Located in Northwest Boston, Allston & Brighton are bustling communities diversified by residential and commercial establishments. The housing varies between Boston's ubiquitous wooden triple-deckers, more suburban single family homes, and stately brick apartment buildings. Allston & Brighton are typically home to longtime residents, students from nearby Boston University and Harvard, recent immigrants, and young professionals. The Charles River and Paul Dudley White Bicycle Path border Allston to the north and east, while the Chestnut Hill Reservoir features a popular shoreline walking trail offering opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
In Allston, Commonwealth, Brighton, and Harvard Avenues feature hip bars and unique ethnic restaurants. Allston Village Main Streets supports business owners and nonprofits in the area. Harvard University, which owns more land in Boston than in Cambridge, is a major tenant of the neighborhood. Its business school and athletic facilities are based in Lower Allston.
In Brighton, the eclectic commercial centers of Brighton Center, Cleveland Circle, and Oak Square offer residents and visitors a rich range of options, from ethnic grocery stores to cozy neighborhood pubs. Major tenants of the neighborhood include St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston College, WGBH, and the New Balance Athletic Shoe's world headquarters.