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The Town of Arlington was settled by European colonists in 1635 as a village within the boundaries of Cambridge, Massachusetts under the name Menotomy, an Algonquian word meaning "swift running water". A larger area, including land that was later to become the town of Belmont, and outwards to the shore of the Mystic River, which had previously been part of Charlestown, was incorporated on February 27, 1807 as West Cambridge. In 1867, the name "Arlington" was chosen in honor of those buried in Arlington National Cemetery; the name change took effect that April 30. Paul Revere's famous midnight ride to alert colonists took him through Menotomy, now known as Arlington. Later on that first day of the American Revolution, more blood was shed in Menotomy than in the battles of Lexington and Concord combined. Minutemen from surrounding towns converged on Menotomy to ambush the British on their retreat from Concord and Lexington. All in all, 25 colonials were killed in Menotomy (half of all Americans killed in the day's battles), as well as 40 British troops (more than half their fatalities). If  you are in the area, be sure to visit the Schwamb Mill, the oldest continuously operated mill in the nation, the Drum Connection on Massachusetts Avenue,and learn how to play a djembe, the Jason Russell House,  which bears bullet holes from the first day of the American Revolution, and the Cyrus Dallin Museum and learn more about the renowned sculptor and his works. Arlington boasts an excellent school system, consisting of seven elementary schools (Brackett, Thompson, Hardy, Stratton, Peirce, Dallin, and Bishop, one middle school,and one public high school, all with high expectations for involvement with school and community endeavors. In addition, Arlington has an independent pre-school to grade 8 facility,  as well as a private Catholic High School and a Christian learning school. Residents take full advantage of the recreational facilities Arlington offers, including fishing and kayaking at Spy Pond, indoor skating, biking trails, and many parks and fields. A civic minded community, Arlington supports its local businesses and encourages resident support of those businesses through Shop Arlington First. For  those who enjoy trying foods from near and far, Arlington offers a myriad of dining experiences.   It is a short commute from this quiet community to all hustle and bustle that Boston has to offer. Check out market conditions in the town of Arlington Check out properties for sale in the town of Arlington
If you’re looking for a small-town atmosphere with the convenience of being close to a large metropolitan area, look no further than Belmont. Nicknamed "The Town of Homes," Belmont surely has a home that suits your preferences and lifestyle. This residential Massachusetts suburb of 26,000 is located just west of Cambridge and 8 miles from downtown Boston. Ideal for commuters, Belmont is served by several MBTA bus routes as well as two rail stations, Waverley and Belmont Center, which provide access to Boston via the train in roughly sixteen minutes. Additionally, Belmont is conveniently located one-and-a-half miles from the end of the Red Line T stop. The excellent Belmont Public Schools comprise four elementary schools: Burbank, Butler, Wellington and Winn Brook; one public middle school, Chenery and one public high school, Belmont High School, which was named the #3 high school in Massachusetts by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Dr. Jeff Shea, a Social Studies teacher at Belmont, was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year for 2015. Several small private schools are also located in Belmont. Belmont Day School serves children in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Belmont Hill School, located in the upscale Belmont Hill neighborhood, is a private boy’s school for grades 7-12. Residents frequent the town’s commercial centers for shopping, dining and socializing. Belmont Center is home to Town Hall, built in 1881, and other civic buildings, while Cushing Square and Waverley Square provide an array of local dining options, shopping, salons, auto services and more. The Belmont Recreation Department oversees a number of facilities including the Higginbottom Pool, Viglirolo Skating Rink and the Wenner Field House. Beaver Brook Reservation, a state park, has 59 acres of terrain including wetlands and woods, plus a cascading waterfall, bike path, picnic area and ballfield. Known for its friendly environment, Belmont welcomes all newcomers. An annual event held in August, "Meet Belmont," is a free fair with nearly 80 exhibitors from Belmont schools, clubs, and faith-based and community organizations providing information about living in Belmont. The Belmont Public Library offers activities and workshops for everyone from tots to seniors. The town even has its own newspaper, the Belmont Citizen Herald. Annual events include the The Payson Park Music Festival, which features entertainment each Wednesday evening from June until August in a beautiful natural setting. In the winter, Belmont residents look forward to the town’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony and the Holiday House Tour in addition to many other community gatherings. The town of Belmont was incorporated in 1859 with a population of 1,175. Largely known prior to 1983 as a commercial greenhouse base, Belmont was famous for producing large amounts of quality fruits and vegetables. Belmont’s population doubled in the early twentieth century due to an influx of artists, authors, doctors and scientists and the town is now almost entirely residential. After roads and rail service were introduced to the area, Belmont became the well-established community it is today, working to preserve the beauty and character of its historic buildings. Check out market conditions in the town of Belmont Check out properties for sale in the town of Belmont
