St. Mary's / Lower Beacon Street

Where the Green Line pops up aboveground at St. Mary's Street T-Station, students, business owners, retirees, as well as medical and academic professionals, shop side-by-side. Shoppers stroll extra-wide sidewalks, eat in charming outdoor cafes and funky restaurants, patronize specialty bakeries, a local hardware store, grocery and wine stores, and neighborhood service businesses -- amid classic townhouses and impeccable apartment / condo complexes.

A major cultural anchor for this neighborhood is the Brookline Arts Center, which offers visual arts for students ages 18 months-adult.