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D Y, Home Buyer in Boston, MA

Can anyone shed light on the Oak Sq section of Brighton? The prices there are deceptively low for Boston. I

Asked by D Y, Boston, MA Sun Mar 16, 2008

wonder if the area is improving at all. I heard a rumor that BC was buying up more land in Brighton. Think this would have an impact? It seems that Oak Sq us wholly untouched by gentrification. What do you think the future of this Sq is?

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Oak Square, drug infested? NO! I have lived here going on eleven years now and am moving due to a work move. I came here single, got married, and now have two toddlers. It is really a family neighborhood with a mix of everything in-between. Yes, it is more affordable than most of the areas around because of the relative lack of T-access. It's also not "fancy" but you can't beat how easy it is to get everywhere (EXCEPT the lack of T-access). We're selling the house we bought @ a decade ago and we've done really well by it. Again, no complaints. Anything in this area, held long enough will be good, but I guess that's true with anything (barring the last crazy bubble we just went through). With Oak Square, you can actually get a 3-4 bedroom house in Boston with a little yard, perhaps a garage and driveway for under $500K. That's pretty good. Just my two cents - good luck! :)
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I was brought up in Oak Square Brighton (1960-1986). I hear in the 60's it was a heavy drug traffic place (I was young) but what wasn't! It was an AWESOME place to grow up. I'm an original OLP grammar and high school gal. I loved my life in Brighton. I think I'm the last of a dying bread there as far as original single family people. I still many friends in the old neighborhood. Along with the last of my generation it's all yuppies and transplants but that's par for any course right? I'm a transplant to Tucson, Arizona so we all come from somewhere and I'm proud to say I come from Brighton, MA :) It will always be HOME. :)
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Not a home buyer by the way. Just and old neighborhood kid!
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I think prices for oak square have nowhere to go but up. It is a location that offer many amenities. Even though it does not have a train line still has lots of bus transportation and many nice shops and restaurants. This location seems to be getting better and better.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 28, 2013
Prices are typically low because it is further from the city and has little public transportation access, which is a rather huge deal when you consider the fact that most people commute. I think you should determine whether you are considering purchase for you own living or for investment to figure out if it is right for you .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 22, 2013
This is obviously an aged question/statement but I recently rented an apartment there and my client was very happy with the price and location!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 8, 2013
Oak square is a fantastic place to live! One of the biggest reason the prices are lower is because it does not have the Green line T as close by, it does have express buses to downtown etc. which most people that use it say is faster than the green line T!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
Oak Square is a nice little neighborhood. There are plenty of restaurants and shops / services such as gas, laundry/dry cleaning, pet day care/grooming, Sbux, dog park, etc. The Y is very nice, and the Fanueil Library branch has friendly librarians.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 21, 2013
As someone who lived in Oak Sq for 5 years in the mid 90's (1995-2000), the notion that it was a drug neighborhood I find a little silly. I lived on Tremont ST to the West of Oak Sq, Up the hill from Pic-a-pasta, and down by the subsidized housing off of Fanueil st to the east, so I know the area. I'm not saying it was a drug free zone, but Brighton was no slum. Oak Sq is cheap because there is no T, and relatively few perks and amenities that the other sections of Boston (with higher prices) can claim. Before 1990, I can make no claim, but that' s twenty years ago an ancient history.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 25, 2009
Well... that's just because Inman Square RULES!!! Honestly, I've always thought that it was the best Square north of the Charles, and the only thing holding IT back was the lack of a T stop.... But I've lived here long enough to know that if you're south of the Charles... everything in Cambridge/Somerville is remote by "Boston" standards...that's the othah side of the rivah...

But also Inman Square is walkable from the Central Square T stop (10-15 minutes) currently, and also not too far from Union Square which has been benefiting from speculation around the proposed Greenline extension. Oak Square has gotta be at least a half hour walk from the nearest T and it's the B line....

I never lived in Boston in the early 90's, I'm only regurgitating what I've heard from people that are from the area... and it's a general Brighton Stereotype, not specific to Oak Square...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 17, 2008
I absolutely agree that it is "out there" by Boston standards. And the notion that it was a seedy drug filled neighborhood is news to me! My understanding is that it was always a more family oriented neighborhood. I'll have to do some research on the topic. To it's defense I believe it is better served by buses than most places in Newton and one huge advantage of Oak Sq over Newton is of course.... $$$$. Also, Inman Sq is definitely remote by Boston standards and man, it has really had a heck of an upswing.

So the question now is what do you see keeping Oak Square being something like the second Inman Square with the recent aquisitions of land by BC and Harvard? One thought I had was the housing stock may not be dense enough to sustain a truly great Sq. Any thoughts on this??
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 17, 2008
For Oak Square you talking basically all the disadvantages of Newton without any of the advantages. There is no T even relatively close to Oak Square, it's the busses. It's a good commuter location cause it's easy to jump on 90 or Soldiers Field Rd. But it's out there by "living in Boston" standards.

I would not consider Oak Square to be untouched by gentrification though.... My understanding is that in the early 90's Brighton in general was quite the seedy drug filled neighborhood. That's not the case anymore.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 17, 2008
can only go up from here... of course is always a question of how long will it take. yes BC is acquiring land in the area and Harvard is edging into nearby North Allston. most likely Oak Sq has a ways to go before it's a mainstream neighborhood. plus the BC acquisition cuts both ways. yes they will pump some money into the area but they will also cement it as a "college" neighborhood.
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