Comprised of two neighborhoods, the Commonwealth area of Boston has a diverse population. Young families and college students live in the Allston neighborhood, creating a vibrant, active community. Diverse restaurants, second-hand stores and music venues make up the retail areas of town, and the community has easy-to-use public transportation options with many bus routes to downtown Boston, which is only five miles away.
Brighton also has a younger population of mostly graduate students and professionals, and it isn’t quite as active as Allston. Pharmacies and banks line the streets, as well as restaurants and bars that cater to the college community. Brighton has many good elementary and high schools, and part of the Boston College campus can be found in this area.