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pathway to the home's front doorFeaturing a well-balanced blend of urban and suburban features, Newton, also known as “Garden City,” is home to a little over 88,280 residents as of 2014. Located in Middlesex County, Newton boasts a strong public educational system, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a fine collection of historic homes. Newton is just approximately 7 miles from Boston, making driving or commuting to the city easy and convenient.

A city noted for its small town ambiance, Newton is composed of 13 villages, each possessing their own unique brand of flavor. Most of these villages have their own downtown areas as well as their own post offices.

Brighton and West Roxbury, both Boston neighborhoods, are located east and south of Newton respectively. Other surrounding communities include Brookline, Watertown, and Waltham. A short drive to the west will take commuters to Needham and Wellesley.


Like most Boston suburbs, Newton boasts a strong public education system – an added factor that makes it one of the best places to live in the country. Public schools in Newton are overseen by Newton Public Schools (NPS).

NPS manages the Newton Early Childhood Program, along with 15 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and three high schools, the most prominent of which is Newton North High. Aside from traditional school courses, NPS also offers career and technical education programs, specialized art and music instruction, honors and advanced placement courses, an alternative high school program, and more.

Newton also offers private education opportunities. Private schools in the city include CATS Academy Boston, Newton Country Day School and Mt. Alvernia (both all-girls high schools), and Walnut Park Montessori.

Real estate

Real estate options in Newton are abundant, from affordable single-family homes to multi-million dollar estates and highly coveted historic properties. All it takes is to explore Newton’s collection of 13 villages.

Nonatum is known for its rich Italian-American heritage, while Newton Upper Falls is the city’s Historic District. Condos, townhomes, and apartments are found in Newton Centre, the city’s largest commercial district.

Waterfront homes are also found in Newton, particularly in the area near Crystal Lake in the neighborhood of Newton Centre.

Quick facts about Newton

  • Ever heard of the famous Boston Marathon? This highly anticipated athletic event runs through the heart of Newton. In fact, one of the hardest stretches of Boston Marathon, Heartbreak Hill, is right within the boundaries of the city.
  • Newton is home to the Newton Free Library, one of the largest and well-equipped libraries located within the Commonwealth.
  • Aside from outstanding public and private schools, Newton is also home to reputable institutions of higher learning, such as Boston College, Lasell College, and Mount Ida College.
  • Newton was first settled in 1630, making it one of the oldest communities in Massachusetts.
  • Newton has a number of attractions, including the Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, Echo Bridge, Norumbega Park, Bullough’s Pond, Chestnut Hill Reservoir, and the WHDH-TV Tower, reported to be one of the tallest lattice towers in the country.

For more information about Newton, its neighborhoods, and the real estate options available in the area, contact Traci Shulkin today at 617-939-6309 or send her a message at traci.shulkin@compass.comm.

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