While many cities are defined by their skylines, Boston is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods. Indeed, Boston's strength, diversity and vitality are all rooted in her neighborhoods, where neighborhood pride and cultures from all over the world are cherished and celebrated. Although each neighborhood has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of the neighborhoods demonstrate Boston's changing face, as this historic capital has become a magnet for all of the world's citizens. These new immigrants have joined native Bostonians and transplants from across the country to make Boston the world-class city it is today. Over 12 million visitors come to this bustling city each year. With renowned restaurants and shops, outstanding museums, a variety of theater venues, historic walks, and parks, Boston offers something for all, all year long. Boston is home to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world as well as home to the finest hospitals. No wonder so many people can not wait to come to the Hub! Check out properties for sale in the city of Boston
Famously known for being the site of the first shot of the American Revolution in 1775, Lexington is a town rich in history. Located just nine miles north and slightly west of Boston, this historical town has earned the name "the birthplace of American Liberty." Presently, Lexington is home to about 30,000 people. While the town has an attractive business atmosphere, many commute to Boston and easily do so with close proximity to I-95 and I-93. The Lexington Public Schools are renowned for providing an excellent education. Lexington has six elementary schools, Joseph Estabrook, Fiske, Maria Hastings, Bridge, Bowman and Harrington, two middle schools, William Diamond and Jonas Clark, and one high school, Lexington High School. Lexington also has a selection of private schools students can attend. Lexington Montessori School accepts children from toddlers to middle school and offers before and after school programs. Other options include Lexington Christian Academy teaching students in grades 6 through 12, Waldorf School of Lexington accepting students from Kindergarten through grade 8 with the option to continue their Waldorf education at the Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay in Belmont and Armenian Sisters’ Academy. Lexington is also abundant in schools and centers focusing on students with emotional and behavioral difficulties. These schools include Community Therapeutic Day School educating children ages 3 through 12, Pelham Academy focusing on females between the ages of 12 and 22 and Cotting School, America’s first day school for students with special needs ages 3 through 22 years. Those who live in Lexington have plenty of options for dining, shopping, entertainment and recreation. Along Massachusetts Avenue near the center of town, several restaurants, cafés and coffee shops populate the area. Opportunities for cultural enrichment are abundant with so many historic sites and museums in Lexington. Lexington Battle Green at the junction of Massachusetts Avenue and Bedford Street is home to the Minuteman Statue and Revolutionary Monument, while the Old Burying Ground, Buckman Tavern, Munroe Tavern and Hancock-Clarke House are a few other local sites dating back as far as the 1600s all of which are maintained by the Lexington Historical Society. There’s never a shortage of opportunities for getting outdoors in Lexington. Used for both recreation and transportation, the Minuteman Bikeway is a well-known trail for biking, walking, jogging or in-line skating. In the winter, Minuteman Bikeway is popular for cross-country skiing. The 11-mile bikeway passes through Bedford, Lexington, Arlington and Cambridge and provides an easy alternative for getting to and from the Alewife "T" Station in Cambridge. There is so much to take advantage of in Lexington. This unique town offers its residents modern day pleasures including shopping and dining while also presenting many opportunities for learning about and celebrating American history. You’re sure to find a home that meets your needs and preferences in this charming Boston suburb. Check out market conditions in the town of Lexington Check out properties for sale in the town of Lexington
Located 5 miles northwest of Boston and home to prestigious Tufts University, Medford is a charming town with many distinct neighborhoods including West Medford, Fulton Heights, Wellington/Glenwood, South Medford and Lawrence Estates. Cited as one of the best places to live by Boston Magazine, the city’s open space, relatively affordable housing prices, riverside bike path and vibrant restaurant scene are attracting young homebuyers in droves. Buyers are especially attracted to two new waterfront developments, River’s Edge and Station Landing, which feature mixed residential and retail and are walking distance to the "T" at Wellington Station. Many residents commute to Boston, leaving from the MBTA’s Wellington Station on the Orange Line, where they can also catch any one of 10 bus routes that terminate at the station. On the west side of Medford, the Lowell Commuter Rail Line stops in West Medford Square. Schoolchildren in the town attend Medford Public Schools which has four elementary schools: Brooks, Columbus, McGlynn and Roberts; two middle schools: Andrews and McGlynn; high schools Medford and Medford Vocational/Technical and the alternative high