Chestnut Hill Community Guide

Chestnut Hill Community Guide


Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill, zip code 02467


Counties: Norfolk, Middlesex, and Suffolk 


Municipalities: Brookline, Newton, and Boston


Area: 4.87 sq. mi.


Population: 22,982 (2020)


Demographics: The breakdown of racial and ethnic groups are: White (68.1%); Asian (16.0%); Hispanic (6.8%). The median age for residents is 27. In 2020, the median household income of households was $150,223.


Brief History: Chestnut Hill was first settled by the Hammond family in 1665, and since then the preservation of Chestnut Hill's districts and culture makes it a sought-after neighborhood for its rich history. At one time split between Newton and Boston, Chestnut Hill was ceded to Boston in the 1800s, leading to far more residential and commercial developments. The village itself now rests primarily within two municipal entities: Brookline in Norfolk County; Newton in Middlesex County.


Area Info: The name Chestnut Hill originally comes from its series of small hills overlooking the 135-acre Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Today, the zip code 02467 Chestnut Hill is an affluent neighborhood of Brookline, Newton, and Boston that has several claims to fame, from its list of high-profile residents — Tom Brady has called this village home — to its placement on the Boston Marathon route, and even more important to its status as having some of the top schools in the country. Over 150 years old, Boston College research university is a draw to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as history lovers who enjoy the campus' preserved buildings and grounds.


Historic Places & Cultural Places of Interest: Boston College Main Campus; The Larz Anderson Auto Museum and Park; Longyear Museum; Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site; Metropolitan Waterworks Museum; Chestnut Hill Historic District; Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic District; and Old Chestnut Hill Historic District.


Amenities: Chestnut Hill is home to several shopping plazas or districts including: The Street at Chestnut Hill; The Shops at Chestnut Hill, formerly called The Mall at Chestnut Hill; Chestnut Hill Square; and the Shops at Putterham. These shopping districts offer a top-of-the-line shopping experience with everything you could need whether you have grocery shopping on the agenda or want to collect luxury goods on a night out. 


Parks and Recreation: In addition to multiple shopping areas, Chestnut Hill also has several reservation areas that offer recreational activities, such as the Hammond Pond Reservation where you can hike or rock climb, Larz Anderson Park which offers ice skating in winter, a dog park, an auto museum, and fabulous views of the Boston skyline.  Chestnut Hill Reservoir with its 1.5 mile-long path around the water offers views of nearby Boston College as well as the Boston skyline in the distance. The famed and historic Country Club, a founding member club of USGA, is located in Chestnut Hill adjacent to the City of Brookline’s Golf Course at Putterham. The nearby Newton Commonwealth Golf Course will satisfy anyone looking to improve their backswing.


Public Transportation: Chestnut Hill and its surroundings are served by the MBTA's Green Line with its three branches. Green Line stops include: Chestnut Hill, Boston College, Cleveland Circle, and Reservoir.


Education: Read about private pre-K schools including Chestnut Hill SchoolDexter SouthfieldBeaver Country Day School, and Brimmer and May, or our top-tier higher education such as Boston College and more here.

Discover What Chestnut Hill has to Offer

With 350 years of history, Chestnut Hill is one of Massachusetts' most exclusive and culture-rich villages. Learn more about what makes Chestnut Hill a unique place to live, including the vibrant shopping and dining scene with our local guide, and read more about our top academic institutions here!

Start Your Property Search with Ingvild Brown

There are many reasons why you should consider moving to Chestnut Hill, from our excellent public and private schools to lovely preserved historic buildings, architecturally diverse residences, and scenic grounds. If you are considering purchasing or selling a home in Chestnut Hill – or perhaps Brookline or Newton – or if you simply want to learn more about Chestnut Hill, I can handle all of your Chestnut Hill real estate questions.

Whether you are looking for a new single-family house, condo, or investment property, I will help you navigate the current market to find the place you can call home. Contact me online or call my office at 571-481-0440 to get started on your journey!