Outlying Area Information

These descriptions may or may not accurately reflect your own perspective.

Arlington

Corralled between Routes 2 and 3, and accessible by the MBTA bus at Harvard Square. A peaceful residential neighborhood with diverse opportunities, Arlington has a growing population with good schools and a variety of lakes, parks, and recreational sites. Though remaining suburban, commercial development centers along Massachusetts Avenue have brought restaurants and shops to the area.

Medford

Connected to the city by State Route 28, Interstate Route 93, and the commuter rail, Medford is home to Tufts University, as well as the bike and bridle paths of Middlesex Falls and the Mystic River. The heart of the city's economic vitality resides in Medford Square.

Milton

The sight of the first chocolate factory in New England in 1764, Milton has developed into a thriving, affluent suburban community, situated between the Neponset River and the 6,500-acre Blue Hills Reservation. Accessible from Boston by Route 93, Milton offers recreation at the Blue Hill Trailside Museum, historical houses, and an excellent school system including the famous Milton Academy, where T.S. Eliot once studied.

Newton

Six miles west of Boston and accessible through several D Line stops, Newton is a quiet, affluent suburb. Bounded by the Charles River, Newton also has a strong, nationally recognized school system, an award-winning library, museum, symphony orchestra, and residential theater groups. Newton Center is filled with clothing boutiques, restaurants, and stores. Boston's closest suburb!

Quincy

Within 20 minutes of Boston via the MBTA's Red Line or Route 93. The western neighborhoods have a more urban feel, with some high-rises and shopping areas. To the east, tree-lined streets with housing and apartment opportunities offer a more suburban experience. Quincy boasts the homestead of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as a number of parks that offer hiking, nature observing, boating, and sports. More towns south of Boston that are worth looking at include Hingham, Hull, Braintree, and Brockton.

Somerville

This urban industrial city has many opportunities to rent. On the Red Line at Davis Square, (as well as transportation by bus) the town is connected to the city as well as to the excitement of nearby Cambridge. Somerville offers a wide variety of public schools, open playing fields and parks, and mainly multifamily homes and apartments to rent.

Waltham

Nine miles from Boston and can be reached by highway, commuter rail, and bus. The southern section is predominantly dense, multifamily housing, while the northern section has larger lot single-family houses. Home of Brandeis University, Bentley College, and the Charles River Museum of Industry as well as other historical societies, hiking, camping, and general play is encouraged at reservations. Other towns west of Boston are Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Weston, and Needham.

Watertown

The site where paper money was first printed for Massachusetts, Watertown lies within 20 minutes of travel to all major highways in eastern Massachusetts, and is also connected to Boston by bus routes. Without the high prices of Newton, the community is diverse, and residents benefit from convenient shopping at the Arsenal and Watertown Malls, in addition to the 11 parks offering recreational activities.

Woburn

is located between Winchester and Lexington and adjacent to Routes 128 and 93. The bus system connects to neighboring towns and Red and Orange Lines. The commuter rail also departs from Mishawum Station and connects to North Station. This suburb is peaceful and quiet, with safe schools and numerous indoor and outdoor recreational sites. Many residential opportunities north of Boston are also available, such as in Lexington, Winchester, Winthrop, Revere, and Lynn.