Best Places to Live: Why I Love My Town

Why I Love My Town: Brookline
By: Larry Lucchino
As I enter my 10th year with the Red Sox, I’ve come to love Boston and New England, and I proudly consider both my adopted home. We live in Brookline, where we get all the charm of Boston and its environs: natural beauty, a sense of history, civic pride, ethnic diversity, good food, lively politics, quality recreation — and, of course, recognition of the importance of sports and the centrality of baseball.

Brookline is bucolic and rural, yet just minutes away from the best features of a world-class city. I walk with my dogs on quiet streets like Yarmouth and Heath, but I can be at Fenway Park in 15 minutes. My three black Labs would insist I mention and praise Brookline’s many dog-friendly features, including the popular dog park off Brookline Avenue; the beautiful Larz Anderson Park; and the Reservoir at Route 9 and Lee Street — where the four of us (Stacey, Nagal, Vernell, and I) often go for exercise, fresh air, and a sense of tranquility.

Meanwhile, I’m just blocks away from excellent restaurants. Our favorite meal cycle: breakfast and banter at my local coffee shop, a healthy lunch at La Rotisserie, and later, fantastic Chinese at Bernard’s.

If you ask me, the essential beauty of Brookline is in its trees — all varieties, sizes, colors, and ages. The 135-year-old beech tree that dominates our backyard provides a sanctuary that’s critical to me when I need to repair from frustrating late-inning losses, and when I need the privacy and peace so essential to enjoying our short and precious life. Without question, Brookline is a worthy place to plant one’s roots. Lucchino is the president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox.