came into existence as a separate community independent of adjacent Brighton starting in the year eighteen sixty eight, when a local railroad depot and post office were name Allston in honor of a local painter.

Some notable residents of Allston throughout the years include Michael Bloomberg, the members of Aerosmith, Thomas Johnson, and Thomas Johnson. Allston is served primarily by the Boston Public Schools, although there are also a number of private institutions in the Allston-Brighton area. Allston includes a considerable portion of Harvard University, including Harvard Stadium and Harvard Business School in addition to a good deal of future planned construction. Allston also hosts part of Boston University and the smaller Berklee College of Music. Allston's transportation needs are met by the noted Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, which operates a number of regional buses as well as a stop on the Green Line. Allston also has easy access, via the MBTA, to the many attractions of downtown and metropolitan Boston at large.