Newton, MA is located approximately 7 miles from downtown Boston and is home to ~ 87,000 people. Our city boasts numerous foodie-oriented eateries, close proximity to major work centers and hospitals, ready access to public transportation (buses and the T), and an ethnically diverse, well-educated populace. It is often cited as one of America’s best cities and is unique among Boston’s affluent Western suburbs. This is because, despite its status as a “suburb,” Newton retains the best qualities of city life. Learn more about city services.
Highly Rated, Walkable Schools
Newton is home to 15 walkable neighborhood elementary schools. There are 4 middle schools, and 2 high schools. Unlike Boston Public Schools, however, Newton’s Public Schools are considered some of the best in the state and even, dare we say, the nation. That said, some choose a private school education and there are quite a few excellent private institutions (e.g., Newton Country Day) in our area. Learn more about the individual schools.
No matter where you work, Newton provides several options for transportation and is geographically well-positioned between the Mass Pike (I-90), I-125/95 and Rt. 9. In addition, there are MBTA Express buses (in West Newton, Newtonville and Newton Corner) to Downtown Boston and a Commuter Rail that is highly dependable. The Green Line of the T (that’s our above-ground “subway”) runs throughout several villages, a slower commuting option but it’s reliable, safe and clean. In addition, buses run regularly to Cambridge. You’ll also find easy access to Storrow and Memorial Drives. There’s always biking, which is definitely embraced by many of our residents. And a plus for those who travel often, getting to Logan Airport is a breeze. With no traffic, it only takes between 15 – 20 minutes to get to Logan.
Hot Housing Market
Because Newton is one of Boston’s most popular suburbs, home buyers may grow frustrated in the search for an affordable home here. While there is high demand, the supply is limited and the prices reflect the hot real estate market. More often than not, home buyers encounter bidding wars and cash offers. Renting here, unfortunately, also tends to be quite expensive.
Although it can be discouraging as a prospective buyer or renter, we hope you will consider making our wonderful city home. You truly won’t regret it. And if you are in the market, you’ll want to keep up with the posts of LiveNewton’s expert real estate blogger, Margaret Szerlip. Read recent posts by Margaret Szerlip.
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