The property is located in part of Brookline’s “Town Green Historic District” and is close to all the amenities of Brookline Village. Brookline Village is one of Brookline’s major commercial and retail centers. Located just north of Massachusetts Route 9 and west of the Muddy River, it is the historic center of the town and includes its major civic buildings, including Town Hall and the public library. The commercial spine of the Village, extending along Washington Street from Route 9 to the library, is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Brookline Village Commercial District.
Brookline Village was the first significant site, known as Muddy River, of colonial settlement in what is now Brookline, due to the crossing of the Muddy River, which provided overland access between Boston and Cambridge (then little more than a village at what is now Harvard Square). The Village grew from this beginning to become Brookline's first major economic center. In the 19th century commercial activity was concentrated on Boylston, Washington, and Harvard Streets, and grew with the construction of what is now Brookline Avenue, and the arrival of the rail line that now serves the MBTA. The railroad's arrival spurred one of the earliest "streetcar suburb" residential subdivisions. The neighborhood includes a variety of commercial businesses and eateries.
Today, the property’s location boasts ready access to local universities, hospitals and downtown Boston, as well as major transportation routes and the MBTA. On the opposite side of Warren Street from the property is the Brookline Reservoir. The reservoir covers approximately 32 acres and is encircled by a mile-long walking and jogging trail with magnificent views. Each year, the reservoir is stocked with fish and fishing is allowed with a permit from the Brookline Town Clerk’s office.