school Curtis/Tufts. Parents who want to give their children a private school education can select St. Joseph School enrolling K-8, St. Clement School for K-12 or St. Raphael Elementary School. Outdoor fun is abundant in Medford—The Medford Recreation Department oversees 21 parks including Wrights Pond, which has 148 acres consisting of a beach with fresh water swimming, a bathhouse with concession area and parking. Residents may purchase memberships to the Tufts Pool, join the Medford Boat Club, and use the LoConte Skating rink. The community comes together for events including Medford Farmers Market, running June through October and the Night of 10,000 Lights held in November. The Chevalier Theatre presents theater, dance, music, lectures and road shows. Tufts offers a year-round program of dance, drama, music and lectures. The Medford Public Library hosts book clubs, writing groups, concerts and lectures. Medford, first settled in the 1600s, is proud of its historical heritage which can be viewed at the Isaac Royall house museum, the Amelia Earhart Residence, the Salem Street Burying Ground and the Jingle Bells Historical Marker plaque at 19 High Street in the Center of Medford Square. The name Medford is thought to have originated from the phrase, "the ford at the River (the Mystic)." The original area was owned by Mathew Cradock, the first Governor of the Massachusetts colonies who developed his land into a plantation. After his death, the plantation passed to his heirs and was then sold in1652 to Edward Collins when it was designated a "peculiar" private property and not a properly incorporated town. In 1892, Medford became incorporated as a city. Check out market conditions in the city of Medford Check out properties for sale in the city of Medford
Situated just seven miles north of Boston, the city of Melrose, Massachusetts, has a charming Victorian downtown which dates back to the 1900s. A mid-size city with beautiful open spaces and parks, Melrose has a thriving business community, a wonderful variety of cultural activities, many recreational opportunities and a 20-minute commute into Boston on the Orange Line at the Oak Grove station. Mature trees line the streets of this 4.76 square mile city and its downtown is ringed by residential neighborhoods with a wide range of housing styles, 40% of which were built before 1900. A preservation committee and historic society work to preserve the century-old homes and commercial buildings of Melrose. Many of the houses belonging to early citizens of Melrose still stand today including the Phineas Upham House, Phineas Sprague House, and Lynde House. The Beebe Estate, built in 1828 is now headquarters to the Melrose Council on Aging, and its front rooms are host to many cultural and social events. Melrose residents are proud of their excellent school system which includes five elementary schools: Hoover, Horace Mann, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Winthrop; Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School and Melrose High School. The high school’s music program is among the top 100 in the U.S. In addition, the school district operates the Franklin Early Childhood Center. Private schools in Melrose, Massachusetts include St. Mary’s for grades 1-8 and Melrose Montessori which enrolls students from Pre-K through 1st grade. There are lots of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Melrose. The city is surrounded by a green belt which includes the Middlesex Fells Reservation whose 2,575 acres are filled with biking and hiking trails, picnic areas, a pond where residents can rent canoes and kayaks and horseback riding facilities. The Melrose Recreation Department oversees many parks, tennis courts, playing fields, gyms, a dog park and the Milano Senior Center. The Mt. Hood Golf Course is open to the public, while the Bellevue Golf Club is a private club with a nine-hole course, tennis courts, a pool and a clubhouse. Although Boston is just a short ride away, Melrose has its own cultural life including the 83-year-old Melrose Symphony Orchestra, the oldest continuously performing all volunteer orchestra in the U.S. The city also has its own TV station, Melrose Massachusetts Television, which provides an open forum for residents. The Melrose Cultural Council distributes grants to community groups who produce exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops and lectures. Everyone comes together for the annual Victorian Fair that features over 200 booths offering food, games, rides, entertainment and local art. Melrose was originally called "Ponde Fielde" due to its many ponds and streams. In 1845 the Boston and Maine railroad built three stops in the town, persuading many Boston residents looking for country peace and quiet to settle in Melrose. The population of Melrose continued to grow throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. The fire department and the school district were founded and town hall was built in 1873. In 1899, the City of Melrose became the 33rd incorporated city in Massachusetts. Check out market conditions in the city of Melrose Check out properties for sale in the city of Melrose
