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A unique cultural community that blends old and new.
Settled over 400 years ago, the city of Cambridge continues to charm with old-world architecture while birthing many of world’s newest ideas. Surrounded by natural beauty and bursting with cultural experiences, the pace of life in Cambridge is invigorating and stimulating without the hustle of a major metropolis.
As Boston’s creative sister community across the Charles, Cambridge is an intellectual hotspot with a vibrant arts and culture scene. As a city, Cambridge channels the spirit of a European capital with distinct neighborhoods, and a forward-thinking ethos.
European-style neighborhoods bordered by natural beauty.
Cambridge is one of the nation’s most walkable cities, and each area has a distinctive feel—from cozy pub chats at Inman Square bars to the café society that spills out into Harvard Square’s streets. The steady flow of the Charles River and the gentle sway of oak and maple trees create an aura of natural calm throughout.
An active way of life for body and mind.
For every season, Cambridge provides a new activity: summer sails into the harbor, late fall bike rides along Memorial Drive, ice skating on crisp winter weekends, and a spring round of golf on the course beside Fresh Pond. Conversations with neighbors and a constantly changing roster of cultural engagements keep the minds of Cantabrigians sharp.
A cutting-edge tech community and several sustainability initiatives.
Cambridge is host to an innovative tech and biotech community, centered around Kendall Square, which brings with it an abundance of co-working spaces and incubators. Farm-to-table restaurants and third-wave coffee joints have dug in around the startup culture. The city is also renowned for being sustainably-minded, promoting green living through initiatives such as fuel-efficient vehicle charging stations and a neighborhood solar initiative to promote panel installation. Cambridge residents also rallied in recent years to care for the Charles River, making it one of the cleanest urban rivers in America.
Elegant single-family homes, thoughtfully-designed condos, and private estates.
The neighborhoods in Cambridge abound with historic buildings that remain as gracious single-family homes. A new crop of modern condos line up around town alongside distinctive private estates.
The culture that colleges bring to town.
The vibrant campus communities of Harvard and MIT attract a constant influx of public lectures, exhibits and art installations, film screenings, and more. Cambridge is also home to two culinary schools and a repertory theatre company. There’s always something just around the corner to spark the minds and senses of Cambridge residents.
A friendly town with a true sense of community.
The close-knit feel of this All-American community is a true treasure. Historically a manufacturing hotspot with brickmaking and car assembly as some of the main industries, Somerville has long tradition of ingenuity and enterprise. The town also boasts a key national landmark: the spot where George Washington first ordered the Union’s flag to be raised in 1776.
A charm-filled town, Somerville’s distinctive local flavor distinguishes it from the neighboring cities of Boston and Cambridge. Creative culture and diversity thrive in this historic community favored by families and professionals.
Easy access to Boston and Cambridge.
All the attractions of neighboring Cambridge and Boston are just minutes away. Somerville is also an unofficial cycling capital within the Boston area, boasting miles of bikeable streets, community cycling paths and a few top-notch bike shops.
Fun-loving and embracing many ways of living.
There is a playfulness to Somerville, where lifesize Lego sculptures tower over shopping centers and lines for the comedy club can stretch down the sidewalk. Walking the line between new and old, big and small, the major retailers at just-built Assembly Square offer convenient shopping, while fresh produce can be plucked from the farmers’ market at historic Union Square.
The forefront of Boston’s culinary scene.
Over the past several years, star chefs have been attracted to Somerville, transforming the town into an important destination for the area’s burgeoning foodie landscape. Fancy an experiential tasting menu or a Scandinavian-style brunch? There’s always a new delight on a nearby table.
Classic single family homes and charming duplexes.
An ideal place for first-time home buyers, Somerville is known for it’s accessible market. Many historic buildings are ripe for re-model. With Assembly Square quickly growing and Boynton Yards poised to become the next Kendall Square, new condo developments are on the way.
The culture of creativity.
To live in Somerville is to love it—residents have a strong sense of hometown pride. Favorite pastimes include singing songs round a fire pit at the annual urban campout and creating zany hairdos with marshmallow Fluff to celebrate the confection’s local invention. From jazz musicians setting up in Davis Square on weeknights to local artists throwing open their studio doors on Saturdays, creativity thrives around every corner.
A thriving, socially-minded town surrounded by greenery.
Brookline is a welcoming community just west of Boston’s city limits. Surrounded by nature preserves and parks, the town offers myriad opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Residents are known for their dedication to building a strong, cross-generational community, making Brookline a place where people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy the charm and culture the town has to offer. The high quality of life means those who settle in Brookline are likely to stay for many years to come.
Surrounded by greenery, Brookline is a haven for nature-lovers with a tight local community. The town has thriving small businesses and a grassroots arts scene, with all the attractions of Boston and Cambridge just next door.
