Brookline, New Hampshire

Located in southern Hillsborough County, Brookline is a small rural community which borders Massachusetts in south-central New Hampshire.  Home to about 4500 residents, Brookline is attempting to retain its rustic, small-town feel by limiting the number of building permits issued annually.  With well over half of its 13,000 acres still undeveloped, the plan seems to be working.  Beautiful homes nestled in the thick pines that line its wandering back roads make Brookline a very desirable place to call home.

Originally a part of Dunstable, then Hollis, Brookline's beginnings were turbulent.  After a disagreement at the old meeting house over certain planning decisions, the residents living in the west side of Hollis petitioned to establish their own town.  Upon granting this in 1769, Governor Wentworth named this new town "Raby" in honor of his cousin, the fourth Earl of Strafford and Baron of Raby Castle, in County Durham, England.  In 1786 the small town of Raby petitioned the state to increase its acreage and was granted an additional 3/4 mile parcel of land taken from Hollis.  Three years later, in 1789, the town's name was changed to Brookline at the suggestion of a prominent citizen who once lived in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Several historic homes still stand in town; the Brookline Historical Society now resides in the Florence Barnaby house while the Brookline Railroad Station has been converted into a home.

In addition to the Historic Society, Brookline has several clubs including the Lions, Rotary and Brookline Women's Club.  For the winter enthusiast there's the Brookline Icebreakers Snowmobile Club, and for the art lover, there's The Andres Institute of Art (a non-profit foundation).  For boating and fishing, Potanipo Lake is right off Mason Road in West Brookline and the Nissitissit River flows right through Brookline itself on its way from Potanipo to the Nashua River.  Enjoying the great outdoors is easy to do in an area where there are trails all over including nearby Talbot-Taylor Wildlife Sanctuary and the Townsend State Forest just over the border in Massachusetts.

Despite limiting building permits, Brookline is still one of the fastest growing southern towns in New Hampshire.  In preparation for an ever-growing population, Brookline approved the cooperative construction of the Hollis Brookline High School as well as expansion of the elementary schools (Richard Maghakian Memorial School and the Captain Samuel Douglass Academy) and the construction of a new cooperative upper elementary school (The Hollis Brookline Middle School).  Brookline operates the two elementary schools, encompassing grades one through six, while the Hollis Brookline Cooperative maintains grades seven through twelve.  All schools in Hollis and Brookline fall under SAU 41.

Richard Maghakian Memorial School (1-4)
Captain Samuel Douglass Academy (5-6)
(603) 673-4640.

Hollis Brookline Middle School (7-8)
(603) 465-2269.

Hollis Brookline High School (9-12)
(603) 465-2223.

Buying a house in Brookline is ideal for the young family. Call Jim Miller Bean Group at (603) 801-3987 for MLS listings of homes for sale in Brookline, New Hampshire.  You'll be glad you did.

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