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Brighton Single Family Homes for Sale & Rent

Brighton has a rich, fascinating history and an energetic ambiance that invites others to settle in and call the area home. Because of its close proximity to the Boston community of Allston, many locals refer to the area together as Allston-Brighton. However, Brighton is indeed a separate community that once was incorporated as its own municipality. With a look at the area's history and beautiful architecture, you may decide that this is the area where you want to look for your next home to lease or purchase.

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The History of Brighton

The first settlers arrived in Brighton in 1630 and established the community largely as a rural farming and cattle settlement with typically affluent individuals. Because it is located at the northwestern section of the Boston area, it has close proximity to Cambridge. In its early years, it was often referred to as Little Cambridge. In 1807, however, it separated political ties from Cambridge, and it was incorporated by Boston in 1874. Brighton say an incredible increase in settlement after it was incorporated by Boston, and its population grew by approximately 41,000 between 1875 and 1925. The population of the area remains at approximately 43,000 today. Because of this, many of the homes that are in the area were built within this period of time.

The Unique Feel of Brighton

Brighton has a large number of row-style homes with three or four stories, and this is combined with historic churches, stockyards, parks and retail venues. There is a commuter rail station located in Brighton that provides residents with easy access to employment opportunities in the downtown area and throughout many other areas in the Boston metropolitan area. This makes Brighton a fairly mobile community that is ideal for commuters, but there are also many work opportunities located inside the neighborhood. While this is a residential community with a light commercial component to it, its high population density gives it a rather urban vibe with a lot of energy.

Real Estate in the Community

The average list price for homes in Brighton has fluctuated between $500,000 and $600,000 in recent months, making this one of the more affordable communities in the Boston area to make a purchase in. Whether you are looking for a home to purchase or to lease in Brighton, you will be pleased to discover that you can find smaller one bedroom homes as well as larger homes with three, four or more bedrooms. Single family homes in Brighton, however, are in short supply, and there are often less than two dozen homes for sale in the community at any given time. Because of the unique makeup of real estate in Bright, home buyers and renters may also consider purchasing a condo in the area. There are typically a larger number of condo listings available than single family homes.

For home buyers and renters who are looking for an affordable home that offers easy access to the downtown Boston area, it may be hard to be beat the incredible history, architectural beauty and upbeat energy of Brighton. However, with the limited availability of homes to choose from in Brighton, it may be beneficial to work with a real estate agent to achieve your buying or leasing goals in the community.