The name, Oak Square, gets tossed around a lot in discussions regarding popular neighborhoods in and around Boston, especially Brighton. The Oak Square neighborhood of Brighton has humble beginnings. Formed around an ancient oak tree which once stood along an Indian path, Oak Square originated as a village comprised of Nonatatum and Faneuil Streets. When this Oak Tree was eventually cut down due to health issues in the mid 1800’s, it was said to be the oldest in the state. Now all this is great, you’re thinking, but why should I live in Oak Square, you ask. You should live in Oak Square if you have a car. Parking is MUCH easier than it is on the T line. Most properties in Oak Square are in houses. Most houses have driveways. The more driveway parking, the less on street parking. There are some parts of Oak Square that you will need a parking permit but more often than not, you don’t! Just pull up and park regardless of where you are registered. This is a HUGE convenience for professionals moving here from out of state.
You should live in Oak Square if you drive to work. Oak Square is nestled, (yes, I used the term nestled) conveniently between the Mass Pike (exit 17) and Storrow Drive. In fact, you should live in Oak Square even if you DON’T drive to work.There are many busses, especially the 501 and 503 which will take you to downtown quicker than the Green Line. If you ever find yourself needing to get to Fenway Park, aside from the Green C & Green D lines, the 57 Bus is your best bet. You should live in Oak Square if you ride a bicycle.
There are many trails within a short ride of Oak Square but my favorite is along the Charles River. Whether you head West into Watertown or East into Downtown Boston, there are trails both on road and off road to enjoy
You should live in Oak Square if you like to get Bang-For-Your-Buck. Typically apartments in houses do not include heat and hot water so they are priced lower to begin with. Use this to your advantage! Set your digital thermostat set to be off when you’re away and you will often be saving money over apartments that are in buildings and/or include heat. You should live in Oak Square if you ride a bicycle.
There are many trails within a short ride of Oak Square but my favorite is along the Charles River. Whether you head West into Watertown or East into Downtown Boston, there are trails both on road and off road to enjoy.
You should live in Oak Square if you don’t want to be woken up at 2 a.m by the sound of students yelling or beer bottles breaking. Oak Square is mainly comprised of working professionals and families. This doesn’t make Oak Square a no fun zone by any means, it just means that you can have fun and still not get woken up when you have to be at work at 9 a.m. Oak Square has lots of bars and restaurants, places to play billiards (The Last Drop) and darts (Castlebar) alike. If you’re a foodie, the Lemon Chicken dish at Fiorelli’s express will make you feel both guilty and grateful at the same time, it’s tremendous.
So there you have it. Oak Square, with it’s humble beginnings has grown to become a top destination for twentysomethings who like access to the city lifestyle while paying affordable prices.