The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Will You Live in Boston or Beyond?

Boston, a city celebrated for its history and academia, is appealing to new and longtime residents alike—but so are the city’s many surrounding suburbs. Take a look at the landmarks, schools, and other traits that make both the capital and its nearby communities excellent places to live.

Boston’s Many Attractions

Boston has it all, from Revolutionary War-era buildings and parks to a tech scene booming out of the local universities. If you move to Boston proper, you’ll never run out of things to do. Here are some reasons why city dwellers love Beantown.

History Is All Around You

Bostonians take pride in living where early Americans fought for our independence. Walk along the Freedom Trail, visit the Paul Revere House, or explore the area’s many museums to live and breathe U.S. history.

Innovation and Collaboration

Boston is nicknamed the Athens of America because of the more than 20 higher learning institutes that call it home. MIT, Harvard, and Tufts provide world-renowned education and research and support the work of the city’s many CEOs and entrepreneurs. Brilliant minds from all over the globe come to Boston to share ideas, and the city’s residents are lifelong learners committed to supporting research, academic enrichment, and the arts.

It’s a Healthy City

Boston makes exercise easy. There are plenty of sporting events (like the Boston Marathon) to keep Bostonians entertained and in shape, and beautiful parks are all over the city—for instance, Middlesex Fells Reservation, which contains over 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and running. Living with the city limits also puts you in close proximity to some of the country’s top-rated doctors and hospitals.

Surrounding Suburbs

It’s true that Boston’s city center provides endless opportunity for the enthusiastic city dweller, but what if you’re looking for some peace and quiet? Boston’s surrounding suburbs are just as charming and full of history without all the metropolitan buzz.

Newton

This collection of 13 villages west of downtown Boston will entertain the whole family with its museums, antique shops, and hiking trails.

Quincy

More affordable than other cities, Quincy attracts young people from across the state who enjoy its redeveloped downtown and proximity to Boston proper. Quincy has a small-town feel, and it’s 27 miles of coastline appeal to lovers of the sea.

Wellesley

Almost half of Wellesley’s households have kids, making it one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods. Wellesley is also known as the home of Wellesley College, Babson College, and a campus of Massachusetts Bay Community College.

Natick

This MetroWest suburb, only a 43-minute drive from Boston, provides a close-knit community for both new and familiar residents. The Center for the Arts in Natick hosts concerts, open mic nights, and film screenings. Century-old homes and the shops that line the streets make Natick a picturesque place to live.

Concord

A 45-minute drive to Boston, this quaint town recently upgraded its West Concord Village District, a pedestrian-friendly shopping area that attracts locals and visitors alike.

The Choice Is Yours

Whether you’re looking for bustling energy or a peaceful retreat, you can’t go wrong with moving to the Greater Boston area. Choose the town that complements your family’s lifestyle and goals for the future—either way, you’ll be surrounded by history, culture, and quite a bit of charm.     

  


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