Allston was one of the nation’s first suburbs to have a streetcar, this neighborhood is home to the New Balance Headquarters and WGBH, a public television station responsible for much of the country’s national programming. Thanks in part to many of the students from the area’s universities, the area has become home to many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Often perceived as separately governed city due to its geography and size, Allston-Brighton is actually part of the city of Boston.
Housing stock in allston varies but largely consists of brick apartment buildings, especially on Commonwealth Avenue and the streets directly off it, while areas further down Brighton Avenue, close to Brighton, are largely dotted with wooden triple-deckers. Lower Allston, across the Massachusetts Turnpike from the rest of Allston, consists of mostly 1890-1920s single-family and multi-family Victorian homes.