About Newton, MA
Newton, Massachusetts, known as “The Garden City” for its serene, lush, open spaces, is located in prestigious Middlesex County. Renowned for its enviable homes, excellent schools, upscale shopping centers, abundance and variety of restaurants, and for its commitment to keeping each of its 13 diverse residential neighborhoods safe for the town’s 85,000 residents, Newton provides those who call it “home” with an exceptional quality of life. It’s no surprise that, year-in, year-out, Money Magazine includes Newton in its annual report of Best Places to Live, usually among the top 10 cities in America.
Newton, located a mere seven miles west of downtown Boston, is a commuter’s haven – with fast, convenient public transportation offering its residents easy access to world-class entertainment, cultural, and professional sporting events year-round.
TownAdvisor.com, in collaboration with local Realtor Bill Kuhlman, has created this TownStory℠ of Newton, Massachusetts, to spotlight this city’s distinctive and distinguished characteristics, its culture, and its residential lifestyle appeal.
Townadvisor.com asked Bill Kuhlman to provide five key factors in Newton’s status as a uniquely appealing place to call home.
1. Enduring Commitment to Educational Excellence
Every year, Massachusetts ranks as one of the top states in the country for public schools, and Newton consistently ranks among the very top school systems in all of Massachusetts. Emblematic of Newton’s commitment to providing the very best in education to its young residents, the award-winning, state-of-the-art Newton North High School opened its doors in 2010, costing nearly $200 million to complete.
Newton is equally proud and renowned of its higher education institutions, as well, including; Boston College, Mount Ida College, and Lasell College which each call Newton home. With so much emphasis on education, it is little wonder why Newton boasts the second-highest percentage of residents in any city or town in the country who have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree.
And with its close proximity to Boston, residents can further their educational pursuits or work at many of the world-renowned universities and colleges nearby, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Wellesley College, Brandeis University, the Berklee School of Music, and the Boston Conservatory.
It’s also important to point out that one of the largest, most respected, and well-equipped libraries in the state, the Newton Free Library, is available to the public year ‘round, and hosts an array of events, concerts, and exhibits, as well as endless educational opportunities for inquisitive minds of all ages.
2. The Heart of the Boston and Cambridge Metropolitan Area
The Boston Metropolitan Area offers established and emerging job centers in a variety of prominent fields of medicine, bio-tech, technology, insurance and financial sectors.
And of course, the cultural opportunities of a world-class city like Boston are also just a short commute away where you can patronize the arts by visiting any of the many diverse choices of museums, theaters, symphonies, and concert halls.
If sporting events are your thing, then you’ll be proud to be part of Boston’s prestigious winning heritage supporting the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins. And not far from Boston is the Town of Foxborough, home to New England’s Patriots and the Major League Soccer Team, the New England Revolution.
3. Safe Neighborhoods and Best City Status
In September of 2014, USA Today reported that 24/7 Wall Street selected Newton, Massachusetts as the Number One Best City to Live In and Movoto recently identified it as America’s fifth safest suburb, making it a truly desirable community to move to. In fact, Newton is consistently ranked among the safest, best, or happiest cities to reside in within the U.S. according to studies conducted by a wide variety of publications and journals.
This is due to its excellent public school system, many transportation options, low crime rates, low unemployment rates, and abundant recreational amenities such as restaurants, theaters, museums, historical sites, public parks, and golf courses. Plus, the esteem of having the iconic Boston Marathon run through the city also makes Newton of “worldwide note” each April, on Patriots Day.
4. Exceptional Shopping & Restaurants
Newton offers a huge variety of diverse shopping, eating, and places to explore the outdoors for its residents. These include multi-generational, locally owned businesses, retail stores, national chain and specialty stores, high-end boutiques, and several malls including the upscale “Mall at Chestnut Hill.”
If you’re hungry, you’ll only have to decide what for, as Newton offers over 200 restaurants in a wide variety of cuisines, serving up anything a diner could crave in all price ranges and atmospheres. Local favorites includes, Lumiere, Tartufo’s Italian Restaurant, Café Sol Azteca, Lee’s Burger Place, The Blue Ribbon Barbeque, Takara’s Sushi Bar, The Sandwich Works, The Capital Grille Steakhouse, Jean and Lee’s Kitchen, Max and Leo’s Artisan Pizza, The Shake Shack, Sycamore, and Dunn Garins (Dunn Gaherin’s) Food and Spirits…and many more
Or, if dinner and a show is what you desire, visit the luxurious Showcase Superlux Movie Theater where waiters provide food and cocktail service to movie-goers.
5. Neighborhood Identity and Residential Diversity
From upscale, historic estates in enviable neighborhoods to quaint apartments in close proximity to the fastest transportation options, Newton’s way of life and real estate will be sure to entice you. And remember, Bill Kuhlman—your certified community marketing specialist—will be happy to help answer any further questions you may have about the city, its residential properties, or its business opportunities.
So, whether you are a first-time home buyer, a seasoned homeowner, or a renter looking to relocate to a serene community with a top-rated school system which is conveniently located near the employment, cultural, and sporting opportunities found in and around the vibrant, world-class City of Boston, we at TownAdvisor.com invite you to join the residents of Newton and experience first-hand a desirable, safe suburban lifestyle.
Newton, Massachusetts… perhaps the perfect place to call home!