Wellesley might be only 12 miles outside of Boston, but with its Colonial architecture and quintessential New England charm it feels worlds away from the city bustle. Here you’ll find sidewalk-lined streets, plenty of open space and easy access to the big city. Off the clock, residents can often be found gathering in the town center that looks like it was plucked right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Here are the Top 10 reasons people love calling Wellesley home.
1. Top Notch Public Schools
Nothing gives a parent more peace of mind than knowing that their child is receiving a high-quality education. Frequently ranked as one of the best public school systems in the country, students in Wellesley Public Schools can enroll in a wide-array of advanced placement (AP) classes and consistently receive a Niche grade of A+ ratings in academics, teachers and college readiness.
2. Home to 2 Top Colleges
Wellesley is a town of smarty pants – and it’s no surprise considering the town is home to two top-notch colleges. Wellesley College is a private, highly selective institution, located in the center of town. Ranked as one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, residents in the town can enjoy taking in a collegiate sporting event or arts program. Likewise, Babson College is a private business school that focuses on entrepreneurship. It is known as one of the top colleges in the country. Wellesley has a vibrant collegiate appeal year round.
3. Beautiful Walking, Hiking and Biking Trails
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll or an all-day outdoor adventure, Wellesley has plenty of trails to keep you busy. If you’re looking for something more romantic or scenic, then you can’t miss The Gardens at Elm Bank. Situated on the 36 acres of the Elm Bank Horticulture Center, these gardens are often the backdrop for elegant events, such as weddings and other exclusive events. The Gardens are always stunning to see day or night. Whether it is snow shoeing in the winter or admiring the leaves changing color in the fall walking in Wellesley is always the perfect experience.
4. Shopping local
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Locally owned businesses seem to be found everywhere you turn in Wellesley. The town is proud of its many local businesses and takes the time to celebrate these unique shops. From the friendly, familiar faces at Isabel Harvey to healthy eats over at the Cocobeet, there are plenty of local businesses to support throughout the greater Wellesley area.
5. Fitness clubs
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Sure, eating at delicious, local restaurants is delightful, but where do you go when you’re ready to burn it off? Wellesley certainly isn’t short on options for staying active. Whether you’re looking for the latest fitness classes at Btone Fitness or more personalized fitness classes at B/Spoke Studios, there is a class to fit every work out routine and budget.
6. Proximity to Boston
Wellesley might be known as the halfway point in the Boston Marathon, but you don’t have to be a champion runner to get into the bustle of downtown Boston. Only 12 miles from downtown Boston, locals have lots of options for getting into the city. Jump on the Mass Pike, or just avoid the traffic and hop on the commuter train. There are plenty of good options for both daily commuters or people who just want to enjoy a night out on the town.
7. Access to Public Transportation
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Moving to the suburbs doesn’t mean you have to spend your day behind the wheel of your SUV. In fact, a recent poll found that the number of people who take public transportation in Wellesley is 85% higher than the national average. With 3 train stops in Wellesley, you will see many residents walking to and from the train.
8. Spa Day!
Let’s be honest, we all need occasional pampering. If you’re looking to treat yourself, both Bella Santé and Gretta Cole will give you the perfect excuse for “me time.” A luxurious full body massage or new do from a master colorist, whatever you have in mind these award-winning salons and spas will provide an exceptional experience.
9. Specialty Shops
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Whether you’re looking for the perfect sharp cheddar or the creamiest Brie, Carol, Brian and Brad at Wasik’s has the perfect cheese ready for your next dinner party! As second-generation cheesemongers, Wasik’s has set the standard for cheese and gourmet products in the greater Boston area. While you’re there, check out the cozy shop brimming with delectable wines and specialty foods. Don’t leave Wasik’s without giving the Apricot Chutney Spread a try. It’s sure to be a big hit at your next party.
10. Wellesley Country Club
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Wellesley Country Club is the scenic escape your family needs, without even having to leave town. While some people might imagine country clubs as only being reserved for select members, Wellesley Country Club prides itself on being a family-oriented club where everyone can kick back and relax, whether that means a round of golf on the championship golf course, a quick game of tennis, a workout in the gym, a swim in the lap pool or lunch with friends. This club has something for everyone!