Reading is a great place to live; just ask anyone who lives here! Noted for its award- winning schools, and outstanding Town Services, Reading is a community of excellence. Reading has a safe small town feel with welcoming neighborhood where people know and care for each other, and the town offers its residents many recreational and cultural opportunities, both within the community and as part of the greater Boston region. Reading is a stable and progressive community that thoughtfully plans for its future. The community values and preserves its history and open spaces while actively supporting smart growth, and a vibrant downtown. Reading has a strong sense of community and a long tradition of civic engagement and volunteerism. With a goal of  “ensuring that all students will have common challenging experiences in the academics, health and wellness, the arts, community service, co-curricular activities, and athletics”, the town of Reading prides itself on the quality of education provided by its five elementary schools, the Barrows, Birch Meadow, Killam, Joshua Eaton,Wood End, two middle schools, Coolidge and Parker, and one high school. For those parents who wish their children to attend a parochial school, Reading has two, St. Joseph’s (Prek -8) and Austin Preparatory School (6-12). While in Reading, be sure to drop by Jordan’s,  (not just a furniture store!) and take in their latest adventure. Residents can take advantage of any number of activities offered by the Reading Recreation Division.  Creative Arts has been fostering visual and performing arts for 30 years for children, while the Reading Art Association features works by the many talented adult artists in the town. Those with a theatrical  bent will enjoy taking in or maybe performing in productions of the Quannapowitt Players. Many of the Massachusetts Bay Colony's original settlers arrived from England in the 1630s through the ports of Lynn and Salem. In 1639 some citizens of Lynn petitioned the government of the colony for a place for an inland plantation. They were initially granted six square miles, followed by an additional four. The first settlement in this grant was at first called Lynn Village and was located on the south shore of the Great Pond, now known as Lake Quannapowitt. On June 10, 1644 the settlement was incorporated as the town of Reading, taking its name from the town of Reading in England.[1] Reading played an active role in the American Revolutionary War. Minutemen were prominently involved in the engagements pursuing the retreating British Army after the battles of Lexington and Concord. John Brooks, later to become Governor of Massachusetts, was captain of the Fourth Company of Minute and subsequently served at the Battle of White Plains and at Valley Forge. Only one Reading soldier was killed in action during the Revolution; Joshua Eaton died in the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. Reading is located close to the junction of Interstate 93 and Interstate 95/Massachusetts Route 128 to the north of Boston. Reading is served by Reading station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Haverhill/Reading commuter rail line, which links the town to Boston's North Station. Check out market conditions in the town of Reading Check out properties for sale in the town of Reading
The earliest documented mention of the territory now called Stoneham dates to the year 1632, when on February 7 Governor Winthrop and his party came upon this area. They found Spot Pond and ate their lunch on a place they called Cheese Rock, now known as Bear Hill. Stoneham was first settled in 1645 and was originally a part of Charlestown; the original settlers of the area were Whigs. In 1678, there were six settlers with their families, all in the northeast part of the town, probably because of its proximity to the settlement in Reading (now Wakefield). Today, Stoneham, with a population of just over 21,000, prides itself on its sense of community. Residents are invited to join in festivities throughout the year including Concerts on the Common, Restaurant Week, Town Day, the annual Trick or Treat Stroll and Jack o’ Lantern Walk, Christmas caroling, and Farmer’s Market. With three elementary schools, Colonial Park, Robin Hood, and South, a middle school, and high school, Stoneham “fosters and holds high expectations for the level of student learning and maintains a safe, supportive and inclusive school culture.” Stoneham also has a private school for students in Pre-K to grade 8. Hikers, bikers, horseback riders, cross country skiers and picnickers take full advantage of the more than 2200 acres the Middlesex Fells Reservation area offers. For hiking on a smaller scale or a small family outing, residents visit Whip Hill. There are three golf courses in the town, Stoneham Oaks, an executive par three course, Unicorn, a traditional nine hole course, and Bear Hill, a private course. Skaters can enjoy year round ice time at Stoneham Arena which boasts an NHL size rink and seating for over 1800. For those who enjoy the theater, Stoneham has renovated the original 1917 where patrons can enjoy six outstanding productions a year and students in grades 1-12 can take part in classes. Minutes away from Boston via Rte. 93., and with easy access to the north shore (Rte 95)  and New Hampshire (Rte 93), Stoneham is a welcoming town offering much to its residents. Check out market conditions in the town of Stoneham Check out properties for sale in the town of Stoneham