Spacious homes and quick commute times.
Brookline homes offer ample space, inside and out. From hanging up art on wide-open walls to planting vegetable gardens in the backyard, Brookliners make the most of the room they have. Since Boston and Cambridge are right next door, Brookline is a top-choice for commuters working in technology, education, medicine and greater Boston’s other flourishing industries.
Deeply connected to nature and neighbors.
With four multi-acre nature sanctuaries and miles of walking and jogging paths, Brookline residents revel in the natural world. They make a point to swing by the Thursday farmer’s market and snag a crisp head of lettuce grown on Brookline’s own hydroponic farm. Connections to neighbors come naturally too, whether that takes the form of striking up a conversation over a strong cup of coffee at Café Fixe, suggesting a good read while in line at Brookline Booksmith, sharing a bowl of homemade pasta at Pomodoro, or toasting a craft brew at Washington Square Tavern.
Established community for everyone, from teens to furry friends.
Brookline is home to extraordinary enrichment centers for many age groups. Young adults have a home at the Brookline Teen Center to build robots, play parkour, or hold band practice. Retirees fill their days with yoga classes, guided hikes and art exhibits organized by the town’s senior center. Residents often volunteer at these centers, when they’re not honing their own creative practice making ceramics at the Brookline Arts Center or perfecting a plié at the Brookline Ballet School. The town is especially desirable for dog owners; the community has been active in establishing pet playgrounds and their Green Dog program created 14 off-leash dog parks for furry friends to frolic in.
ERoomy condominiums, historic single-family homes and generous rental options.
Condominiums in Brookline were designed with family living in mind—larger units abound, though smaller homes for singles and couples can also be found. Many buildings are historic and under four stories tall, so single family homes and walk-up units are common. Brookline has restrictions on overnight parking for public streets, so be sure to secure a space for every vehicle.
Weeknights at Coolidge Corner and weekends in the fresh air.
One of the town gems is Coolidge Corner Theatre, a resplendent art-deco style cinema that features a mix of old classics, blockbuster hits and independent flicks on it’s ever-changing marquee. Sports fans and trivia champs gather at the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse on game night. From Saturdays spent strolling past rare cars on the expansive lawn at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and sharing tapas on the patio at Barcelona Wine Bar to Sundays spent exploring Lost Pond Sanctuary or training for the marathon with the town running club, leisure days in Brookline are all about playing in the open air.
An exclusive enclave of elegant estates.
Located just outside of Boston, Newton is a vibrant community comprised of 13 distinctive villages. In this historic enclave, winding streets lead to spacious estates where a traditional sense of gracious living thrives. Bordered by natural reserves and the idyllic campus of Boston College, those lucky enough to have a home in this hamlet are surrounded by nature.
For generations, this historic town has been an exclusive enclave and remains one of Boston’s most desirable places to live. Newton is filled with luxurious estates cradled by lush greenery, and is surrounded by fine dining and shopping.
Gracious living in a peaceful setting.
The tranquil environs of Newton play host to an old-world domestic elegance. Red maples and copper beech trees line many of the meandering roads, creating an arch of distinctive color over the streets. Entertaining at home is common among residents, who are quick to welcome friends and neighbors over for a dinner party or afternoon tea.
Filled with the finer things in life.
Expect white-glove service at Newton’s restaurants and retailers. With four distinct high-end shopping centers, the neighborhood is well-known as a destination for the best in brand-name fashion, home decor, jewelry and more. Favorite fine dining establishments include three acclaimed steakhouses and the classy French bistro Aquitaine. A bevy of spas and salons keep locals pampered and poised.
Historic ambiance—without the tourists.
Much of Newton is a registered historic district and the well-maintained charm carries throughout the village. Being far removed from the Freedom Trail and the tourists who frequent neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and Back Bay, Newton residents are able to appreciate the historic ambiance without crowds clogging up sidewalks or tour buses stopping on narrow streets.
Expansive estates and historic single family homes.
The architects who designed many of Newtons’s homes from the 1850s to 1920s preserved natural elements, plotting the gently sloping hills and glacial-deposit stones into the footprint of each estate. They also embraced a range of architectural styles, erecting Colonial, Victorian, Georgian and Tudor Revival houses, each one flaunting a different set of sumptuous details. Modern development has brought roomy, contemporary mansions and well-appointed estates with manicured grounds to the village.
Fredrick Law Olmstead, who lived nearby, laid down his landscaping thumbprint in Chestnut Hill, designing the Hammond Pond Reservoir. Known locally as just “the res,” the area is a popular trail for joggers and strollers. The village is also home to the woodsy wonderland of the Lost Pond Reservation, which was protected by a community group so that the unique natural landscape of forest and peat bog could be preserved. Bucolic New England shines brightly in Chestnut Hill and Newton.
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