Named one of Boston Magazine’s best places to live for growing families, the affluent community of Winchester has remained a sought-after destination for suburban Boston living for decades. Located just eight miles north of Boston, Winchester is ideal for those who like to work in a bustling city but prefer to plant their roots in the charming atmosphere of a nearby suburb. With two MBTA stops on the Lowell Line, getting downtown during the morning commute or to spend a relaxing Saturday in the city couldn’t be easier. The Winchester Public School system is known for its students’ superior performance on the MCAS exams. The town’s five elementary schools, Ambrose, Lincoln, Lynch, Muraco and Vinson-Owen, one middle school, McCall, and one high school, Winchester, are regularly ranked in the top public schools in Massachusetts. Private educational institutions also flourish in Winchester. Children’s Own School, founded in the 1920’s, is a Montessori school for children ages three to six years. Creative Corner School is another Nonsectarian early childhood school educating children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. St. Mary’s School is a private school which opened in 1914. This parochial school accepts students from pre-kindergarten through grade five. Winchester residents will find comfort in being close to Winchester Hospital, a leading healthcare provider in the Boston area. Though recognized as a prominent obstetric and pediatric hospital in the area, Winchester Hospital’s commitment extends to providing care in many other major clinical categories and is well known for offering the highest quality technology in diagnosing and treating patients. Winchester offers its residents many opportunities to get involved with their neighbors and enjoy spending time out in the community. The Jenks Senior Center is operated by Association which organizes social, educational and recreational activities for Winchester residents 55 years and older. During the summer, Borggaard Beach, with a sandy beach alongside Wedge Pond, is a popular spot for residents of all ages. To further promote a sense of community in Winchester, the Family Action Network of Winchester went to work on enhancing Borggaard Beach by installing an automated, interactive splash park. SPLASH Park is now a popular gathering spot for Winchester residents as well as those in neighboring communities. You can also find locals gathered at the Winchester Boat Club for a casual sailing outing. Swimming, tennis and golf are popular activities and the Winchester Swim and Tennis Club and the Winchester Country Club offer memberships that many residents take advantage of. Another way to take in the beauty of Winchester is by paying a visit to the Fells Reservation. This 2,500 acre area has a diverse landscape of rocky hills, meadows, wetlands, forests and ponds offering stunning views and a chance to encounter different types of wildlife. A walk through the quiet hiking trails provides a relaxing escape and presents a great opportunity to experience nature just a few miles from Boston. Annual events in Winchester have built a strong sense of community and tradition. For years, Winchester residents have gathered to attend the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Winchester High School and its rival, Woburn. The En Ka Society holds a street fair and carnival in May every year to raise funds for community groups, and the Annual Winchester Town-Wide Yard Sale is administered by the Winchester Chamber of Commerce each fall. Officially incorporated in 1850, the town of Winchester has grown from its agricultural roots to the prosperous community it is today. A mix of immigrants made the area a unique place to settle, and those who reside there today continue to ensure that the charm of this attractive and historic community is preserved and enhanced. Check out market conditions in the town of Winchester Check out properties for sale in the town of Winchester
Woburn, Massachusetts, is located about 10 miles northwest of Boston, nearly at the head of the Mystic River Valley and roughly halfway between Lowell and Boston. A small city of approximately 39,000 people, the majority between the ages of 25 and 50 years old, Woburn is a mix of quiet residential neighborhoods, vibrant office and industrial parks, and wooded conservation areas, such as the Horn Pond Reservation, Forest Park, and Shaker Glen. As a result of its long history, virtually all of the historic architectural styles typical of New England are found in Woburn. These include the Baldwin Mansion, built in 1661 by Deacon Henry Baldwin, and altered to its present Federal- era appearance by his great- grandson, Colonel Loammi Baldwin in 1803, and the Woburn Public Library, the first public library designed by the great Victorian- era architect H.H Richardson, his first work after completion of his masterful Trinity Church in Boston. The city is rich in history, which is kept alive through the programs sponsored by the Woburn Historical Society, including walking tours, trolley tours, guest speakers, Holiday House tours, and bus trips to Gettysburg and other historic sites. Woburn has eight elementary schools: Altavesta, Hurld, Goodyear, Linscott,  Reeves, Shamrock, Malcolm White, and Wyman; two middle schools: Joyce and Kennedy, and one high school. For those wishing to enroll their children private schools , there is a Montessori School  for K-1 students, St.Charles, for Pre-K to grade 8 students, and Little Folks Day School for Pre- K to K students. If you like to draw, paint, sculpt, or photograph, the Woburn Guild of Artists provides instruction for beginners to accomplished professionals. Golfing anyone? Take in 9 challenging holes at the Woburn Country Club. Boston bound commuters, as well as those traveling north, find easy access via the Anderson Regional Transportation Center , with Amtrak service to Portland, Maine and MBTA Commuter Rail service to Boston's North Station and Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as bus service to Logan International Airport and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Mishawum is a stop on the MBTA Commuter Rail's Lowell Line. MBTA Bus routes also run through Woburn along its main roads, such as Main Street, Montvale Ave., Lexington Street and Cambridge Road. The routes run north to Burlington and Wilmington and south to Boston. Check out properties for sale in the city of Woburn